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Each night, in dreams, she still flow through the green-blue dappled vastness of the Void. The dim-lit chasms arched and wheeled around her. A space that is no-space, greater than the mind can conceive, immeasurable, ineffable, nowhere and nothing.
In her dreams she could still soar through the infinite sea-lit halls that her mind made of the Void's awful nothingness; dance amidst the motes of sifting dust; soar unbound and untethered as man has always yearned to do, and never done, save there.

from "The Fall of Lady Sealight"

This book contains fifteen stories and a poem, with a majority of female authors and also of British authors. The editor requested stories on the theme of dark tides or dark currents, and since several of the stories submitted concern electricity rather than the sea, as well as others which interpret the brief less literally, so the title "Dark Currents" fits well.

The stories are mainly fantasy and science fiction, and although there is a Cthulhu mythos story,"Sleepless in R'lyeh" it isn't really frightening, while the most scary story, "Home", wasn't really horror, being the tale of someone who lingered too long in a liminal zone, was caught by creatures from beyond the threshold, and made the mistake of drinking their wine.

My favourites were "The Age of Entitlement" and "The Barricade", while my least favourite was "Electrify Me".

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