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Little Visible Delight

4.16  ·  Rating details ·  31 ratings  ·  10 reviews
Often the most powerful and moving stories are generated by writers who return time and again to a particular idea, theme, or image. Obsession in a writer's imagination can lead to accomplishment or to self-destruction. Consider Poe and his pale, dead bride; his fascination with confinement and mortality; his illness and premature death. Or Flannery O'Connor's far less sou ...more
Paperback, First, 168 pages
Published December 6th 2013 by Omnium Gatherum (first published December 5th 2013)
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Darcia Helle
I sometimes find anthologies difficult to rate, since the quality of writing can vary tremendously from one author to the next. With this collection, I had no such problem. While there is a wide range in style, each story is well written and, as a whole, there is a perfect continuity in flow and pace.

The content overall is fairly dark, and varies from time travel to paranormal to psychological suspense. A common factor, aside from the thread of 'obsession', is that the writing has a kind of poet
Martin Cosby
Feb 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing

1. An idea or image that repeatedly intrudes upon the mind of a person against his will and is usually distressing.

2. The action of any influence, notion, or 'fixed idea', which persistently assails or vexes, esp. so as to decompose the mind.

3. The hostile action of the devil or an evil spirit besetting any one; actuation by the devil or an evil spirit from without; the fact of being thus beset or actuated.

When I found out that Little Visible Delight, the anthology of dark fiction by S
Mar 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror, short-stories
Little Visible Delight offers its writers the chance to talk about—and write about—their obsessions, which is a chance no writer can afford to turn down. After all, they’re doing it anyway. Nearly every writer has a set of obsessions. They may cultivate them, growing a garden of lush (and sometimes poisonous) stories, or they may ignore them, allowing these fixations to scatter through their body of work like weeds. But either way, these things take root, and take over. Little Visible Delight br ...more
Tracie McBride
Jan 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Little Visible Delight is my kind of anthology; the horror is quiet, thoughtful and unsettling. The anthology opens with a quotation from Wuthering Heights, from which the anthology draws its title. The literary classic makes for an apt inspiration. Contributions have been selected with an eye for quality over quantity, thus achieving that near-mythical aim of anthology editors; every story squarely hits the mark.
Each author has gone for a distinctly different take on the central theme of obses
May 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is a pretty good anthology of strange tales about obsession. There are two brilliant stories, a few good ones, and one absolute piece of bullshit.

The two best stories are Calligraphy by James Everington and This Many by S.P. Miskowski, the latter being one of the most chilling ghost stories I've read in awhile.

Unfortunately I feel compelled to deal with the piece of crap. Each author writes a little piece about their obsession after each story. One of these, longer than the story itself, is
Rena Mason
Jan 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
Love the cover art for this book! I enjoyed every story in this anthology in different ways. Some were more subdued than others, but each one focused on an obsession in one way or another. A particular favorite was "This Many" by S.P. Miskowski. The story is about a woman who is generally obsessed about her daughter, but the woman also has OCD habits that truly exemplify the obsession and the outcome is every mother's nightmare. The stories are well-written. I recommend this anthology for fans o ...more
Feb 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
An excellent anthology, only 1 story I didn't dig. My favorite was "Black Eyes Broken" by Mercedes Yardley, she can break your heart and make you love every moment. The rest were solid, with one exception that just didn't work for me.
Cathy Geha
Mar 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
This dark fiction anthology with the theme of obsession left me wanting more. The stories were well written and varied keeping me interested throughout the book. I would gladly read more stories/books by these authors.
Lehua Parker
Apr 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
From the popularity of movies like Fatal Attraction to the TLC reality series My Strange Addiction, it’s no surprise that we’re fascinated by the extreme forms love, hate, desire, fear, and need take. Little Visible Delight is an anthology of darkly twisted obsession tales written by eleven talented novelists from the Omnium Gatherum Media stable.

Like most anthologies, the stories are varied in tone, pacing, and style. A couple of them stand out for their literary echos: A Thousand Stitches by K
Apr 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
If you like short stories that are dark, and on the far edge of reality, Little Visible Delight is an anthology of short stories that will deliver the horror/fantasy fix you crave. Consisting of 12 stories, each author has crafted chilling, thought provoking tales, all of which are centered on the theme of obsession. Most of the stories are written in a beautiful prose style, delivering a shock, or at the least a surprise which I didn't see coming. My favorites were The Receiver of Tales by Lyn ...more
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S.P. Miskowski is a recipient of two National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships. Her stories have been published in Supernatural Tales, Black Static, Identity Theory, Strange Aeons and Eyedolon Magazine, and in numerous anthologies including Haunted Nights, The Madness of Dr. Caligari, October Dreams 2, Autumn Cthulhu, The Hyde Hotel, Darker Companions: Celebrating 50 Years of Ramsey Campbell, Ta ...more