Even the lightest hearts have shaded corners to hide the black thoughts that come at night. Experience the darker side of YA as 13 authors explore the places that others prefer to leave among the shadows.
You’ve been there.
It’s dark and you’re comfortable. You’re just about to fall asleep when you can’t help but wonder if maybe tonight the thing you’ve always been sure exists will finally find you.
The best short stories stick with you, and the stories in this book especially, are meant to cast long shadows. The authors who contributed to this anthology are not only familiar with what lurks among the shadows, we choose to spend time there. Our monsters all live in different places—under beds, beside peaceful streams, inside ourselves, down mine shafts, in the sky. The darkness you’ll find in these pages knows no boundaries, so it’s only fitting that these stories cover many genres.
Reality can be just as terrifying as anything our imaginations conjure, which is why the darkness in these pages isn’t relegated just to flights of fancy or the paranormal. In choosing such a wide range of stories, our hope is that everyone will find something to make them clutch their bedcovers a little closer.
In realistic contemporary stories from Joelle Charbonneau and Kelly Fiore, depression, addiction, obsession, and isolation are all the stuff of nightmares. Other stories by Justina Ireland, Phoebe North, and Geoffrey Girard straddle the line, making us question what is real and what is false. Mindy McGinnis explores the question of not knowing yourself, while Kate Karyus Quinn speculates on the effect of learning that every terrible thing that’s ever happened to you has been manufactured for the entertainment of others.
Demitria Lunetta and Gretchen McNeil each take a closer, horrific look at human nature. Lenore Applehans delves into a post-apocalyptic future, while R.C. Lewis discovers the darkness that lurks on another planet in her science fiction narrative. Then of course there are the paranormal stories from Beth Revis and Lydia Kang, each digging into the many types of monsters that might wait for us in the dark.
Overall, you’ll find a wide range of horrors represented, including demons, aliens, and one of the most frightening creatures ever—human beings.
So set aside an hour or two, switch on some lights and come join us… among the shadows.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Average: 3.5 stars *The Eyes Have It by Gretchen McNeil - 4.5 stars - That was wild! It totally went a way that I didn’t expect until the end. Very disturbing but good. *The One True Miranda Lieu by Kate Karyus Quinn - 3.5 stars - It was weird but strangely decent. I kinda wished there was a little more for me to get into it. *Such a Lovely Monster by Justina Ireland - 3 stars - I found it interesting. I liked the idea of the story but I didn’t like how it felt like a bland journal entry. It was creepy and I had to laugh because there was one part that she did that I used to do as a kid. *Heroin(e) by Kelly Fiore - 4 stars - Kinda sad how badly one’s life could get but glad it ended on a good note. *Canary by Demitria Lunetta - 4.5 stars - Holy Wrong Turn-ness! So short yet so horrifying. I really liked this one. *Phantom Heart by Mindy McGinnis - 2 stars - I think this needed to be longer for me to like it more. It was too short, too confusing, and not one I really cared for. *Reunion by Joelle Charbonneau - 5 stars - Holy shnikies! That was wild. Short but well worth it. *Not Fade Away by Geoffrey Girard - 1 star - I didn’t like this one. The way it started was odd and didn’t catch my attention. I ended up skimming then completely skipped to the next story. *Blàrach Bridge by Lydia Kang - 4 stars - Wow, that’s was interesting. *Chasing the Sky by R.C. Lewis - 3 stars - I thought this was okay. I liked the idea of it but I needed more. I feel this would be excellent if it was a full sized novel. *The Cowbird Egg by Phoebe North - 4 stars - Weird but I liked it. Man, that ending though. *Panic Room by Lenore Appelhans - 4 stars - I thought it was kinda cute. I liked how it gave the then and now to tell the story more. *Lonely Hunter by Beth Revis - 3 stars - I thought it was okay. I liked the idea of it but it didn’t grab me. It could be the fact it was late trying to finish and I kept dozing off.