Darkness Whispers will introduce you to the town of Windbrook, a sleepy little community nestled deep in the secluded Skullkin Valley of western Pennsylvania. All is well in Windbrook, just like usual, just like always. Nothing changes here, nothing is different. Except... except today something is different. An old man with piercing gray eyes will arrive in town this morning. This man isn't human. Not even close. And he isn't coming alone. Death travels with him.
Richard Chizmar, award-winning author of A Long December, and Brian James Freeman, acclaimed author of The Painted Darkness, have combined forces to create an old-fashioned tale of horror, full of good and evil, with a breathtaking ending that will leave you wondering when this peculiar old man might be coming for you.
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I love spooky reads!!! Want to read more of this author's stories.
A great read that is fast paced and never lets up. This story has the mystery to it that will keep you on edge to the very end. Darkness does come to the town of Windbrook but what will be left when the light comes again?
Richard Chizmar and Brian James Freeman, two very talented individuals who own and operate one of the best independent publishing companies out there - Cemetery Dance Publications - decided to get together and write a novella. The Just based on that alone, one can surmise that the venture would result in something phenomenal; and it was. I am lucky enough to own a limited, signed edition (423 of 500) - that is as wonderful to look at, as it is to read. Now, if you've read any of my reviews, you know I'm nothing if not honest. Having said that, when I started reading this novella (key word 'started') I started thinking to myself, "Well, this is just an imitation of Stephen King's Needful Things (which is one of my favorites)."; and boy was I wrong. While the initial "feel" is there - pay a price for what your heart desires, a theme that has been used since the dawn of fiction writing - the end result is not what you would expect. In fact, it's down right frightening. In addition to the main novella, this collector's edition included a short story from each of the authors: 1) The Meek Shall Inherit - by Richard Chizmar: Richard has the innate ability to set scenes that just about everyone can relate to from their childhood. His character development is uncanny in that you feel like you know, and grew up with, at least one of his characters - or at the very least, have participated in the shenanigans that his "kids" get into. This story has two such boys that think their elderly, widowed neighbor is a serial killer. I was not prepared for the all too realistic ending. In today's day and age, this story is close to becoming a reality. 2) What They Left Behind - by Brian James Freeman: This is an eerie and unsettling ghost story. Brian is another author who can set a scene that has you looking over your shoulder. Don't make the mistake I did and read this one during a storm. I don't get scared easily (if at all), but when you're reading about two people exploring an abandoned warehouse during a storm, you might jump during a clap of thunder - especially if that warehouse was where people were trapped and died during a fire. All three are well worth the read, and then a re-read - to see what you missed after the initial shock.