One of Dean Koontz's first works, his immaturity and indecision as a horror/suspense writer is fairly evident in his 1984 project "Darkness". As winter envelopes the city, several mutilated, chewed bodies turn up in less than a week. Detective Jack Dawson takes on the case with his partner, Rebecca Chandler, only to realize the horror that they have gotten themselves into. At first they think they are searching for a mysterious serial killer, but they soon begin to hear strange noises in the venilation systems and in the plumbing.
As "Darkness" unfolds, Dawson and Chandler find themselves up against hidious creatures that do not die and do not stop their pursuit to wipe out the entire city. As both become more involved with the supernatural presence that is governing these horrific monsters, Dawson must not only stop the beasts, but save his family in the process.
Fairly cliched "monster mash" romp that is neither that intriguing and certainly not believable. Those who enjoy voodoo and superstitution will find this Koontz work much more appealing, while those who search for novels that grab hold from the initial page, swallows the reader with its heartfelt sincerity, and touches the soul with an incredible finish should definately check out his later work. Not one of his better efforts.