a novella by Peter Crowther
Cover art by Vincent Chong
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Drugstore Indian Press, 2009; 127 pp.; limited to 300 signed hardcovers. Reprint of the 2002 Cemetery Dance edition.
Zombie monsters struck from the mold of countless drive-in B movies supply mayhem and gore in Darkness, Darkness, the first volume of a projected SF-horror series. Their onslaught is heralded one day by a predawn flash of unearthly light that cuts off middle-American everyville Jesman's Bend from communication with the outside world. When four employees of local radio station KMRT investigate, they find the town mysteriously depopulated, apparently in the middle of regular routines. Familiar folk reappear shortly afterward, all wearing concealing sunglasses and gloves and driven by malignant alien motives revealed when they descend en masse upon the terrified foursome...
British author Crowther (The Longest Single Note) evokes a range of creepy cinema classics, including Invasion of the Body Snatchers and Night of the Living Dead to set his story's mood.
"Somewhere on the windswept east coast of Yorkshire there's a mind so steeped in the idioms and lore of American pop culture that it all but constitutes a 51st state. The mind belongs to Peter Crowther and at the heart of its multifarious, ever-churning swirl are the picket-fence stylings of Rockwell, the folksy profanity of King, the deadpan gravitas of Serling, and the madcap irreverence of Bunny (Bugs)."
"Forever Twilight is an ambitious take on the small-town-in-peril horror subgenre, ordinary people confronted by overwhelmingly extraordinary evil. The bad guys are as unknowable and alien as the good guys are believable and human. The End Of Civilisation As We Know It comes with a burst of light, and everything thereafter is darkness. But Crowther has the torch, and when he's not holding it under his chin going 'Bwah-hah-hah!' he's using it to show us the way."
"Of course, it might not necessarily be the way out..."
- James Lovegrove