I write, read and review, I blog frequently and love anything to do with books and writing, including editing. I am a Book Nerd and I wear that badge with pride. http://coffee2words.wordpress.com
Cecilia Quirk's 'Scattered Souls' and 'The Nevermaw' by Miles Hurt feature in this edition of Aurealis magazine.
While I was intrigued by Scattered Souls I didn't find the story to be very creepy or dark, it read like a young adult story with hints of mysticism. I wanted a little more, perhaps a bit more of a twist or a little sting in the tail, alas it was missing.
The Nevermaw offered a rather intellectual approach to the fantastical. This turned me off as I felt removed from it because of the academic style of writing.
I liked the art in this edition, they matched the stories well and added a little oomph for a bit of a drab edition.
If you want to try Aurealis magazine, perhaps start with Aurealis #74.