The Dark - Issue 8, May 2015
Edited by Jack Fisher & Sean Wallace
Cover Artist: Clown by Angus Yi
Review by Sam Tomaino
The Dark eZine / eBook ISBN/ITEM#: 2157-1406
Date: 29 May 2015
Here is The Dark #8 with its four very well-told tales.
The issue begins with "The Ghost of You Lingers" by Kevin McNeil -+- A realtor takes a young couple on a tour of possible houses to buy. But one is supposed to be haunted. Another has a serial killer in the neighborhood. A third has a sinister hole in the wall hidden by a wardrobe. A fourth was the scene of a murder-suicide in which a husband killed his child and wife before killing himself. The last one is entirely new and seems just right, but the "you" that is the central character has something sinister about him. Nicely unsettling.
"An Ocean of Eyes" by Cassandra Khaw -+- It is modern day, but Frederic has come to the town that "let two old people get eaten alive by cats". Yes, it is Ulthar, where the Elder Gods are still worshipped. He meets Sigrid and wants to go to bed with her but she refuses. Eventually, she asks him to leave town but he will not. He finds out another custom of Ulthar. Nicely done.
"A Shot of Salt Water" by Lisa L. Hannett -+- In a village where the women go out on boats for an extended time and the men stay home, Billy Rideout is looking forward to the return of his lass, Alberta Stagg, Beetie. But she is carrying a baby with her. It might be his and it might be stolen from the sea. When Billy sees it, he knows it's not his, but custom demands he accept it anyway. He can't and the situation is resolved in a surprising way. A fine fantasy.
"Monetary Sage" by Eric Schwitzgebel -+- The story of two familiar couples, Lysander and Hermia, Demetrius and Helena, after the events of A Midsummer Night's Dream. Demetrius, our narrator, sees a sprite impregnating Hermia but says nothing about it. A child is born and they call it Sage but it is obviously not human. Complications ensue and this one is not a comedy. Another good story.