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The Painted Darkness - Brian James Freeman
The Painted Darkness
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"The tone and building dread reminds me of classic Stephen King. Great velocity and impact, and super creepy. Don't go in the basement!" -- Stewart O'Nan, New York Times bestselling author of The Night Country and A Prayer for the Dying When Henry was a child, something terrible happened in the... show more
"The tone and building dread reminds me of classic Stephen King. Great velocity and impact, and super creepy. Don't go in the basement!" -- Stewart O'Nan, New York Times bestselling author of The Night Country and A Prayer for the Dying When Henry was a child, something terrible happened in the woods behind his home, something so shocking he could only express his terror by drawing pictures of what he had witnessed. Eventually, Henry's mind blocked out the bad memories, but he continued to draw, often at night by the light of the moon. Twenty years later, Henry makes his living by painting his disturbing works of art. He loves his wife and his son, and life couldn't be better... except there's something not quite right about the old stone farmhouse his family now calls home. There's something strange living in the cramped cellar, in the maze of pipes that feed the ancient steam boiler. A winter storm is brewing, and soon Henry will learn the true nature of the monster waiting for him down in the darkness. He will battle this demon and, in the process, he may discover what really happened when he was a child -- and why, in times of trouble, he thinks: I paint against the darkness. But will Henry learn the truth in time to avoid the terrible fate awaiting him... or will the thing in the cellar get him and his family first? Written as both a meditation on the art of creation and as an examination of the secret fears we all share, The Painted Darkness is a terrifying look at the true cost we pay when we run from our grief -- and what happens when we're finally forced to confront the monsters we know all too well. Reviews and Praise: "Fast-paced, satisfying horror... a compelling read thanks to skillfully composed prose that builds tension and evokes emotional response." -- Publishers Weekly "Brian James Freeman's evocative tale about the dark corners of an artist's imagination is elegant and haunting." -- David Morrell, New York Times bestselling author of The Shimmer "Spooky stuff!" -- Richard Matheson, New York Times bestselling author of What Dreams May Come and I Am Legend "The Painted Darkness is a dark, terrifying, and deeply moving gem of a novella.  Brian James Freeman managed to both scare me and move me to tears." -- Tess Gerritsen, New York Times bestselling author of The Keepsake "The tone and building dread reminds me of classic Stephen King. Great velocity and impact, and super creepy. Don't go in the basement!" -- Stewart O'Nan, New York Times bestselling author of The Night Country and A Prayer for the Dying "Wonderfully reminiscent of the quiet horror of Charles L. Grant, The Painted Darkness takes readers on a gently chilly walk through the forest of fears both conscious and subconscious. With Straubian lyricism, Brian James Freeman evokes not only the irrational terrors of childhood, but addresses the roots of creativity and the vital importance of art. A very impressive achievement." -- Bentley Little, author of The House and His Father's Son "The Painted Darkness delves into territory that fascinates so many of us -- the fine lines between beauty and horror, faith and fear, art and the unconscious. Both a wonderful allegory and a gripping read, Brian James Freeman has written a taut, memorable tale." -- Michael Koryta, award-winning author of So Cold the River, The Cypress House, and The Ridge
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9781469975184 (1469975181)
ASIN: 1469975181
Publisher: BJF
Pages no: 160
Edition language: English
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Bark at the Ghouls
Bark at the Ghouls rated it
4.0 The Painted Darkness by Brian James Freeman
GR Cleanup Read in March 2011 Listening to this courtesy of the "Pod of Horror" podcast. It tells the tale of a small boy who suffered some sort of unspeakable scare during a snowstorm that he has blocked out of his mind. He has been painting away the darkness ever since and it seems to be starti...
EpicFehlReader
EpicFehlReader rated it
When Henry was a child, something terrible happened in the woods behind his home, something so shocking he could only express his grief by drawing pictures of what he had witnessed. Eventually Henry's mind blocked out the bad memories, but he continued to draw, often at night by the light of the moo...
Shiftyj1
Shiftyj1 rated it
3.0 The Painted Darkness
I liked this book and it was a quick read but am waivering on my 3 stars upon deeper reflection. (I would probably give it 2.5) The story switched back and forth from the past and present fairly seamlessly and it did build some suspense, I just thought toward the end it lost a bit of “steam” for me....
TheBecks
TheBecks rated it
This was not at all what I expected. I have had this on my "to read" list for a while, and I'm glad that I read it, because I enjoyed it, quite a lot. This is one of those books that I think people will either really like, or just feel kind of 'meh' about. I think that there were a couple things her...
Anne Brooke: fiction writer
Anne Brooke: fiction writer rated it
3.0 The Painted Darkness
Finely written, but not much to it really. And it's not scary at all.
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