`Darkness Under The Sun' is an ebook exclusive novella from Dean Koontz and is a prologue to his upcoming book, `What The Night Knows'. It's about Howie Dugly, a 10 year old boy who was badly scarred in a fire when he was younger, lonely and outcast, who one day meets Alton Turner Blackwood, a drifter and a dreamer who carries his own scars. Also, unknown to Howie, he is a vicious serial killer who preys on young women and their mothers.
This is a great little read that is as dark as the midnight sky. It's also one of the more serious and more sinister of Koontz's stories, reminding me of some of his earlier works, rather than adding a bit of dark humour to his tales (like in `Life Expectancy', `The Taking' etc - both of which are some of his worst). This took me about an hour to read (being just 790 locations) but had enough content to satisfy me and also made me look forward to reading his new book in January 2011.
At the end of the day this is free so you can't go wrong. It can be read as a self-contained short story or an introduction to his new book but either way, I definitely recommend giving it a go.