Midnight Echo Issue 7 by Daniel I. Russell

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Midnight Echo is Australia's leading horror magazine and, with a theme of 'taboo', issue seven certainly delivers some unspeakably dark tales, poems and artwork. The reader is offered a collection of fiction that includes blunt and gruesome accounts of cannibalism, explorations of the devastating effects of addiction, and the psychology of troubled individuals. There are also a few supernatural horror tales that fit the theme.

The standard of writing is quite high, although I don't especially like the conclusion to one or two of the tales or the plot of a number of them. The stories that stand out most for me are "I Like to Share", "Symmetry Fades", "Parlour Party", "The Hunting Room", "Dead Inertia", "What the Dark Does" and, in particular, the superb psychological suspense "Driven". An instalment of Mark Farrugia and Greg Chapman's "Allure of the Ancients" provides the reader with a fine work of darkly imaginative graphic fiction.