New Dark Voices II
Brian Keene
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New Dark Voices II
Brian Keene
Delirirum Books
224 pages
January 2009
rated 4 of 5 possible stars

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Editor Brian Keene talks in his introduction about how New Dark Voices came about and his role in it, along with some great background on the writers he's chosen for this second installment.

'Sins Of The Father' by Brett McBean is about a sudden, angry storm that eliminates an entire town Ė except for ten-year-old Shaun Reynolds and Tony Christopher, who's been drying out at his Uncle's remote farmhouse. When Tony returns home, everyone but Shaun is gone, including his own wife and daughter. As Shaun becomes agitated explaining the storm, another breaks out, with lightning and a grotesque yellow-and-red rain of human blood and flesh. What's the connection between the young boy and the destructive storms?

Nick Mamatasís 'Eliminate The Improbably' is a rambling tale that seems at first to be about fat ladies disappearing in the cities. It transforms into a fugue on a subway, then turns into the story of a man who becomes his own double. The beginning of the story and the relationship between the nameless protagonist and Paolo are intriguing, but the story rapidly deteriorated into too many disjointed scenes.

Fans of TVís The Deadliest Catch will love 'Borealis'. From a strange start featuring a gaunt, suicidal man with a pretty little girl checking into a Vegas hotel to the high seas on a crab trawler, you're gripped immediately by the sense of something wrong. In the middle of the Arctic seas, Charlie, a deckhand on the ship Borealis, sights a naked woman running across an ice floe. The ship rescues her, but she refuses to give her name or why she was out on the ice under impossible circumstances. Immediately, things begin to change. The young deckhand who gave her CPR comes down sick with a rare malady. The captain locks himself in the pilothouse and won't come out, supposedly heading for St. Paul. Not only do their attitudes change, but they all begin to resemble corpses, lips drawn back from receding purple gums. Who is this woman, and what has she done to the Borealis and her crew? Side note: The author of this story, Ronald Damien Malfi, also wrote The Fall Of Never, a favorite book that I highly recommend.

Brian Keene's introduction says it all about this books. These three great stories from up-and-coming authors makes the perfect airplane, travel, or beach book. If you love finding talented new authors like I do, be sure to watch out for the next installments of New Dark Voices.

Originally published on Curled Up With A Good Book at © Margie Johnson, 2009

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