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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Leisure Books; First Edition Thus edition (February 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0843960914
  • ISBN-13: 978-0843960914
  • Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 3.8 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (102 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #434,092 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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BRIAN KEENE is the author of over forty books, mostly in the horror, crime, and dark fantasy genres. His 2003 novel, The Rising, is often credited (along with Robert Kirkman's The Walking Dead comic and Danny Boyle's 28 Days Later film) with inspiring pop culture's current interest in zombies. Keene's novels have been translated into German, Spanish, Polish, Italian, French, Taiwanese, and many more. In addition to his own original work, Keene has written for media properties such as Doctor Who, The X-Files, Hellboy, Masters of the Universe, and Superman.

Several of Keene's novels have been developed for film, including Ghoul, The Ties That Bind, and Fast Zombies Suck. Several more are in-development or under option.

Keene's work has been praised in such diverse places as The New York Times, The History Channel, The Howard Stern Show, CNN.com, Publisher's Weekly, Media Bistro, Fangoria Magazine, and Rue Morgue Magazine. He has won numerous awards and honors, including a World Horror Grand Master award, two Bram Stoker awards, and a recognition from Whiteman A.F.B. (home of the B-2 Stealth Bomber) for his outreach to U.S. troops serving both overseas and abroad. A prolific public speaker, Keene has delivered talks at conventions, college campuses, theaters, and inside Central Intelligence Agency headquarters in Langley, VA.

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Part of the problem was that I didn't really like the characters all that much and felt no sympathy towards them.
If you've got nothing better in the bookcase, I say give it a go- but it would not be something I would go out of my way to read.
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Reminiscent of Stephen King, Brian Keene has a way with suspense and I'm looking forward to reading more of his books.
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58 of 63 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Lawrence on February 17, 2010
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Walden is your average small town. That is, until residents awoke to complete and total darkness, darkness that only covered the town itself. People who attempt to leave do not return and are presumed dead. Once they enter the darkness they fall victims to whatever evil is residing inside. The narrator of the book is Robbie, a pizza delivery guy, who is detailing everything in a journal which may serve as the only witness of what occurs in Walden. The other key characters are Robbie's girlfriend and a few of his neighbors. Dez, a rambling homeless man, plays an integral role in the novel. He seems to be the only citizen able to explain the darkness, and it's source. Unfortunately, Dez is known to be a bit "eccentric", so his knowledge of the Darkness almost implicates his involvement in the catastrophe. The Darkness itself is also a very active character within the story. It overtakes the people of Walden. It tricks them by manifesting into their loved ones, calling them into the darkness.

People have compared it to King's The Mist, and while I thought that too in the beginning, the overall theme is completely different. Keene does an outstanding job of portraying what happens to people when catastrophe hits. And in typical Keene style, he leaves you guessing at the end. Highly recommended, especially to existing Keene fans.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Daimion on April 1, 2010
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This is the second book by Brian Keene that I have read so far this year. "Darkness on the Edge of Town" finds Keene back in the more traditional horror genre where he has made his name. It's a place where he's more comfortable, and a place that will feel more familiar to his long time readers.

If you read my earlier review of "Terminal" you know that it wasn't a happy book. I would have to say that this isn't a happy book either - and it's proud of that fact. So what is the story, you ask? "Darkness on the Edge of Town" tells the tale of Walden, Virginia. They awaken one morning to find the entire town cloaked in darkness. There is no power, no phone service, no television - nothing. There also appears to be a barrier at the edge of town that cuts it off from everything that surrounds it. No one knows why the Darkness is there, what caused it, or when it will dissipate. It soon becomes clear that there is no escape, and the town starts to dissolve into chaos as the Darkness takes it's toll.

I really enjoyed this book. It's a great addition to the Keene library, and does a lot to expand upon the underlying "Keene-verse", the Thirteen, and the Labyrinth. Long time fans will find a good bit of meat added to the underlying Labyrinth story, and a few potentially major things are teased for, what I presume, will be future stories. If you like horror novels, if you like the idea of a wide tapestry woven throughout an author's own universe, and you like just a good fun read - check out Brian Keene. You won't be disappointed.
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Hell has come to Earth. Actually, Hell has come to Walden, Virginia in particular. It may have come to the rest of the world, but nobody knows because Hell has come in the guise of eternal darkness. The first thing that the people in Keene's novel do, is what people everywhere would do. Some panic, some go into denial, and some kick back and wait and see what is going to happen, and hope for the best. With the darkness comes the death of all electricity as the darkness takes the shape of a vaporic wall that has either cut off all power to Walden, or the world really is gone, and if so, so are all the power plants.

Now, people can pass through this darkness, in which case these people die, and die horribly from the sounds of the screaming, or you can stay put. Those that go into denial, get ready for work and drive into the darkness and die; those that panic, pack it all in and flee the town, into the darkness, and die. Those that take the wait and see attitude will also mostly die, but it will just take a longer and be more painful. The darkness also has the ability to reach out and infect Walden's populace, and cause them to do truly dark deeds. And people will die. Odd, death and dying seem to be a reoccurring theme here.

The novel's storyline takes place around pizza deliveryman Robbie Higgins, as he attempts to survive what is happening with his live-in girlfriend Christie, his upstairs neighbor Russ, and his downstairs neighbor, aging hippy Cranston. Also of interest is T and his whiteboy, gang wannabes, and Dez, a homeless, brain damaged man who seems to have all the answers. Although in the end he does precious little with any of them.
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41 of 52 people found the following review helpful By Reacher Creature on February 8, 2010
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**Could be some very very very very minor spoilers**

I've always loved Keene books, and I've always looked forward to his books. I'm sorry to report that Darkness on the Edge of Town is a rare miss or Keene.

The plot is pretty simple. There is a darkness that seems to be on just the edge of the a town, hence the name. The people in the town, can't cross it, and they heard the screams of the people that have tried. However, something is in the darkness that's watching the town, watching and waiting for the right moment to strike.

I had several problems with this book. The biggest problem I had is that, well, nothing happens. Nothing to much, just one or two things, and that's it. The darkness can take the form of others that the people know. Could be a family member, or someone you know, just to lure you into the darkness. I really meant what I said, nothing happens. It was a dull read.

The characters are just okay. The main character is named Robbie and he's keeping a journal on what is happening. Most of the characters were so flat and had no depth to them. I just liked one, Dez, who was the local homeless crazy guy, but he knew what the "Darkness" was. What he said about the Darkness and where it came from was pretty interesting. Now, did he really know, or was it just the ramblings of a crazy man. Either way, he was the only character that had any depth.

The writing style left a lot to be desired. There was no plot twists, nothing to really keep the reader hooked. I just finished it to see what would happen, and nothing does. Not a thing. When I read Keene, I do expect horror, and we didn't even get a lot of that. I guess Keene wanted to show the "horror" of what man can do to man when darkness takes over your soul.
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