Released: November 23rd 2017
Quick up front notice: I helped back this anthology on Kickstarter. My review is not biased or obligatory. If you’re looking to help out an author or two, try checking out the publishing section on Kickstarter, you might find something you like there!
Dark & Bitter is an anthology of eleven different works, all with a similar theme (which you can safely guess from the title). Stories included in this anthology are; The Grind by Rachel Crawford, What Waits in Quiet Places by Rosanne Braslow, The Bracelet by SJ Garman, The Intruder by San T Willis, Victory by Andy Lee, Passing by Sandy Brewster, Noir by Jaz Johnson, Over-Extraction by Shannon Yseuly, Being Colette by Shan Jeniah Burton, Alpha Mower by Brian Black, and A Summer’s Night in Tobias by Lizette Strait.
Dark & Bitter may have the same theme, but I believe there’s something for everyone here. Each author’s writing style is unique, and has their own leaning. Some I would consider to be more young adult, others darker, and some closer to the paranormal or fantasy realms. It makes it the perfect collection for anyone looking for a bit of variety in their lives.
Like any anthology out there, I feel like I always find one or two stories that are really just standout, that connect to (or intrigue) me the most. In this case I found myself absolutely loving What Waits in Quiet Places and Being Colette. That isn’t to say I didn’t enjoy the others, of course, those two just happened to be my favorites.