Darkest Days, Blackest Nights

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Midnight lasts a bit longer tonight, its shadow cold and bruised. The bell tower strikes a thirteenth time, extending an invitation to the Danse Macabre—the dance of death. Don’t tarry. The others are waiting, anxious to share their tales before the music ends. Stories of lust, greed, vengeance, and death. Journeys of power. Woes of the fallen. Retaliation. Atonement. Loss. More

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Words: 11,720
Language: English
ISBN: 9781310719103
About River Fairchild

River Fairchild is somewhat odd, brandishes a dry sense of humor, owned by several cats. Lives in a fantasy world. A fabricator of magic. Makes stuff up and spins tales about it. Believes in Faerie crossings and never staying in one place for very long. Speculative Fiction wordsmith. The secret to her stories? Spread lies, blend in truths, add a pinch of snark and a dash of tears. Escape into her world. She left the porch light on so you can find your way down the rabbit hole.

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Review by: Ron Fritsch on June 07, 2014 :
The six short stories in River Fairchild’s Darkest Days, Blackest Nights are delightfully dark.

In “Brush Strokes” an artist’s last painting of her garden exacts revenge on the art world that snubbed her during her lifetime.

In “Blast from the Past” a fortune teller encourages her customers to take what she knows will be tragic “missteps.” “She reveled in the chaos of sending them straight into the downward spiral.”

In “Enter the Light” the aging ruler of a walled city-kingdom discovers how to regain youth for himself from his subjects’ need for vengeance. “He reveled in their despair. It fed him. It gave him life.”

In “Man in the Moon” an “Institute for Behavior Modification” turns out to be just as ominous as it sounds.

In “No Strings Attached” a prostitute—working for the other side, one might say—takes far more from her johns than they bargained for.

In “Time in a Bottle” a homeless man learns how to time travel to alternate stories of his life, each of them more horrific than the one that came before.

Does Fairchild leave us without a happy ending in sight? I’d have to say she’s left us with six.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Elephant's Child on June 06, 2014 :
The collection of stories which makes up Darkest Days, Blackest Nights is masterly. Horror at its most original, and at its nastiest. The stuff of nightmares, captured, honed and polished...
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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