My previous experience with drabbles left me a little underwhelmed. The book I read certainly wasn’t a bad book, but it didn’t set my pulse racing either. Drabbledark is my second attempt and I had a little more success with this anthology.
With the stories only being 100 words in length, you’re going to get a lot of bang for your buck. This has its pros and cons. From a pros point of view, Drabbledark is a great book to dip in and out of, and for readers short on time (aren’t we all?!) that still want to dedicate some time to reading dark fiction this is a great place to start. It also offers you the chance to discover new talent. The cons, though, also come from including so many stories. I found myself engaged for the first third of the book, but my interest waned a little through the middle as the stories began to blur, making it difficult to remember many of them. I left the book well alone for a few days before picking it back up. The break served me well and I found myself enjoying most of what came towards the back-end of the book.
Highlights for me included The Choice by Bart Van Goethem, a drabble that gave me an Event Horizon vibe, Lesson Learned by Holly Scholfield in which terraforming soon becomes terrorforming for a group of students heading towards a new home on a new world and shorts by Christina Sng and Tamlyn Dreaver also worked well.
Your mileage will no doubt vary with this collection of dark drabbles, but for me, I enjoyed my time spent reading this varied collection. Drabbledark is a varied anthology containing stories of horror, science fiction and fantasy.
3.5/5 slices of the blade from the Grim Reader.
Drabbledark: An Anthology of Dark Drabbles is an anthology of drabbles, stories of exactly 100 words in length. Within these pages are 101 tales of dark fantasy, horror, and science fiction from 86 new and veteran voices of speculative fiction. This anthology combines both original fiction and reprints, with a majority of original fiction, celebrating the power of micro flash fiction in the form of dark plots and themes.