© Dubhghlas Kraus Graymalkin Publishing 2023
Reviews for Darkness: A Collection of Stories
I found the writing superb. I suspect folks who check out his book are going to be
mightily pleased they did.
Clayton Lindemuth, author of the Baer Creighton series
Darkness: A Collection of Stories provides a literary collection of investigations into
the darkness of mind, heart, and environment. It uses this focus to cast a light into
understanding the wellsprings and incarnations of different forms of darkness.
Each story provides history, depth, and psychological inspection. Each offers a
different glimpse into that special darkness that resides in heart and soul, its origins,
and the choices of different characters that choose to finally confront it.
Readers of literary short fiction will find these stories well written, thought-provoking
examinations of different roads to isolation and how final outcomes are chosen.
Darkness: A Collection of Stories is highly recommended for literature and
psychology collections alike.
Diane Donovan, Senior Reviewer, Midwest Book Review
Darkness: A Collection of Stories contains six individual tales. Dubhghlas Kraus
composes a definition of darkness before starting the stories. In his definition, he
states darkness isn’t just a lack of light. It is caused by fear, hate, loss of love, and
even vengeance. The contents are short tales that include distinct characters and
vivid descriptions meant to evoke an emotional response.
Dubhghlas Kraus was capable of making me feel the emotions of the people in every
story. Every story is complete, with vivid details that allowed me to connect with and
see the views of every person. I recommend this book to young adult readers that
are interested in short stories that ask: “What would I do if I were facing the same
instance?” This is an exemplary collection of short stories that unequivocally
deserves a perfect 5-star rating.
Reviewer Stephanie Chapman for Readers’ Favorite
Darkness was not at all what I expected by the cover art and title. These
were beautifully written stories with characters so real that you feel their emotions,
in heartbreakingly realistic scenarios. There was love, humor, courage, sorrow, and
hope. There was suspense that grabbed hold and kept me reading to find out what
was going to happen next (it was never what I anticipated!), and scenes that had
me in tears. I hope to see more from this author!
Six tales. Believable characters in all-too-real scenarios, each
experiencing their own darkness. Stories told with feeling, love, and humor.
The writing was exceptional for a first-time author and the stories kept
Wonderful stories full of feelings you won’t forget! Excellent book.
Great book. Highly recommended.
I really can't pick a favorite of these stories as they all tug at my heart.
The author writes so well I am looking forward to everything else he will
I suggest a box of tissues should be within reach ‘cause if I teared up
you are likely to also.
The author balanced the darkness in these stories with the light of humor
His characters seem so real . . . I love the author’s writing and can’t wait
for more stories. Thank you Dubhghlas! ❤
The author writes with heart about these subjects and draws us into the
character's lives so that we experience the pain, the illness, and the horror along
with the protagonists as well as joy as they see a light at the end of the tunnel that
is their darkness.
The author's descriptive style paints a vivid picture of every character
and inserts you, the reader into the story. The stories have a unique variety of
substance and characters and are intriguing, captivating and entertaining.
I absolutely fell in love with the characters in these stories, the bad guys
as well as the good guys. Even though they're short standalone stories, Kraus's
character development was extremely well done, and the stories themselves evoke
emotion and deep thought. Kraus is a brilliant writer and I can't wait to see more
"Six difficult topics handled superbly." Believable characters, all-too-real
scenarios, told with feeling, love and humor. "Highly recommended!"
A Collection of Stories