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December 2019

Each month The Dark brings you the best in dark fantasy and horror! Selected by award-winning editors Michael Kelly, Silvia Moreno-Garcia, and Sean Wallace and published by Prime Books, this issue includes two all-new stories and two reprints:

“You Were Once Wild Here” by Carlie St. George
“Velvet Man” by Leone Ross (reprint)
“The Muse of Palm House” by Tobi Ogundiran
“Joss Papers for Porcelain Ghosts” by Eliza Chan (reprint)

In This Issue

You Were Once Wild Here

Laura is a dead girl’s name. That’s your first thought when she introduces herself, all smiles, telling you about cheerleader tryouts like you aren’t dressed from head to toe in get-the-fuck-away-from-me. Pretty blondes like her are always ending up dead somewhere, in lakes or forests, murdered by someone who insists they did it out of […]

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Velvet Man

Ghosts know who best to haunt. An old Jamaican friend once told her that. She thinks about this idea a lot, after the velvet man leaves. About what it is to be drawn to something just for you: a perfectly fashioned event, a person, or a moment. It is the kind of thing that people […]


The Muse of Palm House

The truth is that I’m moving into this old colonial manor to kill myself. I imagine the shock with which Esan will take the news once it reaches her, the guilt that will eat at her until she can no longer be happy with her new husband. I imagine how the art world will explode […]


Joss Papers for Porcelain Ghosts

“Nothing followed you?” Harriet’s mother said, peering up and down the corridor. “No, Mum,” Harriet replied. She looked pointedly at her suitcase, hair clammy around her forehead and neck. She hadn’t slept in nearly twenty hours thanks to the baby next to her on the plane. “Can you let me in?” She had to duck […]