Darkness Under the Sun

Darkness Under the Sun The chilling account of a pivotal encounter between innocence and ultimate malice Darkness Under the Sun is the perfect read for Halloween or for any haunted night and reveals a secret fateful turni

  • Title: Darkness Under the Sun
  • Author: Dean Koontz
  • ISBN: 9780440423478
  • Page: 382
  • Format: ebook
  • The chilling account of a pivotal encounter between innocence and ultimate malice, Darkness Under the Sun is the perfect read for Halloween or for any haunted night and reveals a secret, fateful turning point in the career of Alton Turner Blackwood, the killer at the dark heart of What the Night Knows , the forthcoming novel by 1 New York Times bestselling author DThe chilling account of a pivotal encounter between innocence and ultimate malice, Darkness Under the Sun is the perfect read for Halloween or for any haunted night and reveals a secret, fateful turning point in the career of Alton Turner Blackwood, the killer at the dark heart of What the Night Knows , the forthcoming novel by 1 New York Times bestselling author Dean Koontz There once was a killer who knew the night, its secrets and rhythms How to hide within its shadows When to hunt He roamed from town to town, city to city, choosing his prey for their beauty and innocence His cruelties were infinite, his humanity long since forfeit But still he had not yet discovered how to make his special mark among monsters, how to come fully alive as Death This is the story of how he learned those things, and of what we might do to ensure that he does not visit us.

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  • Dean Koontz

    Acknowledged as America s most popular suspense novelist Rolling Stone and as one of today s most celebrated and successful writers, Dean Ray Koontz has earned the devotion of millions of readers around the world and the praise of critics everywhere for tales of character, mystery, and adventure that strike to the core of what it means to be human.Dean R Koontz has also published under the names Leigh Nichols, Brian Coffey, David Axton, Owen West, Deanna Dwyer and Aaron Wolfe.Dean, the author of many 1 New York Times bestsellers, lives in Southern California with his wife, Gerda, their golden retriever, Elsa, and the enduring spirit of their goldens, Trixie and AnnaE SILENT CORNER is available 6.20.17Facebook Facebook DeanKoontzOfficialTwitter DeanKoontzWebsite DeanKoontz

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  • I was looking for something different to read last night, and found this novella. It's a prequel to Dean Koontz's What the Night Knows which I've read earlier this year, and didn't think much of. So, I approached this novella with little expectations, and maybe it was a good thing.Darkness Under The Sun is about an eleven year old boy named Howie, who sees a strange man as he's eyeing an empty estate. Despite being scared, he talks to the man and the two form a friendship. And then the bad stuff [...]


  • Read this short story a couple of times now, and I enjoy it each time. I do like this author's work, and have read quite a lot of his books.


  • Eleven-year-old Howie apparently likes exploring abandoned buildings. Once inside the old emporium, he climbs to the roof and stumbles upon Alton Blackwood. Howie and Alton share one characteristic: disfigurement, and they become fast friends. Howie doesn't understand why the entirety of a grown man's existence consists of moving from shadow to shadow. Youthful innocence prompts Howie to invite Alton to rent a room at his parents house. Went Howie runs home to prepare sandwiches and grab a few p [...]


  • this kid meets this older man on the rooftop of a building. the man, mr. blackwood, is reminiscent of a character in twilight eyes, also by koontz, in that he is disfigured, a misfit, as is the boy, howie. they become friends. the story has a certain flavor for the firstges?w, i read this on an amazon kindle that my wife gave me for christmas, the first i've read on this kindlebut for the first 10-20 pages, the story has a flavory vanilla and it goes down smoothyone who has felt like an outcast [...]


  • I originally read this as an ebook in 2010 and listened to the audiobook in 2012. I really like this little story; I believe it is much better than the than the novel which it preceded & promoted - What The Night Knows. Ever since I bought the audiobook on CD in 2012, I have enjoyed listening to the story every year. Alton Turner Blackwood is such a good friend.Note: in 2016 I did re-read What The Night Knows and developed a greater appreciation for the novel.


  • Actual rating 3.5 stars.Spotting a review for ‘Darkness Under the Sun’ just before I was about to pick up ‘What the Night Knows’ was kismet. I quickly added this novella to my e-reader ready to submerge into a scary and thrilling prelude, set the tone to whatever paranormal force is to feature in the main novel. And what I read was sufficiently spooky, it reminded me of Roald Dahl or Edgar Allen Poe. I got an unnerved sense straight away about how the protagonist, a thirteen year old How [...]


  • This novella nestles nicely into the overall story of the novel "What the Night Knows" and I think enhances the story---giving it an even more emotional punch. I am aware that it was written to be a preface to the novel, but I felt it was more of an epilogue. Having read the novel first, I was able to appreciate this story of the genesis of the killer since I know where his madness eventually took him. Also, as the action in the novella both precedes and follows the action in the novel, it would [...]


  • Spoilers are there and maybe a slight spoiler to the ending of WHAT THE NIGHT KNOWS, but nothing really major.A good introduction to the "bad guy" for the upcoming novel WHAT THE NIGHT KNOWS. The first half was a little slow, but it got much better in the second half. The last two chapters allude to things that will happen in WHAT THE NIGHT KNOWS and directly mentions a character or two that will appear in the full length novel.My only problem is that the last chapter gives away some of the resu [...]


