Heartbreak, danger, lust, and betrayal blaze to life in this collection of stories that reveal the dark places hidden within us. When what you most desire is on the line how far will you go to get it, and what will you give up?
A young man desperate to leave a world that doesn’t accept him–and a father who hates him. A tormented man imprisoned as a science experiment experiences love for the first time. A secret agent gives in to his carnal desires and risks exposing the one secret he wants to keep. A college freshman betrayed by her lover takes matters into her own hands. A young girl is determined not to suffer at the hands of her molester anymore. A sadistic leader who thrives on mind control leads his people into a new life. A teen seeks escape from his abusive foster father and faces a life-or-death situation to survive.
They must either fight the dark inside or embrace it. Which will they choose?
Review by Pavarti Tyler
Disclaimer : I am thanked in the acknowledgements! The thank you is based on a conversation where Donna mentioned she was writing these stories and I said “Write one about X-10 losing his virginity! That would be epic!” and she did. I did not help with the writing or plotting of this story at all. But what she came up with is like 10x (hehe) better than anything I could have thought up.
Review: The Dark Inside is a series of short stories based on the world of Donna Galanti’s book The Human Element (you can read my review of that HERE). This collection is a fantastic niblet of dark perversion. If you read The Human Element you will adore the insight you get into some familiar characters and a terrifying introduction into some new ones. If you haven’t, you can still enjoy these stories out of context. Just don’t be surprised if you find yourself rushing to Amazon to buy the Novel!
From Abusive fathers to sex as a commodity, Galanti doesn’t spare you any of the character’s dark thoughts. Personally, I was the most struck by the first story. Caleb is a character I hadn’t met before so the story, the setting and the premise were entirely new to me (proving that you can enjoy this if you haven’t readThe Human Element). His innocence in juxtaposition with his brutal existence struck me the hardest. I was glad there was a second, follow up story about him and his father and now I’m anxious to know more about them. I’m guessing they are a part of the next book in the series
The character of Felix also really touched me. I liked him in The Human Element but always felt like there was something about himself he was holding back. And look! Proof! He is holding back and for good reason. To find out about these aliens, alien hybrids, and human disasters, pick up The Dark Inside.