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Twice as Dark: Two Novels of Horror [Kindle Edition]

Glen Krisch
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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Book Description

This omnibus contains the novels WHERE DARKNESS DWELLS and THE NIGHTMARE WITHIN. A monster of a volume, this single ebook is over 195k words (or 700+ pages if in print).

WHERE DARKNESS DWELLS, a Great Depression Horror Novel:
Summer, 1934. Two boys, searching for a local legend, stumble upon the Underground, a network of uncharted caverns. Time holds no sway there; people no longer age and their wounds heal as if by magic. By morning, one boy is murdered, while the other never returns.
Below a town ravaged by the Great Depression, an immortal society thrives, built on the backs of slavery and pervasive immorality.

THE NIGHTMARE WITHIN:
Maury can pull dreams into the waking world, giving them corporeal form. From a boy named Kevin, he removes a nightmare dubbed Mr. Freakshow. Mr. Freakshow knows the rules: a dream becomes immortal by killing its dreamer. When the nightmare escapes his confinement, he has but one goal.
Will Kevin survive his nightmare?


Editorial Reviews

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What the Critics are saying about the works of Glen Krisch

"Krisch writes with sheer force and raw power-a welcome entry to the horror ranks."
-- Scott Nicholson, best-selling author of The Red Church


"Every new book by Glen Krisch is a reason to celebrate. Seeming to come from out of nowhere, he writes with the kind of assured, lyrical style that makes other writers salivate. Count me as one of them. He knows what makes a story tick. He knows the value of character. And he knows how to scare you. And he does it all like someone who has been writing since before King was King. Mark my words: The future for Krisch is going to be a bright one, and I'm hard-pressed to think of anyone who so completely deserves it."
-- Kealan Patrick Burke, author of The Turtle Boy and Kin.

"Where Darkness Dwells is a wonderful story, rich with imagination, adventure, and lots of heart and soul. And yes, it's scary! There is great complexity in the people and the town that Glen Krisch creates. He doesn't give us cardboard paper dolls to represent good and evil. These are living, breathing characters. Most everyone has their faults and even the more villainous characters are in possession of a soft spot. But yikes! The villainous characters do some seriously heinous things."
-- Carole Lanham, author of The Whisper Jar

"Where Darkness Dwells, is fast paced with a lot of twists and turns that will keep you turning the pages, wanting to find out what happens next. Even with such a large and varied group of characters as well as all the twists and turns I never felt that Glen lost focus as the story moved along quickly, and didn't lag for me at all."
-- Famous Monsters of Filmland

About the Author

Glen Krisch's novels include The Nightmare Within, Where Darkness Dwells, Nothing Lasting, and Arkadium Rising (Brother's Keeper Book One). His short fiction has appeared in publications across three continents for the last decade.

Besides writing and reading, he enjoys spending time with his wife, romance author Sarah Krisch, his three boys, simple living, and ultra-running.

He enjoys talking to his readers. Feel free to stop by his website to see what he's up to:
glenkrisch.wordpress.com

Product Details

  • File Size: 941 KB
  • Print Length: 563 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Stray King Publishing (October 3, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005SHXTNU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #830,438 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Twice the Fright! January 25, 2012
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I was so impressed with this book (two, really) I scarcely know where to begin. I picked it up for free. So first, I thank the author.
This book contains two complete novels in one, beginning with Where Darkness Dwells.
As much takes place Underground as does above. Yes, that Underground. But also a different underground entirely. An underground where even death fears to tread, for nothing dies there. The writing style is this author's alone but his way of bringing the reader into the story is reminiscent of some of my favorite authors. This story in particular brings the essence of Robert McCammon's Boy's Life to my mind. Possibly because of the old isolated lady, or the young boy trying to find his way, or maybe because of the unidentified lake monster. In no way is this derivative of McCammon's story, but these same elements are presented in an entirely original, unflinching way. This story contains all of the beauty and the ugliness of small town life and people. Actually, there is hell of a lot of extra ugliness in this small town. Do you dare go underground?
The second story is The Nightmare Within
What a premise! Imagine a guy who can pull your dreams(both good and bad) right out of your head. Then he can put them in a museum and you can watch them walk around. Pretty weird and kind of fascinating, right? But what happens when one of those walking nightmares doesn't want to be a dream anymore? Enter Mr. Freakshow. That's right, Mr. Freakshow. A big, bad, blue skinned Freak. (This one strummed my Clive Barker nerve). How can a young boy on the cusp of manhood face down a monster like that? You have to read it to find out!
I would recommend this book to any fans of dark fiction or horror.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Two great novels in one package January 4, 2012
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Where Darkness Dwells:

