Who is the Child of Night? That’s what small-town reporter Will Barbee must find out. Inexorably drawn into investigating a rash of grisly deaths, he soon finds himself embroiled in something far beyond mortal understanding.
Doggedly pursuing his investigations, he meets the mysterious and seductive April Bell and starts having disturbing, tantalizing dreams in which he does terrible things - things that are stranger and wilder than his worst nightmares. Then his friends begin dying one by one, and he slowly realizes that an unspeakable evil has been unleashed.
As Barbee’s world crumbles around him in a dizzying blizzard of madness, the intoxicating, dangerous April pushes Barbee ever closer to the answer to the question “Who is the Child of Night?”
When Barbee finds out, he’ll wish he’d never been born.
Jack Williamson (1908-2006) published his first short story in 1928. The second person named Grand Master by the Science Fiction Writers of America, he was always in the forefront of the field, being the first to write fiction about genetic engineering (he invented the term), antimatter, and other cutting-edge science.
“Darker Than You Think yields sheer enjoyment, generating wonder and suspense as Williamson springs his sequence of trap doors with the effortless agility of a master.” (Peter Straub, New York Times best-selling author)
“Outstanding fantasy [with] excellent plot design, fast-moving action, and suspense which explodes into high-tension horror.” (Astounding Science-Fiction)
“Williamson’s story asks, not merely ‘How do you plan to fight a monster?’ but ‘Do you want to be a monster?’ - a much more disturbing question.” (William H. Stoddard, author of Gurps Fantasy)
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