Author: Emma Newman
Publisher: Emergent Publishing
Page count/Size: 136 pp
Release date: 4th April 2011
Reviewer: Theresa Derwin
An anthology of 25 short stories from Emma Newman, From Dark Places is a collection that blends and combines a number of genres including SF, fantasy and horror.
The collection starts with the story ‘From Dark Places’ where teenager Katie is nailing things shut throughout her home in the middle of the night, ‘just in case’. This is understandably causing concern for her father and step-mother Jen. A nicely creepy story.
In ‘The Straw’, which is written with a particularly wry sense of humour, something kept in ‘the box’ leads to divorce for one couple. In ‘Someone to watch over her’ we find a tale of souls and contracts with the universe, whilst in ‘The art of Desire’, we have the standout story of the piece.
The majority of these stories are quite short running flash fiction length, so what we have is dark snippets of fiction, but it is a strong and solid collection, although some of the stories are a little dialogue heavy.
Newman is a name to watch, and you will certainly see more of her, as she has bagged a three book deal with Angry Robot for her Split Worlds trilogy.
A paperback version is available at From Dark Places | Em’s place or you can buy a kindle version by clicking on the Amazon link above.