Souls of Darkness

Rated 4.53/5 based on 15 reviews
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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About Damon Rathe

Martin Rothery (AKA Damon Rathe) started creative writing in September 2008 after enrolling on a creative writing course at the local college wanting to develop his writing style and ideas and has never looked back since.
By June 2009 he had joined the Holmfirth Writers' Group and March 2010 he became the treasurer.
After having had a few poems published, an article in a cat magazine and self published his first charity book Nonagenarians in remembrance of his grandparents and their writing, everything had been leading up to the first defining moment - the release of COWS!, his first novel.
Since then, in 2012 he's started his own independent publishing company, Fishcake Publications (, released and co-authored another book of short stories, Souls of Darkness, under the pen name of Damon Rathe, published the prequel to Cows! titled Sheep and has just released his first full novel under the guise of Damon Rathe called Human Rights: Undead Set on Living.
Preferring to write children's stories and horror/fantasy/sci-fi he likes to release the former under his own name and the latter under his writing pseudonym. Damon Rathe is the dark side of Martin Rothery that sometimes wishes to be let out.
Martin is also an illustrator and cover designer and has done the covers for COWS!, Sheep, County Tales, Murgatroyd's Christmas Club, Human Rights and A Fistful of Marigolds as well as some of the internal images for Souls of Darkness. This allows him to do all the work in house at Fishcake Publications.
He often does workshops for children in the local community (if this of interest, please get in touch) and Huddersfield Libraries and has recently been involved with the Pageturners Festival in Huddersfield and will be involved in some way at the Holmfirth Arts Festival in 2014. He also loves going on residential writing weekends like the ones run by the National Association of Writers Groups and can usually be found at the Wentworth Castle, Barnsley retreat every year.
In the future, as well as continuing to write, Martin is excited to be working with a host of debut novelists as an editor and bringing new authors into the spotlight as a publisher very soon.

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Erica Ardali reviewed on Sep. 17, 2013

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 54 days after purchase)
NovaStorm Media reviewed on July 27, 2013

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 21 days after purchase)
Heather Pfingsten reviewed on July 26, 2013

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 19 days after purchase)
vicky Deal Sharing Aunt reviewed on June 30, 2013

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)
Kris Tucker reviewed 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)
Vanessa Miles reviewed on Jan. 23, 2013

Simply a fantastic read! I had chill bumps throughout most of it! Get it, you won't regret it at all!
(reviewed 48 days after purchase)
T E Taylor reviewed on Jan. 20, 2013

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 49 days after purchase)
brandy oliver reviewed on Jan. 3, 2013

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 37 days after purchase)
Victoria Heckstall reviewed on Jan. 3, 2013

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 34 days after purchase)
Danielle Randolph reviewed on Jan. 2, 2013

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 14 days after purchase)

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