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A cemetery full of the restless dead. A town so wicked it has already burned twice, with the breath of the third fire looming. A rural, isolated bridge with a terrifying monster waiting for the completion of its summoning ritual. A lake that allows the drowned to return, though they have been changed by the claws of death. These are the shadowed, liminal spaces where the c A cemetery full of the restless dead. A town so wicked it has already burned twice, with the breath of the third fire looming. A rural, isolated bridge with a terrifying monster waiting for the completion of its summoning ritual. A lake that allows the drowned to return, though they have been changed by the claws of death. These are the shadowed, liminal spaces where the curses and monsters lurk, refusing to be forgotten. Hauntings, and a variety of horrifying secrets, lurk in the places we once called home. Written by New York Times bestselling, and other critically acclaimed, authors these stories shed a harsh light on the scariest tales we grew up with.


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A cemetery full of the restless dead. A town so wicked it has already burned twice, with the breath of the third fire looming. A rural, isolated bridge with a terrifying monster waiting for the completion of its summoning ritual. A lake that allows the drowned to return, though they have been changed by the claws of death. These are the shadowed, liminal spaces where the c A cemetery full of the restless dead. A town so wicked it has already burned twice, with the breath of the third fire looming. A rural, isolated bridge with a terrifying monster waiting for the completion of its summoning ritual. A lake that allows the drowned to return, though they have been changed by the claws of death. These are the shadowed, liminal spaces where the curses and monsters lurk, refusing to be forgotten. Hauntings, and a variety of horrifying secrets, lurk in the places we once called home. Written by New York Times bestselling, and other critically acclaimed, authors these stories shed a harsh light on the scariest tales we grew up with.

54 review for The Gathering Dark: An Anthology of Folk Horror

  1. 4 out of 5

    alaska

    look at those authors and tell me this is not a setup for the total destruction of our souls. we’re absolutely doomed and i am SO READY!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Kal β˜… Reader Voracious

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  3. 4 out of 5

    katie ❀

    YES YES YES

  4. 4 out of 5

    megs_bookrack

    ARC received!!! Thank you so much, Page Street Kids!!! Folk Horror is one of my favorite subgenres of Horror and frankly, it doesn't get enough love. Super stoked to get to this anthology!!! ARC received!!! Thank you so much, Page Street Kids!!! Folk Horror is one of my favorite subgenres of Horror and frankly, it doesn't get enough love. Super stoked to get to this anthology!!!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Heidi

    Ayo is that a Shadow and bone reference 🀨

  6. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    I'm not really a horror kind of person, but from the moment I saw the cover and the list of authors... I was sold I'm not really a horror kind of person, but from the moment I saw the cover and the list of authors... I was sold

  7. 4 out of 5

    Coralie β€’ spellboundchapters

    I'm not the biggest fan of anthologies but we all know I can't resist a cover this pretty. 😌 I'm not the biggest fan of anthologies but we all know I can't resist a cover this pretty. 😌

  8. 5 out of 5

    Paris

    The synopsis, the contributors/authors, the cover?? I will not be satisfied until I have this book in my hands.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Aquari

    Thank you Netgalley for sending me an ARC in exchange for an honest review. 5/5 stars I’m not much of a horror reader but I loved this! The authors did absolutely amazing. They were creepy, a little horrifying, and even freaked me out at times. My favorite story was The Ghost on the Shore by Allison Saft, which was a beautiful depiction of grief and not wanting to let go. My other favorite story was The Tallest Poppy by Chloe Gong, which had my favorite ending because it terrified me. (When creep Thank you Netgalley for sending me an ARC in exchange for an honest review. 5/5 stars I’m not much of a horror reader but I loved this! The authors did absolutely amazing. They were creepy, a little horrifying, and even freaked me out at times. My favorite story was The Ghost on the Shore by Allison Saft, which was a beautiful depiction of grief and not wanting to let go. My other favorite story was The Tallest Poppy by Chloe Gong, which had my favorite ending because it terrified me. (When creepy shit starts happening in the allegedly cursed house, I am out.) If you're just starting to read horror, I think this is a great book to start out with. It’s short and has a wide variety of stories with ghosts, witches, monsters, small town folklore, and even classic games we played as children like Bloody Mary and truth or dare. Overall, I loved and you should absolutely add it to your tbr! TW: blood, dismemberment (off-page), death, murder, SA (off-page, described), pedophilia, physical and emotional abuse (off-page, described), car crash, bones, suicidal ideation, cancer, arson, drowning (mentioned, described), grief, depictions of slavery

