Out Here in the Darkness

Out Here in the Darkness

by Abra Stevens


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Houston, 1985. A group of teenagers, drawn together by a passion for drugs and Heavy Metal, torture and murder one of their companions. But no one knows. Less than a month later, two more brutal crimes follow. As detectives hunt for the killers, the city is rocked when the media brands the teens members of a satanic cult. Thrust into a moral spin, the young killers wonder: should they turn each other into the police, or hope to escape the consequences of their horrifying crimes?

Out Here in the Darkness seizes the reader by the throat, taking them step by shocking step through the crimes, the investigations, and the trials and later follows a convicted double-murderer on his 33-year quest for redemption, deep in the dark underbelly of the American prison system.

A spellbinding page-turner and an unrelenting trip down the wrong side of the tracks, Out Here in the Darkness will keep you mesmerized and awake at night pondering its questions: What was the motivation behind such savagery? And is there any way to discover the truth buried three decades ago, in the darkness?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781543965759
Publisher: BookBaby
Publication date: 05/19/2019
Series: Detective Musick , #1
Pages: 408
Sales rank: 629,222
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

Abra Stevens is a former complex litigation paralegal. In concurrence with her legal career, she spent two decades as a music journalist and as Senior Editor for several regional publications.

Table of Contents

Tuesday, August 6, 1985

Author Note

Cast of Characters

PART ONE - The Crimes

Chapter One

Chapter Two

Chapter Three

Chapter Four

Chapter Five

Chapter Six

Chapter Seven

Chapter Eight

Chapter Nine

Chapter Ten

Chapter Eleven

Chapter Twelve

PART TWO - The Invesitgation

September 7, 1985 - Saturday

September 8, 1985 - Sunday

September 9, 1985 - Monday

September 10, 1985 - Tuesday

September 11, 1985 - Wednesday

PART THREE - The Trials


Chapter Eighteen

Chapter Nineteen

Chapter Twenty

Chapter Twenty-One

Chapter Twenty-Two

Chapter Twenty-Three


Chapter Twenty-Four

Chapter Twenty-Five

Chapter Twenty-Six

Chapter Twenty-Seven

Chapter Twenty-Eight

Chapter Twenty-Nine

Chapter Thirty

Chapter Thirty-One

Chapter Thirty-Two

Chapter Thirty-Three


PART FOUR - The Prisoner

Chapter Thirty-Four

Chapter Thirty-Five

Chapter Thirty-Six

Chapter Thirty-Seven

Chapter Thirty-Eight

Chapter Thirty-Nine

Chapter Forty



Source Notes

About the Author

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ReadersFavorite 10 months ago
Reviewed by Viga Boland for Readers' Favorite Are you a true crime fan? As someone who has always clung to the adage that truth is stranger than fiction, I certainly am. And when it comes to the content and characters in Out Here in the Darkness by Abra Stevens, I know that for some readers the truth in this book will not only be stranger than fiction but a lot harder to stomach. You can’t just close this book and tell yourself “Good thing that never happened!” With that warning in mind, prepare to be shocked and even somewhat nauseous when you read how on one summer night, five teens brutally murdered one of their peers in a field near a cemetery. Stevens does not spare the gory details. Not only is what these teens did abhorrent, but the events leading up to it and the group’s justification of the act are repulsive. Out Here in the Darkness is a well-researched book that combines actual details of police efforts to find those responsible with specific court transcripts once they face the justice system for sentencing. But what elevates this true crime story above becoming a dry recording of facts is Stevens’ ability to make these young criminals real people who have gone astray. Through the exchange of dialogue between the teens, and their likely personal reflections before and after the act, readers recognize that several of these teens were once just kids raised in anything but ideal circumstances. Though their crime was monstrous, Stevens doesn’t leave readers thinking of them as monsters. Abra Stevens’ interest in the psychology of these murderers is shown most toward the end where the author devotes several chapters to exploring one of them, Mike Cravey, as he serves his 33-year prison sentence. This section is most enlightening, and readers who care more about the whys than the whats behind violent acts like the one depicted will think about those whys long after they close the book.