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Darker [Mass Market Paperback]

Simon Clark
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4.0 out of 5 stars My 100-word book review March 21 2007
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Darker is a horror novel with a difference. As with Clark's first story Nailed by the Heart, there is a family unit under threat, but this time the menace is an implacable, incredibly violent force of nature which pursues the characters like something out of the movie Forbidden Planet. A monster from the id! At times the writing stops and starts, just like the car in the story, and people occasionally act out of character where the plot demands, but there are some extremely tense moments, and Clark manages on the whole to make the entire nightmarish scenario horribly real.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A solid if not brilliant effort Nov. 16 2002
By GDKid
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Simon Clark is one of my favorite authors in the horror genre. Blood Crazy, King Blood, and Vamphyrric are all superb, unique, and amazing works. Darker, like his first novel Nailed by the Heart, suffers from a certain vagueness that occasionally crops up in Clark's work.
The characters here must face an overwhelming evil force and though we grow to like our protagonists, I found it difficult to truly understand them. Every so often someone would do something I found completely out of character, merely in an effort to serve the story line. Clark shows his hand a bit too much in this one, though the novel remains a gripping read. You simply might be left with too many questions at the end of it.
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3.0 out of 5 stars darker Nov. 9 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book starts real slow. The back cover of the paperback states that a stranger "pounds" on the door of the Young's
house. This happens around page 100 of the paperback. Just when I started to put this book down and go on to something else...BAM!
It really gets going. Then it slows down again....BAM! Here we go again. You'll love Rosemary Snow. You'll want to strangle Joey for his stupidity. Certainly a mixed bag.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Probably Clark's Worst Novel Oct. 4 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I've read most of Simon Clark's novels, even going so far as to order British hardcovers of the more recent ones, and most of what I've read has been very promising. Clark is one of the strongest writers to enter the horror field in a long time, maybe since Clive Barker first broke on the scene with his Books of Blood. That said, I have to say I was rather disappointed by _Darker_. This is a rather silly novel, with characters that are pretty one-dimensional. The whole "invisible force" that must be kept under control, lest it start to hammer people and objects flat, has to be one of the stranger plots for a horror novel. I can't fault Clark for his originality here. Unfortunately, he doesn't do much with this idea and the book just doesn't match up to the amazing heights of his other work. Check out _Vampyrrhic_ or _Blood Crazy_ first. Wait until you're a Clark fanatic and must read everything he's written before you try _Darker_.
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