  10. 4 out of 5

    Courtney

    Stay:β˜…β˜… The Tallest Poppy:β˜…β˜… Loved by All, Save One:β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜… One Lane Bridge:β˜…β˜…β˜… Ghost on the Shore:β˜…β˜… Petrified:β˜…β˜…β˜… Third Burn:β˜…β˜… Stays with You:β˜…β˜… Truth or Dare:β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜… Burning One:β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜… Average Rating: 2.8 β˜…'s Spooky season is my favourite season however, it feels ever-so-far away as Winter refuses to rescind it's snowy grip to Spring. When I saw this anthology pop up I figured this would be a fun way to get a dose of fall vibes to tide me over. As I actually started reading I realized that they're not really a Stay:β˜…β˜… The Tallest Poppy:β˜…β˜… Loved by All, Save One:β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜… One Lane Bridge:β˜…β˜…β˜… Ghost on the Shore:β˜…β˜… Petrified:β˜…β˜…β˜… Third Burn:β˜…β˜… Stays with You:β˜…β˜… Truth or Dare:β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜… Burning One:β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜… Average Rating: 2.8 β˜…'s Spooky season is my favourite season however, it feels ever-so-far away as Winter refuses to rescind it's snowy grip to Spring. When I saw this anthology pop up I figured this would be a fun way to get a dose of fall vibes to tide me over. As I actually started reading I realized that they're not really autumnal at all. It had me reminiscing of the stories you'd tell at slumber parties as a kid or around a camp fire more so then anything Fall or Halloween related. A lot of them were immemorable. A few stories were trying to tie in multiple aspects that ended up being irrelevant which took away from any impact the ending's could have had (Chloe Gong's The Tallest Poppy was probably the worst for it, but that's also a criticism I have of These Violent Delight's duology). Other's took on classic folk/urban myth's but added nothing to the overall story. The three that I rated 4 β˜…'s, however, were incredible. They gave me goosebumps and lingered in my mind long after I moved on to the next story. All of them have a strong air of originality which could be why I preferred them over the retellings. I'd have to say Loved by All, Save one, was the best just because it really captured the heebie-jeebies you get when home alone or being separated from friends. My overall enjoyment of the anthology was fairly low. Most of the stories being mediocre at best but it was worth reading through them to get to the few that sent shivers up my spine. I feel like if you enjoyed Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark or Haunted Canada: True Ghost Stories as a kid you'll like what's going on in The Gathering Dark. Thank you Netgalley and the publisher for giving me an advance readers copy in exchange for a honest review.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Starr β‡βœŒβ‡

    FOLK HORROR FOLK HORROR Update 2/14 Okay was no one going to tell me about this absolutely killer cover FOLK HORROR FOLK HORROR Update 2/14 Okay was no one going to tell me about this absolutely killer cover

  12. 5 out of 5

    Kalie

    Two things: 1. This might be one of the most solid young adult anthologies I've read in a while. There was only one story here that I can't say I cared for. The rest had me on the edge of my seat. 2. I don't often get scared while reading. Film and television? Yeah, I'm a complete wuss. I can't do it. But books? Eh. It's a medium I rarely find properly scary. But there were a couple of stories that had me reaching for my light last night when I started and thinking, "Oh okay, so I'm finishing the Two things: 1. This might be one of the most solid young adult anthologies I've read in a while. There was only one story here that I can't say I cared for. The rest had me on the edge of my seat. 2. I don't often get scared while reading. Film and television? Yeah, I'm a complete wuss. I can't do it. But books? Eh. It's a medium I rarely find properly scary. But there were a couple of stories that had me reaching for my light last night when I started and thinking, "Oh okay, so I'm finishing the rest tomorrow when there's daylight." I blame Chloe Gong and the inclusion of sentient creepy dolls in the second story, to be honest. So if you're in the mood for slow-building dread, lots of atmosphere, queer kids galore, and a bevy of authors you'll want to check their backlist immediately for, I highly recommend THE GATHERING DARK.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Wafflepirates

