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Although the story centers around a young woman named Tanner who is haunted by her experiences of being abducted by entities since her childhood, many others in the story also find themselves at the mercy of these entities, with some faring better than others, particularly if they have some quality that interests their abductors. If not, then it’s vivisection time.
Brian Fatah Steele has woven a deeply disturbing story that keeps your interest until the last page. It’s perfect for both seasoned readers of cosmic and weird horror, and those who may be new to the genre.
Thankfully, there are no Mulder and Scully types in this novel. Instead we follow Tanner Kokinos-a young college student that has been repeatedly abducted by aliens for many years as she tries to unlock the secrets to her abductions and possibly the rhythms of the universe…(I made the rhythms of the universe bit up). A series of gruesome murders have sparked unrest amongst students at Berkshire College (though not quite as much unrest as you would think, considering the horiffic nature of the murders!) and as the story unfolds, the pieces of an alien puzzle, spanning galaxies and time come together in this gory novel that is a lot of fun to read. It turns out that humans are able to unlock the secrets of the stars and are able to ascend and become higher beings! This doesn’t sit well with the aliens who are concerned that humans will become the dominant interstellar species! So they keep a close eye on things…
‘There is Darkness in Every Room’ is a mish-mash of science fiction and horror. It is a fast paced, blood-filled ride with some pretty interesting ideas surrounding alien life and our own place in the universe. This book was a lot more icky than I thought it would be. When the darkness comes, flesh is flayed, bodies are turned inside out and eyes are removed to be replaced by black, gooey, space tendrils! It reads like one of the better X-Files episodes (and no, I’m not a fan of the show). The characters are pretty good, Tanner is quite likeable I thought and the helpful watcher, alien dude, Graham is also quite interesting. The dialogue is bit clunky, but the novel has a real cool, sci-fi, B-movie feel to it that I like. There are some definite Lovecraft influences and although I have yet to see the movie, ‘The Void’, I can imagine fans of that will definitely want to check out this book. Just watching the trailer for that movie makes me think of this story.
If you want hard sci-fi then look elsewhere. But, If you want a pulpy, fun read with plenty of severed, liquified body parts and alien goo then ‘There is Darkness in Every Room’ is the book for you. I enjoyed it a lot, great weekend reading, top entertainment.
4/5 anal probes!
The characters in this book are its strongest point. Well, most of them. Tanner, Donald (and Maddie to a lesser extent) were interesting. It was easy to connect with and care about them. Graham, on the other hand, I never could care for. Maybe that’s part of the reason why I never really got into the book. Graham has a fair amount of page-time in There is Darkness in Every Room, and he was pretty much background scenery in terms of interest.
The gory scenes pleased my inner horror-hound. I think there is something infinitely scarier about a formless embodiment of danger/evil than anything else imaginable. Even evil clowns. The sci-fi angle was interesting and imaginative. These are not the normal aliens one expects to meet in a book. I really liked the idea that the author puts forth in the book about our development being deliberately hampered. It’s not a new idea, but not ridiculously overdone either.
There is Darkness in Every Room definitely had potential, and was a good (if non-thrilling) read. The author gets points for how he wrapped up Tanner’s particular story. However, I feel like it skimmed the surface of the story there was to tell and that limited it. I am interested in reading more from Brian Fatah Steele. I think the man has a deliciously twisted mind that I didn’t get to see nearly enough of.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book free for review consideration.