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Linda D. Addison’s poem, “The Story of Belief-Non,” starts off this anthology and offers an existential look at faith, which I thought set the tone for the entire book well.
“Ghosts of New York” by Jennifer Pelland deals with the fate of a woman in the midst of 9/11 and casts her as a ghost in the aftermath of the tragedy. The subject matter will still be difficult to take for many even years later, and is a very impactful piece.
Similarly, “I Sing a New Psalm” by Brian Keene continues to have disturbing relevance now as it did when it was written. Stylistically, the piece is written like a psalm in the Bible. One cannot help but understand the horrific path the protagonist chooses at the end.
“He Who Would Not Bow” by Wrath James White features a very Old Testament version of God (for all intents and purposes). I struggled with the piece because of my own beliefs. Nonetheless, things take a turn in a more interesting way than the reader may think.
Another standout for me included “Different from Other Nights” by Eliyanna Kaiser, a story from the perspective of the Jewish faith. It takes place during a Passover seder, involves the prophet Elijah, and features a little girl, Rachel, who gets herself mixed into some trouble when things become too literal.
Richard Dansky provides a glimpse into, as his story title suggests, the “Mad Eyes of the Heron King” while D.T. Friedman presents an Artist who strikes an ill-fated and ominous bargain with Death in “Paint Box, Puzzle Box.” Meanwhile, “A Loss for Words” by J. C. Hay features Calliope, the muse of Greek mythology. There’s a reason writers have a reputation for being drama queens, and the writer, Robert, featured in this tale is no exception.
I also enjoyed “The Unremembered” by Chesya Burke, and “Miz Ruthie Pays Her Respects” by Lucy A. Snyder, which features some graphic scenes but overall provides a satisfying experience of families and the notion of paying respects. “Hush” by Kelly Barnhill explores a mother’s grief and how it morphs.
Overall, Dark Faith remains a startlingly strong and impactful tome that readers would definitely do well to check out as it is one of the more challenging reading experiences as far as horror anthologies go.