Book: Down into the Darkness by David Cartercategories: Book, Intelligent Horror, Young Adult, Mystery, Modern Fiction, Death, Horror
David Carterabout this book: When I first left home many moons ago I lived in a small flat in an Edwardian house that looked out over a wide and straight street.
There were three other flats (apartments if you prefer – though that is too grand a word!) in the building, housing a very strange mix of tenants, and their various friends and acquaintances who were always coming and going.
This weird introduction to the world of living independently (of parents) formed the basis of my new book "Down into the Darkness" and it came about when I began thinking back on that life, and the weird events that went on in that old building.
"Down into the Darkness" has been described as "Intelligent Horror" though I certainly did not set out to write a horror book when I began writing it. To tell you the truth I am really not sure what category to place the story in, but as Graham Greene used to say: "I have to read the critics of my books before I ever find out what they are really about" – or words to that effect.
I am very grateful to Margaret Henderson Smith, an accomplished writer in her own right, who wrote this about "Down into the Darkness" :
"In line with this spine-chilling tale is a highly unusual conclusion to the denouement which as you will have sussed, is the conclusion but not quite the end.
I never hesitate to highly recommend David Carter's books and this is no exception. If you are looking for a fast-moving thrilling tale then this is the one for you.
This brilliant author deserves to be read and I feel, regardless of genre preferences, his natural story telling ability is such, those who appreciate good writing can but enjoy his work."
And of course like all scribblers I get a great thrill when people read and appreciate my work, and write words such as those.
So what's the book all about?
It follows the fortunes of one Tony Jenks, a thirty-something who lives alone amongst the weird flotsam of people who share the building. He's pretty settled there, happy as a single guy can be, though deep down he realises that something most important is missing from his life.
He has a decent job on good money, so unlike some of the other tenants, he never struggles to pay the rent. All is cool, if a little dull in Tony Jenks's world, until one night, after he has gone to bed, alone as usual, he hears noises the likes of which he has never heard before.
He doesn't yet realise it, but Tony Jenks's journey down into the darkness had already begun.
It's a shorter book than I normally write, clocking in at around 140 pages, but some prefer such things, (novellas) and of course that relative briefness is reflected in the price.
I hope you find the time to check out "Down into the Darkness" and if I could leave you with one small piece of advice it would be to NEVER SLEEP ALONE. Easier said than done, I know. But thanks for reading thus far, I appreciate it. Tony would too… if he could.
"Down into the Darkness" is out now in paperback and on most ebook platforms. Please check out the Youtube book trailer too.
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