Light at the Edge of Darkness, a review by Karri Compton

I’m happy today to promote Light at the Edge of Darkness, a work of Biblical speculative fiction compiled by The Lost Genre Guild and edited by Cynthia MacKinnon of Writers Café Press. The title fits this book of short stories like a glove. These stories guide the way to hope, life, and light—even when things look their darkest.

There’s something for just about everyone in this collection, from sci-fi to fantasy to supernatural thriller and lots in between. Variety married with solid writing makes this a keeper. Discover the true identity of an alien in “Caleb Sees the Light” or enter a house of nightmares in “Guilty.” Travel to the old West in “The Rider” or inside an alien spaceship in “Your Average Ordinary Alien.”

In the first story by A. P. Fuchs, “Undeniable”, Duncan and his son have been imprisoned for their faith and mercilessly tortured on a daily basis. Though they must walk by faith and not by sight, sometimes God gives supernatural sight so that we gain understanding and He gains greater glory. This vivid tale is not for the faint of heart. I found myself tensing and cringing most of the way through.

Karen McSpadden’s dark “Edge of Water” similarly paints a bleak picture of a believer’s future. The author takes us on a journey with two desperate characters, satisfying the reader with a thoughtful and believable ending.

“Seeing Blind” is a wonderful sci-fi/Biblical history piece that ties together a dying alien world and the world in which Jesus walked. Daniel Weaver is definitely an author to watch. I simply loved this story.

My favorite above all was “Fair Balance”, by S. M. Kirkland. Celisa and her brother Cain, at odds with each other from the start, must choose sides when it comes to their family and their faith. I’m a sucker for twists and this one delivers big time.

Andrea Graham’s “Frozen Generation” explores the possibility of technology bringing frozen fetuses to term artificially, resulting in humans being used for spare parts. One woman tries to rescue as many babies as possible by smuggling them away and saving them from an uncertain future.

It’s hard for me to compare this to similar works because I’ve not read many spec-fic short stories, much less an anthology of them. However, I’d say that many of the stories reach the high standard set by today’s “Christian” fiction. Some of the stories were outright strange, and others I didn’t understand. But most had good characters, interesting plots and themes that will make you think far after the last page is turned.

The Lost Genre is not dead—it is alive and kicking. I have no doubt that these talented authors will prove it further. I look forward to more works like this in the future.


Andrea Graham said...

Thoughtful review, Karri. I would hate to have to answer the question of "what's your number one favorite story other than your own in the anthology?" because I simply couldn't choose. But I've never been the favorites type. I just plain love to read a good book, never been too picky about genre. Worldview is another can of worms nowadays, I've learned the hard way I, personally, have to be careful there.

Daniel I Weaver said...

Very glad to see you enjoyed this, Karri.

I would agree that anyone would have a hard time comparing this to similar works. The whole thought process behind founding the LGG was that this sort of this just isn't out there anywhere!

There is hope and it's name is LGG! : )

Daniel I Weaver

chrisd said...

I liked how you used specific references to the stories. As a reader and not a contributer, I appreciate that.

Nice job, Karri!

cyn said...

Thank you for taking the time to read Light at the Edge of Darkness and write a review. We are all most appreciative!


Deborah Cullins Smith said...

Thanks for the review, Karri! It's great to see someone enjoy the fruits of our labors. :)