*Disclaimer – I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*
Alexandria, Virginia, 1872
I did not know how long I had been unconscious, but when I opened my eyes, I saw… Nothing. Surrounded by a blackness darker than the Virginia woods on a cloudy night, I could feel the closeness of the space around me and smell the stale air. It took me a few moments to realize I was lying in a coffin. I groped the sides of the box, then pressed against the lid only inches from my face. (The Bell by Jon O’Bergh)
It’s the height of Queen Victoria’s rule. Fog swirls in the gas-lit streets, while in the parlor, hands are linked. Pale and expectant faces gaze upon a woman, her eyes closed and shoulders slumped. The medium speaks, her tone hollow and inhuman. The seance has begun. Join us as we explore fourteen frightening tales of Victorian horror, each centered around a method of divination. Can the reading of tea leaves influence the future? Can dreams keep a soldier from death in the Crimea? Can a pocket watch foretell a deadly family curse? From entrail reading and fortune-telling machines to prophetic spiders and voodoo spells, sometimes the future is better left unknown. Choose your fate. Choose your DARK DIVINATION.
An anthology pried from the cold, dead, ghostly hands of the Victorian era, Dark Divinations leads the reader down a trail of blood chilling seances, ominous tea leaves, and curses that echo through the ages.
From a stellar list of writers including Jon O’Bergh, Hannah Hulbert, and the editor themselves Naching T. Kassa, this is an anthology chocked full of atmosphere, tension, and a building dread. From the blood curdling dreams of the doting wife Jennie in Ash Hartwell’s Copper and Cordite, to the ominous appearance of a fortune telling automaton bearing only grave news in Stephanie Ellis’s Romany Rose, Dark Divinations spans a century of Victorian characters and the perils that lie within attempting to see, or even change, ones own fate.
With a strength in tone and immersive atmosphere, this is a collection of story for the historically leaning, and for anyone who loves a good old bewitching tale of the unchangeable tapestry of destiny. There are methods for every enthusiast in this anthology, and you will not be disappointed by the variety.
Grab your bustle, keep your pocket watch wound, and settle in for fourteen gothic tales of future telling. Recommended to be read by candlelight as a storm rages outside.
All the Authors –
Power and Shadow by Hannah Hulbert
Copper and Cordite by Ash Hartwell
Damnation in Venice by Joe L. Murr
The Pocket Watch by Emerian Rich
They Wound Like Worms by Naching T. Kassa
Miroir de Vaugnac by Michael Fassbender
The Bell by Jon O’Bergh
Romany Rose by Stephanie Ellis
Miss Mae’s Prayers by H.R.R. Gorman
Breaking Bad by R.L. Merrill
Broken Crystal by Rie Sheridan Rose
Ghost of St. John Lane by Daphne Strasert
The Moat House Cob by Alan Fisher
Of Blood and Bones by Jeremy Megargee
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