“Appealing to those who like their fantasy served with a side of psychological horror, this anthology is sure to entertain.” – Publisher’s Weekly
Are You One of The Invited?
Various mentions of a Night Bazaar appear throughout history in obscure and controversial texts from around the world. A forbidden market which opens at midnight, closes before sunrise, and appears for one week . . . but never in the same venue each night, and never again in the same city. There's just one catch: To find it, you must be Invited.
Tonight the Bazaar opens in a parking garage somewhere in Manhattan. A huge subterranean market fair of antique costumes, alchemical treatments, magical dentistry, palmistry, Tarot and tea leaf-reading, and water-, glass-, and crystal-gazing, oddities and objets d’art, medical curiosities and strange instruments, erotic favors, time travel, and body alterations. The narrow aisles throng with jongleurs, freaks, charlatans, mountebanks, faeries, prostitutes, and acrobats. The scents of opium, perfume, tobacco, greasepaint, incense, plastic explosive, alcohol, and sex permeate the air. But each object or service comes with a gift, a curse, or a haunting.
The Bazaar sells that which cannot be had elsewhere. Everything you’ve read about but thought had passed away, or never existed at all. How wrong you were!
Ah! It seems you have already spotted something you desire. But don’t head off that way, not just yet. You have all night ….but not a moment more. . . .
Table of ContentsCONTENTS
AN INVITATION TO THE BAZAAR
WEEKLY PASS by Jim Scheers
VISTA ETERNA by Dania Ramos
FRIENDS OF VERA by Gregory Fletcher
FULL MOON SHIFT by Roy Graham
WHIRL AWAY by Carol MacAllister
OBEY by Isaav Skinner
A SHIFT IN SELF by Corinne A. Nulton
THE LEAST DETAILED PLANS OF A GREAT AND COMPLICATED APPARATUS by Edison McDaniels
CUT 'n SHOOT ALLEY by Aphrodite Anagnost
DENKRAAM by Mau VanDuren
THE KINDLY ONES by Naia Poyer
AFTER THE BAZAAR
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
If you were one of the Invited, one of the relative few among mortals given a chance to experience a brush with the otherworldly in the mysterious Night Bazaar, would you go? Would you even know if you’d been given the choice? This book is an achievement for editor Hart — eleven stories, each independent of the others, woven together such that none feel out of place (though a couple stories, namely “The Least Detailed Plans of a Great and Complicated Apparatus” and “Denkraam”, never set foot in New York). Some emphasize mythology and folklore, others a creeping dread, and still others a full launch into the supernatural. Possession; hauntings; gifts and curses, with the line between them sometimes blurred and sometimes horrifyingly stark. Upon finishing each story I never knew quite what to expect from the next, yet there was never any doubt as to how it connected with the Bazaar. The book offers its stories in a quiet rhythm, moving from one atmosphere to another while building on the strangeness of the Bazaar. Starting with “Weekly Pass”, we’re shown a seemingly innocent subway ride become quickly life-altering for the solitary protagonist. With “Full Moon Shift” the book moves toward dark, lurking horror, igniting an atmosphere of low-key dread that intensifies in “Obey” (one of my favorites, with a PoV character intending to do research for her urban fantasy novel). The book culminates magnificently with a foray into a world beyond the Bazaar in “The Kindly Ones”. I read these stories slowly, digesting each paragraph, and yet now that I’m finished I’m still hungry for more. It speaks to the talents of the writers and the deft touch of the editor that my experience of reading the book both fulfills and only whets my desire for more stories of this strange marketplace. A dark fantasy anthology that I’m incredibly glad I read.