Most of us in this day and age don't get a chance to be plunged into pure darkness; I mean, it's the twenty-first century after all, right? There's always some avenue or street nearby, the drone of a highway or some headlights coming your way, and even if you live waaaaay deep in the suburbs, there are still those pesky light posts to deal with. It takes effort to be immersed in complete darkness.
Unless of course...you have a good friend whose father built a cabin in the middle of the woods in a itsy-bitsy town you've never heard of. When all you need to do to be surrounded by pitch black is to step outside onto the back porch once night comes and close the door behind you. Or sleep in a sarcophagus.
It's funny, I thought I properly understood the complete magnitude that darkness can have on a person, but it wasn't until this past October while spending two weeks at said cabin (yeah, I was there all by myself for Halloween) that I fully experienced darkness in its full splendor. I actually dared myself to take a stroll at midnight through straight up, back-of-the-closet dark woodlands. Then I found out why it's so easy to become superstitious. Why it's so easy to believe in the supernatural, which of course ties in quite nicely to the theme of this blog site, Here Be Magic. And lemme tell you something. Out in the dark forests...there are monsters out there. Sitting up in trees just watching. And lurking. Talk about nerve racking, I figured I'd do that stroll a couple of times while I was out there but nope. Just that once.
The good news is that it provided me with a new arsenal of inspiration to draw on and really helped me texture my writing further for Book III of my Last of the Shardyn trilogy. Speaking of which, I should probably mention that Book II--Through the Black Veil comes out Nov. 25th which is...whoa. Just ten days away. That's pretty awesome. Allow me to post a pic of the cover...
And yes, there's magic in those there pages. A police chief, a reforming sociopath, and a band of magic wielding knights cross from Earth to Earth's magical twin Theia, to battle the Lord of the Underworld. Dun dun dun dunnnnnn.
Keep your nightlight on...
Thanks for the glance.