- Print Length: 234 pages
- Publisher: Nightscape Press
- Publication Date: November 15, 2015
I normally try to avoid reviewing short story collections as they can be a bitch to write about without spoiling something. Even synopsizing a single story can ruin it for someone. But DARKLING INCIDENCE is published by Nightscape Press and I’ve had consistently good experiences with the books they’ve published, so when Robert S. Wilson offered me a copy in exchange for an honest review I decided to give it a shot. I’m not disappointed that I did.
When I first received this book, I knew nothing about K.M. Tonso so I went hunting the interwebs for some info. At the end of that search, I still knew nothing about K.M. Tonso. But I do know this: I’ve had the good fortune to come across several really good debuts this year and DARKLING INCIDENCE, Tonso’s debut collection, is one of them.
The sixteen entries in the very dark, very bleak collection bear little in common with each other. From one to the next the themes change like the wind, making for a diverse, engaging collection. I’m not one to synopsize the books I review. The author has already done that and, as I said before, even the briefest synopsis of an individual short story can be a spoiler. However, I will say this. While I liked most of the stories in this novel, there were a couple that really shined, including GLASS and the subsequent story, THE DREAMS OF DEAD CHILDREN. These stories stuck with me and really made the collection.
K.M. Tonso is a very promising new writer and, if you like well-written, short dark fiction, this is a good one to add to your collection. You can purchase DARKLING INCIDENCE: OBSCURE REFLECTIONS from Amazon and Barnes & Noble.
DARKLING INCIDENCE synopsis:
Herein are contained reflections of what, as Saint Paul says, we see in a glass darkly. And as this angle of incidence is so shadowed, so must be the reflections it derives.
These sixteen stories provide obscure reflections of worlds much like ours yet different. Worlds that grapple with increasingly confused and distorted realities.
Each reflection so vivid as to become an open doorway where unwary readers might just find themselves stumbling over the threshold… never to return.