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All new Fiction by: Kevin J. Anderson, Graham Masterton, Tim Waggoner, Gene O’Neill, Harry Shannon and Brett J. Talley Interviews with: Doug Bradley, Graham Masterton, Jeffrey Combs, Owl Goingback and Lloyd and Pat Kaufman Articles on: “Gutmunchers! The Italian Zombie Films” by James R. Beach, “JournalStone Publishing’s DoubleDown Series: The Revival of the Ace Doubles”, "G All new Fiction by: Kevin J. Anderson, Graham Masterton, Tim Waggoner, Gene O’Neill, Harry Shannon and Brett J. Talley Interviews with: Doug Bradley, Graham Masterton, Jeffrey Combs, Owl Goingback and Lloyd and Pat Kaufman Articles on: “Gutmunchers! The Italian Zombie Films” by James R. Beach, “JournalStone Publishing’s DoubleDown Series: The Revival of the Ace Doubles”, "Get on the Midnight Meat Train: A Special Anniversary Edition" by Trever Nordgren Jade Sky Comic by: Joe McKinney and Patrick Freivald with artwork from Chris Bell Columns from Jonathan Maberry, Yvonne Navarro, Richard Dansky, Robert Morrish and so much more!


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All new Fiction by: Kevin J. Anderson, Graham Masterton, Tim Waggoner, Gene O’Neill, Harry Shannon and Brett J. Talley Interviews with: Doug Bradley, Graham Masterton, Jeffrey Combs, Owl Goingback and Lloyd and Pat Kaufman Articles on: “Gutmunchers! The Italian Zombie Films” by James R. Beach, “JournalStone Publishing’s DoubleDown Series: The Revival of the Ace Doubles”, "G All new Fiction by: Kevin J. Anderson, Graham Masterton, Tim Waggoner, Gene O’Neill, Harry Shannon and Brett J. Talley Interviews with: Doug Bradley, Graham Masterton, Jeffrey Combs, Owl Goingback and Lloyd and Pat Kaufman Articles on: “Gutmunchers! The Italian Zombie Films” by James R. Beach, “JournalStone Publishing’s DoubleDown Series: The Revival of the Ace Doubles”, "Get on the Midnight Meat Train: A Special Anniversary Edition" by Trever Nordgren Jade Sky Comic by: Joe McKinney and Patrick Freivald with artwork from Chris Bell Columns from Jonathan Maberry, Yvonne Navarro, Richard Dansky, Robert Morrish and so much more!

56 review for Dark Discoveries - Issue #28

  1. 5 out of 5

    Char

    I won this magazine through the Goodreads First Reads giveaway program. I will admit that I don't have much experience with the dark fiction/horror magazines of today. When I was younger, I did love mags like Fangoria and Weird Tales, so when I saw this issue was up for a giveaway I immediately entered. I was totally psyched to have won! This collection was a nice mix of short stories, interviews, features and reviews. Regarding the short stories, I liked every single one of them. Graham Master I won this magazine through the Goodreads First Reads giveaway program. I will admit that I don't have much experience with the dark fiction/horror magazines of today. When I was younger, I did love mags like Fangoria and Weird Tales, so when I saw this issue was up for a giveaway I immediately entered. I was totally psyched to have won! This collection was a nice mix of short stories, interviews, features and reviews. Regarding the short stories, I liked every single one of them. Graham Masterton, Kevin J. Anderson, Gene O'Neill, Harry Shannon, Brett Talley and Tim Waggoner all had contributions here. Kevin Anderson and Gene O'Neill are both completely new to me and since I enjoyed their stories so much I will be seeking out more of their work. Of all of these stories though, I think I enjoyed Tim Waggoner's story the most. "The Talking Dead" KICKED ASS-wildly imaginative and unapologetic-I loved it! Of the non fiction portions, which consisted mostly of interviews, I enjoyed the one with Jeffrey Combs the most. (Interviewed mostly because of his roles in various movies like Re-Animator, I enjoyed it and him from his role on Deep Space Nine.) The non fiction section also included some reviews which I also enjoyed, most especially those from Josh Black. Overall this was an awesome issue that I very much enjoyed. Recommended to fans of horror short stories!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Karl

