The latest in my ongoing series of journal and magazine reviews.
Founded in 2013, The Dark is a monthly online magazine.
What they say about themselves: The magazine doesn’t say a lot about itself, but the submission guidelines are significant — “Don’t be afraid to experiment or to deviate from the ordinary; be different—try us with fiction that may fall out of ‘regular’ categories. However, it is also important to understand that despite the name, The Dark is not a market for graphic, violent horror.”
Issue reviewed: Issue 57, February 2019
Genre: Horror and Dark Fantasy
One Story I’ll Remember to not Forget: “Live Through This,” by Nadia Bulkin. When a high school student kills herself after being raped, her corpse appears in homes throughout her small town. A culture of violence and abuse comes back to haunt a community.
Clapperboard Rating: Four KLAKs. You always know something’s waiting for you in the next paragraph, and it always arrives.
Profanometer: Sunuvabitch. The language appropriately edgy for the material.