Over at SF Revu, Sam Tomaino sheds some light on the latest issue of The Dark.
The first new story is “A Performance for Painted Bones” by Kelly Stewart… In a town where the populace is just skeletons, a dancer and a hunter have skin. They are kept alive as long as they do their jobs. But one could take the train east if there was a good reason to, like returning an object to its rightful owner. Written like a proposal for a movie, this is wonderfully atmospheric. Works perfectly.
The other new story is “A Lasting Legacy” by Osahon Ize-Iyamu… Ogu is from a disgraced family and wants to get respect by becoming the leader of the machi. He wants to find something that will ensure that. But his uncle is a disgrace and burden to the family. What can he do? A grim, sad story but very effective.
The Dark has its own brand of unique horror and is certainly worth reading. It deserves your support.
The July cover is by Vincent Chong. Here’s the Table of Contents for issue #26, cover-dated July 2017.
“A Performance for Painted Bones” by Kelly Stewart
“Girl, I Love You” by Nadia Bulkin (from Phantasm Japan,, 2014)
“A Lasting Legacy” by Osahon Ize-Iyamu
“Harvest” by Michael Harris Cohen (from From Their Cradle to Your Grave, 2013)
The Dark is co-edited by Silvia Moreno-Garcia and Sean Wallace, with assistance by Jack Fisher. It is published monthly online and in digital formats, and includes two original stories and two reprints each issue. You can read issues free online, or help support the magazine by buying the ebook editions, available for the Kindle and Nook in Mobi and ePub format. Issues are around 50 pages, and priced at $2.99 through Amazon, B&N.com, Apple, Kobo, and other fine outlets — or subscribe for just $1.99 per issue. If you enjoy the magazine you can contribute to their new Patreon account here. You can also support The Dark by buying their books, reviewing stories, or even just leaving comments.
Read the July issue here, and see their complete back issue catalog here. We last covered The Dark with the May issue. See our June Fantasy Magazine Rack here, and all of our recent Magazine coverage here.