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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (356 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Brian James Freeman Narrator: Alexander MacDonald Publisher: Brian James Freeman Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2012 ISBN:
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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 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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Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cecilia | 2/20/2014

    " While I agree with the reviews that this is a quick and easy read, I do not agree that this should be classified as a horror novel. Something more along the lines of a psycological thriller, but not horror. I was disappointed since so many of the reviews claimed otherwise. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 2/16/2014

    " This exciting, suspenseful novella is deceptively simple, but can be rea on many different levels- either as a straight story of man fighting his own demons, who may be material or may not, or as a metaphor for the writer's life. I enjoyed it and I'm glad Literary Horror recommended it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gatorman | 2/8/2014

    " I thought this book was good, not great. It was well-written and created the appropriately spooky atmosphere for the setting but never got over the hump to be really scary to bring the story to an effective close. The ending left me wondering exactly what went on before, and although sometimes this is a good thing I was left feeling a bit empty here. Overall, though, it was an enjoyable read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gina | 1/23/2014

    " Super creepy ending! Did not want to go to sleep right after i finished it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Canterbury Public | 1/21/2014

    " Keeps you reading just to see what happens. Almost like reading Stephen King. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michelle | 12/30/2013

    " Very short book about an artist and where his creativity comes from. Spooky. Tells the parallel stories of his childhood and adulthood. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessie | 12/22/2013

    " An oddity of a novel. Chapters alternate between present day and the main character's childhood, when he witnessed something so terrible he has blocked it from his memory. Atmospheric, fast read. Walks the line between horror and suspense. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Whitney | 12/21/2013

    " This was terrible. I think the author read a few horror novels, mashed some bits together, threw in drawings and somehow got it published. The description of the painter and the guy in the illustrations didn't even match up. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ramona | 12/8/2013

    " Meh.... at least it was a quick read. I was expecting way more scariness. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 TeriC | 10/18/2013

    " Tak about the bogey man under your bed! What a tale Freeman has weaved with this one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dana Seidlinger | 10/1/2013

    " Pretty good and entertaining. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tamlyn | 8/21/2013

    " Okay little novella. The story seemed a bit cliche, but I did like how it jumped back and forth in time between the stories of the young and old Henry. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jamaie | 7/8/2013

    " I'm sorry...I just didn't care for this at all. Just about as boring as could be reading about a man who couldn't stop painting...and his crazy imagination. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bill Tillman | 2/18/2013

    " Very well written book, its creepy, scary and keeps you turning the page beginning to end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anne | 1/8/2013

    " Finely written, but not much to it really. And it's not scary at all. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Chris | 12/29/2012

    " A little disappointing, and I thought the illustrations made it kind of cheesy. "

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