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Dark Faith

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  190 Ratings  ·  26 Reviews
2010 Stoker Award Nominee for Superior Achievement in an Anthology
2010 Black Quill Award Nominee
"Ghosts of New York" Nebula Award Nominee
"The Days of Flaming Motorcycles" WSFA Nominee

The destructiveness of passion, both earthly and supernatural, makes cities bleed and souls burn across worlds, through endless time. Experience the spiritual side of the zombie apocalypse in
Kindle Edition, 360 pages
Published (first published May 1st 2010)
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I'm a big fan of Apex Publishers, and this collection of short stories and poetry did not disappoint. I cannot recommend it highly enough to fans of horror and dark fiction.

The theme of the collection is faith of all types: having faith or losing faith or finding faith; faith in higher powers, faith in the goodness of people and faith in the ugliness of people; faith in yourself and faith in the cold, uncaring machinations of the world around you.

Like the other Apex anthologies I've read, there
Nick Cato
May 27, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
These 31 all-new stories and poems explore not just religious, but several kinds of faith from many different angles.

After Linda D. Addison's opening psuedo-Genesis poem, Jennifer Pelland's 'Ghosts of New York' gets things off to an intense start; this one tells the tale of a woman who continually finds herself jumping from a skyscraper, soon to learn she's among those who were killed on 9/11.

Brian Keene's 'I Sing A New Psalm' is like a religious version of Steve Gerlach's novel RAGE (with an en
Scott Nicholson
Aug 12, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A diverse group of viewpoints, at times hard-hitting and other times poignant. A great exploration of spirituality, one of my favorite subjects.

Scott Nicholson
Dec 08, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: short-stories, horror
Try bringing aspects of religion into your horror writing and see what kind of reaction you get from the God-fearin' folks. Or, you could just ask Maurice Broaddus about it. Maurice, himself a devout Christian, has no qualms in recognizing the darker elements of faith, as well shining a little of that gospel of the terrifying. And considering the caliber of authors he coerced into contributing to this anthology, the guy knows how to strike a balance. It's just kind of funny to hear how such a ni ...more
Dark Faith is loaded with thirty-one new stories and poems on faith and spirituality in all of its forms. I’ve always loved the marriage of faith and the horror genre, going back to books like The Sentinel by Jeffrey Konvitz and William Peter Blatty’s The Exorcist, and this anthology doesn’t disappoint.

Among my favorite stories in the collection are “Good Enough” by Kelli Dunlap, about a relationship that goes wrong, a history of bad choices, and a serial killer who doesn’t fit the usual profil
May 19, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Creepy, but hard to put down. Loved how the nature of faith, where it be Christian or otherwise, was explored in this book. I'll add more to the review when I get home but the first story, "Ghosts of New York" really struck home with me, whereas "Zen and the Art of Gordon Dratch's Damnation" had me curled in a corner, whimpering in fright. There was a couple of stories that made me wonder what it had to do with faith, whereas I started off "Sandboys" thinking it was heavyhanded and over-dramatic ...more
A superb example of what Zombie horror can be: poignant, heartbreaking, hopeful, and plaintive all at once. Valente has secured her position as one of my favourite authors of all time.
Kristian Thoroughgood
I received this book free of charge in exchange for an honest review under the Apex Publishing ‘Minion Review Program’.

Great anthology with some excellent tales playing with (and challenging) some of the negative elements of faith, religion, and the afterlife. Some straight up horror stories, some broader fantasy/urban-fantasy, but all are strong and enjoyable. The ‘Dark’ element was consistent throughout, but I did get the feeling a few of the later ones were a little thin on the ‘Faith’ theme.
Mar 06, 2011 marked it as will-come-back-to-later-no-really  ·  review of another edition
I bought this for Jennifer Pelland's Nebula-nominated short story "Ghosts of New York," but I'm finding it a strong anthology overall thus far.

After a poem, "Ghosts of New York" leads the anthology with a discomfiting story of the ghost of a woman who jumped from the North Tower on Sept. 11, 2001, and must relive the fall again and again. The story ends on a surprisingly positive note of acceptance and peace. The subject matter is difficult, but the story is thought-provoking and very well-writt
Jul 19, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: anthology, ordered
This was an interesting anthology featuring stories exploring different aspects and kinds of faith.

The stories varied in tone and theme much more than I might have expected which kept the experience of reading it feeling 'fresh' right up to the end.

While I liked almost all the stories and poems but my personal favourites were:

'Ghosts of New York' by Jennifer Pelland,
'Go and Tell It on the Mountain' by Kyle S. Johnson,
'To the Jerusalem Crater' by Lavie Tidhar,
'You Dream' by Ekaterina Sedia,
'A Lo
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“I thought about the kind of man who would stop off somewhere for a gun but not put on a pair of pants before committing grand larceny.” 0 likes
“Eddie asks, So what next?

And Jesus, his eyes dark but laced with a hint of mercy, the thorn scars just barely visible at his hairline, says, Damned if I know.”
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