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Dr. Michael Cayle wants the best for his wife and young daughter. That's why he moves the family from Manhattan to accept a private practice in the small New England town of Ashborough. Everything there seems so quaint and peaceful at first. But Ashborough is a town with secrets. Unimaginable secrets. Many of the townspeople are strangely nervous, and some speak quietly of legends that no sane person could believe. But what Michael discovers in the woods, drenched in blood, makes him wonder. Soon he will be ...
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Dr. Michael Cayle wants the best for his wife and young daughter. That's why he moves the family from Manhattan to accept a private practice in the small New England town of Ashborough. Everything there seems so quaint and peaceful at first. But Ashborough is a town with secrets. Unimaginable secrets. Many of the townspeople are strangely nervous, and some speak quietly of legends that no sane person could believe. But what Michael discovers in the woods, drenched in blood, makes him wonder. Soon he will be forced to believe, when he learns the terrifying identity of the golden eyes that peer at him balefully from deep in the darkness.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780843953145
  • Publisher: Dorchester Publishing Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/28/2004
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 369
  • Product dimensions: 4.04 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 1.09 (d)

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Deep in the Darkness



By Michael Laimo


Dorchester Publishing


Copyright © 2004

Michael Laimo

All right reserved.

ISBN: 0-8439-5314-4



Chapter One


Dark Basement.

Heavy Breathing.

The grainy shuffle of feet on a cement floor. Edgy fingers
tapping a table's rough surface. The reek of things moist and
damp.

Somewhere upstairs a clock chimes. A useless breeze sweeps a
single candle's flame.

A hand moves to a small tape-recorder, sitting on the table
top.

One hesitant finger seeks out the record button. Presses it.

Ten seconds of deep, labored breaths. Then, a voice.

* * *

"Please allow me to begin by stating that it is in my opinion
the incredible story I am about to record can only be
efficiently portrayed through the medium of speech, that
although I have recorded a series of handwritten pages
discussing the events that have taken place here at 17 Harlan
Road-my home if you will, although I can hardly call it home
despite the fact I still reside here-I feel the unparalleled
circumstances must be chronicled in my own jaded voice, on
these very tapes you are listening to.

"If you, the non-assuming discoverer and perhaps listener of
these tapes should feel so inclined to review these recordings
to the very end-it is my assumption that given the complex
story I have to tell, there will indeed be more than a few
hours of audio to consider. I will therefore mark the sides of
eachcassette with those corresponding numbers indicating the
order to which these tapes should be assessed. Of course the
tape you are listening to at this moment will be marked
'number one', with a side note of 'play first.'

"It is my obvious presumption that you have already
ascertained this elementary detail. The other side will be
marked with the numeral 'two,' and subsequent tapes will be
noted with ascending numbers on their sides relating the order
of which they have been recorded and should be listened to.

"Of course you, discoverer of these tapes, will unquestionably
be capable to figure these simplistic tidbits out-after all,
men of years past have been able to decipher the intricate
heiroglyphs on the walls of the Pyramids; it is of no question
then that you shall assume the correct order to which they
must be reviewed-still it is my strong desire to spell out
every detail of my experience while living here at 17 Harlan
Road in an effort not only to annotate my predicament to the
fullest extent, but to also demonstrate my lucidity so that
you will reject these recorded ramblings as those of a man
whose mind has been steered towards utter madness.

"I am a sane man, and the story I am to tell is nothing less
than the absolute truth. I will say this only once, for I feel
no reason to reiterate myself in effort to convince you,
discoverer, unassuming listener, of the truth of the whole
seemingly implausible matter. I-Michael Cayle, PhD-have
experienced everything I am about to reveal while living in
this house at 17 Harlan Road. That said, I shall defend my
sanity no further. "I must also add that I assume no
involvement whatsoever in the disappearances of my wife
Christine, and my daughter Jessica. Although I do know what
has happened to them, I possess no knowledge at the moment as
to their exact location, nor how I am able to get them back.
This said, I can avow that my fight is long from over and
there is much more I need to do, and ... and ...

"Perhaps I am getting ahead of myself. Again, it is my
intention to reveal every moment of my story-my plight-on
these tapes in an effort, however vain, to not only harvest
your belief, but to also help myself recall every damn torment
I have been through. In doing so I feel that I might discover
something, however small a slice of experience, that might aid
me in the future-what little a future I have left. This battle
I am fighting is long from over.

"I suppose now would be as good as anytime to recount the
events of the last six months, for if I meander any further
you might pause this tape before I've anything interesting to
say ... and unquestionably the scribblings I've left behind look
like the creativities of a madman who should be spending his
days and nights locked away in some faraway asylum, not a
series of notes chronicling the experiences of a man simply
trying to protect his family.

"So ... I beg of you, dear listener ... suspend your disbelief and
listen to these tapes ... and allow me your undivided
attention ..."

(Continues...)





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by Michael Laimo
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 11, 2004

    Bravo!

    I read 'Atmosphere' by Liamo a summer or two ago. I thought it was interesting, but a 'near-miss' --- but I made a mental note to check out his next book, which is 'Deep in the Darkness'. Wow! I'm glad I did. Liamo easily swings for the fences and provides all the creepy thrills & chills one could want from a horror novel. His golden-eyed Isolates that live in the woods sent chills up my spine & raised gooseflesh with the familiar, yet unsettling setting. Folks, save the money you were going to spend on a movie tonight. Instead, treat yourself to a couple hours of horror novel bliss.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 7, 2015

    Shade

    She purrs

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 7, 2015

    Thunder

    The big tom padded around, bordely.

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  • Posted January 2, 2015

    A struggle...

