Half That You See
by Rebecca Rowland
nothing you hear, and only one half that you see.”
System of Dr. Tarr and Prof. Fether by Edgar Allan Poe (1845)
classic tale told of a state of the art hospital boasting a curiously
experimental treatment, but things were not as they seemed. In The
Half That You See, twenty-six writers from around the globe share
their literary optical illusions in never before seen stories of
portentous visions and haunting memories, altered consciousness and
virulent nightmares, disordered thinking and descents into madness.
Take a walk down the paths of perception that these dark fiction
raconteurs have tunneled for you, but keep a tight grip on your
flashlight: the course twists and turns, and once you’re on route
to your destination, there is no turning back. That which creeps
about in the poorly lit corners of the human mind has teeth, and it’s
waiting for you.
by Elin Olausson
A young man rents a
room at a bed & breakfast and meets a girl who sleepwalks during
the day and is only herself at night.
Indian Motorhome by Tonka” by Eddie Generous
nostalgia, Josh Dolan buys a vintage Tonka Winnebago, but it isn’t
quite like the toy he’d had as a kid; this Winnebago knows the
future, and it knows Claire Dolan’s secrets.
Grass” by Sam Hicks
A young man begins
to question the recurrent visions he has always believed to be
flashbacks to a childhood drug overdose.
“by T.M. Starnes
sometimes survive, but that’s when their terror truly begins.
Blind Eye” by Kelly Griffiths
An explosion leaves
an ornery pharmacist with shards of mortar in his eyes and disturbing
changes to his vision, especially when he looks in the mirror.
Asleep in the Rain” by Robert P. Ottone
A man recounts his
youth through a dream, revealing as a young boy his experiments with
love for another boy, only to face the ire of his murderous father.
Blues” by Luciano Marano
In a story inspired
by an actual urban legend popular among American truckers about a
spectral black dog that appears to drivers just before a lethal
crash, a haunted man recounts his own devastating encounter
with the creature and sets out for revenge with a
hapless hitchhiker reluctantly in tow.
Friends” by Nicole Wolverton
Julie Strawbridge is
called in to see the principal of her nephew Augie’s school after he
is expelled for selling imaginary friends to his classmates for a
by Susie Schwartz
One boogeyman; two
perspectives, and the horror of mental illness that torments them
Houses” by Alex Giannini
Carrie and Will
moved into a new home, into a new phase of their lives. But every
love story is a ghost story, and theirs is no different.
Daddy” by Scotty Milder
A crumbling marriage
and a new home is filtered through the eyes of its smallest witness.
by Mack Moyer
A woman on a
methamphetamine binge harbors a dark secret from her past that begins
to manifest in vivid waking nightmares that may, or may not, be real.
at Cranburgh Grange” by Felice Picano
When an American
couple leases and then buys a manse in England, they become aware of
a strange noise only some people can hear.
by Bill Davidson
Colin lives a
stressful life in an overcrowded flat with a sick daughter and a
mother with dementia, in the middle of crammed and noisy London. More
and more, however, he is elsewhere.
of the Sun” by Matt Masucci
A retired homicide
detective living in Florida finds that a past case investigating a
dark nature cult twists into his reality.
by Victoria Dalpe
A young woman still
grieving a recent loss discovers an exhumed coffin on the street.
by Mark Towse
A man suspects his
wife is cheating on him, and when she leaves for the evening, he
considers the possibility over a bottle with an old friend.
the Starfish” by Lena Ng
Many people have
pets, but one lonely young man becomes too close to his pet starfish.
by Justine Gardner
A cormorant speaks,
and Josie tries not to listen as it begins to resemble ghosts from
O’Clock” by Holley Cornetto
A man seeking
shelter from the tragedies of his life finds more than he bargained
for in a mysterious cabin.
Baby Boy Blue” by Douglas Ford
An eye injury and a
grotesque gift from a police officer in a hospital emergency room
ultimately leads a young man to special properties of sight.
Intruder” by Lamont A. Turner
has invaded her home and the homes of those close to her, a woman
struggles with delusions that may not have originated with her.
the Woods in the Deep Dark Night” by Edward R. Rosick
Trapped in his cabin
by a howling snowstorm in the desolate wildness of Michigan’s Upper
Peninsula, Gary Chandler finds that freezing isolation is only the
beginning of a descent into bloody madness.
by Michael W. Clark
A regular guy wants
too much control in the modern global community: over both his home
and his wives.
Racht” by Laura Saint Martin
A victim of domestic
violence embarks on a drug-fueled journey and rampage.
Portrait” by Mahlon Smoke
A frustrated artist
spies a forgotten portrait in a shop and finds himself consumed by
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Half That You See is
written by twenty-six authors from five different countries,
including Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award finalist Felice Picano,
Feature Writer of the Year recipient Luciano Marano, and honorees
from Ellen Datlow’s most recent Best
Horror of the Year,
Bill Davidson and Sam Hicks. Editor Rebecca Rowland is a dark fiction
writer whose previous Dark Ink anthology curation work
Goblins, Murder, and Madness and Shadowy
Natures: Stories of Psychological Horror.
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