“Down into the Darkness” is David Carter’s tenth book and something of a departure from his usual English murder mysteries (“The Murder Diaries – Seven Times Over” and “The Sound of Sirens”). It’s also a lot shorter than most of his books, running to around 140 pages.
One early reviewer described it as “intelligent humorous horror” – quite some combination!
Here’s the back cover blurb:
Tony Jenks lives alone in a small first floor flat in an Edwardian House.
There are three other flats in the building.
Downstairs, lives Dick Riches with his aging parents. Upstairs lives Doc Maureen Hall, anxiously waiting her monthly visit from her married lover, Gerald, while across the hall, opposite to Tony, lives Derek Chamberlain, ever eager to stop and gossip about the latest man in his life.
Four ordinary flats, full of ordinary people in modern day Britain, until one night Tony Jenks goes to bed, alone as usual, when he hears noises the likes of which he has never heard before.
Tony’s journey down into the darkness has begun.
One early reviewer wrote:
“Down into the Darkness” is a horror story that’s more about instilling a creeping, atmospheric chill in its reader than it is about flashy scares.
The narrator’s voice in “Down into the Darkness” is strong and distinctive, with a conspiratorial tone; from the start, he freely admits to gossiping and as the reader you’re drawn in, wondering what secrets he will reveal about those he shares the house with. As the book goes on, you’re lulled a bit—it seems Tony leads a normal life and is a generally nice guy, if a bit of a loner. However, you sense something dark and malignant rising, and the suspense starts; the ending is a gory shock with a gruesome postscript to hammer it home. The humor and everyday realism mixed throughout the book—from Tony’s wry commentary to the Riches to Derek—makes the horror element all the more shocking.
I would recommend “Down into the Darkness” to readers who like intelligent horror; this story leaves a lingering sense of disturbance long after the last page is turned.
“Down into the Darkness” is out now.
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About the Author
David Carter lives in the south of England and has written more than 20 books including a series of murder/mysteries featuring his detective Inspector Walter Darriteau based in Chester, Merseyside, Liverpool, and North Wales.
If you’re interested in this genre look out for The Murder Diaries - Seven Times Over, The Sound of Sirens, The Twelfth Apostle and Kissing a Killer, aIl featuring Walter Darriteau.
David has also written a male equivalent chicklit novel dubbed “manlit” by some. The Life and Loves of Gringo Greene features a character who doesn’t treat women well and it comes back to haunt him.
Margaret Henderson Smith, a seasoned writer in her own right, wrote about Gringo Greene:
In its easy style it simply bounces along, every page sheer entertainment, compulsively turned, but at the same time I found myself grateful for the sheer length of this chunky, fun-filled book because I never wanted to reach the end. I feel sure readers will be hankering after a sequel, or a prequel as Carter puts it and I hope the author will oblige.
From the start, the reader readily engages with the characters, the context, the setting, the story. With its low-key running plot gradually stepping up as the story progresses, Carter has the balance just right for he allows no distraction from each of Gringo’s lover’s own tales. This has got to be one of the most fascinating books I've ever read, for Carter has the knack of placing the reader in the thick of it. One is hardly aware one is reading, the experience of interacting with the characters is strangely powerful, and I read this with the ease of watching a film.
I congratulate the author on this work for it takes a very clever author to be able to hold the reader’s fascination continuously in this way. He has created a superb male 'slick-lit’ character in Gringo Greene and the work has much to commend it. Within its genre, it’s one of the best books I’ve ever read and it goes without saying I highly recommend it.
David’s aim is to release one full-length novel every year, though two would be nice! There’s a much-requested sequel to Gringo Greene in the offing, time permitting. Read more on David’s books and see lots of reviews at: www.davidcarterbooks.co.uk
And you can get in touch and follow David on Twitter @TheBookBloke.