Maybe I shouldn't review this because I have a story here, but if you take my piece out of it it's still an interesting little book. In October Dark Chapter Press held a contest for writers to take part in. You were given a team and had to create a flash fiction piece about werewolves, zombies, or vampires. These are genres that have been done to death so the challenge here was to breath new life into them. Sounds simple until you realize that the word count is only 1k. It was a lot of fun to take part in a contest like this and as a writer there's only so much you can do with so few words. Dark Chapter Press knew that it could be done, but the how was left up to us.
Flashes Of Darkness features some of those entries and what a collection this is. It's proof that you can take tired genres and breath some life into them. Each story here is short, but they pack one hell of a punch. The writers here have really stepped up and the book is a satisfying read. These aren't your typical werewolves, zombies, or vampires and that's what this book is meant to represent. What Dark Chapter and even the authors involved here have shown is that less is more. With the limited word count you had to hit fast and hard, and sometimes build tension with the first sentence. Each of these authors here have created something new and unique. There is a lot to like here and each story that the editors have chosen for this volume could have won.
Dark Chapter has released a solid anthology that features some new authors as well as some that have been around for awhile. Once you read this you'll want to seek out some of their longer works. As a fan of horror I give this five stars and even if I wasn't involved it would still be a five star book. Dark Chapter Press knows horror, and as they begin to release more books more and more people are going to take notice. Books like these are what horror fans love. You have a wide cross section of horror that caters to a wide fan base. The nice thing is that the book isn't horribly expensive. You get 24 flash fiction pieces for .99 cents and trust me Flashes Of Darkness is worth every penny.