Darkness Follows

Darkness Follows

by Mike Dellosso


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Sam Travis lives in a Civil War era farmhouse in Gettysburg, PA, where he awakens one morning to find an old journal with an entry by a Union soldier, Lt. Whiting…written in Sam’s own handwriting. When this happens several more times, both at night and during waking “trances,” Sam begins to question his own sanity while becoming obsessed with Lt. Whiting and his bone-chilling journal entries. As the entries begin to mimic Sam’s own life, he is drawn into an evil plot that could cost many lives, including his own. Can the unconditional love of Sam’s daughter, Eva, break through his hardened heart before a killer on the loose catches up with them and Sam’s past spurs him to do the unthinkable?


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ISBN-13: 9781616382742
Publisher: Charisma Media
Publication date: 05/03/2011
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

 Mike Dellosso writes edge-of-your-seat suspense with a supernatural twist. He is a former newspaper columnist and has written feature articles for various industry publications. He is also a popular conference speaker and workshop instructor. Mike resides in Pennsylvania with his wife and four daughters.


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Darkness Follows 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
jenniferbogart on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I started reading Mike Dellosso¿s work with Scream. I wasn¿t impressed in all honesty. Then I tried again with Darlington Woods and that was rather quite good. Darkness Follows is Dellosso¿s best and I can say with confidence that he has definitely grown into his writing chops now. By far his best novel, Darkness Follows is at once suspenseful, haunting, eerie, and downright scary at times. I¿m glad I kept reading Dellosso and didn¿t give up with his earlier works.On the heels of a traumatic brain injury self-employed carpenter Sam Travis finds himself struggling with hallucinations ¿ both visual and auditory ¿ from the Civil War, but perhaps most disturbingly from sessions of automatic writing. Penned in his own hand, yet without any recollection of these writing episodes, Sam finds himself writing out journal entries from the Civil War; journal entries that speak of a darkness that Sam himself finds invading his life.As the whirlwind of darkness from both the distant and near past threatens to overwhelm him, only the hope and light set forth before him by his family ¿ a loving daughter and wife and their prayers ¿ have any chance of redeeming his future.Darkness Follows is certainly a thrill ride. From its first opening pages I was kept on tenterhooks wondering what was going on I did find that some of Dellosso¿s doctrine was a bit murky as presented in the book ¿ it was unclear if Sam was truly a Christian before the events recounted in the story, or if he only became one later in the story.Personally, I do not believe that Christians are vulnerable to the types of events that Sam suffered from (it¿s a bit tricky to phrase this without including spoilers). Again, this is a bit unclear, so I can¿t say much here definitively. The conclusion is also a bit abrupt with explanations only being offered in one rapid wrap-up piece of `Scooby-Doo¿ like revelation (a bit of a pet peeve of mine).That being said, this is certainly a well-written work of supernatural suspense. Dellosso undoubtedly succeeded in keeping me flying through the pages of his latest work. As his craft continues to mature I have hopes that we will see some truly great books from him!Reviewed at quiverfullfamily.com
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hi guys. Can't really tell you why I knew I needed to write this, but I do. I'm gonna ask this bluntly: do you know, if you died right now, are you100% SURE that you would go to heaven? I'm not some religious fanatic, but if you aren't completely sure, then I beg you to keep reading. It's incredibly simple. First, you have to know that you've done stuff wrong before (get back with me for verses from the Bible if you need them). Second, you have to know that you owe something for your sins (what you've done wrong). This takes simple logic. Would any good judge, at the end of your life, look at every time you cussed or thought about something you knew was wrong (I'm talking every little sin) and let you go? No. Neither will God. Third, you need to know that Christ paid the sin debt you owe. He was beaten, whipped, spat on, and made to carry His own cross just to pay for your sins. Lastly, you have to receive this gift of going to Heaven when you die. All it takes is a simple prayer: Dear God, I know I am a sinner and do not deserve Heaven. I also know you offer the gift of salvation. Today I am excepting that gift. Thank you. Amen Guys, after you accept this gift, God will never take it back from you. Please leave me a message/review titled "question" if you have any questions. ;)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A very interesting storyline, blending physical trauma with supernatural occurences and generating the perfect amount of tension. Creepy in a cool way. I enjoyed delving into the mind of Sam Travis and his struggle with possible madness, followed by the steps he took as a protective father. Very good book- typical Mike Dellosso.
richardblake More than 1 year ago
