The Painted Darkness by Brian James Freeman

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When Henry was a child, something terrible happened in the woods behind his home, something so shocking he could only express his grief by drawing pictures of what he had witnessed. Eventually Henry's mind blocked out the bad memories, but he continued to draw, often at night by the light of the moon.



Twenty years later, Henry makes his living by painting his disturbing works of art. He loves his wife and his son and life couldn't be better... except there's something not quite right about the old stone farmhouse his family now calls home. There's something strange living in the cramped cellar, in the maze of pipes that feed the ancient steam boiler.



A winter storm is brewing and soon Henry will learn the true nature of the monster waiting for him down in the darkness. He will battle this demon and, in the process, he may discover what really happened when he was a child and why, in times of trouble, he thinks: I paint against the darkness.



But will Henry learn the truth in time to avoid the terrible fate awaiting him... or will the thing in the cellar get him and his family first?



Written as both a meditation on the art of creation and as an examination of the secret fears we all share, The Painted Darkness is a terrifying look at the true cost we pay when we run from our grief--and what happens when we're finally forced to confront the monsters we know all too well.
 

About Brian James Freeman

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Brian James Freeman is the author of Black Fire, Blue November Storms, The Painted Darkness, Weak and Wounded, Dreamlike States, and More Than Midnight. He is also the coauthor of The Illustrated Stephen King Trivia Book (with Bev Vincent) and The Illustrated Stephen King Movie Trivia Book (with Hans-Ake Lilja and Kevin Quigley), and he is the editor of Dueling Minds. His novels, novellas, short stories, essays, and interviews have been published by Warner Books, Cemetery Dance, Borderlands Press, Book-of-the-Month Club, Leisure, and many others. Brian lives in Pennsylvania with his wife, two cats, and two German Shorthaired Pointers who are afraid of the cats. More books are on the way. Visit him on the web at www.BrianJamesFreeman.com
 
Published July 3, 2010 by Cemetery Dance Publications. 175 pages
Genres: Horror, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Examiner

But, slowly yet steadily, the demon is demanding release and Henry is beginning to lose his hold on the evil that lurks inside of his soul The darkness inside of Henry is starting to cause problems in his life as he has become obsessed with his painting to hold it at bay.

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Horror News Net

He will battle this demon and, in the process, he may discover what really happened when he was a child — and why, in times of trouble, he thinks: I paint against the darkness.

Sep 16 2010 | Read Full Review of The Painted Darkness

Horror News Net

He will battle this demon and, in the process, he may discover what really happened when he was a child — and why, in times of trouble, he thinks: I paint against the darkness.

Sep 16 2010 | Read Full Review of The Painted Darkness

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