Book Chat: The Dark
Once a week I’ll be discussing a Book or Movie/TV Series I love. Or posting a submission from a reader/author about a movie or book in the horror or zombie genre. Sharing the love of a book or movie as if you were talking with a friend.
Oldie but Goodie, 1980
It came like a malignant shadow with seductive promises of power. Somewhere in the night, a small girl smiled as her mother burned, asylum inmates slaughtered their attendants, and in slimy tunnels once-human creatures gathered. Madness raged as the lights began to fade, and humanity was attacked by an ancient, unstoppable evil.
Bishop investigates haunted houses and the paranormal. He doesn’t believe in ghosts and the supernatural and has “disproved” many such incidences; some caused by squirrels in the walls, noisy water pipes, etc. He is hired to investigate an old Victorian house to dispel the belief it is haunted, because the owner would like to get it sold.
He is caught in the middle of a supernatural nightmare when he sees what happened the prior year, when a cult lead by a man named Pryszlak and his followers performed acts of degradation and suicide that clearly were evil. Further acts of insane behavior and depravity break out in the neighborhood and escalate each night. People are found wandering the streets, acting zombie like in their unresponsive behavior and thought processes.
Bishop gets called to the mental institution where his wife was committed after their daughter died several years before. He is attacked by residents, who are under the influence of the Dark, a malignant force that invades weak minds and seeks out the dark recesses of every person’s heart for entry and engulfment. He is rescued by policemen and things intensify even further, with more people overtaken each night by the Dark. As the Dark grows more powerful, authorities wonder if it can be stopped.
I don’t want to give away the ending of the book, but I was very happy with it. This book is in my list of favorite books and I reread it ever so many years. I wanted to share with readers who may not have read James Herbert or this particular book. If you have never read Herbert, he is a well-known, talented British author, who puts you in the middle of the horror, so that you feel the monster is about to get you! If you love horror and the creepy kind that sneaks up on you, you will love this chilling read. Warning: When you walk along a dark road you may eye the shadows around you in a new way.:)