    I did not win this magazine, or get it free from any one, I bought and paid for it cus I wanted to read it. Contents The Stories: p10 - "Unholy Ghost" by Graham Masterton p25 - "The Writing on the Wall" (A Dan Shamble, Zombie P.I. Adventure) by Kevin J. Anderson p42 - "On the Right Side of the Road" by Gene O’Neill p56 - "Bait" by Harry Shannon p62 - "What You Were Born To Be" (A Story of The Reborn) by Brett J. Talley p85 - "The Talking Dead" by Tim Waggoner Other Contents of interest: p6 - Intervie I did not win this magazine, or get it free from any one, I bought and paid for it cus I wanted to read it. Contents The Stories: p10 - "Unholy Ghost" by Graham Masterton p25 - "The Writing on the Wall" (A Dan Shamble, Zombie P.I. Adventure) by Kevin J. Anderson p42 - "On the Right Side of the Road" by Gene O’Neill p56 - "Bait" by Harry Shannon p62 - "What You Were Born To Be" (A Story of The Reborn) by Brett J. Talley p85 - "The Talking Dead" by Tim Waggoner Other Contents of interest: p6 - Interview with Graham Masterton The only part of this issue I did not care for was the "Comic" in the middle of the magazine.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Marvin

    Disclaimer No. 1: I write book reviews for Dark Discoveries. In fact, one of my reviews appear on page 102 of this issue. Disclaimer No. 2: I am not above bragging about it. OK. On to the review. Dark Discoveries is a quarterly magazine devoted to the horror and fantasy genre and published by Journalstone, LLC. The first thing that hits you is the professional allure of the magazine. there is a catchy cover that features a provocative looking female running from a zombie. Dark Discoveries magazine Disclaimer No. 1: I write book reviews for Dark Discoveries. In fact, one of my reviews appear on page 102 of this issue. Disclaimer No. 2: I am not above bragging about it. OK. On to the review. Dark Discoveries is a quarterly magazine devoted to the horror and fantasy genre and published by Journalstone, LLC. The first thing that hits you is the professional allure of the magazine. there is a catchy cover that features a provocative looking female running from a zombie. Dark Discoveries magazines as of late seem to have a fondness for provocative and sexy females but I must say I enjoy the mildly camp but slick cover style. But there is nothing campy about what is between the covers. Dark Discoveries includes both fiction and non-fiction, usually covering a specific theme per magazine. This issue, number 28 has a zombie theme. Most of the articles relate to that theme in one way or another. This is the kind of magazine I sit down with and read from cover to cover in one continuous session. It is that good. It is the fiction I read it for. It offers only original material and the six stories for this issue are by Graham Masterson, Kevin J. Anderson, Gene O'Neill. Harry Shannon, Brett J Tulley, and Tim Waggoner. They are all worth reading but Gene O'Neill's psychopathic (and non-zombie) delight titled "On the Right Side of the Road" is perhaps the best of the lot. TIm Waggoner's "The Talking Dead" comes in a close second with its unusual take on the undead. The only disappointment was Graham Masterson's "Unholy Ghost" not because it was not good but because it was not a short tale but an excerpt from his upcoming novel, Plague of the Manitou I must admit though. It really sells the novel. But let's not downplay the non-fiction. There are interviews with Graham Masterson, Doug Bradley, Jeffrey Combs (one of my favorite B-movie actors), Troma's Lloyd and Pat Kaufman and Native-American horror writer Owl Goingback. I also enjoyed the retrospective look at Italian zombie films. On top of all this, you will find an ongoing comic series by Joe McKinney and Patrick Freivald. There are also plenty of regular features written by such luminaries as Yvonne Navarro, Jonathan Mayberry and others that cover cryptozoic creatures, YA novels, movie monsters and other things that go bump in the night. Last but not least are the book and movie reviews which are selected from the Hell Notes web site, also owned by Journalstone, LLC. Overall, there is a lot of entertainment and information packed in 110 pages. Just like its predecessors, Dark Discoveries Issue # 28 is sure to be an enjoyable read as long as you have that yen for horror fiction and movies.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Christopher Payne

    All new Fiction by: Kevin J. Anderson, Graham Masterton, Tim Waggoner, Gene O’Neill, Harry Shannon and Brett J. Talley Interviews with: Doug Bradley, Graham Masterton, Jeffrey Combs, Owl Goingback and Lloyd and Pat Kaufman Articles on: “Gutmunchers! The Italian Zombie Films” by James R. Beach, “JournalStone Publishing’s DoubleDown Series: The Revival of the Ace Doubles”, "Get on the Midnight Meat Train: A Special Anniversary Edition" by Trever Nordgren Jade Sky Comic by: Joe McKinney and Patrick F All new Fiction by: Kevin J. Anderson, Graham Masterton, Tim Waggoner, Gene O’Neill, Harry Shannon and Brett J. Talley Interviews with: Doug Bradley, Graham Masterton, Jeffrey Combs, Owl Goingback and Lloyd and Pat Kaufman Articles on: “Gutmunchers! The Italian Zombie Films” by James R. Beach, “JournalStone Publishing’s DoubleDown Series: The Revival of the Ace Doubles”, "Get on the Midnight Meat Train: A Special Anniversary Edition" by Trever Nordgren Jade Sky Comic by: Joe McKinney and Patrick Freivald with artwork from Chris Bell Columns from Jonathan Maberry, Yvonne Navarro, Richard Dansky, Robert Morrish and so much more!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Angie Lisle

