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Book Title: Darker Than You Think|
The author of the book: Jack Williamson
ISBN 13: 9780425017517
Date of issue: October 1969
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Seeing this, I knew right away that April Bell was a huge Rock 'n' Roll fan, making it quite obvious that she's been ceremoniously singing along to some of her favorite songs!
♬ Ride the tiger
You can see his stripes
but you know he's clean
Oh don't you see what I mean ♫
~ Dio "Holy Diver"
Umm, yeah. So, anyways. I held out on purchasing Darker Than You Think for years until I could find the one with the cover pictured above; A naked red-haired witch riding a huge golden sabre-toothed tiger against a backdrop of brilliantly hued blues and greens. And this is considered a werewolf novel.
Though, it would be better defined as a book of lycanthropy and witchcraft.
I first became aware of this book after reading the precursor novella, Wolves of Darkness, in a fantasy anthology titled, Echoes Of Valor III, edited by Karl Edward Wagner. It contained very entertaining short stories by many of the best authors who contributed to the pulp era magazines of the '30's. Wolves of Darkness by Jack Williamson first appeared in the 1932 January edition of Strange Tales magazine. Strange Tales was a competitor to the better known Weird Tales magazine of sci-fi and fantasy stories.
The success and popularity from Wolves of Darkness inspired Jack Williamson to revisit his theme with a different cast of characters and new story with, Darker Than You Think, first appearing in the December 1940 edition of Unknown magazine, later expanded and published in novel form in 1948.
♬ I want to ride the tiger
I want to ride the tiger
It will be black and white in the dead of night
Eyes flashing in the clear moonlight
I want to ride the tiger ♫
~ Jefferson Starship "Ride the Tiger"
Wile awaiting the landing of his former Archaelogy Professor, newspaper journalist, Will Barbee meets the beautiful and alluring April Bell, an associate journalist, there also to write a story on the return expedition. But, as the Professor departs from the plane, ready to deliver a possibly groundbreaking speach shedding light on the mysteries that connect the natural with the supernatural, all with a mysterious ancient box in tow, he collapses dead on the spot. This brings Will Barbee and April Bell together to find and determine what the box contains and what it's ties are with someone or something called, The Child Of Night. And due to his budding relationship with April Bell, Barbee has to make decisions that put him up against his former scientific colleagues and best friends, a detriment to all parties involved. The threads to the mystery of who or what The Child of the Night may be climaxes in one of the most compelling reads of witchcraft and lycanthropic fiction I've ever read.
Darker Than You Think, reads more like a noir detective novel from the 30's than anything else though it is, and should be, considered a fantasy book.
With that said, you may be surprised to know that there is true horror in these pages that leave impressions hard to shake.
Interwoven throughout is a great occult theory that really stuck with me, adding a dimension to it I wasn't expecting.
Darker Than You Think has continued to collect great critical acclaim and fanfare over the years and has won many accolades from renown writers in different fields of writing. It has been praised as one of the greatest werewolf novels in print by Brian W. Aldiss (Sci-fi), Peter Straub (Horror), and Poul Anderson (Fantasy / Sci-fi), who went so far as to write his own short story sequel, Inside Passage, continuing the strong themes that are the backdrop to both, Wolves of Darkness and Darker Than You Think, published in The Williamson Effect edited by Roger Zelazny with an introduction by David Brin.
For those not familiar with pulp or serial writing, be aware of a few repeat phrases or overused words, as verbiage was habitually more common then from one magazine issue to another, and decidedly, to help you refamiliarize yourself from where you left off. Most of that can be charming but a few like, "shiver" "shivered" "shivering" and "the white bitch" can be a little aggravating. The multiple award-winning cover artist, David G. Klein, also did some fine memorable black & white interior illustrations that enhance the reading pleasure greatly. However, it may help to know, a couple are out of story sequence. And also, disregard that 1 star review. This is one of those where 70+ years of good to great reviews for this book wins. Sorry.
*WARNING!: If you are a kitty kat lover or very sensitive to small cats being harmed, be aware that something pretty terrible happens in the beginning pages. After that, we're all good! But, I found it to be by far the most horrifying sequence in the entire book! :(
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