Next in our Author Spotlight series (focusing on contributors to A Darke Phantastique) is Nancy Kilpatrick. Her story, “Darkness”, takes place in a series of city blackouts that define the lives of the bleak characters…
‘Wait, please!’ Mae ran down the hallway for the elevator and, for those moments, her numb gum ceased being an annoyance. The single door was six inches from closing but suddenly reversed direction. When it slid back far enough, she entered.”
About “Darkness”, she writes:
We are a (supposedly) civilized society. We control light and dark and, theoretically, ourselves. But, when light fails and darkness reigns, the best of humanity does not always surface. Humans can too easily revert to beasts. Underpinning this story is what I’ve always believed: society does not alter as much by revolution as it does by evolution.
Award-winning author Nancy Kilpatrick has published eighteen novels, 200 short stories, and one nonfiction book, and has edited twelve anthologies. Her work is edgy and crosses genres but mainly falls within the realm of dark fantasy and horror. You can check out her publications on her website, including recent short fiction: www.NancyKilpatrick.com. Her newest long works include two anthologies she edited, Evolve: Vampire Stories of the New Undead (2010) and Evolve 2: Vampire Stories of the Future Undead (2011); a graphic novel for Brainstorm Comics called Nancy Kilpatrick’s Vampyre Theater (2011); and the anthology Danse Macabre: Close Encounters with the Reaper (2012). Also in 2012, she had a new collection of vampire stories out called Vampiric Variations. She is working on three new novels and it’s a tossup which one will be finished first. When not writing and editing, Nancy is passionate about travel, visiting the world’s cemeteries, ossuaries, catacombs, mummies, Danse Macabre artwork sites, and museums that cater to her obsession with the offbeat and bizarre. Join her on Facebook!