“Dark Moon Digest #22” by Lori Mitchell and Max Booth III
Synopsis: Dark Moon Digest #22 includes the fiction: “Late Fee” by Patrick Lacey, “Horror Junkie” by Michael Schutz-Ryan, “Room 207” by Cooper O’Connor, “Drummer Boy” by Kenneth O’Brien, “The Seventh Date” by Mason Gallaway, “That’s the Price You Pay” by Matt Hayward, “Ion Dissonance” by Benoît Lelièvre, and “Girl Six” by John C. Foster. Also included are Jay Wilburn’s “Bits of the Dead” column, book reviews, and an excerpt from Vincenzo Bilof’s upcoming novel The Violators
4 out of 5 stars
Yay for short stories and horror! I’ve never tried to read a magazine in e-book format, and it took me a bit to get used to the flow. I appreciated all the advertisements sprinkled in with the stories and really need to get my hands on the previous 21 digests.
This magazine has some really stand out stories, and I want to review my two favorite.
The book opens with “Late Fee”. A young man finds that his long distance love is cheating on him and goes out one night, and gets very lost. He find himself at a very 80’s VHS video store where the proprietor hands him a blank tape to take home and record his fondest wish. Unfortunately that wish comes with thoughts of revenge on the girlfriend and her new lover. Our young man has to pay a very stiff late fee when he returns that same tape back to the store.
“The Price You Pay” is the story of a curio shop owner who owns the only mirror in the world that vampires can see their reflection in. When the vampires come, what is it that they see in the mirror?
That’s just two of the eight really stellar stories in Dark Moon Digest. It’s a super fast read and I will be going back to take another look at some of the art work and ads as I missed a lot by focusing on the stories.
The cover is exactly what you would expect!
ARC provided by NetGalley