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Dark Tales: Volume 16 can be purchased here .
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Dark Tales: Volume XV
Contents

Die Kuche -
Benjamin Mitchell
A Loving Son - Iain Grant
The Illustrated Dreams of the Ancestors - Georgina Bruce
Be Seeing You - Keith Melton
The Wolf Runs in the Barley - Kate Measom
Blackout - Paul Johnson-Jovanovic
The Head Gardener - Bruce Currie
Joe's Pet Store - Austin Hackney
The Puddle - Richard Smith
Mira - Iain Paton
The Paper Garden - Sally Quilford
Indefinity - Richard D. Findlay
Zast-Dorasti - Suz Winspear

 

Dark Tales: Volume XIV

Contents

Touch, Typing - Georgina Bruce
Divination - Ilan Lerman
The Unnameable Made Flesh - Mike Russell
Inconsequences - Michael Law
Goldeneyes - Caroline Clark
Cuttings - Jane Hayward
Home Truths - Sally Spedding
From the Diary
of Alverstoke Gangrene -
Shaun Aquilina
From A Great Height - Anthony Murray
Interaction - Katherine Spink

Georgina Bruce’s Dark Tales debut brings to mind a hybrid of classic 1950s sci-fi and David Cronenberg’s visceral horror. This volume has many textures and shades, proving that the short story is definitely alive, kicking, and as entertaining as ever. 

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Dark Tales: Volume XIII

Contents

Made For Him -
Carla Grauls
Beast - C. Edmunds
A Beautiful Day in the Neighbourhood - Janice Melara
Disconnection - Ilan Lerman
A Special Haunting - Michael Law
Would You Like Ketchup With That? - S. H. Hughes
In the Penguin Colony - M. V. Williams
Dairy of a Madman - Tom Johnstone
Caring for the Living - C. M. Shevlin
The Last Man in Africa - Priya Sharma
The Deadly Semicircle - Desmond Meiring
Night Sea Journey to Turku - George Berguño

Carla Grauls opens with the metallic clang of a dystopian future. Elsewhere, enjoy contrasting pictures of Africa, a young lad is transported to the dawn of humanity, and something far worse than cattle is lowing in the barn.  And just what is in the freezer in the tale of a Beast?

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Dark Tales: Issues 1 to 4 

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Dark Tales: Volume 12

Contents

All You Need is Love - Gary Kemble
The Summer Ghost - Richard Smith
The Beetles in My House - Ryan Lambie
The Billabong - Angela Graham
Lights Out - John Morgan
Trail of Tears - T. R. Johnstone
Love Thy Spider - Christopher M. Geeson
Angels and Oblivion - Ben Langley
Pulling Teeth - James Brooks
The Dream of Aquiline Wings - David Turnbull
A Brush With Death - Sandi Sholl
Famine - Chris Warner

Australia and creepy crawlies feature largely in this collection, as do winged beings and, of course, Mr Grim come to do his Reaping in differing ways…And after reading Chris Warner’s Famine you might be giving elevators a miss for a while.
 

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Dark Tales: Volume 11

Contents

Half-life - A. Reader
A Dream of Faces - Niall McMahon
Debt - Andrew J. Oliver
Growing Season - Davin Ireland
Seeing Red - Mel Wright
Reception - Peter Hynes
Prize Pelt - Valentine Robson
Tall Flowers - Mark Reece
The Blackford Folly - David Robertson

In this witch’s brew of dark delights, read two terrifying tales with a botanical twist, a spine-chilling warning against tinkering with Mother Nature and dare to watch a mind-bending television set from behind the sofa. Then round it all off with a visit to the moors of Victorian Scotland, where roams a creature neither man nor beast...

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Dark Tales: Volume 10

Contents

Rainy Day
- Niall McMahon
Merlin's Pool - Trevor Hicks
Still Life - John Morgan
Hot and Cold - Sophie Duffy
The Model - Colin Leonard
Another Cautionary Tale - Caroline Bates
Escape - Dennis Michael Skeet
The Binding - Paul Neads
The Blue Room - A. J. Humphries
The Lady, Eve - Priya Sharma
A Winter's Tale - Alison Theaker
The Blackford Folly (Part 2) - David Robertson
A Coffin Full of Questions - an interview with David Brin

"I could always see the spirits, even as a little girl..."

