Monday, March 05, 2007

Light at the Edge of Darkness edited by Cynthia MacKinnon

"When forced to the edge of darkness, there’s only one way back: embrace the Light."-from the editor's introduction.

I thought editor Cynthia MacKinnon's quote from the introduction did a good job of summarizing this collection. She(and the Lost Genre Guild) did a great job with this anthology. I enjoy the variety of stories. It is rare to find an anthology containing horror, fantasy, far future fiction, alien worlds and more.

Undeniable by A. P. Fuchs is not for the squeamish. Duncan James and his son are captured and tortured for their faith. The author wanted to explore how much he would be willing to endure for his faith. He does a great job conveying this to the reader. Any parent will get chills reading about Duncan's trials.

Credo features the origin of Stephen L. Rice's character-Martin. He is one of the Heralds(divinely appointed lawmen who deal with demonic attacks). Fans of westerns will be looking for more adventures after reading this story.

With the popularity of Dr. Who, it is the perfect time for Joseph Ficor's The Timeship of Semak. This touching tale of a young boy running away from his foster home and his meeting with 'Ol Bill was a favorite of mine. The writing reminds me of the work of the great science fiction writer Clifford Simak. Look up Simak's Way Station and I think you will see what I mean. I wonder if the name Semak is a tribute to Clifford? I will definitely be looking for more stories by this author.

Fans of speculative fiction will be excited by Light at the Edge of Darkness. Visit the publisher's(The Writer's Cafe) and check out their other publications.


Adam Graham said...

Thanks for the review.

stevedoyle1759 said...

Thanks for taking the time to review this book, Jim. I'm glad you enjoyed the stories!

Donna Sundblad said...

Thank you Jim for taking the time to read and write this review. As one of the authors included in this anthology, I had the privilege of seeing these stories develop. This collection is a rare find, and one that fullfills a need within the fantasy/Sci Fi genre.

I appreciate you time and the good reivew!

Donna Sundblad

A.P. Fuchs said...

Thank you very much for reviewing this collection. It was a delight to work on. Glad you enjoyed it.

Steve Rice said...

The thought that came to mind in writing "Credo" was, "Why should Jedis have all the fun?" Our God empowers those he sends. (And "Credo" helps balance the silliness of "At the Mountains of Lunacy.")

Anyway, thanks for the review!

Joseph said...

Thank you for taking time to review the anthology. "The Timeship of Semak" was inspired by the Doctor Who shows that I watched back in the 80s. I have to confess that I have never read any of Clifford Simak. I have seen his name in passing in books about science fiction writers. Semak is a variant of the name for the Hebrew letter Samekh. I found it in my Bible in Psalm 119 a few years ago. I thought that it would make a cool name for a planet.