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Reader's thoughts:

“Dark Musings is a riveting collection of short stories joined by a common theme: a desire to understand the eternal question of providence, the existence of God, life after death, possibility of time travel, mysterious coincidences, and other issues that have been on every person’s mind at least once in their lives. Should we believe our prophetic dreams or discount them as vivid imagination only? How do we know if some higher power is behind a certain fateful event or it’s pure coincidence? Should we trust our logic or our hearts when it comes to the most important decisions in our lives? These and many more ideas are developed and shown through the eyes of different characters: a father hoping to reverse the course of events to save his daughter from an accident; a family of a patient in a coma, deciding his fate without knowing that he is aware of everything happening around him; a woman, deciding to believe her intuition to save a little girl – all these stories will make you ponder on such issues even after you close the book. Definitely a worthy read."     

   

 

 

"Haunting, frightening, yet beautiful and bringing up important truths about us--this is how I feel about this collection of the best short stories I've read in a very long time. Short stories are tricky and challenging I think but  the author gets off the tiger's back and delivers incredible little gems put together in a very wise order. The book starts with the shocking "The Neighbor" and keeps rolling faster and faster, though "Faith" and "Death", my favorite "Room 723", to end with heart-wrenching and emotional "Childhood", the final accent, the last chord. These stories will definitely stay with me for a while. There's nothing I don't like about this author's works. I love his style, his ability to touch the emotions we rarely speak about. He's incredibly talented, yet pays great attention to structure and all the technical details that make a great story. I really, really hope he'll publish another collection very soon--I'm looking forward to it!"

 

 

 

"This book is a collection of short stories ranging from somber, macabre, all the way through beautiful. Some of them are all of these things. It starts strong and stays strong through the entire book. Some of these stories are going to haunt my head for awhile, such as the child rescued by the teacher, the serial killer, and the mother that lost touch with reality. There are so many different viewpoints and scenarios, and no character is flat. They live, they breathe, some of them you wonder if you’ll meet walking down the street or getting your morning coffee. Some of them you pray you never will. Yet, it is likely that at some point you will meet someone that might have stepped from these pages. These are tales that might happen, some that do happen. It is not a journey for the faint of heart. However I also feel it is one that most should read. Some of these are great cautionary tales, and I would consider this a very good addition to a collection of modern folklore. They remind me in a way of books that I grew up with, such as the Scary Stories collections by Alvin Schwartz, but aimed for an older crowd. It is hard to find anything that I did not like. Some of the stories appalled me, but not because the author dared write them. They appalled me because I’ve read of things similar happening in news and some of the things addressed are real. It is not the author’s job to control his fellow man, and an author’s job is as much to shine light on the good as it is to expose the bad. Therefore I do not find anything to actually detract. It was very well done. I am going to be suggesting this book to several people that I know who will immensely enjoy it."

Synopsis

 

These stories are unconnected, but they all include a similar trait: Fear. They are all based on aspects of life that are haunting yet very real. Experiencing these stories will induce a terror that will stay with you long after the final page is turned...