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  • Posted June 14, 2011

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    Highly Recommended Horror

    Dark Moon Digest (DMD) Issue #3 was so hard to put down that I finished the entire collection in 24 hours. DMD assembled a cadre of good quality stories, and editor Stan Swanson has turned out another excellent horror fiction quarterly. There is Kevin McClintock's latest installment of the novel "Tenants", featured first in Issue #2. Kevin McClintock skillfully took the story to a logical direction, but with a twist I did not see coming. Angela's circumstances are more dire now, and the author cut off the tale at a very charged scene, ensuring even a higher level of anticipation for me as I await the next installment! Then there's "Death by Scrabble" written by Charlie Fish - his unfolding of a marriage gone from stale to toxic showed good command of a story's pace as well as a skillful grasp of the game, making his story one of my favorite pieces of Issue #3. The other tale I was drawn to was "Rub Me the Wrong Way" by Heather Durkin - I enjoyed the premise of considering the therapeutic massage needs of other-than-human clients. An excellent example of story crafting found in Issue #3 is "Voices Carry" by Tom Wortman - this eerie tale of a WW II troop of soldiers sent out to take down Nazi concentration camps gave me goose bumps. The 'WHOA' factor of this story was high, but it was the polished cast of characters that made Mr. Wortman's tale stand out - a win well-deserved. Grier Jewell successfully tackled the limits of a shorter story in "The Fourth Girl". Allowed only 500 words and having begun with a very low-key premise (girls hanging out, looking at the night sky), the author nonetheless managed to increase the creepy factor by slowly releasing it, like a surreal misty fog, until I felt it chill my bones. An even shorter Flash Fiction piece is "Althea's Mistake" by DMD Associate Editor Jennifer Word, winner of the contest run for DMD staff. Despite being under 120 words, I was presented with an intricate narrative that comprehensively explained what Althea did wrong - another well-deserved win. In Greg Mollin's "The Monster on Myers Avenue", young Edgar Dunston did not have much going well in his life, and a hit-and-run driver took away one of the last bright spots, his friend Jenny. Mr. Mollin showed how much worse Edgar's life would still get, before he smoothly turned the tide for Edgar and gave the poor kid a more interesting, hellish end. Araminta Star Matthews's "The All Consuming Hunger of Love" began on the terrible night the main character Margaret lost the love of her life, Robert Cron. Margaret's obsession with getting her beloved back was used as a screen to draw the reader's eye while Ms. Matthews wove a tale of the Cron family curse and the ingenuity of two sisters trying to get what they believe was their rightful inheritance. Jaque Thay started his main character in "A Rare Misteak" with a soon-to-be ugly situation that will have a tragic resolution, all because of a bumbling assistant. From the regenerative family in "Kindread" by Richard Moore to flatulence humor duringf a Zombie Apocalypse (The Smell of Death by Graham Williams), DMD's Issue #3 runs the full range of the horror genre gamut. What readers get is a robust and interesting collection of stories that I highly recommend.

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