Hides the Dark Tower

Hides the Dark Tower

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Mysterious and looming, towers and tower-like structures pierce the skies and shadow the lands. Hides the Dark Tower includes over two dozen tales of adventure, danger, magic, and trickery from an international roster of authors. Readers of science fiction, fantasy, horror, grimdark, campfire tales, and more will find a story to haunt their dreams. So step out of the light, and into the world of Hides the Dark Tower--if you dare.

Featuring fiction by Richard Chizmar, Alex Shvartsman, Rie Sheridan Rose, Jeff Stehman, Jonathan Shipley, Robert E. Waters, Evan Dicken, Anatoly Belilovsky, Brad Hafford, A.P. Sessler, Larry C. Kay, Jeremy M. Gottwig, Steven R. Southard, Kelda Crich, M.J. Ritchie, Edward McDermott, Ray Kolb, Andrew Gudgel, Jeremy Zimmerman, N.O.A. Rawle, Meg Belviso, Daniel Beazley, Briana McGuckin, Kane Gordon, Peter Schranz, G. Scott Huggins, Vonnie Winslow Crist, and Kelly A. Harmon, and featuring a poem by Laura Shovan.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940151161121
Publisher: Pole to Pole Publishing
Publication date: 10/22/2015
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 275
File size: 2 MB

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Hides the Dark Tower 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Yzabel More than 1 year ago
[NOTE: I received a copy of this book through Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.] This collection of short stories revolve around the theme of “towers”, and more specifically towers of the dark kind: towers of sorcery, alien towers in strange world, sinister lighthouses, towers of the Underworld... There are very few “nice” dwellings here, and a lot of the stories do not carry much hope, or are tinged with a bittersweet side. I found this a quick and pleasant read in general. While I admit not caring much for the first story (a poem), there was nothing really catastrophic in there. On the other hand, no story felt really above the others as far as I'm concerned. Mostly it's a matter of a good deal of stories feeling somewhat “unfinished”: too short for me to properly get to care about the characters (“Beneath the Bell Bay Light”, “Core Craving”), with endings that were often too open, as if something was missing (“Giving a Hand”, “Smoke and Sprites”), even though at first they did seem complete. That's something I've struggled with myself, and something I find regularly in other anthologies, and I won't fault this one specifically. So, all in all, it's a solid 3 stars, though not more. The stories I liked best: “Squire Magic”: Bittersweet indeed, but a nice lesson about magic, and how the most powerful spells aren't always able to best a cunning mind who knows what to do with “simple” spells. “The Tower”: a quaint and quiet little town, a man staying close to its roots, and the evil looming abover everyone, in the shape of an old water tower. It had a bit of a Stephen King feeling. “They Warp the Fabric of the Sky”: Beware what you're looking for... and do not disregard the power of a smile. “Kiss of Death”: Somewhat comical and light, yet also a beautiful love story. (And it has a Lich and a Necromancer! Bonus points!) “Annie the Escaper”: actually, not really a favourite; however, I liked the idea of a species realising in the end it couldn't live without the other, although not for the most obvious reason. Special mention for “The Blind Queen's Daughter” because Arthurian & Lovecraftian mythos together.