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In These Hallowed Halls: A Dark Academia anthology

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Publisher Description


A beguiling, sinister collection of 12 dark academia short stories from masters of the genre, including Olivie Blake, M.L. Rio, Susie Yang and more!

In these stories, dear student, retribution visits a lothario lecturer; the sinister truth is revealed about a missing professor; a forsaken lover uses a séance for revenge; an obsession blooms about a possible illicit affair; two graduates exhume the secrets of a reclusive scholar; horrors are uncovered in an obscure academic department; five hopeful initiates must complete a murderous task and much more! 

Featuring brand-new stories from:
Olivie Blake 
M.L. Rio 
David Bell
Susie Yang 
Layne Fargo 
J.T. Ellison 
James Tate Hill 
Kelly Andrew 
Phoebe Wynne 
Kate Weinberg 
Helen Grant 
Tori Bovalino

Definition of dark academia in English:
dark academia
1. An internet subculture concerned with higher education, the arts, and literature, or an idealised version thereof with a focus on the pursuit of knowledge and an exploration of death.
2. A set of aesthetic principles. Scholarly with a gothic edge – tweed blazers, vintage cardigans, scuffed loafers, a worn leather satchel full of brooding poetry. Enthusiasts are usually found in museums and darkened libraries.

59 Reviews

“I don't really understand the complaint that most of these stories don't fit into the "Dark Academia" genre. Dark Academia isn't a genre with an actual definition, it's just a name that's stuck in recent years. In my opinion, Dark Academia novels are campus novels with a little bit of murder on the side, and since most of these stories had that, I was satisfied. 1000 Ships by Kate Weinberg 3 stars - Loved the writing, cool but very simple story. I'll probably check out the author's books at some point. Pythia by Olivie Blake 5 stars - Love Olivie Blake, she never disappoints. Sabbatical by James Tate Hill 2 stars - The story doesn't hold up well on its own because it's very clearly about already established characters in another book. Plus I really disliked the writing style. The Hare and the Hound by Kelly Andrew 3.5 stars - Really enjoyed it but the ending was a bit anticlimactic and not very satisfying. I'm interested to check out this author's other works. X House by J.T. Ellison 3 stars - It would have benefited from being longer and building up the suspense a bit more. The Ravages by Layne Fargo 3.5 stars - Creepy and satisfying. Four Funerals by David Bell 4 stars - I would read a full-length novel based on this story. It explored such an interesting moral dilemma. I blamed and felt for the protagonist in equal measure. The Unknowable Pleasures by Susie Yang 4 stars - I was really enjoying this until the ending because it made the entire story seem pointless. Beautiful writing, though, and fantastic characterization for such a short story. I'll definitely check out the author's other works after this. Weekend at Bertie's by M.L. Rio 5 stars - This short story was one of two reasons I picked this book up, and it did not disappoint. Rio's writing is intoxicating, and so are her characters. I especially loved these lines: Some nights she wandered in and out of dreams, up and down the halls of the crumbling house, reaching around every dark corner in search of remorse, but could never find it, never grasp it, never hold it fast. Sometimes, to tame her restless hands, she ran her fingers through her tangled curls and savored the tenderness there. Perfection. The Professor of Ontography by Helen Grant 5 stars - A delightful surprise. I loved everything about this. Phobos by Tori Bovalino 3 stars - Interesting story, but it could have had more depth. I wanted to know more about Prometheus. I'm also already starting to forget it. Playing by Phoebe Wynne 2.5 stars - Very interesting protagonist, but she was the only thing that stood out in this story. It wasn't very memorable.”
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About Paul Kane

Paul Kane is the award-winning and bestselling author/editor of over 90 books, including the Arrowhead trilogy (gathered together in the sellout Hooded Man omnibus, revolving around a post-apocalyptic version of Robin Hood), The Butterfly Man and Other Stories, Sherlock Holmes and the Servants of Hell, Before, Arcana and Pain Cages (an Amazon #1 bestseller). He is a respected anthologist, editing books such as Beyond Rue Morgue, The Mammoth Book of Body Horror, Hellbound Hearts and Exit Wounds. His website can be found at www.shadow-writer.co.uk and he tweets @PaulKaneShadow

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