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Darkness Demands (2001)

by Simon Clark

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Enjoyed this book, wasn't as freaky as the first Simon Clark I read but was interesting with superstition and all that goes along with it :) ( )
1 vote phenske | Jun 6, 2011 |
November 14, 2003
Darkness Demands
Simon Clark

Ennh.

Really, it was a good story. Great plot. I’m just getting SO TIRED of the “family in crisis, must protect the children” theme! Especially when told by a male protagonist, because it’s just getting OLD.
John Newton is a true crime writer with a bit of writer’s block, who has recently moved with his wife, teenage son Paul and young daughter Elizabeth to a stately English house they can’t really afford. He begins receiving anonymous notes, written in very old English, demanding small things, like a chocolate bar or a bottle of ale, to be left on an old grave in the Necropolis cemetery. John disregards the notes, thinking they’re pranks, but others in the town take it very seriously and talk of a creature named "Baby Bones", whose evil spirit resurfaces every so often and makes these demands of the townspeople, and the consequences of ignoring them are terrible. The demands start out simple, but eventually become unbearable, and the ultimate sacrifice has to be made in the end.

It really was a very good story; I’m just tired of the whole family thing. I’d like some single, un-corny protagonists for a change, please. I guess I should read Poppy Z. Brite… ( )
  victorianrose869 | Aug 8, 2008 |
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Life looks good for John Newton. He lives in the quiet village of Skelbrooke with his family. He has a new home and a successful career writing true crime books. He never gives a thought to the vast nearby cemetery known as the Necropolis. He never wonders what might lurk there. Then the letters begin to arrive in the dead of night demanding trivial offerings--chocolate, beer, toys. At first John dismisses the notes as a prank. But he soon learns the hard way that they're not. For there is an ancient entity that resides beneath the Necropolis that has the power to demand things. And the power to punish those foolish enough to refuse.
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