The Painted Darkness by Brain James Freeman

The Painted Darkness is an imaginative haunting tale of one man’s struggle with the past. Young Henry saw something as a child that forever altered him. That forever created a blocked spot inside his mind, something so haunting, so horrifying that it has remained hidden deep inside his subconscious slowly waiting again to appear.

For 20 years the memory has been hidden. Now grown up there is something dark that lives deep in the darkness, waiting slowly, and waiting for its moment. Henry must battle and come to terms with just what he saw. Just what has haunted him before it’s too late and the darkness starts to feed.

An awesome descriptive book of mystery suspense and true haunting terror. This was a very quick read but well worth every moment I gave to it. A splendid haunting tale of inner darkness and the horrors we hide and coop with to make living seem normal.

Some reason stories about demons of the past a.k.a. secrets and lies of the present always make complete compelling stories to behold in book form. Henry is a well-developed character. You as the reader play along with him, grow with him and become a part of the hidden demon haunting him.

Like I say this is a simple quick read. No filler, no overstretched story, it’s to the point and then it happens and it’s done, which I really liked for the simple fact the story itself did not need to be any longer. If the book had been longer it would have failed.

I sense the beauty and wonder of a great story telling type of setting in this book. Like you’re sitting around a camp fire and telling an urban legend tale. This story was simple yet very thick in its purpose. There were moments that made the hair on the back of my neck stand up and wonder what that noise in the other room was.

The ending and over all twist works and yet might disappoint some but I felt the conclusion worked because I was not even expecting it. I say that some might be disappointment because after reading the book and so much is developed and created your waiting for the climax, and it does happen but then it wraps up with an odd deal that makes the reader scratch his head and go, okay.

The writing and building of Henry’s character works great. I loved the moments of Henry’s childhood, the description and dialogue and actions work perfect. It reminds me of a Stephen King book in the character development kind of like Stephen King’s wonderful book IT. The book creates the childhood of a kid, the actions and descriptions are very well displayed on page that transcend into the readers mind.


I enjoyed this read and I feel many will also.