The Crawling Darkness

The Crawling Darkness

by J. L. Bryan


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Paranormal investigator Ellie Jordan faces a new case in an apartment building where a twisted, dangerous entity emerges from closets and doorways to terrorize the residents at night. A powerful spirit, it feeds on fear and takes the shape of its victims' worst nightmares.

Ellie and her mentor Calvin have tried to capture the same entity before, in a different house nearby, an attempt that ended in disaster. Now, with the help of her apprentice Stacey, Ellie must try again to capture the elusive shapeshifting ghost before it can claim another soul as its own.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781505959710
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 01/03/2015
Pages: 222
Sales rank: 1,085,723
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.51(d)

About the Author

J. L. Bryan studied English literature at the University of Georgia and at Oxford, with a focus on the English Renaissance and the Romantic period. He also studied screenwriting at UCLA. He enjoys remixing elements of paranormal, supernatural, fantasy, horror, and science fiction into new kinds of stories.

Carla Mercer-Meyer is an AudioFile Earphones Award-winning audiobook narrator. She has a strong musical theater background, as she has been performing her entire life. Her performances include Into the Woods; You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown; and many other theatrical productions. Carla resides in Southern California.

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The Crawling Darkness (Ellie Jordan, Ghost Trapper Book 3) 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great series!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Each book is better than the last! This one had me hooked even more than the first two and was hard to put down. I love all the characters in these books and learning about each one of them. Another job well done to Bryan!
Lovz-Books More than 1 year ago
Another haunting tale that could have something to do with one of Ellie Jordan’s unfinished cases. In fact, the house is right next door to it! Ellie fears that monster that she was looking for back then has returned. What’s scarier than monsters in the closet? A shadowy entity that takes the shape of your worst fears. It’s almost a spidery figure—the Crawling Darkness. Ewe! Yuck! And freaky! It’s a search for the Boogeyman in this chilling tale. It’s a spirit that feeds on your fears, especially the children’s. Ellie and the gang must face their fears in this ghostly mystery, which actually has a spiritual protector. This is your nightmares come true. This is another great ghost trapper story. A worthy read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a terrific series, and The Crawling Darkness is the best book so far. We learn more about Ellie and Stacey, and their working relationship continues to evolve. Plus, a new love interest. And a truly terrifying ghost. Looking forward to the next book! -- lyradora
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was drawn in immediately
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great reading. Left me scared at some chapters! Lol
Kuzlin More than 1 year ago
This 3rd book in the Ghost Trapper series finds Ellie facing the monster in the we are all familiar with and have come to dread. I really enjoy this creepy series of books. With each story, we learn more about Ellie, Stacy and the other main characters, as well as watch their growing relationship. And of course each book represents a new paranormal challenge...and thus one had quite an ingenious twist! I look forward to book 4.
lauralovesreviewingLT More than 1 year ago
I’m not sure why I didn’t notice it before, but checking out the titles to the books in this series, I noticed how cleverly they revealed hints about what’s waiting in the haunted pages inside. There’s something nasty haunting the apartment house. One that Ellie and her boss, Calvin, have come up against before, and lost. I’ve always been curious about how Calvin ended up in a wheelchair. I knew it had something to do with trapping ghosts and being attacked. The house they are investigating abuts another property. One with an abandoned, boarded up house. It just so happens, that’s where the attack occurred. Could this be the same entity? Could it have just moved to the next inhabited house? And is it appearing at the other houses that connect to the property? Whatever it is, it seems to be drawn to the children. Feeds off of their fear. And if you get in its way, the consequences are very bad. The creeping darkness reminded of the thing in the movie Babadook. You don’t see it clearly. It hides in the shadows, sneaking around, crawling on ceilings and along banisters. Slipping under doors and vanishing. How do you fight something like that? Something fun is happening in this series too. Stacey and Jacob, the psychic they use in some of their cases, are dating. And one of the residents in the haunted apartments happens to be a hunky fireman, and he’s single. Could this be the end of Ellie’s sadly lacking love life? We’ll see. I’ve got to hand it to the author. It takes a lot to give me the creeps, and the entities he’s thrown at me in this series have me rethinking ever stepping foot in anything with even a remote possibility of being haunted. Scary good it is. And I can’t imagine what he’ll spook me with next.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great series with subtle well written humor through out. A prefect set of books to escape into.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
All I can say is I didn't see half of those twists coming! Great read for a lazy summer day.
twimom101 More than 1 year ago
Bryan did a fabulous job once again, weaving together a tale so sinister you may want to think twice before reading it at night. I made this mistake with each of the books. Just pages into each one and you are royally creeped out. This one was my favorite of the three. More creepier and darker than the previous two, in my opinion, it captured my attention from the start. I think it was so scary because it plays on nearly every child’s fear from childhood: the boogeyman. I know I was on edge throughout the book. And I absolutely loved that about it. This series is one of my most absolute favorites ever. One reason I love this series so much is because of the characters. Not just the main character, but the secondary ones as well. And we even get a bit of back history with them. Which in turn had me connecting with them even more. Bryan does such an amazing job giving us all characters we actually want to read about and care about. And I cannot forget to mention the romance! It is about time. I must say, even though I LOVE a good romance, this story could definitely hold its own without it. But you won't find me complaining. I look forward to seeing where this new relationship goes with the next book. Speaking of the next cannot get here soon enough. But in the meantime...pick up THE CRAWLING DARKNESS and get ready for a fantastic read. Haven't started the series? What are you waiting for?? Don't forget to check under the bed before you start them! 5 Ghoulish Stars!
creativedeeds More than 1 year ago
I’ve said it before, but honestly, this series gets better with each installment. The characters are developing as more of their past is revealed. The cases are becoming just a little bit more involved as well as intense. Then there’s the titles… The Crawling Darkness? You have no idea how aptly titled this book really is. o_O As if scaring the pants off of readers isn’t bad enough, J.L. Bryan decided to take us on an emotional roller coaster in The Crawling Darkness. Just when I thought I knew enough from a character’s past, another one would find a way to break my heart for them. *sigh* Ellie grew a lot stronger and seemed to work a lot ‘smarter’ in The Crawling Darkness. She also gained some valuable insight about members of her team that she didn’t expect. Then there’s a certain fire fighter that I’m hoping has a recurring role in Ellie Jordan, Ghost Trapper, but that’s all I’m saying. ;) As happy as I was for her, I was kind of sad too. Things may be changing for Ellie more than she wants or thinks she’s ready for. The Crawling Darkness is scheduled to release on February 5. Terminal is the 4th book in the series and it’s due to be released some time in May. Which means you have plenty of time to get your read on and catch up. As an extra incentive, J.L. Bryan has generously allowed me to give away one copy of the first book in the series, Ellie Jordan, Ghost Trapper. All you have to do is mention one thing that scares you in the comments. That’s it, just one thing. Since my birthday is January 30th and it’s also a Friday, that’s when I’ll pick and announce the winner. Have fun and good luck!