A recipe for disaster: take one total solar eclipse, add two dozen spine-chilling mysteries, and shake the reader until the world ends in Day of the Dark!
Included are: INTRODUCTION, by Kaye George DARK SIDE OF THE LIGHT, by Carol L. Wright CHASING THE MOON, by Leslie Wheeler THE PATH OF TOTALITY, by Katherine Tomlinson BLOOD MOON, by Paul D. Marks TORGNYR THE BASTARD, by Suzanne Berube Rorhus AN ECLIPSE OF HEARTS, by Dee McKinney THE BAKER'S BOY, by Nupur Tustin BLACK MONDAY, by Cheri Vause I'LL BE A SUNBEAM, by M.K. Waller OCEAN'S FIFTY, by Laura Oles THE DEVIL'S STANDTABLE, by Melissa H. Blaine DATE NIGHT, by Cari Dubiel AWAITING THE HOUR, by Joseph S. Walker A GOLDEN ECLIPSE, by Debra H. Goldstein PICTURE PERFECT, by LD Masterson THE DARKEST HOUR, by Kaye George BABY KILLER, by Margaret S. Hamilton FLYING GIRL, by Toni Goodyear TO THE MOON AND BACK, by Kristin Kisska RAYS OF HOPE, by Harriette Sackler WOMEN'S WORK, by KB Inglee OPEN HOUSE, by Bridges DelPonte RELATIVELY ANNOYING, by John Clark ASCENSION INTO DARKNESS, by Christine Hammar
Kaye George, an Agatha nominated short story and novel writer, is the author of the Imogene Duckworthy Mystery series (Agatha nomination for best first novel), EINE KLEINE MURDER by Barking Rain Press (Silver Falchion Award finalist), DEATH IN THE TIME OF ICE (A Neanderthal Mystery) (Agatha nominee and Silver Falchion finalist) and the Fat Cat Mystery series by Berkley Prime Crime (as Janet Cantrell), as well as A PATCHWORK OF STORIES, a collection of her previously published stories, and several stories available at Untreed Reads. Other short stories appears in various magazines and anthologies. Her new cozy mystery series, Vintage Sweets, came out from Lyrical in March 2020. Second book, July 2020.
She reviews for "Suspense Magazine", and writes for several newsletters and blogs. Past president of Guppies chapter of Sisters in Crime.
The darkness of the eclipsed sun has long been treated as a special moment, often even a sign from the universe. This habit we have of ascribing meaning to a recurring event has led to eclipses being associated with abnormal births, unnatural deaths, and the end of the world. The 24 stories in this collection, from various genres, are linked together by a single theme: solar or lunar eclipse.
We see swindlers and jealous lovers, eclipse tourists and ancient Arab astronomers, shapeshifters and time travelers, the dangerously insane and those who cannot accept that a loved one is dead. Along the way, we view eclipses through the lenses of prophecy, science, and religion. Eclipses justify violence, provide a platform for political commentary, and serve as inspiration for art, with the blood moon and the wolf eating the sun equally powerful images.
Published in conjunction with the 2017 solar eclipse, which was visible over much of the United States, “Day of the Dark: Stories of Eclipse” serves up compelling stories of love and loss, jealousy and hatred, fear and reconciliation, as people in many times and places respond to the drama of a celestial event.