Monday, January 7, 2019

DARKNESS RISING by Brian Moreland

Publisher: Rising Horse Books
Published: February 2, 2017
Pages: 160

Marty Weaver has been through so much in his life. He’s been bullied and picked on his entire life. But he finds refuge in his favorite place, the local lake. He goes there to read his poetry and to share his thoughts. Marty is head over heels in love with Jennifer, a college student. He’s a janitor at the college, but they have an unlikely friendship. Marty helps Jennifer with poetry and literature. After all, Marty knows a thing or two about poetry. 

While visiting his quiet place, Marty runs into three sadistic killers who are hell bent on brutally killing him. The three killers get a kick out of savagely slaying people and making snuff films. Little do the killers know, Marty has been through far worse than anything they could do to him. 

I buried my head in my pillow after reading Darkness Rising. I felt all the feelings while reading this book. It’s raw. It’s gritty. It’s pure poetic emotion. You will laugh and cry while reading this novella. Brian Moreland is my new favorite author. I’m going to read all of his work this year. He writes powerfully complex characters. He packs so much characterization in one hundred and sixty pages. From the prelude to the epilogue, I was hooked and reading at a break neck pace. I read this captivating story in one gulp. 

Darkness Rising is a romance wrapped in a beautifully surreal horror story. Sink into the darkness. Embrace the flailing tentacles that is Darkness Rising. Let the poetry serenade you. I dig the poetry sprinkled throughout this book. Darkness Rising made me a little mushy. I was definitely feeling that sepia tone loving. Darkness Rising may become my new annual February read. 

Brian Moreland’s concise writing style makes for an enjoyable reading experience. The storyline is smooth. From the lake to the college campus, the setting elevates the story. Brian Moreland has created one of my favorite monstrosities to ever grace the written page. And that ending will melt your heart. That cover is beautiful, isn’t it?

Darkness runs deep ... 

Marty Weaver, an emotionally scarred poet, has been bullied his entire life. When he drives out to the lake to tell an old friend that he’s fallen in love with a girl named Jennifer, Marty encounters three sadistic killers who have some twisted games in store for him. But Marty has dark secrets of his own buried deep inside him. And tonight, when all the pain from the past is triggered, when those secrets are revealed, blood will flow and hell will rise. 

Brian Moreland writes dark suspense, thrillers, and horror. His books include DEAD OF WINTER, SHADOWS IN THE MIST, THE WITCHING HOUSE, THE DEVIL'S WOODS, THE VAGRANTS, DARKNESS RISING, and coming soon DARK NEEDS, an expanded collection of short stories. Brian loves hiking, world travel, watching movies and sports, and spending time with family.

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