Dark Stars

New Tales of Darkest Horror

Edited by: John F.D. Taff

Alright everyone, I’m burnt on horror. This collection of horror stories is good though.

I can say I haven’t read anything like a lot of these stories. Some are better than others, as with any anthology or collection. And some are more on the bloody side than others. It’s an interesting mix of themes and the entire book will leave you feeling a little more paranoid than usual if you’re home alone.

There’s a mix of cultures which was a bit of a refresher to be honest. There is gore also so be careful. I sort of think that’s why I’m burnt out. Gore can only be scary for so long and it’s something that as a reader has pushed me away from the genre. Even in movies.

Not to say body horror isn’t great when done well. I just reviewed a book that had body horror and that could sort of be classified as gore but it was well done and fresh to me.

I think I’ll be avoiding horror for a little while after this.

Some of the stories are easier reads, some are very slow starts and the pacing was a bit of a pain. There is one story that’s hard to follow because it involves someone not knowing what’s real and what’s a dream. So it got a little twisted to follow.

All in all, it’s a solid collection for a horror fan.

I give it a four (4) out of five.

I received this arc in exchange for a honest review. Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher.


Author. Reader. Reviewer. Interested in Sci-fi, Fantasy, and everything in between. Ya, and Adult. Looking for representaion where it matters! BIPOC, LGBTQ+, disabled, everything! We all deserve stories!

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