The Dark - Issue 21, February 2017
Edited by Sean Wallace and Silvia Moreno-Garcia
Cover Artist: captblack76
Review by Sam Tomaino
The Dark eMagazine ISBN/ITEM#: 2332-4392
Date: 29 January 2017
Here is The Dark #21 with two new stories.
The first new story is "The Lily Rose" by Emily B. Cataneo. -+- Lily Rose is headmistress of the Wolf Street Orphanage. A bequest by a rich donor allows her to send her girls on an ocean voyage on a ship coincidentally called the Lily Rose. But there is a ship wreck and all the girls die. Lily, who had been a thorough-going rationalist notices some odd things about the now-empty orphanage and is convinced it is haunted. She even feels that she is actually the ship Lily Rose. Just a perfect little ghost story.
The other new story is "Can Anything Good Come" by Suyi Davies Okungbowa. -+- Our narrator is doing her year of national service in Benin City, Nigeria, when her friend, Mercy, suggests they go to the night market for some good deals on food. Despite her father's admonition that nothing good ever comes from something with the word "night" in front of it, she agrees to go. There they encounter a strange tree and an even stranger old man and have a frightening experience. Interesting story, made better by a wealth of local details and language.
The Dark has its own brand of unique horror and is certainly worth reading. It deserves your support. Check out their website (see link at the top of this review) and support them in some way if you enjoy the stories.