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December 2022

Each month The Dark brings you the best in dark fantasy and horror! Selected by Clara Madrigano and Sean Wallace and published by Prime Books, this issue includes four all-new stories:

“Sulta” by James Bennett
“Belly-Slitter” by H. Pueyo
“Y is for Yesterday” by Steve Rasnic Tem
“The Cat” by Morana Violeta (translated by Clara Madrigano)

In This Issue


They say the camera never lies, but Tate knows that isn’t true. These days, a tog like him has as many tricks up his sleeve as your average Instagrammer, from polarizing filters to adjusting white balance to colour saturation. It’s no longer simply a question of how much light you let in through an aperture, […]



The cherries were so ripe they burst, trickling down her fingers in crimson streaks that looked like coagulated blood. It was the third harvest of the season, and they had done everything they could possibly think of with the new batch of fruits: wild strawberry crepes, cranberry jam, blueberry pies, cherry wine. The other maids […]


Y is for Yesterday

For he would be thinking of love Till the stars had run away And the shadows eaten the moon. —W.B. Yeats, “The Young Man’s Song” The house is a small 1930s bungalow in a neighborhood in decline. The yard with its flower bed and a few tidy bushes is well-tended by the landscape company your […]


The Cat

I lived with an emptiness that was filled by my cat. It’s easy to be a lonely person. We work too hard, we strive for a sliver of dignity, and to keep a roof over our heads. We isolate ourselves from everyone we know, and even the smallest of conversations can be too tiresome after […]