Dark Enchantments are brief brushes with the otherworldly, where an encounter with the bizarre, the mystical, or the surreal leave the world we know turned slightly askew. Daniel R. Robichaud has made several forays into this mode of storytelling, and the Dark Enchantments series presents several of his best (and shortest) stories for fans and new readers alike.
In this volume, readers will find the contents of Five Dark Enchantments and Five More Dark Enchantments for one low price:
"Big Night for Daddy's Little Girl" tells the tall tale of a father's love for his diminutive daughter. She may have been born tiny, but she's got big dreams. Sometimes that's a good thing, and sometimes it's as far from good as heaven allows . . .
"Dzimba Dzemabwe" tells the emotionally charged story of Mvuma, a father in diseased Zimbabwe. When an American doctor arrives with big promises, he is met with suspicion. Are his promises more than wasted air? Only a worried father can find out . . .
To love and to have lost . . . This double-tap lies at the heart of many modern terror tales and ghastly yarns. It dwells in "Ashes and Nails," as well. This is surely a ghost story unlike any other. Here is a brief vignette that covers a lifetime, a short story that encompasses a love, which blossoms from hate, and the reminders that linger long after.
Half-brothers separated by blood have the chance to unite without any differences. They will be one family, no longer divided. However, to do so they must give themselves over to an ancient native ritual. However, the "Hunter's Rite" has a price, and it will prove to be higher than either brother expects.
In "Morning Glories," a married couple striving to revisit their youth. A special grotto awaits them, a nearly mystical place where this couple first fell in love. However, it is not only light that brings them to this place. This couple carries darkness. What glories will remain when morning passes?
"Bootleg Images" follows a suppressed film dealer and her customer, as they try to stay one step ahead of the totalitarian law.
"Dust on Crust" explores the future of sports, when a champion skier finds herself caught in an impressive and lethal wipeout.
When a man finds himself in a strange world where headless horses run laps and vampires farm blood, he soon learns what is the most important victim "Of All the Things I've Lost …"
A mathematician find his life has gone "Pear Shaped" when the order he craves vanishes after a night's debauchery.
The most unusual relationship revenge story is told when a couple meet at a bookstore and one of them finds themselves on the "TBR" stack.
Daniel's prose is emotionally honest and compelling, his images are striking, and though the tales he tells are sometimes shocking, they contain equal measures of humor and humanity. Prepare to be bewitched by these dark entertainments …