Dark Tales Zine ISBN/ITEM#: DTFall06
Date: November 2006 /
Dark Tales – Issue 9 – Autumn 2006
Published by Dark Tales, 7 Offley Street, Barbourne, Worcester, WR3 8BH, UK -- Dark Tales Website
This is the first issue of Dark Tales that I've received and I thought it was pretty good. It's a small press horror magazine from Great Britain and all but two of the stories got a Very Good from me.
"The Night Hag" by K.S. Dearsley is a chilling little tale of a young girl who is haunted by something she calls the night hag. The story develops nicely and gives us a good ending when we find out what the night hag is. In "The Devil Came Up to Grimesford", Michael Ray gives us a classic encounter with the Devil story in which the Devil offers every resident of a town their heart's desire with no strings attached. This was my favorite story in the issue. Mark Cowley's "Mandrake" is the story of a wizard who must dig up a mandrake plant to make an aphrodisiac. This is not a simple thing to do.
"Kitty and Katherine" by Tyler Keevil tells us about a ghost hunter who must find out why a young woman is being haunted. His research reveals an unexpected answer. "Screaming Purple Psychosis" by Priya Sharma is the story of a young woman who sees a monster in her house. This leads her to take drastic action. "Flutter on by, Mr. Butterfly" by Caroline Bates is a gruesome little tale of nature gone mad. In "Afterimage", Andrew Myers spins a tale of a young woman haunted by something that robs her of sleep and what happens to the doctor who tries to help her. "Guardian" by Timothy C. Hobbs is the story of a young girl who prays for a different kind of guardian when she is being abused. Michael Hart's "The Zeitsev" is a nasty little tale of a once-again Communist Russia and the drastic measures it takes to win a war.
The stories that disappointed me were "Mystery Train" by David Turnbull which is a muddled story of a man's journey and "Chosen" by Susan Carey which is an OK tale of a woman's daughter whose life goes awry.
The issue also includes a one-page but very good interview with Piers Anthony and "The Blackford Folly (Part 1)" by David Robertson which I will review when it is completed. All in all, this magazine gets a recommendation from me.
(Source: Dark Tales)