I received this book for free from Purchase in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Darkness at Fishersbridge by Darren Scothern
on October 2, 2010
Genres: Historical, Horror
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A terrifying gothic romance, a mystery, a nightmare...
In typical form, Scothern blurs the line between fantasy and reality in this haunting tale.
Set in 1920-21 on the North Yorkshire moors, The Darkness at Fishersbridge tells the story of Amos Black's strange love affair, and the search for the truth of what really happened to him.
A clear and admiration-filled tip of the hat to H. P. Lovecraft, this slow-burning atmospheric horror is one of Darren R. Scothern's finest stories to date.
For a short story I thought this had all the bells and whistles! Absolutely fantastic lead in to a really good ending. I enjoyed how the story was written basically in two points of view. There are letters that Alex receives and through those letters we learn of Amos’s fate. It’s difficult to tell and I think that’s Alex’s problem, if Amos is truly in trouble or not and Amos seems a little flighty so Alex doesn’t want to jump at straws. But as the story progresses and we get to know Amos’s predicament a bit more, poor Alex starts to freak out.
As I said before it’s this beautiful way that Darren’s writing gives just a little bit of detail and then let’s your imagination run wild. Like in older scary movies and books.
And in the end you have to figure out the ending for yourself! Which I totally loved. In this case Darren gives clues but just enough… And his writing is very poetic. Absolutely loved every word. It’s like reading a waltz but in horror.
He describes himself variously as an author, poet, atheist, rationalist, sceptic and armchair revolutionary.
After finding some success in the small presses, Darren made a breakthrough into the American paperback market, when his award-winning science fiction story ‘The Key to Heaven’s Gate’ was included in The Best Horror, Fantasy and Science Fiction of 2009, published by the Absent Willow Review.
This might have been the start of a new chapter in his writing, but instead of taking the established path of finding an agent and writing more stories like Heaven’s Gate, he decided to go down the route of self-publishing.
‘I was becoming increasingly frustrated with submission guidelines syndrome,’ Darren comments. ‘More and more publishers want their authors to write to tried and trusted formulas; the number of words used, the length of paragraphs, what types of characters to use. My creativity was being stifled, and my output dropped as a result. In the end, I felt I had no option but to strike out on my own.’
Darren describes his style as slipstream. ‘Slipstream stories are at the little explored frontier of literature; edgy, different, intended to make the reader a little bit uncomfortable. They’re intriguing page-turners.’ He has certainly pushed the boundaries with his recent work. His short story ‘Isobel’ was unveiled in segments as it was written, on Darren’s Facebook fan page.
‘Isobel was a creative breakthrough for me; a strange story where nothing is what it seems. No publisher would have gone near it, but my readers on Facebook loved it.’
Darren currently publishes his work independently on Amazon’s Kindle platform.