Book Review: Dirges in the Dark by Antoinette Corvo

Title: Dirges in the Dark

Author: Antoinette Corvo

Publisher: Red Cape Publishing

Publication Date: February 4, 2020

Genres: Horror

Shelves: Female-fronted, Female-authored

The best horror stories are those that make you believe they might be true . . . stories that suck you in so deeply, the lines between author, narrator, and character become blurred, opening that door to the willing suspension of disbelief.

Dirges in the Dark is one of those stories, with Antoinette Corvo expertly teasing the reader from the first page, layering rumor upon urban legend, upon recollection of horror, upon questions of madness. There is a story behind the cursed theater or the Vassago, but it goes back even further than that of Hellen Grimaldi, the woman who brought it crashing down the second time. There are stories within stories here, and as soon as you start even wondering about one of them, you're already being sucked down into the rabbit hole of believing all of them.

Ghosts and monsters. Ritual suicides and Satanic rituals. Death, undeath, and madness. This was a vintage style horror story that never gives up and never pulls back from its darkness. For my first taste of what Red Cape Publishing has to offer, this was excellent.

Rating: ♀ ♀ ♀ ♀

My sincere thanks to the publisher for sending me an ARC in exchange for an honest review.


  1. I love the sound of this. I've never tried Red Cape's books, I may have to take a look😁


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