Souls of Darkness

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This illustrated book shows exactly what can happen when you take three very different horror, fantasy and sci-fi writers, dismember their work, and then fiendishly stitch it back together in the form of an anthology of their compiled short stories.
A contorted mixture of sinister sci-fi horror, ghostly goings on and true-life terror, carefully combined within the cover of this book. More

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Published by Fishcake Publications
Published: June 02, 2012
Words: 51,630
Language: English
ISBN: 9781909015067
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About Damon Rathe

Not much is known of Damon Rathe, other than he is the suspected alter ego (or dark side) of another author Martin Rothery. Little is documented as to how or when this alternate persona came about, but is often theorised that a terrible event occurred splitting Martin's soul in two allowing this evil, negative side to emerge producing a more sinister writing style.

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Reviews

Review by: Erica Ardali on Sep. 17, 2013 : star star star star
Souls of Darkness is the perfect book for those autumn bonfires. Forget ghost stories, these really hit the spot if you are looking for something to set a chill in your bones. Souls of Darkness is a horror anthology from talented authors such as Louise Hunt, Damon Rathe and Kenneth Frank from Fishcake Publications. The stories that are told within it's pages covers everything from darkest corners of a desperate man's mind to aliens and other fiendish foes. I like that Souls of Darkness is a collection of short stories, it makes it a faster read. This also makes it possible to choose a flavor of the day - prolonging the experience, or actually getting to finish a story during those little stolen moments you get every now and then.

*I received a free copy of Souls of Darkness for the purpose of review - all thoughts and opinions are my own.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: NovaStorm Media on July 27, 2013 : star star star star star
As a lover of all things freaky, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on a copy of Souls of Darkness, a horror anthology book that promised to be reminiscent of a great Stephen King title. I was not disappointed. This highly illustrated book is a compilation of different stories that have, according to the authors, been “dismembered and stitched back together.” While at first it sounded like something that should probably be passed on, I checked it out anyway. I was pleasantly surprised, of course. The stories are well written and intriguing, and definitely kept me interested until the end. Best of all? Since Souls of Darkness is a collection of short stories, each can be finished in a single sitting. If you’re a fan of the horror genre, do yourself a favor and pick up a copy! *Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Heather Pfingsten on July 26, 2013 : star star star star
If you are a lover of sci-fi, fantasy, and/or horror then this book was written for you. Let’s try another approach … if you grew up reading Goosebumps or Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, and liked them, Souls of Darkness is the“grown-up” version.

I really enjoyed this book because I like reading “scary”stories. I don’t mind the main character being dark or the surroundings being dismal. When I read books in this genre I really try to focus on the WHY behind the story in the hopes of better understanding what the characters are going through, what they are feeling. Is that odd?

