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When Anthony found Flo dead, locked overnight in one of the reading rooms of the university library, he knew it must have something to do with Mary. Mary Prestosa, fourth year graduating Philosophy student, whom they had been investigating. Mary, who surprised her roommate one night by suddenly standing up from her bed, throwing the windows open, and jumping down, headfirs ...more
Kindle Edition, 56 pages
Published July 9th 2012 by Flipside Publishing, Inc.
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Neil (or bleed)
Despite being just a novella, The Viewless Dark delivers what a paranormal-horror should be like. Dark, creepy and disturbing. Add that its ability to make your heart aches because of the characters and the thoughts, ideas and feelings this book is holding on its words.

The Viewless Dark is a well-written novella. It's a story of Flo and her death and everything that branches with it. It's a story of what you believe in and not, a story of uncertainty, faith, melancholy, satisfaction, the mystery
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Gail
Jan 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
hauntingly good
Tina
Aug 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
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So I read The Viewless Dark around October, because it was supposed to be a horror novel and the best time to read a horror story is during Halloween, right? I was kind of wary, though, because I'm not a fan of anything scary, so I made sure I read this in broad daylight.

The Viewless Dark is about Anthony's friend, Flo, who was found dead in the university library. He knew his friend's death had something to do with Mary, who committed suicide some time ago, and who
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Catherine Walder
Jan 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I didn't know what to expect when I started reading this, or maybe I did, being familiar with Eliza's penchant for pleasant surprises. I usually have trouble finishing a story these days but this just kept me reading as soon as I started. As a reader, you are taken on a viewless adventure. You won't see what's coming. Eliza Victoria is one kick-ass, readable poet. That is the best compliment I could think of about her prose. The clarity of her writing makes the reader immediately imagine the sce ...more
Kristel Villar
I love how Eliza Victoria can offer me something different from all the Pinoy books I've read. I could attribute it to chance, because I picked up her first book, a science fiction called "Project 17" and followed it up with this horror novellette. Still, it's a different reading experience! The Viewless Dark is eerie and creepy and dark (obviously) as it tackles the story behind Anthony and Flo's investigation on Mary's suicide, as well as the other events/circumstances that followed after it. ...more
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Jan 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebook, filipiniana
So I think what makes Eliza Victoria's fiction so fascinating and easy to relate to--no matter how fantastical, or horrific as this novella is--is the fact that her work is always rooted in human emotion. At the very surface, The Viewless Dark is about curses, murder, and the wrath of gods. Peel those layers back and it is about the comfort of knowing what happens in the Afterlife. A question of what happens after we die. And a question if there is something other than this existence.
Monique
May 01, 2013 rated it really liked it

Because The Viewless Dark is included as one of the stories in the compendium Unseen Moon, which I have read last year, I will direct you to my marginalia for the latter book. CLICK!
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li
Jan 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is so GOOD. I wish it was longer though. But anyway, this is the second book of Eliza Victoria’s that I’ve read and I must say, she continues to surprise me. (Although the first book I’ve read is actually more recent).

Victoria was able to give the readers that mysterious yet haunting vibe of the story. I haven’t read much horror/mystery/thriller kind of books and maybe this is the sign that I should read more. The writing, the flow of the story, the mystery, the backstories. All of them wer
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Midge
Feb 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror, read_2019
The story's intensity was properly built up, even though at times the plot toys with your feelings. Ugh. I got a good amount of chill out of it but then I'm the kind of person who's easily spooked. Overall, it was a short, good read, and the ending was satisfying.
Jeng
Aug 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is the second book I've read by Eliza, and as was the first time, I was engrossed by the writing. She has woven tales of shapeshifting, occultism and the power of human emotions and curiosities very well.
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Eliza Victoria is the author of several books including the Philippine National Book Award-winning Dwellers (2014), the novel Wounded Little Gods (2016), the graphic novel After Lambana (2016, a collaboration with Mervin Malonzo), and the science fiction novel-in-stories, Nightfall (2018). Her fiction and poetry have appeared in several online and print publications, most recently in LONTAR: The J ...more

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