Nightscript Volume 2
Edited by C.M. Muller
Review by Mario Guslandi
CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform Paperback ISBN/ITEM#: 9781537472164
Date: 03 September 2016 List Price $14.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Official Info /
Following the critically acclaimed first volume of Nightscript (that unfortunately I haven't seen) editor CM Muller has assembled a second volume of that anthology, featuring new "strange & darksome tales". Strange and darksome indeed, the stories included in the book will strike the reader as extremely original compared with the standard run of the mill material which too often is offered today in horror anthologies.
Some contributions, in my opinion, deserve a special mention.
Kristi DeMeester's "In the Dark, Quiet Places" is a gloomy, dark tale probing the secrets of two unlucky sisters whose lives have been marked by sorrow, while Gwendolyn Kiste's "Reasons I Hate My Big Sister" is a surrealistic, a bit Kafkaesque story portraying a young girl affected by a mysterious, progressive disease.
In the offbeat, unsettling "White Elephants" by Malcom Devlin a little boy discovers some life facts at a country fair.
The disquieting "And Helm Do Hate" by Nina Shepardson demonstrates how even trees can be malevolent and dangerous for the human beings while the puzzling "A Silence of Starlings" by Kurt Fawver odd events take place in a nursing home (symbolism or plain Apocalypse?).
Rowley Amato provides "Aycaya", a tale of aquatic horror with a slight erotic touch, set in a New York canal.
My favorite story in the volume is the breathtaking "Understairs" by Jason A. Wyckoff, a powerful piece masterfully built around the discovery of a secret passage under the stairs of an old house, leading to unexpected, terrifying revelations.
The remaining stories, although they worked less for me, are also worth reading, which makes the book an interesting, enjoyable experience.