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(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: vicky Deal Sharing Aunt on June 30, 2013 : star star star star
My Review:
These were awesome stories. Some the villian got what they deserved, some made me afraid to loose power and some I am still thinking about. Not all were 5 stars, however they evened out to a 4/5.
My favorite was the one where a man tried to kill his pregnant girlfriend. He definitely learned about lost dreams. He is free now. I also liked Lady Luck, I wish my poker cards talked to me, although mine would bluff!
The illustrations were freaky and great at the same time, and I would love to see other horror writers explain their versions of these pictures.
Make sure you download your free copy (directions below), however you better make sure it is daylight, and no chance of fog!
I am giving this book a 4/5.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Kris Tucker on June 21, 2013 : (no rating)
This is a great collection of fifteen different stories that are superbly written.
Once I started reading, I couldn't stop until I was finished. Each story will leave you wondering what the ending is. This is a must read for those that are into a mix of sci-fi, fantasy, and horror.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Vanessa Miles on Jan. 23, 2013 : star star star star star
Simply a fantastic read! I had chill bumps throughout most of it! Get it, you won't regret it at all!
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: T E Taylor on Jan. 20, 2013 : star star star star
This is a collection of dark tales, a mix of sci-fi, supernatural and real world horror by three authors all with their own distinctive styles. There are lots of imaginative ideas and twists here, and anyone who likes this genre should find something they enjoy here. I liked the variety of it, and the fact that the stories were short, sharp and focused. Highlights for me were To Play the Game, Just the Three of Us, and Disturbance. A good read.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: brandy oliver on Jan. 03, 2013 : star star star star star
Of course everybody who reads my reviews knows I am a big horror fan! The crazier and the bloodier, the better.
I am usually extremely picky about horror movies, short stories, and novels, and I tend to either really love them, or really not love them. I don't know how to describe this other then it is a hit or miss with books like this with me. If there is 1 thing out of place, or something that seems to much like another movie or book, or short story, it tends to go downhill from there. I am just super critical of everything horror, fantasy, and I do love science fiction or anything in similar genres.
Souls of Darkness was certainly a huge, HIT! I was actually not expecting to really, really, really like the stories as much as I did. I have to admit, short horror stories sometimes end way to fast and leave all of the good stuff out. This was not the case here by any means. Which makes this all the more splendid, since this is a collaboration of short stories, 3 authors, 15 stories, published by Fishcake Publications.
(Btw, I love Clive Barker, however, I never cared much for his short stories, SHHHH) I just thought I would throw this in here, lol, I have a Pinhead tattoo on my back, and have been a long, long time fan.But, his short stories, bleh. I think my point is that I am highly critical, and sometimes I think, who am I? But, then I remember, I , well, we, are the readers and the people who do matter. So, I am not trying to sound like I am better then any of these authors, I am just the goofy 38 year old, who loves Halloween and horror for almost all my life.
Ok, so back to the book, here we really have, original stories by 3 very talented authors.
I was impressed and would love to read more by them!
Here is the introduction, taken from, Souls of Darkness, :
This illustrated book shows exactly what can happen when you take three very different horror, fantasy and sci-fi writers, dismember their work, and then fiendishly stitch it back together in the form of an anthology of their compiled short stories. A contorted mixture of sinister sci-fi horror, ghostly goings on and true-life terror, carefully combined within the cover of this book.
That was plenty for me to get all giddy and jump right in! The next cool thing about this book, are the illustrations! Martin Rothery and Warren Lee, Extraordinary work!
You get to read stories by, Kenneth Frank, Damon Rathe and Louise Hunt.
The first story, River of Dreams, by Louise Hunt, is enough to make you shiver, and an excellent choice for the first few pages. She has a neat, straight to the point way about her writing, and is cleverly descriptive. Decent shock value in her stories too.
Damon Rathe paints quite a few vivid pictures of some insanely twisted events in, Community Spirits. I like stories that make me think they would make a great movie someday, especially science fiction!
To Play the Game, by Kenneth Frank, is a brilliant short story, one that makes you think, and embraces a deep, dark, twisted side of reality and is truly sinister. I can honestly say I enjoyed every short story in this book, particularly the stories by, Kenneth Frank, I would love to see this book in print, and I will be buying this one.
I love being able to read online, but I love real hard copies even better, and this is one that I would buy and put on one of my bookshelves.
I have very many favorites in this book, I have to say, To Play the Game, Geoff, Lady Luck and Bramble Cottage are my very favorite stories!

**I received a copy of this book in return for my honest review**
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Victoria Heckstall on Jan. 03, 2013 : star star star star
Received review copy.

Souls of Darkness is an good read read. If you are reading it on the computer as I opted to do it is going to be 147 pages. It is composed of various horror, fantasy, and sci-fi writers. The opening story was very interesting even though it started off a little slow which is what encouraged me to read the rest of the book.

One of the best things that I enjoyed about this book is the fact that when reading it I was stopping frequently and I did not feel as though I was going to be taking something away from the book by doing so.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Danielle Randolph on Jan. 02, 2013 : star star star star star
This is a great anthology! I love reading short stories...especially now that I have a 9 month old and finding time to read is difficult. The first story, River of Dreams by Louise Hunt, was only two pages long, but I pulled in right away and the ending is perfect! I don't want to spoil it so you'll just have to read it yourself. Community Spirits by Damon Rathe had me guessing until the end. It's a sad ghost story with some sci-fi mixed in...did the present drown the past? I really enjoyed Writer's Block by Kenneth Frank. I liked the writing style of the character (a writer); and the addition of a demon behind it all is great.

All three authors are excellent writers and the variety of the stories is wonderful. I'm the person who chooses buffets over restaurants because I like to have it all. The Souls of Darkness anthology is a literary buffet, full of all my favorite genres! If you like horror, mystery, sci-fi, dark humor, ironic twists and other dark stories....I think you will love Souls of Darkness. You'll also enjoy the little sketch that accompanies each story...I certainly do!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Sue Garrison on Dec. 24, 2012 : star star star star
I enjoyed the short stories. I am big into horror and suspense. This was good and easy to read, didn't put it down till I read it all in just a short few hours.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: David Pender on Dec. 19, 2012 : star star star star
Really enjoyed this compilation of short stories. I'm a real fan of horror, sci-fi, and psychological thrillers, so this was right up my alley. And it also fit well into my hectic life. With it being short stories, it's a great book to read in parts. Only downfall was some spelling errors in the Kindle for iPhone version. But nobody's perfect, right? Overall, nice read!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Connie Gruning on Dec. 17, 2012 : star star star star star
I love a good scary book. Souls of Darkness is even better than a book..... because it's several books!! 15 stories to be exact. I was hooked from the very first story (I cheered at the end of the first story!! HA!!! MAN was that a great ending!! Ahhh ya get no spoilers from me!!)

