Author: Karen Heard
Length: 124 pages
six tales that span the genres of ghost story, mystery, horror, and suspense. Some look back on dark times, others look forward to an apocalyptic future, and still others dwell on a terrible present – but they have one thing in common: they are all dark. Don’t expect happy endings or pleasant characters here, for there is something dark lurking in the shadows of each tale waiting to get out.
- The Lighthouse: A Young girl abandoned in a flooded lighthouse must keep it functioning while trying to understand the reasoning of her parents leaving.
The atmosphere and setting really make this story shine. I found myself wondering why would her parents abandon her in such a place. Another idea that kept popping up while reading. Could there be more to this girl than what the author was describing?
- Snap: A Journalist must photograph the dying moments of an entire species.
I admit this story is dark and it caught me off guard but compared to the other stories theme wise it doesn't fit. Regardless though it's a good read.
- The Picture: A previous owner remains in his home,unable or unwilling to cross over, and experiences the disasters and triumphs of the new inhabitants.
- Out of Order: A woman is trapped in the small confined space of a train bathroom.While terrified of the dark small space, it's protection against the chaos and screams from outside; or is it?
- The Promise: Words have power. every year the people of Farswar have a celebration and exchange simple wishes. A traveling businessman foreign to their tradition speaks before thinking and pays the price.
- Inside: An abused woman is hiding from her tormentor in an abandoned house. She is driven to near insanity by scratching from within the walls.
Overall this collection was a great read, with "The Promise" being the standout entry.