Truly great fantastical adventure is hard to find, and A Stranger to the Darklands fills that void with a vengeance. Not just one, but three creepy supernatural tales play out in this action-packed compilation of novellas from writer, actor, and filmmaker Stephen Blackehart. In the spirit of Stephen King’s widely varied, highly original novella and short story collections, Blackehart's writing delivers buckets of dark fantasy bang for your buck.
The first story, “A Stranger to the Darklands,” takes you to WWII-era Romania, where a US operative encounters Nazi officials with a supernatural thirst for blood. “La Bruja” is the tale of a real estate agent who discovers a mysteriously magical old woman living in seclusion in the New Mexico hills. “Bizango” is every nerd’s dream turned potential nightmare: a puny state department hack transformed into a strange superhero and sent on a dramatic rescue mission to Brazil.
Through it all, the author’s quirky characters and inventive scenarios keep the tension building and the pages turning. Presenting his stories as if they were Hollywood screenplays, Blackehart takes you on a trip to the movies through the portal of your own imagination. A Stranger to the Darklands is the storybook equivalent of a good old-fashioned matinee marathon—three wildly imaginative tales for the price of one!
Vampires, witches and zombies share top billing in Blackehart's creepy debut collection of three novellas in screenplay form...Entertaining supernatural adventure...Gut-wrenching horror...Brilliantly frightening, and sure to cause more than a few readers to think twice before turning off their lights at night...This format works, thanks to the author's agile prose and imagination...Readers who enjoy a scare or two would do well to pick up this collection of memorable campfire stories. A spooky, inventive and compelling compilation.
"I loved it! Hans Christian Anderson meets Tales From the Crypt. Inventive and classically frightening! As a true Horror/Suspense/Mystery fan, it felt good to read something new that caught my attention the way Anne Rice, Edgar Allen Poe and Stephen King have before. It reminded me a bit of Japanese horror, in that creepy folklore way. I really loved the introductions, as well. Powerful storytelling!"