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Dark Faith

3.91 of 5 stars 3.91  ·  rating details  ·  120 ratings  ·  21 reviews
The destructiveness of passion, both earthly and supernatural, makes cities bleed and souls burn across worlds, through endless time. Experience the spiritual side of the zombie apocalypse in "The Days of Flaming Motorcycles" and transcend both hell and nirvana in "Zen and the Art of Gordon Dratch's Damnation." Look into "The Mad Eyes of the Heron King" to find the beautif...more
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Published May 7th 2010 by Smashwords Edition (first published May 1st 2010)
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I'm a big fan of Apex Publishers, and this collection of short stories and poetry did not disappoint. I cannot recommend it highly enough to fans of horror and dark fiction.

The theme of the collection is faith of all types: having faith or losing faith or finding faith; faith in higher powers, faith in the goodness of people and faith in the ugliness of people; faith in yourself and faith in the cold, uncaring machinations of the world around you.

Like the other Apex anthologies I've read, there...more
Nick Cato
These 31 all-new stories and poems explore not just religious, but several kinds of faith from many different angles.

After Linda D. Addison's opening psuedo-Genesis poem, Jennifer Pelland's 'Ghosts of New York' gets things off to an intense start; this one tells the tale of a woman who continually finds herself jumping from a skyscraper, soon to learn she's among those who were killed on 9/11.

Brian Keene's 'I Sing A New Psalm' is like a religious version of Steve Gerlach's novel RAGE (with an en...more
Scott Nicholson
A diverse group of viewpoints, at times hard-hitting and other times poignant. A great exploration of spirituality, one of my favorite subjects.

Scott Nicholson
Try bringing aspects of religion into your horror writing and see what kind of reaction you get from the God-fearin' folks. Or, you could just ask Maurice Broaddus about it. Maurice, himself a devout Christian, has no qualms in recognizing the darker elements of faith, as well shining a little of that gospel of the terrifying. And considering the caliber of authors he coerced into contributing to this anthology, the guy knows how to strike a balance. It's just kind of funny to hear how such a ni...more
Dark Faith is loaded with thirty-one new stories and poems on faith and spirituality in all of its forms. I’ve always loved the marriage of faith and the horror genre, going back to books like The Sentinel by Jeffrey Konvitz and William Peter Blatty’s The Exorcist, and this anthology doesn’t disappoint.

Among my favorite stories in the collection are “Good Enough” by Kelli Dunlap, about a relationship that goes wrong, a history of bad choices, and a serial killer who doesn’t fit the usual profil...more
Creepy, but hard to put down. Loved how the nature of faith, where it be Christian or otherwise, was explored in this book. I'll add more to the review when I get home but the first story, "Ghosts of New York" really struck home with me, whereas "Zen and the Art of Gordon Dratch's Damnation" had me curled in a corner, whimpering in fright. There was a couple of stories that made me wonder what it had to do with faith, whereas I started off "Sandboys" thinking it was heavyhanded and over-dramatic...more
Jun 12, 2011 Misha marked it as will-come-back-to-later-no-really
I bought this for Jennifer Pelland's Nebula-nominated short story "Ghosts of New York," but I'm finding it a strong anthology overall thus far.

After a poem, "Ghosts of New York" leads the anthology with a discomfiting story of the ghost of a woman who jumped from the North Tower on Sept. 11, 2001, and must relive the fall again and again. The story ends on a surprisingly positive note of acceptance and peace. The subject matter is difficult, but the story is thought-provoking and very well-writt...more
A collection of horror short stories about faith, kind of. I had a hard time getting into this anthology (the first story that really worked for me was “Different from Other Nights” by Eliyanna Kaiser), but the latter two-thirds had some winners. Here are a few of my favorites:

“The Mad Eyes of the Heron King” by Richard Dansky - Out of all of the stories, this one has really stuck with me. I'll never look at a heron in the same way.
“Paint Box, Puzzle Box” by DT Friedman - Loved the layered world...more
This was an interesting anthology featuring stories exploring different aspects and kinds of faith.

The stories varied in tone and theme much more than I might have expected which kept the experience of reading it feeling 'fresh' right up to the end.

While I liked almost all the stories and poems but my personal favourites were:

'Ghosts of New York' by Jennifer Pelland,
'Go and Tell It on the Mountain' by Kyle S. Johnson,
'To the Jerusalem Crater' by Lavie Tidhar,
'You Dream' by Ekaterina Sedia,
'A Lo...more
DeAnna Knippling
Note - I read slush for Apex; this is an Apex book.

A collection of short stories related to faith. Some of them went for the cheap tricks, but here were some of my favorites:

The Mad Eyes of the Heron King - Richard Dansky. All herons are the Heron King.
Scrawl - Tom Piccirilli. About a humble writer of porn. Cracked me up.
The Days of Flaming Motorcycles - Catherynne Valente. Borders on the edge of hipsterism but still shines.
Sandboys - Richard Wright. Two boys made out of sand on the seashore.

A wonderful collection of stories containing unique perspectives on how faith affects our lives. Faith is a powerful force in our lives in ways we rarely understand, and these stories demonstrate the many faces of faith. Absolutely brilliant. My personal favorite is "Zen and the Art of Gordon Dratch’s Damnation” by Douglas F. Warrick -- a wonderfully written story about exploring and embracing personal belief even in the afterlife. Kudos to Maurice Broaddus, Apex Books, and all of the contributi...more
This is not light fare. If I tell you that the most cheerful story in a collection is about the aftermath of the zombie apocalypse, I guess you can imagine the big picture. The predominant colour is red.

All in all, most stories are pretty good, and have degrees of creepy varying from halfway comfortable frisson to holy-shit-I'll-be-over-there-hiding-under-my-blanket.

So, if you like dark and creepy, go for it ;)
Michael Morris
Really 3.5 stars. The book started and finished strong but the middle stories dragged a little and didn't grab my attention. It is possible some of the lack of interest could have been due to my recovering from a packed vacation.
Ricardo López
Most of the stories are fun. Some are quite imaginative and gave me new perspectives on what a horror short story could be. In that sense, I found several of the stories refreshening and engaging. Only a few failed to capture my interest.
Only about half of these stories are good. A lot of the tales don't have anything to do with faith, so I don't know why they're in here. The pieces that do rock make it worth reading, though.
Mar 16, 2012 Tamahome marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Horror and religion. Jenn Pelland's Ghosts of New York is in it. It's online somewhere too.
Interesting mix of styles and subject matter with the "faith" thread running throughout. As in all anthologies, loved some stories and hated some, but overall I enjoyed the book.
As with any book of short stories, I liked some more than I liked others, but in general it's a very strong collection with a number of standout pieces.
Mixed bag. Some excellent stories, some merely okay. Nothing really bad.
Ron Turner
The first few stories were great, but then the rest petered out.
Skip Novak
Great book with amazing stories by some great writers.
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