A Downward Spiral of Darkness “Darkness Follows” combines the elements of a psychological thriller, a supernatural suspense novel, and the intrigue of a sinister political conspiracy. Within the first few pages I became engaged in life of Mike Dellosso’s protagonist, Sam Travis. Dellosso vividly describes the diagnosis of Sam’s auditory hallucinations, his depression, and the dark ominous psychosis Sam experiences as he relives the details of his brother’s death twenty- years earlier. Sam Travis, a self-employed carpenter, fell 20 feet off a roof in an accident. He suffered a severe trauma injury to his head. I felt like an outsider looking on, empathizing, as Sam deals with impending madness, a slave to the shadowy figures of darkness, the voice of Tom, his dead brother, and the sounds of battle all around him. Add to Sam’s confusion the journal of a Civil War Army Captain written in Sam’s own handwriting and you will understand why the madness has only begun. A strong theme of family love and the importance of the importance of accepting God's unconditional love is woven throughout the novel, a non-judgmental, non-preaching message. A complex fast moving plot features a broad array of characters, haunted by their past, driven by forces good and evil beyond their control or understanding. Intense story telling – highly suspenseful. A complimentary copy of the book was provided for review purposes. The opinions expressed are my own. As reviewed for Midwest Book Review.
Donna L Georgi More than 1 year ago
Good strory.
ChristysBookBlog More than 1 year ago
Darkness Follows by Mike Dellosso is a haunting novel of a father's love. Samuel Travis is recovering from a brain injury that has kept him confined in his home for the last several months and took away his job. Sam is frustrated with his loss of ability and independence and wife Molly and seven-year-old daughter Eva have to bear up under his mood swings. Sam's recovery takes a dark turn when he suddenly starts hearing the voice of his brother Tommy who has been dead for two decades and then finding diary entries from a Civil War soldier written in Sam's own handwriting. Sam tries to put together to clues to understand what's going on while Eva begins having conversations with an imaginary friend named Jacob who looks as though he was dipped in glue and rolled in glitter and tells Eva to tell Sam that she loves him and that Jesus does as well. Meanwhile Pennsylvania state senator Stephen Lincoln has had a sudden change of heart about abortion and is seen by a turncoat by Democrats and possible presidential hopeful by the Republicans. Lincoln is preparing to give the speech of his lifetime in Gettysburg on the anniversary and site of President Lincoln's famous Gettysburg address. And a mysterious man named Symon has come to town with Eva as his target and a quick trigger finger and a obsession with asking his victims if they recognize him. All of these stories come together in a riveting and gut-wrenching climax that left me gasping. Dellosso's writing is absolutely compelling and thrilling. Read this one with the lights on with plenty of time to go from beginning to the last page without stopping for a single bathroom break and for some sections even a single breath! I look forward to every one of Dellosso's books with great anticipation; he's that good.
onedesertrose More than 1 year ago
After suffering a closed-head injury, which left Sam Travis disabled, he's feeling worthless as a provider for his family, wife Molly and daughter Eva. One night Sam's awakened by the sounds of a Civil War raging outside his Gettysburg home, but he knows the summer reenactments are over, so he gets up to see what's happening. Checking outside, he hears and finds nothing, and goes to sleep on the couch. The next morning he finds a notebook about 1863 Civil War days written by a certain Captain Samuel Whiting. Only problem is, it's written in Sam Travis's handwriting. This is only the beginning of his `writings' that take place at night and during daytime `fugues.' He checks outside once more before waking his family. He hears a gunshot and the front window explodes, waking both Molly and Eva. Police are called and nothing is resolved. About this same time, Eva begins to have dreams of her daddy's safety. She also has a `friend,' Jacob, who warns little Eva about her daddy and stresses that she must let him know that she loves him and so does Jesus. Unbeknownst to Sam, a serial killer is stalking his family, particularly his daughter, for an unconscionable reason. In studying the writings, Sam finds a hidden connection to the writings and his life, leading him to disappear-leaving his family unprotected. If you've read any of Mike's books before, you know you are in for the ride of your life. Eerie, unexplainable, evil things happen that make no sense in the real world. Mystifying messages, innocent lives being taken, the haunting voice of an older, dead brother, and the eventual abduction of a little girl. The action switches back and forth at a rapid pace, challenging you to keep abreast of the circumstances, yet feels real enough to hold your attention. The actions of Symon and Sam have similar trappings, only in the reverse. One doesn't know who he is and wants to know, while the other knows who he is and gets lost in otherworldly evil. The unwavering, strong love of little Eva for her daddy's safety, all the while that Molly keeps reassuring her that he knows of her love and that he will be safe, tugs at your very heartstrings, and is the impetus to bring her daddy to God's love. This story is written based on real writings, some of which you read in this book, that were written in the same manner as this story. This is one of Mike's strongest books that displays the presence of good versus evil. And if you don't believe in the supernatural, both good and evil, you will before the end of this book! A powerful story of the power of love! Special thanks to Anna Coelho Silva | Publicity Coordinator, Charisma House | Charisma Media for sending me a review copy.