Dark Moon Digest - Issue Number 2

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The second issue of Dark Moon Digest is a "killer". Packed with page-turning tales, you won't be disappointed with this horrific issue. Dark Moon Digest (The Horror Fiction Quarterly) is geared toward horror fans and authors alike. Published four times a year, this 100-plus page literary anthology is a solid addition to any horror enthusiast's library. Dig through this issue and uncover new stories by Craig Garrett ("I Married a Zombie"), Steve Scott ("The Sidehill Toggler"), Tracie McBride ("Barking"), Jeremiah ...
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Overview

The second issue of Dark Moon Digest is a "killer". Packed with page-turning tales, you won't be disappointed with this horrific issue. Dark Moon Digest (The Horror Fiction Quarterly) is geared toward horror fans and authors alike. Published four times a year, this 100-plus page literary anthology is a solid addition to any horror enthusiast's library. Dig through this issue and uncover new stories by Craig Garrett ("I Married a Zombie"), Steve Scott ("The Sidehill Toggler"), Tracie McBride ("Barking"), Jeremiah Dutch ("Down Cellar"), Chris Doerner ("Family Ties"), Frances A. Hogg ("Miss Webster's Little Arm) and Graham Williams ("The Book of the Month Club"). Columns and articles include "There's More To Vampires Than Dracula: A Short History Of English Vampire History" (Araminta Star Matthews), "Monster Mythbusting: Haitian Zombies" (Rhonda Parrish), "Chattering Bones: Dr. Strangebite or How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The Suck" (Manny Frishberg), "Scare Tactics: The Evolution of the Horror Film & Viewer Desensitization" (David C. Hayes) and "Under the Stairs: Dripping with Bloody Gore & Other Not-Scary Mistakes Writers Make" (Michael O'Neal). And you won't want to miss the kick-ass first installment of "Tenants", a 4-part serial novella written by up-and-coming horror writer Kevin McClintock. Or the exciting introduction of our 4-part graphic novelette, "Slaughterhouse", written and inked by Marc Olivent. Or two cool flash fiction horror tales, "Thirteen Seconds" by George Morrow and "Running with the Pack" by Graham Williams. If you missed the first issue of Dark Moon Digest, don't miss this one.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780978792572
  • Publisher: Stony Meadow
  • Publication date: 1/1/2011
  • Pages: 108
  • Age range: 18 years
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.22 (d)

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  • Posted April 27, 2011

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    Unable to stop reading!

    The success of a good genre fiction periodical rests squarely on the shoulders of the editorial staff. I believe Stan Swanson and the crew behind Dark Moon Digest (DMD) have put together a fun and engaging quarterly for the horror genre. I choose to single out 'Family Ties' by Chris Doerner for the double-take factor that made me exclaim "WHAT THE . . .?!!?" (out loud, in the middle of the night, when I was pretty sure I was the only one in the house awake) at the end of this loving family tale. 'The Story of An Hour', the featured Classic Horror written by Kate Chopin (1851-1904), had Lovecraft-ian terror layered over a seemingly mundane gender issue that I find moving all these decades later. New minds struggling out into the light (or in this case, into the dark depths) that show promise have an angle or vision that perhaps no one has explored before, and their work sends me down paths I never thought to check. I am intrigued by the premise the heroine suffers in the serial novel 'Tenants' by Kevin McLintock - I'm hooked in enough to want to check out Dark Moon Digest's Issue #3, just to see how poor Angela fares as she seeks out her daughter's grave site. I smiled while reading the macabre 'I Married a Zombie' by Craig Garrett - this tale opened my eyes to the pros and cons of matrimonial bliss with a zombie spouse. This story made me exclaim "Oh, gross!!" towards the end, and perhaps I should leave it at that. Being skeptical of past life regression, I smirked a bit when I began 'Barking' by Tracie McBride. That smirk quickly became a horrified gape as the character recounted what he ended up doing with that strange past life memory! And I still have plot whiplash from reading the 'Sidehill Toggler' by Steve Scott - what started as slow, disaffected narration on a dry, hot day did a rather bloody 180 degree turn and boggled my mind. DMD includes innovative writing contests that encourage submissions of interesting stories. Issue #2 showcases contest winners for Flash Fiction (500 words or less) and Micro Fiction (given a premise, write a story consisting of 50 words or less). I was definitely amused by the werewolf's complaint in the Micro Fiction written by Jaque Thay, and although I take issue with the silver-ness (or the archetype-ness) of a limited edition Silver Bullet Mercedes, I nonetheless enjoyed the Flash Fiction entry 'Running with the Pack' by Graham Williams. The Dark Moon Digest guidelines for submissions say that they seek "... an entertaining horror short story. We must want to turn that page to see what happens next and how things end." I am very happy to see they have stayed true to this, and would heartily recommend Issue #2 to modern horror fiction fans everywhere. A recommended, fun read!

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  • Posted April 24, 2011

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    Get that 'amused yet horrified, unable to stop reading' feeling!

    The success of a good genre fiction periodical rests squarely on the shoulders of the editorial staff. I believe Stan Swanson and the crew behind Dark Moon Digest (DMD) have put together a fun and engaging quarterly for the horror genre. The spirit of DMD is definitely modern and makes free use of adult situations and dialogue, yet something about it reminds me of the classic horror I enjoyed as a teen; things by Berni Wrightson ('Masters of the Macabre' is an excellent collection), or Alfred Hitchcock's 'Stories to be Read with the Door Locked'. Reading Issue #2, I got that same delicious 'amused yet horrified, unable to stop reading' feeling from long ago!

    I choose to single out 'Family Ties' by Chris Doerner for the double-take factor that made me exclaim "WHAT THE . . .?!!?" (out loud, in the middle of the night, when I was pretty sure I was the only one in the house awake) at the end of this loving family tale. 'The Story of An Hour', the featured Classic Horror written by Kate Chopin (1851-1904), had Lovecraft-ian terror layered over a seemingly mundane gender issue that I find moving all these decades later.

    Works by up-and-coming authors are usually plush with perspectives that intrigue me. New minds struggling out into the light (or in this case, into the dark depths) that show promise have an angle or vision that perhaps no one has explored before, and their work sends me down paths I never thought to check. I am intrigued by the premise the heroine suffers in the serial novel 'Tenants' by Kevin McLintock - I'm hooked in enough to want to check out Dark Moon Digest's Issue #3, just to see how poor Angela fares as she seeks out her daughter's grave site. I smiled while reading the macabre 'I Married a Zombie' by Craig Garrett - this tale opened my eyes to the pros and cons of matrimonial bliss with a zombie spouse. This story made me exclaim "Oh, gross!!" towards the end, and perhaps I should leave it at that. Being skeptical of past life regression, I smirked a bit when I began 'Barking' by Tracie McBride. That smirk quickly became a horrified gape as the character recounted what he ended up doing with that strange past life memory! And I still have plot whiplash from reading the 'Sidehill Toggler' by Steve Scott - what started as slow, disaffected narration on a dry, hot day did a rather bloody 180 degree turn and boggled my mind.

    The Dark Moon Digest guidelines for submissions say that they seek "... an entertaining horror short story. We must want to turn that page to see what happens next and how things end." I am very happy to see they have stayed true to this, and would heartily recommend Issue #2 to modern horror fiction fans everywhere. A recommended, fun read!

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