Mirrors of darkness. Love found in the arms of an enemy. Magic users who defy death. The silent corridors of a temple. A young woman runs the gauntlet and fights against her own kind for survival. All of these can be found within the realm of Bitter Blackout.
Featuring works from cutting-edge authors: N.A. Foy, Lynn Todd, Dori Klaproth, Shelly Schulz
Nate Foy (N. A. Foy) is an author from Northern NY.
He started writing his first stories when he was 12 in 1989. At the age of 16, he began writing poetry. It wasn’t until 2005 that he formulated a plan to write his first novel, “Conspiracy of Deception.” Seven years later, he had it published.
His second novel was originally called “The Experiment.” However, he didn’t find that to be a catchy title, so he changed it to “Prelude to Ragnarok.”
After that, he put together a book with a compilation of his poetry. He tried to find what he felt his best and most meaningful poetry was, and he put it together in a book called “Joyous Melancholy.”
As he continued with his writings, he wanted to go in a more fantasy direction since fantasy is his favorite genre to read. At first, he was going to make it into a children’s book, but then he decided it was more for young adults and older. This is when he put together “Curse of Kredaria,” which he released in 2019.
His latest book combines fantasy with the real world. He decided to make the setting local and base it on a few legends in his area, such as this vortex that is supposedly at the park in the city he lives. That is how he came up with “A Crossing of Portals.”
He also enjoys writing non-fiction. He first started writing a Christian based magazine in 2003 called Desert Cry Magazine, which he ended in 2006. He now likes to write on various topics such as theology, history, science, philosophy, politics among other things which will be found in his blog.
There are three poems by N.A. Foy. The first being Embrace the Shadow which is my favorite out of the three. The second poem in the anthology is The Temple and his third poem closes out the work with Grasping the Remains of a Dream. I'm not someone who reads a lot of poetry, but I really enjoyed the three that were featured.
This is an interesting anthology of poems and short stories. All of the short stories have a fantastical slant to them, and all felt like excerpts of larger works, which I would happily keep reading, if given the chance. The poems were characterized by vivid imagery, which is an impressive feat, given that it was accomplished in a relatively small number of words. It is difficult for me to pick a favorite out of the short stories. I enjoyed them all equally, although for different reasons. Tiamae for it's exquisitely detailed description of the main character, and the heart-breaking, yet romantic, story of her beginning. She definitely has a destiny, and we are left wondering what that might be. Timeless Witch for it's creative use of verse to set the scene, and the anguish of the unresolved fate of one of the characters. Finally, The Harrowing for it's fast-paced action, skillful immersion of the reader into the paranormal, and gratuitous use of romance and humor to lighten the mood. Overall an interesting sample of up-and-coming authors in the genre.
Three poems and two short stories are what make up Bitter Blackout. My favorite of the anthology is (hands down) The Harrowing. It’s an exciting story of love, loss and a great journey. The very strong and realistic characters and a very well written paranormal short that I did NOT want to end! I hope one day the author will continue it so we can see where Garett and Alice end up in the long run. I’d also like to know if Alice got her revenge AND if the awesome Riven was truly happy with his pack position…
A different variety within the pages of this book. Some deep poetry and a couple of short stories are within. Each one shows some of the intense talents the writers possess. An enjoyable read for fans of paranormal, poetry or anyone looking for something containing a different sort of variety.
My daughter's first foray into publication, and while I really enjoyed her story, I did enjoy the rest of the anthology. There's poems and a few other short stories that were really intriguing and amazing.
I am not one that usually reads very much but, I started to read Bitter Blackout and it was so interesting that I could not stop. I enjoyed this book tremendously and would recommend it for anyone to read. Tiamae was one of the most interesting, the description of the characters was so descriptive as I was reading I could picture them as if they were performing a motion picture in my mind and the plot was so intense that I was unable to put it down. As far as all of the stories and poems I could not ask for a better read !
I read the Story written by Lynn Todd, Tiamea. What a wonderfully Interesting story of suspense, danger, love, heartbreak. It kept my attention all the way through. I would recommend this to all who love Fantasy. I am excited to see where this story takes me next...