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Darker Than You Think [Kindle Edition]

Jack Williamson
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The unsettling dreams begin for small-town reporter Will Barbee not long after he first meets the mysterious and beautiful April Bell. They are vivid, powerful and deeply disturbing nightmares in which he commits atrocious acts. And one by one, his friends are meeting violent deaths. It is clear to Barbee that he is embroiled in something far beyond human understanding, something unspeakably evil. And it intimately involves the seductive, dangerously intoxicating April, and the question, 'Who is the Child of the Night?' When he discovers the answer to that, his world will change utterly.


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""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

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One of the Terror Eight titles: dark reads for hot summer nights!

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 437 KB
  • Print Length: 233 pages
  • Publisher: Gateway (27 Jun. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00D8CXYEQ
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #196,199 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
Jack Williamson's 1948 novel 'Darker Than You Think' really deserved to be made into a late 40s horror-noir film in smoke-laden, shadowy monochrome, directed by Jacques Tourneur with some enigmatic siren of the day playing April Bell. This is a great novel, with a wonderful period feel and a strong, effective narrative which touches upon an ancient conflict and the very roots of evil. Themes of witchcraft, fetch-travelling, shape-shifting and lycanthropy run like currents of dark fire through this tale and we follow the haunted hero, hack-journalist Will Barbee, habituated to cheap bourbon and gradually awakening to his awful doom and destiny. A unique novel which I believe was admired by the late Dennis Wheatley who included it in his 'Library of the Occult' series in the 1970s and which is well worth discovering. Willamson's classic novel somehow touches upon a deep riddle in human nature, the ancient and primaeval shadows which lurk in the heart and affords a terrifying glimpse into the ancient darkness which waits ever to reclaim its dominion...Beware the coming of the Child of Night...
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Interesting Near-Classic 11 Aug. 2005
Format:Paperback
Lycanthropy, intrigue, the murderous institutions of American corporate life and the fragile will of the individual. "Darker than you think" was original even at the time for being AGAINST the dark forces it conjures, but still this is not enough to save it from some limp prose and some character-writing so weak, some failure-to-reach-conclusions so obvious, that you want to hit the un-insightful main protoganist over the head and feed him to wolves yourself. What saves the book is its wide-eyed innocence and the pace - you are never allowed the comfort that 'all things will end ok', and you really do want to know what happens next. This is adult stuff. The incidental characters are very well observed - how grief tears people apart and how tragic can be the outcomes of our most cherished hope. The obligatory femme fatale figure really IS fatal, and reminiscent of the strong anti-heroines of Phillip K. Dick. The book is some sort of mile-stone, complete with a clever elliptical ending that somehow raises all manner of (mildly) interesting issues - but anyone who's read 70's sci-fi will have a nagging feeling of deja vu. Worth the time and the investment, and certainly memorable.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Strange ripples from this novel 18 Nov. 2012
By Red Fox
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I read very little fiction but was led to this strange work whilst reading about Aleister Crowley and Jack Parsons and the "Babalon Working".
As has been detailed elsewhere, it is basically a book of lycanthropy or so it seems. However, when one realises the effect that it supposedly had on Jack Parsons and his notion of The Witchcraft and more importantly his obsession and eventual demise via the Holy Whore Herself, Babalon then it becomes more intriguing.

April Bell, the red haired otherworldly witch in the novel appears to be a prototype of what Parsons was trying to achieve with the Babalon Working ie creating/invoking the Babalon force into a living incarnation. It is said his endeavours were fruitful with the appearance of Marjorie Cameron; a red haired woman a la April Bell. The premise of the novel is that of witches being "other" and set apart from "normal" humanity and to my reading at least, it seems that the Child of Night is referencing the light bringer, Lucifer, god of witchcraft and beast to Babalon. I would consider this to be an essential read for anyone interested in witchcraft and the oft overlooked current that Parsons breathed new life into that is being carried on and updated today.

Also, apart from anything else it is a real rollicking read that to my eyes does not betray the era that it was written in. It can be read as a straightforward enjoyable, if somewhat unsettling read or if one is of an occult persuassion i would suggest that there are some very interesting themes running through it. Enjoy!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A cracking fast paced novel 13 Sept. 2008
By I. R. Kerr TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
A comment on the back cover calls it "The Classic Werewolf novel".
The book starts well with a great opening sequence as a reporter, Will Barbee, and a strange red-haired woman, April Bell, await the return of 4 scientists from some strange archaeological dig in Mongolia. The head scientist announces he has a message that must be heard before evil forces have time to attack him, and just after he reveals the threat of a Black Messiah "The Child of the Night" he dies on the spot, seemingly from natural causes.
Barbee is drawn deeper into the tale as the scientists, who once were friends of his, also start dying in odd circumstances. On all those occasions he dreams that he is involved, that April is drawing him into an evil conspiracy; or could his odd dreams be more than that? And what is in that odd box they brought back?
Originally written in 1940 several ideas that were fashionable at the time get an airing that may not be as relevant to modern day readers. The work of JB Rhine and his experiments in parapsychology and telekinesis and Heisenberg's uncertainty principle are drawn on which leans it more toward a science fiction approach than a straight horror tale.
As a whole the book works well as it builds up the suspense, the identity of the Child of the Night can be guessed at as the story develops but that does not lessen the overall impact of the story.
Is it the classic werewolf novel? Probably not, there are too many shape-shifting deviations from the werewolf theme. My vote would be for "The Werewolf of Paris" by Guy Endore (written in 1933) which is as close as the werewolf genre comes to having a classic novel as Dracula is for vampires.
Is it a good novel? It certainly is, and is well worth reading.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A little darkness never hurt anybody...
One of the books I often foist off on people - on the grounds that it is good for them - and then end up buying again, only to give away... Read more
Published 5 months ago by KA Smith
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Published 13 months ago by Marcel Konde
3.0 out of 5 stars Worth a read but despite a strong start it flags badly
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Published on 16 Mar. 2010 by Lark
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic
I've read better styled writing, with more complete characterisation. Having said that this is a great book. Not your classic werewolf story. Read more
Published on 28 July 2009 by David
2.0 out of 5 stars What was the point?
The concept was interesting but apart from that this book was a waste of my time.

I don't want to give away the plot, although it might be a kindness if I did, so... Read more
Published on 30 May 2007 by E. Nolan
5.0 out of 5 stars one of the best 'WEREWOLF'stories ever written.
A different slant on the 'Werewolf'theme,highly imaginative treatment,sympathetic characters . I would rate this story as second only to Robert McCammon's 'The Wolf's Hour' and... Read more
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