Dark Faith

Maurice Broaddus, Editor, Jerry Gordon, Editor Apex Publications $19.95 (375p) ISBN 978-0-9821596-8-2
Although the horror genre naturally lends itself to up close and personal examination of good and very nasty evil, little writing in that genre is faith inflected. This anthology addresses that gap. ""Faith"" is used loosely and expansively in this collection of short tales that offers something for lots of different tastes-slasher, fairy tale, end times, ghost story-as well as religion. ""Zen and the Art of Gordon Dratch's Damnation,"" by Douglas F. Warrick, is a meditation on enlightenment as cagey as any Zen master's teaching. ""Different from Other Nights"" by Eliyanna Kaiser offers a knife twist on the Passover celebration. Although the anthology is uneven, as collections often can be, the very best, like Gary A. Braunbeck's ""For My Next Trick I'll Need a Volunteer,"" resonate in the mind long afterward, with no guts or gore. And while Cathrynne M. Valente's ""The Days of Flaming Motorcycles"" is a wicked clever zombie tale set in Augusta, Maine, readers may wonder where zombie Jesus is when we need him.
Reviewed on: 05/03/2010
Release date: 05/01/2010
Paperback - 292 pages - 978-1-937009-07-6
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