  • I thoroughly enjoyed this novella. I usually enjoy Koontz' novels, so I was interested to see how satisfying this novella would be. The story is told almost entirely from the perspective of a ten year old boy named Howie Dugley. Early on in the story, Howie meets a strange man on the rooftop of a building. Howie immediately feels a kinship to this man because he, like Howie, has physical deformities. I don't want to give too much away, so I'll just say the rest of the story unfolds with the read [...]


  • Read by Steven Weber, I listened to this story on my iPod. This one is creepy scarry and made more so because the situation is entirely possible. It is set in 1989, and is about an 11yr old boy who goes to a secluded place by himself to watch people. The boy is scarred by burns and the other kids tease and bully him, so he preferrs to be alone. He meets a deformed and scarred homeless man in an abandoned building and decides this man is his friend. The rest is left to your imagination unless you [...]


  • A young boy who has faced many challenges in his life already, meets a strange man in an abandoned building and befriends him, not knowing the horror the man leaves in his wake. Koontz does a good job conveying the loneliness and innocence of a child in contrast to the evil within the sociopath. The story is both horrifying and sad.


  • Ok I'm a bug scaredy cat and this was a fine read. The ending was a bit anti-climactic but I'm okay with that since I cant handle all the scary stuff.


  • This short book (I got the CD audiobook from the library; I believe it was first published as an ebook) is both a prequel and sequel to What the Night Knows (see my review). This one tells the story of a meeting between a ten year old boy, Howie Dugley, disfigured from being burned by his father, and, of course, brutally bullied by neighborhood thugs. One day Howie meets up with Alton Turner Blackwell, the villain from What the Night Knows, and they initially form a friendship, it appears, based [...]


  • After bagging Dean Koontz in my last review, I now go ahead and give him 4 stars! This was an excellent novella, essentially a prequel (though also a stand-alone story) to What the Night Knows. It's a wonderfully creepy little book, detailing Alton Blackwood (the villian in the WTNK)'s encounter with a young boy, which led to his decision to move from killing single individuals to entire families. I don't think Koontz was entirely successful in conveying how exactly this encounter led to Blackwo [...]


  • After not reading for a while, I chose this novella that I had purchased for my Kindle some time ago because I love Koontz and figured the length would be perfect for getting back into reading every night. It only took me two nights because once I would start reading I didn't put it down until I truly needed sleep.Koontz does a great job of moving the story along with vivid description and a major creep factor. His dialogue between the two main characters in this novella is beyond perfect. He ea [...]


  • This is indeed another terrifyingly enjoyable story from the master of the unexpected. As usual, I was hooked on it from beginning to end. In it, a bullied young boy, disfigured by fire, finally meets a friend and patron in the form of an equally scared, but kindly, old man. But, as you might've guessed with Koontz, things are not always as they first appear. So, while you're waiting for the hammer to drop, Koontz weaves an intricately crafted tale of horror and mystery that culminates with an u [...]


  • Really fast read, I finished it inbetween my phone calls at work within like 2 hours. However, it was a great quick short read. I know it's not that close to Halloween yet, but Halloween is my favorite holiday, this book put me in more of an excited mood for Halloween. It really is a perfect fall/Halloween quick read. Normally, I'd write a review. But there are so many other reviews that explain itlol. I just wanted to give my input that it was a great read.


  • My first taste of Koontz and I can't say I liked it. The excerpt from the killer's journal at the beginning and the closing paragraph were the best things about this story. It was slow and it wasn't nearly as horrific or as creepy as I thought it would be. The ending sucked and it just draggedond ondon


  • I needed a very short book and chose this one. The characters are well-drawn and the setting is interesting. The problem for me is that it was TOO short, which did not provide enough space for real character and plot development.


  • Listened to this on audio book, good story and characters. Would like to read the story, I get more wrapped up in the story, reading it myself than listening to it.



  • I liked this, good lead off for his next book, What the Night Knows, which I will be reading for sure after this tidbit!


  • Great short story by Dean Koontz, one of my favorite authors! Can't wait to read the full novel that that is is a prequel to!



  • I can't remember if I had ever read a Dean Koontz before and picked this up on special at . It was well written, but very creepy (especially the first half).


  • I read the Darkness Under the Sun novella after I finished reading Koontz's What the Night Knows novel. The novella, in my opinion, is a great prequel to the novel. Darkness Under the Sun introduces Alton Turner Blackwood, his nomadic journey through the night and his ultimate drive to murder families. Blackwood also encounters an 11-year-old boy named Howie Dugley whom together end up sharing an inseparable connection. Their connection is strengthened by the disfigurement that they both share. [...]


  • This is the back story of Alton Turner Blackwood, the serial killer from "What the Night Knows." After Blackwood leaves home, he meets a boy that serves to inspire him to murder families. I enjoyed this book.



  • this was an entirely unappropriate book to read on Christmas Day. Probably not much better the rest of the year. A little short a little lacking as far as I'm concerned.


  • Big Dean Koontz fan and this story is just another that proves why. For such a short story, I was hooked and it was a really quick read. Definitely lots of creepiness to this one.


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