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The Dark Inside (A Human Element)

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Heartbreak, danger, lust, and betrayal blaze to life in this collection of stories that reveal the dark places hidden within us. When what you most desire is on the line how far will you go to get it, and what will you give up?

A young man desperate to leave a world that doesn't accept him–and a father who hates him. A tormented man imprisoned as a science experiment experi
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Kindle Edition, 70 pages
Published February 26th 2013 by Donna Galanti
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Pavarti Tyler
Apr 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction, scifi
Disclaimer: I received a review copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated in any other way.

Disclaimer Part II: I am thanked in the acknowledgements! The thank you is based on a conversation where Donna mentioned she was writing these stories and I said “Write one about X-10 losing his virginity! That would be epic!” and she did. I did not help with the writing or plotting of this story at all. But what she came up with is like 10x (hehe) better tha
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Laura Thomas
Mar 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I love short stories and collections and was ecstatic when Donna published these! A Human Element still lingers with me and I’ve been waiting for a while now to read the sequel, A Hidden Element. The Dark Inside has me even more excited now. You get more of some of the old characters and are introduced to many new ones.


The Dark Inside

These short stories contain characters from A Human Element and the soon to be released sequel, A Hidden Element.

The Well

It seems like no matter how hard he tri
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Randi
Mar 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Galanti did it again! She gave me exactly what I was looking for from her book...more time with the characters. When I read a book, I like to live with the characters, so when I finish a book I always want a little more time with them. The Dark Inside gave me a chance to revisit with some of the characters from A Human Element. It was a glimpse into their lives and gave me insight into why they were the way they were. But better, Galanti introduces new characters, which made me look forward to g ...more
Pheebz
Feb 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: e-arcs
This is a collection of short stories. Some of the characters I remember from Donna's book Human Element, which is also a good book.This book was named appropriately. Each story reveal the dark hiding places hidden inside all of us.Most of us wouldn't visit that dark place unless we were backed into a corner or someone we love was in danger. The treachery of man still has not been fully understood. WHy would one man kill and another would never even think of doing such a thing. In this collectio ...more
Laurie
These are dark shorts that I was able to read quickly. Having read A Human Element last year, I recognized several characters from that novel and was thrilled to delve deeper into their backgrounds. One story, in particular, I personally found very disturbing, but I think, as a whole the collection, is balanced, entertaining and renewed my sense of wonder. Donna writes descriptive, flowing prose that draws the reader into the action. Her characters seem to come alive. The stories are succinct bu ...more
Jakemgg
Feb 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: paranormal
I don't normally read short stories, but I really liked the author's book A Human Element and I know this had stories about some of the characters from it and her sequel, which I dont think is out yet. These stories are the same style of dark fiction with suspense and a smidge of horror and sci fi and some sex :). I loved the stories best with Caleb and the story of X-10 (the bad dude from A Human Element) really made me feel sorry for him! A couple of the stories are rather short and don't seem ...more
Heather
Mar 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
Eek! Definitely dark inside as the title states. This book of short stories delivers just what it promises in the description. Justice through revenge, icky/horrible things humans do to each other, sad love, sci-fi, and (more than I thought would be in the pages!) lust. The short stories of Ben made me sad and squimish in their honestly- probably from being a social worker. I loved Tara's story.. Sometimes it's fun taking naughty pleasure in the bad guy getting it! Quick read for those who like ...more
Alison French
Mar 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Often when I read a book, I find my self wondering what happened to the characters before this story happened? The Dark Inside includes stories along these lines for characters from The Human Element. But that is not all that can be found in this excellent collection of short stories. I found the stories both entertaining and thought provoking. I would heartily recommend this book to anyone, either read before or after The Human Element. The experience in either instance would be equally rewardi ...more
Teri
Mar 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
In this collection of short tales, the beauty of Donna Galanti's word craft builds a world of horror anchored deeply in humanity. Fans of "A Human Element" will be rewarded with rich insights into beloved characters. This collection leaves me hungry for the sequel... bring on A Hidden Element!
Danielle Annett
My Review: So this one was a bit tough for me. It was well written and the stories were intriguing but I was left so confused. The book is a series of novellas and while I realize that they feature characters and settings from A Human Element I feel at a loss as to what is really going on. I have not read A Human Element so I don't know if reading that first would have helped or not but I would hope so. I really did enjoy the story of the imprisoned man (X-10)who was a science experiment but I n ...more
Phil Giunta
Jul 05, 2013 rated it liked it
An anthology containing eight stories, The Dark Inside provides a two-fold purpose. It offers glimpses into the backgrounds of selected characters from Donna Galanti's debut novel, A Human Element (reviewed here) while introducing new characters that will presumably appear in her forthcoming sequel, A Hidden Element.

Readers of A Human Element will find familiar faces among roughly half of the tales. In "First Time", the monstrous alien known as X-10, held captive for scientific experimentation b
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Shelly
Feb 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
I can't quite put my finger on exactly how I feel about this short story collection. I loved Ms. Galanti's book A Human Element and for me, this was just a little something to tide me over until the next book comes out.

So here are just a few thoughts on this collection. For the most part I didn't know who the characters in the stories were. There were a couple that I did know and because of that those stories were my favorite, especially the one with Felix. Every story dealt with pretty dark sub
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Donna Galanti
Feb 26, 2013 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelves: suspense
I'm partial! :)
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Donna writes thrillers for kids and grownups with the Joshua and the Lightning Road series and the Element Trilogy. Visit her at www.donnagalanti.com and www.ElementTrilogy.com. Donna attended an English school housed in a magical castle, where her wild imagination was held back only by her itchy uniform (bowler hat and tie included!). There she wrote her first fantasy about Dodo birds, wizards, a ...more
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