    Ever think about what it might have been like back in the days when Sherlock Holmes was being published as a serial in a multitude of literary magazines? My generation of readers hasn't been able to enjoy that luxury and this magazine felt like it's trying to live up to the expectations I imagined when I first read the collected works of Holmes in my youth, with one exception - Dark Discoveries is devoted to the horror cannon instead of mysteries. The fictional stories were my favorites so, of c Ever think about what it might have been like back in the days when Sherlock Holmes was being published as a serial in a multitude of literary magazines? My generation of readers hasn't been able to enjoy that luxury and this magazine felt like it's trying to live up to the expectations I imagined when I first read the collected works of Holmes in my youth, with one exception - Dark Discoveries is devoted to the horror cannon instead of mysteries. The fictional stories were my favorites so, of course, there are more nonfiction articles than stories, but the articles and interviews were interesting and informative. I received a free copy of this magazine in exchange for a review - I'm always wary of magazines because many are filled with more adverts for crap I don't want or need than articles. There are ads in this magazine but not for the usual crap (personal hygiene products and what-not). Every ad in this issues is geared for the horror aficionado and many introduced me to book titles that I hadn't seen or heard about before and am now interested in tracking down.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Burma Turner

    I won this from Goodreads, thank you! Wow, I loved this magazine. There is something for everyone in here, interviews, fiction and so much more! My favorites were the fiction stories, they were awesome and very original, but this whole magazine is fantastic. Highly recommend to anyone who likes fantasy or horror.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Zara Brumana

    I received a copy of this magazine (let's be honest - it's a magazine, NOT a "book") as a part of an ARC giveaway through Goodreads in exchange for an honest review. This is worth the cost for the Kaufman/Troma article alone. Interesting reads, especially for fans of the horror movie genre. I received a copy of this magazine (let's be honest - it's a magazine, NOT a "book") as a part of an ARC giveaway through Goodreads in exchange for an honest review. This is worth the cost for the Kaufman/Troma article alone. Interesting reads, especially for fans of the horror movie genre.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

    I received this magazine for free from Goodreads First Reads. Sweet horror magazine. Interviews with authors and short stories. I really like the article on cryptozoology.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Daryl

    I won a copy of this magazine from the Goodreads First Reads program. A couple of years back, I submitted two stories to Dark Discoveries; they didn't accept either one, but I won't hold that against them. I thought it would be interesting to check out the mag and see what all they included. My first impression is that I was surprised by the amount of non-fiction. Covering that first, I did enjoy a couple of the author interviews, especially the one with Owl Goingback (partly, I'm sure, because I won a copy of this magazine from the Goodreads First Reads program. A couple of years back, I submitted two stories to Dark Discoveries; they didn't accept either one, but I won't hold that against them. I thought it would be interesting to check out the mag and see what all they included. My first impression is that I was surprised by the amount of non-fiction. Covering that first, I did enjoy a couple of the author interviews, especially the one with Owl Goingback (partly, I'm sure, because he's the only author here that I'd read anything by previously). The article on Italian zombie films epitomizes my reaction to the magazine as a whole: it's very esoteric and lists a bunch of films without going into much detail about any of them or giving too much background. Unless you were already interested in this subject, it wouldn't do much to create interest. Several of the other "features" (which I'll assume appear regularly in the magazine) were personal reminiscences and remembrances which didn't appeal to me at all. I did like the (longer) article on cryptids, which was the third of a 3-parter, just because I'm already interested in that subject. Again, not much information is given on any particular "monster" but there were a number listed that were new to me, thus sparking interest (I even went so far as to look one of them up on Wikipedia). There's also a 7-page comic that's listed as "episode 2" (again, ongoing), though for some reason it's listed under the non-fiction category in the table of contents. The comic is neither well-written nor well-drawn. On to the fiction, which is what I was really looking for in this magazine in the first place. Six stories appear in this issue, although one ("Unholy Ghost" by Graham Masterson) is an excerpt of a novel, and doesn't really serve any purpose other than promotion (I won't be buying the novel it's from). "What You Were Born To Be" by Brett J. Talley is subtitled "A Story of The Reborn" so I'm assuming it's part of some longer series that I'm unfamiliar with. While what happened in the story was fairly obvious, there's a backstory or longer story referenced that I really didn't get (and didn't especially care about, either). Kevin J. Anderson's "The Writing on the Wall" was about a zombie P.I., a character who's appeared in several other books (which I gathered from an ad later in the magazine, although it was pretty obvious from the story itself). It was an overtly humourous set-up that I didn't find funny. Two other stories ("On the Right Side of the Road" by Gene O'Neill and "Bait" by Harry Shannon) were pretty typical zombie/horror stories that didn't stand out. The one story that I did actually like was Tim Waggoner's "The Talking Dead." This one took a unique approach (to me, at least) and was gruesome, gross, disgusting, and disturbing -- in all the right ways a horror story should be. Unfortunately, one good story out of 100+ pages of material is not a good average. If Dark Discoveries is giving away copies in hopes of gaining new subscribers, they've failed with me.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Scott Haraburda

