At its best, belief in something beyond this world – an afterlife, a hidden reality, a benevolent deity – can be a source of strength and inspiration for many men and women; a mandate to treat others with compassion and a reason to endure. At its worst, faith can lead to murder, ignorance and become a hindrance to growth of science and reason.
Apex Book Company’s new anthology, Dark Faith, explores the shadow side of belief. Editing by Maurice Broaddus and Jerry Gordon, Dark Faith Featuring contributions from Ekaterina Sedia, Jay Lake, Gary Braunbeck and more. Faith in all of its aspects are explored, from religion to things more ephemeral. Zombies, ghosts and mysterious forces are all present – this is a dark fantasy anthology after all – the stories (and poems!) collected here ask some serious questions about the implications of what we say we believe.
It would be difficult to choose a favorite, but Catherynne Valente’s “Days of Flaming Motorcycles,” a story about a woman who maintains her religious faith in the midst of a zombie apocalypse, would definitely be among my top picks. There aren’t really any losers here, and if you’ve never gotten around to reading any of Apex’s collections, this would be a great place to start.