The Dark - Issue 29, September 2017
Edited by Sean Wallace and Silvia Moreno-Garcia
Cover Artist: Tomislav Tikulin
Review by Sam Tomaino
The Dark eMagazine ISBN/ITEM#: 2332-4392
Date: 29 September 2017
Here is The Dark #29 with two new stories.
The first new story is "The Whalebone Parrot" by Darcie Little Badger. -+- Sometime in the 19th century, Emily Riddell is a young girl of Native American descent whose family is dead. In an orphanage, she is befriended by Loretta who is like her and they are like sisters. Loretta has married Albert Forrester, who comes from a rich white family but is currently a lighthouse keeper. Loretta is pregnant and Emily has been hired to help her. She is given a pet cat named William. But when William kills Parrot, the bird does not truly die and possesses Loretta. What can Emily do? Good story with an evocative sense of place and time.
The other new story is "The Weirdo" by Davide Camparsi, translated by Michael Colbert. -+- Our narrator and his friend talk to the old wino they call "the weirdo". He tells them about the monsters that eat people. He tells the same stories to Mr. Vanti, a writer who wants ideas for his horror novel. Mr. Vanti disappears. His wife searches for him in vain. Then, her son also disappears. Do the monsters have him? Great story but I don't want to spoil anything else about it.
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). If you want to give them more support, go to their Patreon site (see the How to Support link at the top of this review).