Edited by L.H. Maynard and M.P.N. Sims, Darkness Rising 2005 represents possibly the strongest contribution in this long-running anthology series with quality as its byword. Within are stories of sex, religion, mystery and terror, all coated with a sheen of supernatural fear that lingers long after the first reading.
"Erik Tomblin's excellent 'Before I Wake' represents a modern, darker version of Calderon de la Barca's 'Life is a Dream' with a definite bent towards horror."
All in all, 'Darkness Rising 2005' is an excellent , enjoyable volume that will keep you pleasantly busy for many evenings. If you only buy one or two hardcover anthologies per year, 'Darkness Rising 2005' is definitely not to be missed, even if you're not a dark fiction fan. "