    It truly was a struggle to get through this book. I got half way through and quit reading it. A few days later I picked it up again just to see what happened to the "hero". Just got through last night by skimming through quite a bit of it. IMHO, MEH!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 20, 2013

    Very suspenseful and creepy

    Very suspenseful and creepy

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2008

    Take a plunge into the abyss of fright

    Imagine being stalked by something dark and evil, hungry for your tender muscles and soft skin, something that lives deep in the darkest shadows of the forest outside of your cozy new home. Something that is part beast, part man, part myth and living folklore, deadly, conniving and consciously set on making your life a little piece of hell. Such is the tale of Dr. Michael Cayle and his family who unknowingly move to Ashborough to escape the gray city life but instead they walk right into the lion's den. From the start something is off about the quiet place, the neighbors act strange, Cayle's new patients seem to have bizarre problems that leave them disfigured and the absence of pets and animals is truly alarming. Terror starts to build when Michael stops feeling welcome and starts to feel like a prisoner in his own home. He feels trapped by something lurking in the shadows, something that has glowing gold eyes watching him from the darkness. And so the battle begins, to save his sanity and his family, Michael Cayle must do some unthinkable acts and dirty his soul in the process. With each chapter being more outlandish than the last, the reader is almost scared to see what awaits on the next page. The climax of the novel seems to flow without ceasing as more chills and thrills continue to build up. The author does a great job of building up the chill factor, I felt the terror, the cold iron grip on Cayle's throat and chest, the suffocating feeling of hopelessness and isolation, the feeling that end is near and there is no way out but to surrender to the hunger that waits in the deep dark woods. The scenes in the quiet, eerie woods were marvelous, I had the pleasure to spend many hours in various forests in my native country and they can be scary even in daylight with no monsters running around. The best part of the book, other than how damn creepy it was, must have been the writing. The words melt of the pages and sink right in, reading this book almost didn't feel like reading at all, everything felt as if it was happening before my very own eyes. Of course this is horror, so things go from dandy to rotten in a matter of moments and the book flows fast, it's a real luxury to enjoy a good book and breeze though it at the same time. With so many books out there and so little time to actually read any of them I find myself being more picky and critical. After reading 'Deep in the Darkness' my cynicism for finding good writers out there melted and my list of favorite authors opened its cob webbed door, and trust me, it's hard to get into my tightly woven list of favorites. Michael Laimo writes with passion and heart, humor and wit, not overshadowing his talent for gruesome and creative ways to raise the hairs on the readers flesh. Each page was skillfully woven with words that send electricity though my system, I can't remember the last time I had such an incredible time with a book. Another great thing about his writing is how real the characters are I couldn't help but side with Michael Cayle, I could feel his humanity though the pages, his sorrows and slow crumble were achingly realistic. When things hot hairy between him and the once loving wife, I felt tormented that he was being stalked by a deadly force out in the wild and an angry wife at home, they both matched up pretty well drilling through the main character form both sides, taking him apart. Once I love a character his suffering becomes my suffering, and man, this book packs a punch, so watch out! There is something for everyone in this book and I'm really looking forward to the sequel it's set up to be a hell of a ride. - Kasia S.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 17, 2005

    Absolutely Astonishing!!!

    I started reading this book one afternoon and couldn't stop. I finished the book by the end of the day. I literally read and read and read. The only way I was going to put it down, was by finishing it. And once I did just that, as I was getting ready for bed, I found myself looking out for golden eyes glowing in my backyard. I'm dead serious. I bought this book thinking it was going to be somewhat interesting, but it was so much more that. You have to read this book!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 12, 2005

    A DISTURBING, GOOD BOOK

    I certainly expecting a top notch horror book when picking this up, and I was too disappointed. I found the story to be a little weird, but I loved how the story was so gory and things you would least expect happen would happen. It was a lot scarier than a lot of horror books on the market today.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 28, 2004

    Welcome to Ashborough, New Hampshire!

    Author Michael Laimo evokes a heartfelt empathy for his characters and draws the reader into their situations right from the very start. DEEP IN THE DARKNESS tells the tale of a doctor and his family who move from Manhattan to Ashborough, NH, a remote, rural town where secrets harbor an unusual and ugly truth from which there is little hope of escape. A wild ride, this novel is a fear-frothed trip through one man's mind as he struggles to protect his family from a deep-rooted evil. Once I started reading, I couldn't put this book down!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2004

    A Modern Horror Classic

    This is, quite simply, one of the best horror novels to be published in the last fifteen years. The characterizations, the setting, the incredible suspense...everything works in this one. There were times when I actually had to remind myself that I was reading fiction, so concerned was I about the plight of the main characters. A modern variation of sorts on H. P. Lovecraft's 'The Lurking Fear,' this is the sort of 'old-fashioned' horror that I think works best. There is no agenda other than to frighten the reader using atmosphere and an ever-tightening noose of suspense. By 'old-fashioned,' I certainly don't mean to imply the novel is genteel or quaint. On the contrary, it is gut-wrenching and graphic, but not gratuitously so. Mr. Laimo has a great talent for painting vivid pictures with few words. Even the minor characters are well fleshed-out. The entire book is quite cinematic. The novel also ends in a way that I think is most effective in horror fiction...not a happy, everyone's fine and the evil is destroyed-type ending, but one of dread and ambiguity that will haunt you. Don't miss this one. Great ones like this don't come along very often.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2004

    Yes, this is a classic!!

    I haven't read a book that just would not let me leave it and had a great horror story, original, scarey and just so well crafted. This guy will definitely be in line for the best horror novel of the year.

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