Through a Glass Darkly: An Anthology of Mystery, Gothic Horror & Dark Fantasy
edited by Vonnie Winslow Crist, David W. Kriebel, and P.E. Kinlock
Lite Circle Books; 112 pp.
This mixed bag of mystery, horror, and fantasy presents a variety of original and pre-published poetry and short fiction with the reprints having been originally published in such fine magazines as Space & Time, Dreams of Decadence, and Weird Tales. Highlights include “The Note Beside the Body” by Lawrence Watt-Evans, a moody look into the mind of a vampire; the humorous “Seduction,” from Stephen Burns and Bud Sparhawk; a couple of typically captivating poems from Darrell Schweitzer; and an unusually creepy plea for fitness from Dan Cuddy, simply titled “The Parade.” This is an exceptional collection that covers a wide array of material in very few pages and will be particularly enjoyed by fans of short short fiction. With a cover price of $14.95, this 112-page volume seems a bit over-priced but Lite Circle Books is a non-profit literary organization whose purpose is to encourage new writers and promote the literary arts in central Maryland so you know that the money goes to a good cause.