Darkness is the absence of light. Are you afraid when you canít see the things around you? Do you fear the complete and total blackness of night? When I was a little girl I was afraid of the dark, but the monsters I was afraid of were all in my mind. In The Dark by Jason Brant, there really is a reason to be afraid of the dark. The darkness seems to just swallow those who enter it.
Christy is awakened from a sound sleep by her dog growling. There is a car pile up on the road outside her house, but the streets are deserted of people. She begins to hear noises that lead her to believe someone is in the house, and a voice calls out to her. It isnít the voice of her roommate; it is the voice of her mother who lives 20 miles away. Her mother refuses to walk into the light and keeps telling Christy that it is too bright inside. She asks Christy to put out the light and join her. Christy refuses, then her mom just disappears.
Walter, out on a boat in Chesapeake Bay, notices that a blanket of darkness is enveloping the city. His daughter, Melissa, appears on the boat barefoot and in her pajamas. She absolutely hates the water, and she wonít come into the light. She asks her dad to put out his light and come to her.
Aaron is delivering a pizza when the lights go out. The lady of the house is inside while Aaron is talking to her daughter at the door. The mom screams and everything goes dark except for the headlights on Aaronís car. He drags Stephanie behind him and insists they get a flashlight before going inside to find her parents. They find her parents just inside the darkness.
These four people are in the beginning of a living nightmare. As far as they know, everyone else is gone. As far as they know, the entire world is like this, not just Aberdeen. But Walt saw the city go dark. He knows that it started on the military base at Aberdeen Proving Ground, a military research facility.
What happened at this facility? What kind of research were they doing? Remember the terrifying other dimension in The Gate? In The Dark, the sequel to The Gate, the dimension where monsters rule has come back. What happens when it is unleashed in a city with 15,000 residents? This book will keep you on the edge of your seat as you discover the terrifying answer.
Was there any "colorful" language? Yeah, there was just a bit, but all of it was fitting.for the characters and what they were experiencing.
Do the above-mentioned characters survive this living hell? All I'm going to say is that three of them do. I really wanted all of them to survive, but it wasn't up to me. Will there be a sequel? I sure hope so. Without a sequel, I feel the world of horror fiction will be left wanting.
If you are a fan of horror books, you will love The Dark. The author sent me an ebook version of this book with no expectation of a review. If you would like to purchase your own copy of The Dark, I have provided two Amazon links below. The first one is for a copy of the book you can hold in your hands. The second link is for the Kindle version.