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Dark Currents

3.50  ·  Rating Details  ·  24 Ratings  ·  4 Reviews
A dazzling blend of science fiction, fantasy, dark fantasy and horror: a set of stories that traverses genre boundaries, linked only by their common inspiration. Contributors were given just those two words: ‘Dark Currents’ and then asked to let their imaginations run wild… From haunted seascapes to distant starscapes, from reality-hopping soldiers to naval battles in the ...more
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published April 6th 2012 by NewCon Press (first published March 1st 2012)
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May 27, 2012 Tad rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi, fantasy, ebook, arc, horror
The authors who contributed to this anthology were given two words, “Dark Currents” with which to create a story. Most came back with stories involving space, the sea, or electricity. It’s a diverse collection of stories, some quite good, others less so. There’s an art to writing a good short story. The authors in this collection used two different approaches. Some had complete, self-contained stories. Others were complete stories, but served more as preludes to what could be, and in some cases ...more
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Oct 15, 2013 Isabel (kittiwake) rated it really liked it
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I received a free copy of this book in return for a review, via the LibraryThing Early Reviewers program.

Each night, in dreams, she still flow through the green-blue dappled vastness of the Void. The dim-lit chasms arched and wheeled around her. A space that is no-space, greater than the mind can conceive, immeasurable, ineffable, nowhere and nothing.
In her dreams she could still soar through the infinite sea-lit halls that her mind made of the Void's awful nothingness; dance amidst the motes of
Carol Brannigan
With anthologies there are always stories that hold up the collection and then a few that seem thrown in there just to add bulk. This collection is no different. I felt lost in quite a few of the stories- many had a bit of an ethereal quality but they just didn't quite live up to any understandable realm. There were a few gems in the collection though- of note I really enjoyed: "The Bleeding Man" and "The Age of Entitlement". There were a few more that were decent. The stories I enjoyed were a p ...more
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Oct 18, 2012 R.B. Harkess rated it really liked it
Enjoyed this. The writers were an eclectic bunch, several in the 'been meaning to read something by...' category, so that was an added bonus.

One of the things I particularly liked was the very loose interpretation of 'Dark Currents' Ian Whates allowed the authors. The book ends up with a mixture of genres from SF to horror, well balanced. One or two stories go on a little too long, but none so much they drag.

All in all a very pleasant read, ideal for bedtime 'snacking'
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Ian Whates lives in a comfortable home down a quiet cul-de-sac in an idyllic Cambridgeshire village, which he shares with his partner Helen and their pets – Honey the golden cocker spaniel, Calvin the tailless black cat and Inky the goldfish (sadly, Binky died a few years ago).

Ian’s earliest memories of science fiction are fragmented. He remembers loving Dr Who from an early age and other TV shows
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