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Reviewed by Lit Amri for Readers' Favorite
Loyal to its title, The Warning Signs: Tales of Horror and Dark Fantasy by M. Ainihi is simply that, ranging from the familiar and beloved horror themes to the fantastical and grim tales from the past, present, and of the near future. Part I is One-Shot Shorts, a delightful buffet of stories for supernatural fans. In Perception, a new teen in town, Joey, befriends a girl who has been living there her whole life but people seem to steer clear of her. Unfortunately, Joey finds out why. In The Warning, siblings Elisa and May experience strange events in their new house that foreshadow a fatal event. A buried past is unearthed and releases ancient, dangerous beings into the world once again in The Felling.
Part II: Tales from Sumir gears toward the fantasy concept. Cultivating Wrath is an origin tale of the world and the goddesses who created them. It continues in Bavmordia Part One and Two, focusing on an arcane wizard who tests their power in the human realm. In Part III: Day 32,854, Amma is a young woman who escapes her enclosed village after an attack and finds herself exploring the island for the first time before she encounters a mermaid. The story alternates between the two characters, revealing their disturbing past and the truth about the place that has been home to both of them. Solid characterization and justified by intriguing plots, the stories of The Warning Signs are undeniably compelling. As a horror fan, I found the stories have full merit to be expanded into a novel, particularly the ones in Part I. Spooky and thought-provoking, this is an excellent horror anthology from M. Ainihi.