Darkness: A Collection of Stories
Available in paperback.
Darkness: A Collection of Stories isn’t about vampires, zombies and werewolves. They bear no resemblance to cliché “B movie” scripts. The characters are real, the situations they encounter are believable. This, I believe, is what sets the stories apart.
I hope this dispels the trepidation that might be caused by the books eerie cover graphics, the title, and perhaps even the author’s odd first name (it’s merely the original Scots-Irish spelling of Douglas).
Lost Woman, a novella, and the first of the six stories in the collection, is the story of a blue-collar couple planning a last camping trip to their favorite mountain campground before it permanently closes, a victim of progress and bulldozers. Unfortunately for Dan and Janet Claytor and their beagle, Punkin, who are seeking a week of solitude in the mountains away from cell phones and media, 70 miles away a convict being transported has escaped. The convict, and those who aided in his escape, are holed up in an abandoned farmhouse near the campground. Lost Woman is the story of good people and very bad people. It is a story filled with love and laughter, murder and desperation, cowardice and heartlessness, courage and heroism.
Eleven-Fifteen, the short story of a boy adopted by a wealthy family but is never made to feel a part of the family.
The novelette Old Dog Old Man, the story of a man growing old and infirm, with no family left but his old dog, Jake.
Brothers, a short story, the tale of a young biker who takes a country road, an older biker now alone in the world, and the memories they share. And the novelette
Long Story Short. Imagine awakening wet and freezing on the bank of a river, having no memory of how you got there – or even who you are.
Darkness, a novella and the book’s title story. Brian Connor, a man who has suffered traumatic loss in his past, loses his beloved wife Julie to a drunk driver. Brian’s world shatters. After losing his wife, the only family he has is their long-haired shaded cream dachshund siblings, Alana and Angus. Brian turns to the Internet and social media to pass the long hours. There he sees videos of animal abuse that add to his heartbreak and fills him with shock and outrage. Driven by the adage, The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing, Brian Connor takes action. One video in particular seems strangely familiar to him. He seeks the aid of an old friend and former military computer specialist, Tex, the Jewish Cyber Cowboy. Tex’s expertise leads Brian into the dangerous world of the dark web. Brian locates the individuals who committed the terrible acts and brings them to an eye for an eye justice.
The cover graphics are how I envisioned Brian Connor: his world shattered, his sanity suffering, his profile illuminated by the glow of a computer monitor with the dark night woods in the background.
Brian’s life has become one of darkness, of seeking justice and of redemption. Yet, there is light at the end of the tunnel.
As with all of my stories, despite the sorrow and tears, there is love, laughter and hope.
The stories are glimpses of life and the world we call reality.