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Anthology ‘Piercing the Darkness’ Review


Written by: Paula Limbaugh

ALL star line up!  It doesn’t get any better than this, in Piercing the Darkness you have the likes of Joe R Lansdale, Jack Ketchum, F. Paul Wilson, Elizabeth Massie, Lucy A. Snyder and way too many more to list! This anthology edited by Craig Cook was put together to benefit The Children’s Literacy Initiative.  Twenty Eight amazing stories some previously published, some written just for this collection, all superb!

The Children’s Literacy Initiative works with schools to help children become better readers. Their goal: “to close the gap in literacy achievement between disadvantaged children and their more affluent peers.” A very worthwhile goal indeed!

Gord Rollo introduces us to Timothy Meeks. It is said in the Bible that the meek shall inherit the earth, but Timothy doubts that it was him the Bible was talking about.

Cooked by Jonathan Marberry is a sweet story of revenge but not in the telling, the telling is love.

In Quiet Bullets by Christopher Golden we find that death comes in all forms and for 10 year old Teddy it’s a cowboy dressed in black.

The Fierce Stabbing and Subsequent Post-Death of Scooter Brown by Jeff Strand shows us that saying sorry isn’t always enough; no matter how much you’re willing to pay!

Such a sad tale is found in Searching by Monica J. O’Rourke.

Ever wonder how the seasons change, why does Spring creep in slowly one year and hits us full on the next? Check out Cannonball Lycanthrope for Janet Joyce Holden’s take on the weather.

Brian Keene’s The Viking Plays Patty Cake reminds us that no matter what, family matters.

C. Dennis Moore really knows how to leave you feeling squeamish. If Pest Control doesn’t creep you out, then I don’t think anything ever will.

There are so many more great stories all of which deserve praise. Please pick up a copy, you won’t be disappointed and you will be helping a worthy cause. I must also note that this was a brilliant move on Craig Cook’s part. What better way to raise awareness for literacy than through literature. Enjoy!

Order it here.

Rating: 5/5

About The Overseer (1669 Articles)
Author of Say No to Drugs, writer for Blumhouse, Dread Central, Horror Novel Reviews and Addicted to Horror Movies.

3 Comments on Anthology ‘Piercing the Darkness’ Review

  1. Sounds like a great read for a great cause!


  2. Vitina Molgaard // February 22, 2014 at 9:30 pm // Reply

    Janiera..I bought this one also..but have had and still have some other things to work on…but definitely looking forward to this one…


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