FADING LIGHT: AN ANTHOLOGY OF THE MONSTROUS
Edited by Tim Marquitz
2012 Angelic Knight Press; 396 pp/Tp; Kindle Edition 541 KB
Echoing the destruction of mankind, the stories in FADING LIGHT are frightening and for the most part quite bleak, which is how I like my horror.
Some of my favorite stories include “Parasitic Embrace” by Adam Millard about what’s hiding in the spreading ash cloud of a volcanic eruption; “Wrath” by Lee Mather about God taking away the sunlight for seven days to prove his power to an increasingly skeptical population; “Born of Darkness” by Stacey Turner about the chaos that ensues after the sun is blocked out and God’s possible involvement; “Dust” by Wayne Ligon involving massive dust clouds and aliens; and “The Equivalence Principle” by Nick Cato which is a unique story on what happens when gravity, as a living entity, decides time for humans is up.
Other very good stories include “They Wait Below” by Tom Olbert which is reminiscent of INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS (1956); “The Beastly Ninth” by Carl Barker which is a supernatural account of the battle at Waterloo between the Duke of Wellington and Napoleon; “Friends of a Forgotten Man” by Gord Rollo about a man left to die through vigilante justice and the unique manner in which his own death is avenged; and “Light Save Us” by Ryan Lawler about a lighted compound as the only sanctuary from the beasts that live in the darkness—or is it?
As with all anthologies, there are some misses here including “Lottery” by Gene O’Neill which I actually think is a good story but for me just didn’t fit the theme of FADING LIGHT; “Goldilocks Zone” by Gary W. Olson which has an interesting concept on alien dimensions but just kind of lost me a bit; and “Double Walker” by Henry P. Gravelle, which again, I did like but just felt it didn’t fit with the anthology’s theme.
I also received a companion e-book containing five stories that were very good, but left out of the anthology for other reasons.
I really enjoyed FADING LIGHT and think Tim Marquitz did another amazing editing job—he’s also one of my favorite authors. A lot of the stories centered on the phenomenon of our sun disappearing, whether by supernatural, religious or scientific occurrences and they are all equally frightening. There are also quite a few unique stories contained here that are also scary and bleak. Nothing here is necessarily predictable, even considering the theme, but it is all imaginative and entertaining. I can definitely recommend FADING LIGHT: AN ANTHOLOGY OF THE MONSTROUS.