With Souls of Darkness you get get stories by 3 great sci-fi writers that write about the 'darkness within us'. The art work in the beginning of each story gives you a hint of what the story will consist of.

This is the perfect book for those getting an eReader for Christmas. Really.... doesn't it seem that we get the most horror movies around Christmas? I have to wonder if there is a reason for that. Anyone?? So, why not add horror books to the list?
The Souls of Darkness is a fast read each story is short. The stories are not overly scary, as a matter of fact most are fine for the teen in your life. Some stories are just human nature good and bad decisions. Over all, interesting stories. Especially if you want some quick stories to read.
I highly recommend this book!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Joy Hardy on Dec. 12, 2012 : star star star star star
I was fascinated and thrilled of how the book went and how the writers really make the readers on the hook. It’s very interesting that you definitely wanted to know what would happen next. Every chapters of the book that I read always makes me wonder and picture what happened on my mind. It’s very captivating that makes me want to read more! Discover the imagination and reality of what really beyond certainty. It’s very entertaining. I truly recommend this book to those who love sci-fi horror, true to life murder, ghostly escape, and then this is the book you want to read.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Joy Hardy on Dec. 12, 2012 : star star star star star
I read the first few chapters of the book on the first day that I got the voucher code for free download and not until done reading the book today. I was fascinated and thrilled of how the book went and how the writers really make the readers on the hook. It’s very interesting that you definitely wanted to know what would happen next. Every chapters of the book that I read always makes me wonder and picture what happened on my mind. It’s very captivating that makes me want to read more! Discover the imagination and reality of what really beyond certainty. It’s very entertaining. I truly recommend this book to those who love sci-fi horror, true to life murder, ghostly escape, and then this is the book you want to read.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: rebecca bryant on Dec. 10, 2012 : (no rating)
Souls of Darkness an eBook by Louise Hunt, Damon Rathe and Kenneth Frank it is described as what can happen when you take three very different horror, fantasy and sci-fi writers, dismember their work, and then fiendishly stitch it back together in the form of an anthology of their compiled short stories.

That all being said I found the short stories to be a 50/50 deal. Some of them I liked, some not so much. Though all the stories had their own darkness to them and can be read independently of each other I can't say I was totally enthralled in anyone particular story. Note I am not much of a horror lover but I do like Sci-Fi and fantasy so though this book was an easy read for me it was over all a hit or miss. I would say if you want something that isn't a long novel then get it as it is several stories together so you can read one or all at any given time. For me it's on my ok list it wasn't bad but I was't completely in love with the book either so this is a one thumb up kind of book for me.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Irene B. Smithi on Dec. 07, 2012 : star star star star star
‘Souls of Darkness‘ was a fun read. It had multiple stories from different authors, which gave me as a reader a fun variety of writing styles that kept me guessing.

I didn’t find it too scary or graphic, which was a good thing. It was easy to get through and fun to read to the kids.

I think the concepts were really neat, stories ideas that were original and unexpected. I’m a huge Science Fiction fan, so this was right up my alley (a cold dark alley at that!).
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Irene B. Smithi on Dec. 07, 2012 : (no rating)
‘Souls of Darkness‘ was a fun read. It had multiple stories from different authors, which gave me as a reader a fun variety of writing styles that kept me guessing.

I didn’t find it too scary or graphic, which was a good thing. It was easy to get through and fun to read to the kids.

I think the concepts were really neat, stories ideas that were original and unexpected. I’m a huge Science Fiction fan, so this was right up my alley (a cold dark alley at that!).
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Lia Burres on Nov. 27, 2012 : (no rating)
This is one of the best books of all time! My favorite part about this whole book is the one of the hair remover! The best yet! Couldn't get away from the computer at all, loved reading this! Read it all in one day!!!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Fiona Donn on July 04, 2012 : star star star star star
Excellent and varied collection of stories. Great book to dip in and out of!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

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