Come get lost in the Hinterland with these ten dark tales that draw on inspiration from folklore.
Clever mortals fool Death, escape peril and battle curses. Witches seduce with malicious intent and monsters trick across different centuries. A child discovers a hidden secret about themselves while a hell-hound finds their past. Love is found between fearful creatures and a rivalry between cousins comes to a bitter end.
The line between what is good and what is evil blurs, leaving you asking yourself, who is the monster here and would I act any different if placed in their shoes?
Featuring stories by: L. B. Shimaira, Jamie Rose, April-Jane Rowan, A. J. Van Belle, Toni Mobley, Die Booth, Claire Olivia Golden, Dez Schwartz, Antonija Meznaric and Eleonora Prandini.
Beware, because once you enter the Hinterland, you might not be able to find your way home.
April-Jane Rowan was born with a morbid fascination that she turned into writing so she could explain away her strangeness. Luckily for her, she found she rather liked it, so for many years, she has been creating bizarre, dark tales. When not writing, she can be found lurking in graveyards, libraries and museums. She lives in Sweden with her partner and their pack of beasties.
I did the inside artwork for this, the foreword and also have a story 'Two shadows Defeat Decay' featured. It's about death magic and defeating mortality.
My star rating is for the other stories mine is keeping company with! I Struggle to pick a favourite as they are all so varied and brilliant. If you love monsters, cautionary tales and spooky stories then pick this anthology up!
I must say I'm little underwhelmed after reading this book probably because of quite a difference between the quality of stories and that they aren't particularly dark nor particularly queer.
Some of them seemed a little unpolished, little unfinished and little hasted, one in particular had a copy paste feel to it. But on the other hand some of them were quite enjoyable and really well written, involving and interesting.
And the one I enjoyed the most is the Deathwriter by Claire Olivia Golden - I think there's a beautiful and witty novel or series of them just waiting to be written (I just think that name Mort is already taken 😄, or is it an omage 🤔).
So, for the fans of the darkish and queerish stories this is a nice afternoon read, preferably with some wind and rain outside.