The Darkness: A Short Tale of Uncommon Daring & Ultimate Defiance

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The Darkness: A Short Tale of Uncommon Daring & Ultimate Defiance

By Justine Avery

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Everyone's afraid of the dark. Now, there's a reason to be.

Lux and his younger brother Lunam enjoy the full freedom of the simple life and all the childhood adventures offered by growing up in a small village in a picturesque glen. Life is tranquil, peaceful, and just about perfect—except for one formidable fact...

Every day is followed by night. And, with the night, comes the DARKNESS.

Slowly shrouding the valley and relentlessly seeping into every nook and cranny on its nightly rampage, the darkness returns to feast on its victims. No man, woman, child, animal—or even, insect—is safe. The darkness consumes all; the darkness's hunger is never satisfied.

When the sun falls from the sky, the villagers, young and old, must take to arms, guarding their homes, loved ones, and livestock with every ray of light they can muster. Even young Lux and Lunam are well-soldiered in their responsibilities to safeguard themselves and their parents during the nightly vigil, the nightly fight to live to see another day.

It's always been this way—the truths and ritual passed down from generation to generation since ancient times. No one dares question why. Nothing can change the frightening fact of the lives of the villagers or emancipate them from their singular foe—nothing, except a child's imagination and a curiosity as immutable as the darkness's own appetite.

There's just one truth guiding every man, woman, and child to strive to see another day: "Darkness Comes but Once a Night."


♦ First Place Award for Fantasy Fiction (CIPA EVVY Book Awards) ♦ Gold Medal for Best Short Story (Literary Classics Book Awards) ♦ Award for Fairy Tale & Folklore Fiction (CIPA EVVY Book Awards) ♦ Bronze Award for Fiction Short Story (Readers' Favorite International Book Awards) ♦ Bronze Award for Short Story Fiction (eLit Book Awards) ♦ Excellence Award for YA Sci-Fi & Horror (New Apple Summer E-Book Awards) ♦ Literary Classics Seal of Approval ♦ B.R.A.G. Medallion Award ♦



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If you delight in fantasy, adventure, otherworldly supernatural mysteries, brotherly love, the power of imagination and one boy's determination, the fight against the dying of the light, the triumph of good over evil, and one village's tale of being afraid of the dark, you'll relish reading The Darkness.

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