Title: There is Darkness in Every Room | Author: Brian Fatah Steele | Publisher: Sinister Grin Press | Pub. Date: 2017-3-25 | Pages: 248 | ASIN: B06WWJNWML | Genre: Science Fiction Horror | Language: English | Triggers: None | Rating: 3 out of 5 | Source: I received a copy of this book free from the publisher for review consideration. | Purchase on Amazon
There is Darkness in Every Room
Even as a young woman, Tanner is haunted by childhood nightmares of alien abduction. She’s trying to find her place in college, but a series of bizarre murders on campus isn’t helping her paranoia. Tanner just desperately wants to be normal, but finds herself in the center of a celestial game, the players beyond comprehension. The terrifying truth spans across humanity, and there is no hope, there is no tomorrow. There is darkness in every room. – Goodreads
There is Darkness in Every Room Review
There is Darkness in Every Room was one of those books where I just felt generally dissatisfied with what I was reading, but I couldn’t put my finger on why until the very end. The synopsis was fascinating, and the first couple of pages had me all excited. But then, after that, my interest in the book fizzled out. I loved the horror-based scenes, and I admired the author’s imagination as a whole. It definitely hooked me immediately; it just failed to reel me in.
The characters in this book are its strongest point. Well, most of them. Tanner, Donald (and Maddie to a lesser extent) were interesting. It was easy to connect with and care about them. Graham, on the other hand, I never could care for. Maybe that’s part of the reason why I never really got into the book. Graham has a fair amount of page-time in There is Darkness in Every Room, and he was pretty much background scenery in terms of interest.
The gory scenes pleased my inner horror-hound. I think there is something infinitely scarier about a formless embodiment of danger/evil than anything else imaginable. Even evil clowns. The sci-fi angle was interesting and imaginative. These are not the normal aliens one expects to meet in a book. I really liked the idea that the author puts forth in the book about our development being deliberately hampered. It’s not a new idea, but not ridiculously overdone either.
There is Darkness in Every Room definitely had potential, and was a good (if non-thrilling) read. The author gets points for how he wrapped up Tanner’s particular story. However, I feel like it skimmed the surface of the story there was to tell and that limited it. I am interested in reading more from Brian Fatah Steele. I think the man has a deliciously twisted mind that I didn’t get to see nearly enough of.