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Each month The Dark brings you the best in dark fantasy and horror! Selected by award-winning editor Sean Wallace and published by Prime Books, this issue includes four all-new stories: “The Van Etten House” by Carrie Laben “Love for Ashes” by Frances Ogamba “There, in the Woods” by Clara Madrigano “Each Night an Adaptation” by Osahon Ize-Iyamu


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Each month The Dark brings you the best in dark fantasy and horror! Selected by award-winning editor Sean Wallace and published by Prime Books, this issue includes four all-new stories: “The Van Etten House” by Carrie Laben “Love for Ashes” by Frances Ogamba “There, in the Woods” by Clara Madrigano “Each Night an Adaptation” by Osahon Ize-Iyamu

23 review for The Dark Magazine, Issue 68 (January 2021)

  1. 4 out of 5

    Santiago

    Segundo volumen de The Dark que leo y tengo que reconocer que si bien le costó arrancar, cuando habla del cuento del bosque y las desapariciones se vuelve excelente. Con muchas ganas de ver con qué nos sorprenden en Marzo!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Daniel

    Three of the four stories in this issue I adored, and the other might be appreciated by those who aren't put off by its voice. The Dark Magazine continues to excel in presenting horror/dark fantasy that span a large variety of the genres, with no two stories alike here. “The Van Etten House” by Carrie Laben — Two friends begin a partnership as online collectible dealers in their college town after graduation. Within the packed house of deceased hoarder, they discover a room of custom-made dolls t Three of the four stories in this issue I adored, and the other might be appreciated by those who aren't put off by its voice. The Dark Magazine continues to excel in presenting horror/dark fantasy that span a large variety of the genres, with no two stories alike here. “The Van Etten House” by Carrie Laben — Two friends begin a partnership as online collectible dealers in their college town after graduation. Within the packed house of deceased hoarder, they discover a room of custom-made dolls that appear modeled after children contacted though Christian magazine pen-pal want ads. And it gets ore unsettling. The most conventional horror story in the issue, in this case also one of my favorites. Creepy dolls will always be something that gets me, and the idea gets a fresh look here both in terms of the doll's creator and their effects. Alongside this, the strength of the bond between the partners becomes tested. This could fit right in adapted into a horror anthology TV series, and I loved its atmosphere of familiar horror territory in a new way. “Love for Ashes” by Frances Ogamba — You did not read this story because I started talking to you in it. “There, in the Woods” by Clara Madrigano — A woman living in her childhood home considers the recent disappearance of a boy from the neighborhood in the nearby woods, a sinister place where her husband also recently disappeared, and others in her past. Understandably questioned by police, she find herself unable to leave the house, yet still drawn by the lure of the woods and the truth she knows deep down. The story can be read symbolically, or literally as horror/fantasy, and it could likely evoke different interpretations according to the reader and details held onto. It's unsettling and mysterious, and I'll look forward now to more from the author written in English as this, or translated from Portuguese. “Each Night an Adaptation” by Osahon Ize-Iyamu — A girl sleeps in her dead father's house to help him enter the afterlife, and to help her mother who cannot handle keeping the tradition herself. And how this shapes her future. A touching short piece on how people handle grief, deal with the heaviness of expectations, and confront horror. Though dark, it is pervaded with an atmosphere of perseverance and strength in its protagonist, the aptly named Destiny. The issue also features cover art by Vincent Chong.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Maija

    “The Van Etten House” by Carrie Laben - My favourite! I have a penchant for horror stories where people explore/renovate/etc a house. In this case, collectible/thrift store sellers go through the stuff in a hoarder's house and find some interesting dolls. I liked how we didn't get clear answers. This story made me google Henry Darger and that was a ride! “Love for Ashes” by Frances Ogamba - The writing style didn't work for me, not really my kind of thing. “There, in the Woods” by Clara Madrigano “The Van Etten House” by Carrie Laben - My favourite! I have a penchant for horror stories where people explore/renovate/etc a house. In this case, collectible/thrift store sellers go through the stuff in a hoarder's house and find some interesting dolls. I liked how we didn't get clear answers. This story made me google Henry Darger and that was a ride! “Love for Ashes” by Frances Ogamba - The writing style didn't work for me, not really my kind of thing. “There, in the Woods” by Clara Madrigano - Didn't do much for me, either. “Each Night an Adaptation” by Osahon Ize-Iyamu - I really liked the idea! It took a while for me to get what was happening, but it was quite short - just the right length - to give the reveal and deliver a punch.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Erin

  5. 5 out of 5

    Clara Madrigano

  6. 5 out of 5

    Josh

  7. 5 out of 5

    Fiona

  8. 4 out of 5

    Dain Kavars

  9. 5 out of 5

    Jaala

  10. 5 out of 5

    Ioanna Papadopoulou

  11. 5 out of 5

    Benjamin DeHaan

  12. 4 out of 5

    Kevin

  13. 5 out of 5

    Cassie

  14. 4 out of 5

    Kyle

  15. 5 out of 5

    Ebru

  16. 5 out of 5

    Bree Maack

  17. 5 out of 5

    Angela

  18. 5 out of 5

    Masquebeauty

  19. 4 out of 5

    Simran Yadav

  20. 4 out of 5

    Rowan A. Radwan

  21. 5 out of 5

    Sara Hollingsworth

  22. 5 out of 5

    Kendy

  23. 5 out of 5

    Jamie

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