Contains 1 - 15 of 56 original, eerie poems and delightfully frightening stories--some morbidly amusing, others downright disturbing. Dark engravings add to the macabre nature of this collection. No profane or sexual content. Perfect reading by the fire on dark, stormy nights. FREE, but author hopes you will offer a rating. More
Imagine you are a mind reader—a voyeur who can steal dreams. It happens in DARK. You will immediately become “The Thief of Dreams,” allowing you to purloin many dreadful, occasionally humorous, and sometimes downright disturbing dreams--fantasies and nightmares of others. All are expressed as poetry and short stories, each designed to make you laugh, shudder or cringe, or all three.
Example: all SIX parts of “The Zombie Apocalypse” series (two in DARK, four more in DARKER and DARKEST drew that title from a recent admission by Google® that this was their most-searched term in June, 2012. Many believe the Z A will happen. Brakken explains, in his Z A series, that, thanks to recent scientific innovation, this idea, this threat, is, indeed, plausible. Those who initially thought this term laughable may find themselves reconsidering. As we all know, science can be wonderful—or terrible—depending on the final outcome.
Brakken's poems “In Gloomy Wood” and “The Parson Joshua Black” tell stories that will tingle the spine. “Something in the Shadows” and “Bedtime Story” may lead to the bedroom light being left on until morning. “Gramma’s Noggin” will elicit a laugh while helping readers pronounce Namakagon correctly. Brakken's earlier book is THE TREASURE OF NAMAKAGON.) “The Count,” will beg readers for restraint regarding releasing evil upon the land. There are so many more.
Brakken included “Nevermore” a poetic tribute to Edgar Allen Poe and a favorite of many. “Nevermore” answers Poe’s question about the final resting place of the spirit of the deceased maiden in Poe’s, “The Raven.”
A number of poems, including “The Ballad of Ole Johnson” and “A Pinery Tale” found inspiration in actual deaths that occurred during northern Wisconsin’s 19th century timber harvest, giving them the western texture akin to the cowboy poetry of Baxter Black. Several mysterious excerpts from Brakken’s 19th century“lumberjack” era novel, THE TREASURE OF NAMAKAGON, complement the poems nicely. And, if dragons are to your liking, you’ll savor the author’s “Three Dragons” series.
Beware! Although this large collection of Brakken’s macabre writings will delightfully scare the reader and sometimes stimulate nervous laughter, the author advises us that some of these works are utterly disturbing. His advice? Beware! Read at your own risk: Here there be dragons.
For visual relief, the author included many darkly evocative engravings by long-dead master artists from ancient times. Gustave Dore and Albrecht Durer are among the artists who now, long after their death, add mystery and macabre charm to Brakken’s work. These images are not intended to illustrate the writings. Rather, they simply add to the enigmatic, bone-chilling nature of DARK.
YOU CAN HELP! DARK is FREE, but the author would like you to rate it and tell your friends. NOW, DARKER IS ALSO FREE! If you like both, go for DARKEST, now priced at only $1.49. Why so cheap? The author wants to work with you to get the word out -- get the buzz going. Enjoy DARK & DARKER at no charge, then let your facebook and other friends know.
THE AUTHOR ADVISES READING DARK IN THE ORDER PRESENTED. Jumping ahead may spoil the twisting, turning plots of some sequential works.
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Contents of DARK (first of 3 sections):
Thief of Dreams
Clarence Walter Wilson’s Nest Egg
Beyond Superstition Creek
The Parson Joshua Black
Thief of Dreams II
The Zombie Apocalypse Part I
Three Dragons Part I: The First Dragon
A Bedtime Story
The Bones of Ole Johnson
Another Mess for Ma to Clean Up
Death by Ecstasy
The Zombie Apocalypse Part II