    *Thanks to netgalley and the publisher for providing an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review* I'm not a huge fan of anthologies, so I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed this book. The stories are varied, though many center around death in some aspect, some dealing with folktales, or hauntings, or even undefined creatures. The mundane nature (it's all kids doing things that kids do or unwittingly getting involved) of the stories mixed with a supernatural element worked really *Thanks to netgalley and the publisher for providing an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review* I'm not a huge fan of anthologies, so I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed this book. The stories are varied, though many center around death in some aspect, some dealing with folktales, or hauntings, or even undefined creatures. The mundane nature (it's all kids doing things that kids do or unwittingly getting involved) of the stories mixed with a supernatural element worked really well for me, it was sufficiently creepy without being too scary, and the open ended nature of most of them leaves you guessing what really happened. The stories themselves are pretty short and engaging, so I got through the book pretty quickly. If you're not much of a horror fan, give this book a shot.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Rose

    The Gathering Dark is a collection of short horror stories by authors who know exactly how to scare you. Each story was entirely unique. I’ve read works by more than half of the authors included in this anthology and now I’m planning to read the rest! I would advise you to do the same. Each story is a preview of what the author brings to their own works. It’s a testament to their skill that they were all able to pack such a punch in each story. I was spooked, horrified, scared, jittery, shaking The Gathering Dark is a collection of short horror stories by authors who know exactly how to scare you. Each story was entirely unique. I’ve read works by more than half of the authors included in this anthology and now I’m planning to read the rest! I would advise you to do the same. Each story is a preview of what the author brings to their own works. It’s a testament to their skill that they were all able to pack such a punch in each story. I was spooked, horrified, scared, jittery, shaking like a leaf, you name a synonym for scared and I was IT. If you love atmospheric horror, you need to pick up a copy of The Gathering Dark!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Danielle

    Thank you to Page Street Publishing and NetGalley for the ARC. This was a great little collection of spooky stories. I didn’t expect any of them to actually make me feel scared but a couple of them did - I’m looking you Miss Chloe Gong with your creepy dolls. I also really enjoyed Hannah Whitten’s and Alex Brown’s. I’m generally not much of a short story reader but I liked how quick yet engaging these were. Some were better than others but they were all very unique and well written. You should de Thank you to Page Street Publishing and NetGalley for the ARC. This was a great little collection of spooky stories. I didn’t expect any of them to actually make me feel scared but a couple of them did - I’m looking you Miss Chloe Gong with your creepy dolls. I also really enjoyed Hannah Whitten’s and Alex Brown’s. I’m generally not much of a short story reader but I liked how quick yet engaging these were. Some were better than others but they were all very unique and well written. You should definitely pick this up for spooky season.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Jaime Fellis

    The Gathering Dark is an Anthology of folk inspired horror that succeeds in inducing both terror and unease. Stories range from absolute spine tingling to extreme unease. Each story has a unique voice and yet they all marry together in a thoughtful and curated way. This makes it a successful and enjoyable compilation that will be an incredible spooky season read! Thank you Netgalley for sending me an ARC in exchange for an honest review

  17. 5 out of 5

    Shelby Carson

    ARC provided via Edelweiss and the publisher in exchange for an honest review

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    Rosie

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    Amy

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    Jo

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    Laura

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    Sara Thompson

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    Nat Rodgers

  26. 5 out of 5

    Marshae'

  27. 5 out of 5

    Chloe Gong

  28. 5 out of 5

    aarushi β™‘

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    Justine Winans

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    Meredith Crosbie

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    Zilla

  32. 5 out of 5

    Hannah (Ink & Myths)

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    Crystal

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    Grace

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    Amparo Ortiz

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