The Painted Darkness

Brian James Freeman, Cemetery Dance (www.cemeterydance.com), $19.99 (176p) ISBN 978-1-58767-208-8
A free prerelease e-book edition has garnered plenty of advance buzz for this fast-paced, satisfying horror novella from Cemetery Dance Magazine editor Freeman (Blue November Storms). Twenty years after a traumatic childhood incident, Henry has become a professional painter who uses his work as an outlet for his inner demons. Something from his past has taken up residence in the basement of the house he shares with his wife, Sarah, and young son, Dillon, challenging Henry's ability to "paint against the darkness." The narrative builds up to a conclusion that isn't entirely shocking, but it still makes for a compelling read thanks to skillfully composed prose that builds tension and evokes emotional response. The paper edition includes several eerie full-page b&w illustrations by Jill Bauman. (Nov.)
Reviewed on: 09/20/2010
Release date: 12/01/2010
Genre: Fiction
Paperback - 160 pages - 978-1-4699-7518-4
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