This book is certainly aptly titled because it is indeed a very dark story. And it is clear that the darkness of which Krisch writes has many dwelling places, including the human heart. Beneath the surface of Coal Hollow there lie two undergrounds. One is the Underground Railroad which transported slaves to freedom. The other Underground leads to eternal imprisonment and damnation while giving a mockery of paradise and eternal life.

Yes, it is a story of contrasts. Light (sunlight) and darkness; good and evil, hope and despair, the living and the undead, religion and myth. It is a novel where sometimes redemption is only achieved through the ultimate of sacrifices. Where eternal life is a curse and liberation can only be sought through death. Where evil and good live on and continue to battle beyond death.

The people of Coal Hollow are complex. They are flawed. They are weak, afraid, or simply vain and selfish, and yet in spite of this are also capable of supreme sacrifice and heroism. There are touching (and heartbreaking) scenes in which goodness shines through in the darkest of places in this novel. Choices are made: some refuse to be tempted and flee while others take up arms against the evil that emerges from the Underground to drag the living down to Hell. Yet no character's action is without cost.

This is a very dark,and ultimately heroic and redemptive novel that escapes the nihilism that tales of this type often fall prey to. And it is not soon forgotten. A scene of a child searching for a home, a scene of young parents sacrificing all for their baby, and a scene of eternal suffering and damnation that would chill Dante himself run through your imagination long after the last page is turned.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Double Dose of Darkness April 22, 2012
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A pair of brilliant dark gems that showcase the author's incredible imagination and finely honed writing skills. From a subterranean society that would have given Arthur Machen chills, to a nightmare that hunts it's creator in the waking world, these novels will linger with you long into the night.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Two-fer! March 29, 2012
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Twice as Dark: Two Novels of Horror This book... 2 books in one can't be beat! The author- Glen Krisch, is my kind of writer. Reading WHERE DARKNESS DWELLS was hard to put down. I took a journey in the bowels of the earth and saw creatures I did't want to see. It has a sort of Steven King touch in reading. While reading THE NIGHTMARE WITHIN, I didn't want to sleep! The author once again had me sucked in and turning pages wondering..... " do-dreams really come true? Mmmwwwaa! Hahaha!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a great find January 14, 2012
By Irene
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I can't believe I lucked into this when it was free. Two full novels for the price of none! But before you kick yourself for not having snatched it up when it was free, it's more than a bargain at the current price. I've paid 3 times this price for books that I haven't enjoyed half as much. I do not give out 5 stars lightly. Strongly recommended for any true horror fans.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Two for the price of one! January 11, 2012
By Beth
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Two terrifying tales of horror that keep you up reading late into the night with the blankets pulled over your ears! Absolutely a must read!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good. February 20, 2014
By Samarie
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I liked the fact that there was two stories in this book. the stories were mildly interesting, but not my cup of tea. the second story really made you think though.
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More About the Author

Glen Krisch's novels include The Nightmare Within, Where Darkness Dwells, Nothing Lasting, and Arkadium Rising (Brother's Keeper Book One). His short fiction has appeared in publications across three continents for the last decade.

Besides writing and reading, he enjoys spending time with his wife, romance author Sarah Krisch, his three boys, simple living, and ultra-running.

He enjoys talking to his readers. Feel free to stop by his website to see what he's up to:

www.glenkrisch.wordpress.com
http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4525598.Glen_Krisch
http://www.facebook.com/glen.krisch

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