The May issue of The Dark has new fiction by A.M. Muffaz and Eliza Victoria, plus reprints by Samantha Henderson and Damien Angelica Walters. Charles Payseur at Quick Sip Reviews thinks highly of the Muffaz.
This is a story of sinking horror, of death and the proximity of death, of abuse that everyone agrees to look away from. The piece focuses on Tentzin, a man who delivers supplies to a house where the dead are prepared to be fed to griffons as part of the culture’s death rituals. The keeper of the house and preparer of the dead, Nurgu, lives there with his son, Dolgo, and his new wife, Tashi. New wife because she was delivered like a sack of salt to Nurgu following the death of his previous wife… It’s a creepy story that does a great job building up the world in order to reveal the shadow living at its heart. The action isn’t fast but there is a deep power to it and an uncomfortable silence left in its wake. A great read!
The May cover is by Vincent Chong. Here’s the Table of Contents for issue #24, cover-dated May 2017.
“The Bone Beaters” by A.M. Muffaz
“The Lark Ascending” by Samantha Henderson (from Tomorrow’s Cthulhu, 2016)
“Queen Midnight” by Eliza Victoria
“When We Taste of Death” by Damien Angelica Walters (from Exigencies, 2015)
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