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“Although the horror genre naturally lends itself to up close and personal examination of good and very nasty evil, little writing in that genre is faith inflected. This anthology addresses that gap. “Faith” is used loosely and expansively in this collection of short tales that offers something for lots of different tastes-slasher, fairy tale, end times, ghost story-as well as religion. “Zen and the Art of Gordon Dratch’s Damnation,” by Douglas F. Warrick, is a meditation on enlightenment as cagey as any Zen master’s teaching. “Different from Other Nights” by Eliyanna Kaiser offers a knife twist on the Passover celebration. Although the anthology is uneven, as collections often can be, the very best, like Gary A. Braunbeck’s “For My Next Trick I’ll Need a Volunteer,” resonate in the mind long afterward, with no guts or gore. And while Cathrynne M. Valente’s “The Days of Flaming Motorcycles” is a wicked clever zombie tale set in Augusta, Maine, readers may wonder where zombie Jesus is when we need him.”
Publishers Weekly (May, 2010)

“What questions would you ask Jesus if he returned on the eve of an apocalypse and granted every surviving human a personal audience? If a Zen Buddhist were consigned to Hell, would he suffer the torments of the damned or remain blissfully serene? These are some of the questions explored in this distinctive collection focusing on philosophical conundrums presented by religious faith. Thirty-one tales and poems from some of the horror genre’s most talented writers cover quite a spectrum of inquiry. Jennifer Pelland’s “Ghosts of New York” finds the World Trade Center jumpers on 9/11 endlessly reliving their terrifying plummets to earth. An autistic girl who becomes miraculously lucid in Chesya Burke’s “The Unremembered” spurns the priest who mistakes her miracle for a Christian one. A saintly boy found murdered in Ekatarina Sedia’s “You Dream” haunts a woman’s nightmares. While the overall quality is mixed, and the selections lean heavily on shock value rather than subtlety, there are enough provocative scenarios here to provide hours of faith-challenging entertainment.”
Booklist (Carl Hays)

“Faith. Light and dark. Terrible beauty and mind-shattering horror. It’s all here, in what’s sure to be one of the year’s best anthologies.”
Shroud Magazine (Kevin Lucia)

“If you’re like me and enjoy speculative fiction that explores themes of spirituality, I can’t recommend this anthology enough. Does earth magic really work? Is there such thing as enlightenment? Does God exist? Was Jimi Hendrix a god? Is there an afterlife? Does anything really matter? You want thought provoking? You got it!”
Explorations: The BN SciFi and Fantasy Blog (Paul Goat Allen)

Blurbs
“A remarkable collection, bursting at the seams with thought-provoking ideas and shattering visions.”
—Brandon Massey, award-winning author of Dark Corner and Don’t Ever Tell

“A moving examination of the spirit. Nobody does faith like the horror genre, and this diverse collection is the new bible of the bizarre. Heaven and hell never looked so scary.”
—Scott Nicholson, author of The Red Church

Please also check out the Dark Faith reviews linked below.

Shroud Magazine (The full review from the quote above)

Publishers Weekly (The full review from the quote above)

Explorations: The BN SciFi and Fantasy Blog (The full review from the quote above)

Suvudu – Looking at the Shadow Side of Belief with “Dark Faith”

Horror Web

Innsmouth Free Press – Dark Faith

Black Gate – Dark Faith

Sevier County News – Dark Faith

365 Short Stories – Dark Faith

Reader Reviews:

Jaym Gates

Stacy K.

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