Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Title spotlight - "The Painted Darkness" by Brian James Freeman

Wandering the internet these days I discovered that this year Cemetery Dance will release a very interesting title, Brian James Freeman’s “The Painted Darkness”. I can’t honestly say that Cemetery Dance is among my allies, because it is one of the publishers that would hurt my budget too deeply in case of an acquisition. I also have to admit though that more than once I explored their online catalogue and desired some of their excellent books. So it was no surprise for me that I discovered another title on their publishing list, Brian James Freeman’s “The Painted Darkness” appealing to me as soon as I read its presentation and being one of the books I would love to have in my library. However, because at the moment my wallet cannot sustain such a weight lost I was very happy to find that on DownloadtheDarkness.com Brian James Freeman offers the opportunity to the readers to download “The Painted Darkness” for free as an ebook and as a streaming audiobook for a limited time. I am not sure for how long “The Painted Darkness” will be available for a free download, but if you are interested in Brian James Freeman’s book you can find it for now at DownloadtheDarkness.com. At this address I could find that the free ebook has a few features that will not be available on the hardcover edition, such as an interview with the author, an interview with Ray Bradbury, comments from authors regarding the ebooks and the future of publishing, an afterword from Brian James Freeman and a 5$ discount coupon valid on an order of “The Painted Darkness”, but also more information about the book and the author and an interesting trailer. I personally went for the occasion and downloaded “The Painted Darkness” and now I am looking forward to read it.

When Henry was a child, something terrible happened in the woods behind his home, something so shocking he could only express his terror 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.

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