Note: Beholder is a short story (approximately 5,000 words), and is included in the collection Dark and Darker. If you own Dark and Darker, you already have this story.
'Walter Royce clawed his eyes out when he was nine. Then again when he was twelve. And a final time on the day he turned nineteen. After that he gave up and closed them.
He didn't open them again for ten years. Until the day the policemen came.'
So begins a terrifying story by screenwriter (Knowing) and novelist (Simple Simon, Confessions, and more) Ryne Douglas Pearson, where two police officers step inside a suspect's personal hell, and discover just how close they are to the real thing.
Includes an extended excerpt of the thriller All For One.
Ryne Douglas Pearson is an accomplished novelist and screenwriter. He is the author of several novels, including Cloudburst, October's Ghost, Capitol Punishment, Simple Simon, Top Ten, The Donzerly Light, All For One, and Confessions. He is also the author of the short story collection, Dark and Darker. His works have been translated into Dutch, Finnish, Spanish, Japanese, Italian, German, Polish, French and other languages. His novel Simple Simon was made into the film Mercury Rising. As a screenwriter he has worked on numerous movies. The film Knowing, based on his original script, was released in 2009 and opened #1 at the box office. Receiving Four Stars from Roger Ebert, who branded it 'among the best science-fiction films I've seen', it went on to earn more than $180 million worldwide. He has also done uncredited work on films such as the remakes of The Day The Earth Stood Still and The Eye.
Despite the often 'dark' nature of his novels and films, Pearson has been noted to have a 'sweet, disarming quality' by Entertainment Weekly-an accusation he has been unable to shake. When not writing he is usually thinking about writing, or touting the wonders of bacon in online conversations. He is addicted to diet soda and the sound of his children laughing. A west coast native, he lives in California with his wife, children, a Doberman Shepherd and a Beagle Vizsla.