Title: Footsteps in the Dark | Author: Carlo Armenise | Publisher: Outskirts Press Inc. | Pub. Date: 05/16/2017 | Pages: 132 | ASIN: B072J2MVCF | Genre: Dark Fantasy | Language: English | Triggers: None | Rating: 4 out of 5 | Source: Received from the author for review consideration
Footsteps in the Dark
“Footsteps in the Dark” is a collection of eight short stories, with a Twilight Zone flavor, that highlight the eternal struggle between good and evil, brought on by the human condition and the lengths we go to satisfy our desires. In addition to predominately supernatural themes, each of the stories present an intricate character study that identifies the flaws, frailties and weaknesses of a host of interesting characters, and the outcomes of the actions they take to get what they want. “Footsteps in the Dark” is written in an extremely engaging and intriguing story telling style that will get and keep your attention as you take each of the “Footsteps in the Dark”
Footsteps in the Dark Review
I really liked this collection although I found it to be a pretty good mix of Tales from the Darkside and Twilight Zone. That’s not a dismissal or put down at all, I love Tales from the Darkside. I liked the way it was set up, with each story being another step into the dark. I also liked the pictures in it, they fit well with the stories.
A Conversation with Death is definitely at the top of the list for me. It was creepy, touching and I loved The Diner. I thought it was a very cool idea and the end surprised me. A lot.
The Potion had a very ‘Death Becomes Her’ feel to it but with a much better ending to it.
Deadly Dream was a bit…middling for me. It seemed very repetitive for such a short story and the ending was a little easy to predict.
Best-Laid Plans was one that really brought the Twilight Zone feel to it. It had that level of irony and gotcha! to it. It was a story I liked very much.
The Not So Wise Guy was hilarious and I loved it. It had a great twist at the end that was also worthy of the Twilight zone. In fact, Frank reminds me of a character in the Twilight Zone I just watched.
The Set-Up was a good story. The ending was a bit easy to see coming but it was very satisfying when it did.
Deadly Diagnosis was a great story and would probably come in second to A Conversation with Death. It’s also a bit more realistic that he does serve a bit of time before the actual legal finding happens. It also gets to a more emotional depth than some of the other stories.
The Collector was another ok one. It seemed a bit of a rush to the end when it actually could have done with a bit more of a led up to the actual plot point.
All in all, I would recommend it. Even for people who don’t typically like short stories these stories are very short and conclude satisfactorily. Which is a common complaint with some short stories. They either leave too much undone or conclude so fast it barely feels like you’ve read an actual story. These are somewhere in the middle of that and they are good. I’d like to see what the author has in store for future stories.
4 out of 5 Skulls