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October 2021

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

“Hundreds of Little Absences” by Aimee Ogden
“There’s Nothing Left Without the Smoke” by Osahon Ize-Iyamu
“The Hide’s Effect” by Frances Ogamba
“Fiat, Fiat, Fiat” by Eliot Fintushel

In This Issue

Hundreds of Little Absences

Mandy finds the jar of baby teeth in her mother’s sock drawer, the week after she turns eleven. Daydreams about a frothy fairy with butter-blonde curls leaving coins under her pillow have long since evaporated; this is the first of many horse girl summers. The jar, white china with hand-painted blue flowers, is nestled between […]

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There’s Nothing Left Without the Smoke

Last time I slept I woke up naked and in the woods, amongst piles of bodies that I couldn’t determine were dead or alive. I didn’t bother to ask questions as to what had happened before my blackout. I didn’t bother to wake any other person up. I did, however, search through the woods in […]


The Hide’s Effect

The man is sandwiched in a crowd by the turn leading into Egbunike street where Tega lives. “It is magic! My life changed when I discovered it.” The man’s voice is replete with vigour. His outfit bears a semblance to the original FENDI, unlike the labels masterfully sewn at Aba. His shoes catch the evening […]


Fiat, Fiat, Fiat

 . . . an per oblationes sacrilegas infantes Dæmonibus offerentes poßit ipsa Hæresis augmentari . . .  . . . whether these demons are able to abet their heretical powers through unholy oblations of children . . . —Malleus Malificarum (Witches’ Hammer, 1486) I was just home from school when a woman all in black nearly knocked me down. There was a stain on her […]