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The Painted Darkness

The Painted Darkness

(2010)
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"Spooky stuff!"
Richard Matheson


"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


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 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.

 
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Hardback Editions

October 2010 : USA Hardback
Title: The Painted Darkness
Author(s): Brian James Freeman
ISBN: 1-58767-208-1 / 978-1-58767-208-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Cemetery Dance Publications
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

Paperback Editions

February 2012 : USA Paperback
Title: The Painted Darkness
Author(s): Brian James Freeman
ISBN: 1-4699-7518-1 / 978-1-4699-7518-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

Audio Editions

September 2012 : USA Audio edition
Title: The Painted Darkness
Author(s): Brian James Freeman
Publisher: Brian James Freeman
Availability: Amazon   

September 2012 : UK Audio edition
Title: The Painted Darkness
Author(s): Brian James Freeman
Publisher: Brian James Freeman
Availability: Amazon UK   

Kindle Editions

July 2010 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
Title: The Painted Darkness
Author(s): Brian James Freeman
Publisher: Cemetery Dance Publications
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   



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