Editorial: The Allure of Dark Fantasy Anna Yeatts
Dark fantasy has enraptured the hearts and minds of readers for decades. Its unique fusion of fantastical elements with dark, sometimes horrific aspects can transport readers to a world where anything is possible—and potentially perilous. The subgenre’s popularity can be attributed to its ability to delve into complex themes and characters, often exploring the darker aspects of human nature. Perhaps more than any other genre or sub-genre, dark fantasy allows readers to address difficult and often painful realities while maintaining a degree of emotional safety.
The stories in this month’s issue provide a rich mixture of horror, suspense, and intrigue. We’re delighted to have three stories in this issue from FFO alumni, and we encourage you to read more of their stories in our archives.
Our first story, “About Her Bones So Bleak and Bare” by Matthew F. Amati, is a dark love story told with a Southern gothic voice reminiscent of Matthew’s first FFO publication, “The Cratch, Thy Keeper.”
Our second story, “Power is Love in the Devil’s Eyes” by Dafydd McKimm, is a cautionary tale set in a gritty nightclub. It’s a story that peers into the abyss of human nature, exploring the lengths some will go to achieve their goals. As the main character says, “we all know what men will do for love.”
”Wonderful Wounds Await You” by Marisca Pichette is a darkly gorgeous and visceral take on shapeshifting. The haunting literary voice and unique approach to the shapeshifter trope make it a standout addition to this issue.
Finally, this issue’s reprint is “Upon What Soil They Fed” by Jennifer Mace, a reimagination of the classic fairy tale Rapunzel from the prince’s point of view. It’s a creative and innovative retelling that will leave readers spellbound.
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