    Goodreads First Reads Giveaway Book. ------------------------------------ Dark Discoveries - Issue #28 is a quarterly magazine, established ten years ago, that has contents involving the horror fiction, dark fantasy, and science fiction genres. This magazine includes short fiction stories, interviews, and non-fiction articles, along with profiles of famous authors. This specific edition had interviews with: Doug Bradley, Graham Masterton, Jeffrey Combs, Owl Goingback and Lloyd and Pat Kaufman. I f Goodreads First Reads Giveaway Book. ------------------------------------ Dark Discoveries - Issue #28 is a quarterly magazine, established ten years ago, that has contents involving the horror fiction, dark fantasy, and science fiction genres. This magazine includes short fiction stories, interviews, and non-fiction articles, along with profiles of famous authors. This specific edition had interviews with: Doug Bradley, Graham Masterton, Jeffrey Combs, Owl Goingback and Lloyd and Pat Kaufman. I found the non-fiction articles on Italian Zombie films and the anniversary discussion of the Midnight Meat Train interesting. The end of the magazine had a section called “Hellnotes Reviews,” providing the reader valuable information about current books and movies. Besides excellent articles, the magazine is filled with fantastic color figures. Dark Discoveries is a source of valuable information for readers interested in the horror, dark fantasy, and science fiction genres.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Roger Royer

    This was an exceptional collection of interviews, short stories and reviews all collected in one spot well written and with very little fluff. I was surprised to find it so fun to read when it is focused on the horror genre. Not many people can pull of a fun collection of interviews and shorts in one place and keep them in tune withe the reviews and previews of upcoming items and keep it relevant and fun but they manage it here very well.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Plaguedoctor

    I received this magazine in the goodreads giveaway. I actually enjoyed this magazine a lot. It has a lot of discussion and reviews for horror books, games, movies, tv shows, etc. It has some short stories and excerpts, which where for the most part, interesting to read. I definitely recommend to those who like creepy and horror related stuff!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Callie

    ***Goodreads First Reads Winner*** I love the dark discoveries issues. #28 had some great stories and information on other great horror novels. I only wish there were less interviews and more stories!

  14. 4 out of 5

    L.

    Dark, but something for everyone.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Luk Worknik

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    Steve

  17. 4 out of 5

    Louise BDGG

  18. 4 out of 5

    suhail bhäïsahab

  19. 4 out of 5

    Scott Roberts

  20. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

  21. 4 out of 5

    Aaron French

  22. 4 out of 5

    Aaron J.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Valene Lavallee

  24. 5 out of 5

    Tiffany

  25. 4 out of 5

    solihin

  26. 4 out of 5

    Eric Guignard

  27. 5 out of 5

    James Lynam

  28. 4 out of 5

    Sara

  29. 4 out of 5

    Gary Long

  30. 5 out of 5

    Frederick Rotzien

  31. 5 out of 5

    Gordon Bingham

  32. 5 out of 5

    Vykki

  33. 4 out of 5

    Jeremy Belasco

  34. 4 out of 5

    Pam

  35. 5 out of 5

    Steven

  36. 4 out of 5

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  37. 4 out of 5

    Katie Harder-schauer

  38. 5 out of 5

    Sue

  39. 5 out of 5

    Brett Talley

  40. 4 out of 5

    K.

  41. 4 out of 5

    Kaite

  42. 5 out of 5

    Kirby Tails

  43. 5 out of 5

    Dana

  44. 4 out of 5

    Linda

  45. 5 out of 5

    Erzabet Bishop

  46. 4 out of 5

    Jason Bonton

  47. 4 out of 5

    Wendi Starusnak

  48. 4 out of 5

    Kim Hathorn

  49. 4 out of 5

    Natalie

  50. 4 out of 5

    Terrie Leigh Relf

  51. 5 out of 5

    Pamela

  52. 4 out of 5

    Biv

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    Dani Sigman

  54. 5 out of 5

    Christa Bengtsson

  55. 5 out of 5

    Leslie Holden

  56. 5 out of 5

    Anne Marie

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