In this edition, discover a moving twist between World Wars on the child who 'sees dead people', Merlin the magician puts in a refreshingly original appearance, and the arts world serves as the backdrop for two chilling tales.

Read also about murderers, ghosts, and sci-fi star David Brin. 

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Dark Tales: Issue 9

Contents

The Night Hag- K. S. Dearsley
The Devil Came Up To Grimesford - Mark Ray
Mandrake - Mark Cowley
Kitty & Katherine - Tyler Keevil
Screaming Purple Psychosis - Priya Sharma
Flutter on by, Mr Butterfly - Caroline Bates
Afterimage - Andrew Myers
Guardian - Timothy C. Hobbs
The Zeitsev - Michael Hart
Mystery Train - David Turnbull
Chosen - Susan Carey
The Blackford Folly (Part 1) - David Robertson
A Coffin Full of Questions - an interview with Piers Anthony
 

"The hag heard and slowly turned towards her.  Hannah had to flee before she saw its face and was paralysed..."

In this nightmare-packed issue, a medieval mandrake wreaks havoc, the devil pops in for a cup of tea with the local vicar, and there is the opening part of our first serialisation - a 19th century tale reminiscent of Hammer House. And as if we’re not spoiling you enough we round things off by talking to leading speculative fiction writer Piers Anthony. 

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Dark Tales: Issue 8 - cover illustration copyright (c) Linda Bucklin

Dark Tales: Issue 8

Fast Food - S. A. Smith
The Boy Who Tinkered - Frank J. Pisano
Continuity - Niall McMahon
Angels of the Night - Clare Nicole Evans
Vanilla Slice Tuesdays - Marie Prior
Hidden - Alan Heal
The Last Lord of Castle LongGuard - Keith Collins
Love is a Very Soapy Thing - Peter Rosier
The Soho Puppeteer - Kate Harrad
Rumpled - Colin Leonard
Better the Devil You Know - Nicola Hjertholm
Spider - Duncan Barford
Horn of Plenty - Peter Wynn Norris

"You'll love it here, Tobias. Everything you could ever desire. We go all-out when it comes to our own. Our family have so few children, you see, but the ability to care for them like no one else."
 

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Dark Tales: Issue 7

Dark Tales: Issue 7

Ghosts of La Joya -
Tyler Keevil
The Keeper's Curse - Niall McMahon
Expulsion - Mark Cowley
Mervyn - Peter Rolls
Apple-pie - Keith Wadsworth
The Old Cure - Timothy C. Hobbs
In the Garden - Priya Sharma
The Widdop Witch - Daniel Sellers
The Last of the Line - David Hamilton
Between the Dog and the Wolf - Jean Edmunds
Conjuration - Steve Manning
Rosie - Virginia Charles

A nightmare creature stood, blinking, in the full glare of the torchlight. A hairy, dwarfish creature, red-eyed, misshapen, not quite a man. The leguaan’s dancing partner! 

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Dark Tales: Issue 6

Dark Tales: Issue 6

Christmas - Richard Hulse
The Rock Pool - Niall McMahon
Sit Up Very Slowly - Phillip Gething
The Perfect Victim - Mark Cowley
Sweetpea - Priya Sharma
Sushi - Dorothee Lang
The Face at the Window - K. S. Dearsley
Losing It - Gordon Keys
Screamer - Michael L. Garrard
A Boy Named Sue - David Turnbull
The Breath You Take - C. L. Needham

Dark Tales: Issue 5

Dark Tales: Issue 5
Basilisk - Peter Gillott
Dead and Not Buried - C. M. Shevlin
Drift - Mary Prior
Der Kinderfresser - Clare Dudman
A Million Shards of Steel - Niall McMahon
Moments - Deborah Seton
The Way Back - Peter Carter
Boxes - Peter Rolls
Ghosts of Convicts Past - Leah Miller
Winter in Prague - D. M. Nowak
Voices - C. L. Needham
What Trevor McDonald Doesn't Tell Us - Steven J. Dines

When Sweetpea falls asleep I see her mother below in the kitchen, moving with purpose, washing dishes and dancing. Their linoleum is worn and she always wears the same dress. Afterwards she turns off the radio and slumps in a chair crying.  

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"And what exactly is a Basilisk?" said Helen.

"The Biblical cockatrice.. a miniature dragon. It
had looks that really killed."
 

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