The Dark - Issue 9, August 2015
Edited by Jack Fisher & Sean Wallace
Cover Artist: Michael McRae
Review by Sam Tomaino
The Dark eZine ISBN/ITEM#: 2157-1406
Date: 29 August 2015
Here is The Dark #9 with 4 new stories.
The issue begins with "Hani's: Purveyor of Rusks, Biscuits and Sweet Tea" by Sara Saab -+- Hafeez made the best bonbons for generations of children. When he dies, his grandson, Hani, takes over but doesn't make the bonbons. What is his secret? The children wonder. They find out more than they want to know. Good story.
"A House of Anxious Spiders" by JY Yang -+- It seems in this world when people argue, spiders pop out of their mouth and have a fight. If you lose, you become mute. Sook Ye's mother-in-law has died and conflicts will arise between her husband and his sister about the house, even though their father is still living. Interesting look at the family dynamics here but the idea of these "spiderfights" makes the story something unique.
"The Old Man in the Kitchen" by Patricia Russo -+- Our narrator and her sister have always been afraid of the old man who sits in the kitchen of their grandmother's. He doesn't walk around or say anything. He just twists and turns the big stick in his hands. When they get older, their mother tells the girls that the old man has done much good for people. When their mother falls ill and cannot take in any nourishment, they take her to the old man who devises an unusual form of treatment. A very imaginative story.
"Mother of Giants" by Kirsty Logan -+- Our narrator tells us of her village from the time she was a child, until she is an adult with children if her own. She hears a story about a witch who takes starving children to a better place. When she gets older, she finds out differently. Chilling little tale.