Item description for Light at the Edge of Darkness (Lost Genre Guild Books) by Cynthia MacKinnon...
Overview Light at the Edge of Darkness is a compilation of 28 short stories, including 3 novelettes that cover the Biblical speculative fiction spectrum from horror and spiritual thriller to sci-fi to fantasy. Headlining the book is Undeniable, a riveting, chilling tale from Canadian horror writer, A.P. Fuchs. When forced to the edge of darkness, there's only one way back: embrace the Light. Light at the Edge of Darkness tells stories written from a Christian worldview intended to inspire and entertain readers. The showcased Biblical specific fiction sub-genres are: science fiction, dystopia, cyberpunk, fantasy, time travel, and supernatural. The stories have been organized into subgenres with some versatile authors writing in more than one category. Readers will find the serious, the light, the parody, and the heart-stopping.
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Studio: Writers Cafe Press, The
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.4" Width: 5.5" Height: 0.9" Weight: 0.95 lbs.
Release Date Jun 1, 2007
Publisher ATLAS BOOKS #1233
ISBN 1934284009 ISBN13 9781934284001
Reviews - What do customers think about Light at the Edge of Darkness (Lost Genre Guild Books)?
Beware of graphic violence! Mar 10, 2008
I feel compelled to warn future readers that two stories had graphic violence in them. Frozen Generation describes fetal mutilation, and Undeniable describes physical torture. I had a nightmare after reading these stories, and I wish someone would have warned me. The rest of the stories are relatively tame and interesting.
Enjoyed this christian fantasy very much Dec 9, 2007
As both an author and reader of fiction, I was impressed with "Light at the Edge of Darkness". Maybe it is because I have always enjoyed a book that could hold my attention and make me think at the same time. In a nutshell, the characters are believable and yet a little out of the ordinary and the story line unique. Give this book a try. The Christian fiction book that I have written main story line is about ten years in the life of a little girl who was "chosen by God" to be the next Madonna in the second coming of Christ. Tommy Taylor Author -The Second Virgin Birth
Demons, and Aliens, and Werewolves, Oh My!! Oct 26, 2007
A mysterious horseman, assorted demons, zombies, werewolves, generous aliens, angels, sadistic persecutors, lunatic killers, stoic martyrs of the faith, fearful victims, secret agent hit men who travel through time, Evil One State Government, supernatural deliverance, the battle of good versus evil, a battle of wills, hope, faith, the power of God. All this and more awaits the reader in Light at the Edge of Darkness, an anthology of twenty-seven short stories, edited by Cynthia McKinnon of Writers' Café Press. This impressive collection is somewhat loosely tied under the umbrella of Biblical Speculative Fiction. There are too many tales and too much variety to do it justice in this brief review. The sub-genres include dark horror, supernatural thrillers, cyberpunk, futuristic science fiction, space travel science fiction, fantasy, and dystopia ( I had to look it up: a place where everything is as bad as it can get, anti-utopia). The antagonists are usually horrendous and are often evil spirits. The protagonists vary in their strengths and character traits, but they always have hope and faith; they see the Light at the end of whatever their individual darkness is.
I will try to give you a few examples of what to expect. The first story, "Frozen Generation" by Andrea Graham, is an instance of dystopia. In this future World Empire, some mothers sell their unborn fetuses, labeled POC (product of conception), to companies that will either sell the children as slaves or harvest the organs of unsold babies. One of the workers is a Black Christian woman who rescues Black embryos but has no compunctions about destroying the White fetuses. In "Miracle Micro," Frank Creed offers a cyberpunk special that any techno-freak will appreciate. Fast forward to Chicago around 2036, when Fundamental Christians are labeled as terrorists and criminals, and the Federal Bureau of Terrorism hires an electrical-technical whiz to become a spy with the Underground Body of Christ. I don't want to spoil the surprise, but suffice it to say the Holy Spirit interferes with his plans of sabotage. A. P. Fuchs creates an extremely dark and emotionally charged "Undeniable." It explores the very real possibility of Christians who are brutally tortured simply because of their faith in Jesus Christ and just how much they might be able to bear without denying Him. At the other end of the spectrum is a pun-infested fantasy wormhole-travel piece by Stephen L. Rice called "At the Mountains of Lunacy." A motley band of adventurers (including a priest and an this site woman with a mustache) are hired to open up a mountain pass and find a lost alchemist. Told from the point of view of one of the adventurers, this tale is full of lunacy: maniacal kings, werewolves whose leader is Lord Lovaduc, greedy but fragile zombies, and a nutty alchemist.
Many of the tales were horrific, sad, dark, and oppressive, but one thing remained the same throughout: there was always a ray of Light at the edge of the Darkness. Sometimes the heroes were saved from physical death, sometimes they weren't, but always they knew they would be saved to eternal life. The truth of the gospel, of Jesus' redemption, was ever present. This is the core that holds everything together. One of the strong points overall is the way the authors weave the Biblical truths, particularly of Jesus' sacrifice, love, and redemption.
Personally, I enjoyed the majority of the stories, but in an anthology like this one, individual preferences will play a part. If you are an aficionado of any type of science fiction, fantasy, thrillers, horror, or cyberpunk, you are going to want a copy of Light at the Edge of Darkness. It will keep you at the edge of your seat.
Awesome; a must read Jul 16, 2007
This book is a must for any readers, Christian or otherwise, who like speculative (sci-fi, fantasy, horror) fiction. "Light at the Edge of Darkness" is an anthology of biblical speculative fiction compiled by the Lost Genre Guild. The authors do a great job of telling stories with Christian themes without becoming "preachy" in the process. All of the stories are good, but among the best are Donna Sundbland's "Caleb Sees the Light," C.E. Lavender's "Protected," Daniel I. Weaver's "Taken," and Stephen L. Rice's "At the Mountains of Lunacy." Awesome reading, and a real steal at this site's pricing.
Something for everyone Jun 11, 2007
Light At The Edge Of Darkness is an anthology of Biblical Speculative Fiction. The stories contained in the book were written by members of The Lost Genre Guild, a group of talented writers dedicated to increasing awareness of their particular genres-science fiction, cyber punk, and horror just to name a few.
Since it's an anthology, odds are a reader will find favorites among the collection. For me the most powerful story was "Undeniable" by A.P. Fuchs. "Fair Balance" turned some stereotypes on their ear. "Small and Simple Things" was familiar yet totally different at the same time, while "Soar On Wings" has a point of view that is most unusual.
Light At The Edge of Darkness is an unusual book, from the standpoint of the different story genres it contains. The members of the Lost Genre Guild have done a good job with their first anthology. I hope to see more from LGG members in the future.