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Dark Missives

4.57  ·  Rating details ·  7 ratings  ·  7 reviews
Dark Missives is the debut collection from author Dan Howarth, bringing together 11 stories that encompass the full range of horror.

A holiday camp employee finds himself in the middle of a murder spree. A band’s biggest fan discovers just how far he will go for new music. A detective investigating a series of murders gets pulled into the seedy underbelly of the city. A del
Kindle Edition, 186 pages
Published April 23rd 2021 by Northern Republic
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Richard Martin
May 06, 2021 rated it really liked it
This debut collection from UK Horror author Dan Howarth boasts such twisted tales as;

• A holiday camp mascot with a sinister secret
• A father/daughter game of Hide and Seek, where they may end up finding more than they bargained for
• A deal with the devil that has cursed a famous songwriter to eternal silence, and their biggest fan that will do what it takes to hear them play again
• A lost traveller, doomed to wander forever without ever finding a place to call home
• A spate of unexplained death
Ross Warren
May 31, 2021 rated it really liked it
Really enjoyed this debut collection once I got past the opening two stories, which I felt were a little rushed and underdeveloped and would have been better suited to have been situated in the middle of the book. From ‘Hide, Go Seek’ onwards it’s a really strong collection. ‘This is the Only Place I Have Ever Called Home’, ‘Expedited’, and ‘The Pusher’ were all exceptional stories. ‘Collaboration’ was an audacious and memorable way to end the collection.
Thomas Joyce
May 06, 2021 rated it really liked it
Although it is quite a short story, "Dustin" serves as a good introduction to Howarth's style. He is very good at setting the scene for the story, but he never likes to give too much away, even by the time the story ends. He gives the reader just enough to work out the story for themselves, never dumbing it down. And he is not afraid to let things get weird, as we see again later.

"Anderson" has an excellent setting, as a young brother and sister discover something disturbing in their air raid s
Anthony Watson
Apr 27, 2021 rated it it was amazing
An excellent collection of short stories with a wide variety of subject matter. Lovely prose, very skilfully written and great imagination on display. I enjoyed them all, in particular "This is the Only Place I Have Ever Called Home" which introduces a character and a mythology I would love to see expanded into something longer. ...more
Simon Wilson
Apr 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing
DARK MISSIVES is the debut collection from Dan Howarth, containing eleven tales of horror, all of them absolutely killer. Seriously, I devoured this book and had to go back to a few of the stories, just so I could enjoy them again.

The collection gets off to a great start with Dustin, a short shocker about murders at a holiday camp. As I was reading, I thought this would make an excellent episode of Inside No. 9, as would a few of the other tales in this book.
When I reached the third story, Hide,
Kev Harrison
Apr 26, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Dark Missives is a collection of stories which really announces the arrival of Dan Howarth as a writer to pay attention to. His voice, so clearly steeped in the culture and identity of his native north west of England, comes through clearly in each of these dark tales, some of which really skirt the line of what is acceptable, even in horror. That said, it's not so much gore, as the harrowing nature of the ideas which make this, at times, a tough read (in the best possible way). ...more
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