The Dancer in the Dark

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When archaeologists from Miskatonic University explore ancient mounds in the hills of Georgia, they unwittingly unleash an ancient evil that will cost some of them their lives, some their sanity...and perhaps their souls. A Lovecraftian tale of horror from Thomas E. Fuller and Brad Strickland, The Dancer in the Dark will haunt your nightmares. Cover art: Joe DeVito More

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  • Category: Fiction » Horror » General
  • Words: 73,340
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 9781452451817
About Brad Strickland

Brad Strickland was born in New Holland, Georgia. He attended the University of Georgia and earned a Ph.D. in English and American Literature. He has written or co-written more than 65 novels, many for younger readers. He continued the series begun by the late John Bellairs and also wrote books for the Wishbone series, about public TV's literature-loving Jack Russell Terrier. Brad is a Professor of English and the Coordinator of Freshman English at Gainesville State College. He is married to Barbara Strickland, and they have a grown daughter, Amy, a grown son, Jonathan, and a daughter-in-law, Rebecca. He lives in Oakwood, Georgia.


The Dancer in the Dark: A Novel by Thomas E. Fuller and Brad Strickland

Welcome to sultry Blankenship, Georgia, where archaeologist Benedict Peterson is excavating the mysterious Malatowa Mounds, much against the wishes of locals Jubal Elder and John MacIntosh. When eerie events unfold, Peterson asks his uncle Cletus Tremaine, of the Archaeology Department of Miskatonic University, to come south to consult. What they find is an ancient horror that will cost people their sanity, their security, their lives...and maybe even their souls.

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Review by: T. Braums on Aug. 27, 2013 :
A great read combining elements of Lovecraft's Mythos and the old South.
(reviewed 7 months after purchase)
Review by: Voice Spider on June 22, 2013 :
This book surprised me. I picked it up on Smashwords during a Lovecraftian themed shopping. But once I started reading it, the story quickly swept me up and soon I was finding myself turning page after page.

Fuller & Strickland have created a storyline that travels along at a really good pace. Though at times it may seem that the story is slowing down, it is in fact setting you up for the next big event in the story. The first person narratives interspersed in the actual story helps the reader to relate to the events in the storyline. These help to add a certain believability to the tale and also help to pull the reader further into the novel.

The climax of the story was a bit...quick. Things came to a head extremely quickly, and were resolved with equal speed. This removes the sense of urgency that has been building throughout the story and instead replaces it with an ending that feels as if it was solved too quickly, too easily. This is somewhat soothed by the way the ending pans out after all is said and done, but it still left me feeling that things could have been a bit more difficult for the protagonists.

However, the writing in this novel is wonderful, the tale masterfully put together barring what I mention above, and in the end, I will most likely read this tale again. Well worth the money I paid for it on Smashwords, I would recommend this story to anyone who enjoys Lovecraftian tales. I suggest you pick it up and give it a read.
(reviewed 2 years after purchase)
Review by: John Trousdale on June 21, 2012 :
What a fine read! A page turner. Well developed characters and plot. It's hard to tell who is going to dance next. I enjoyed this book - I believe you will, too.
(reviewed 21 days after purchase)
Review by: Russell Adams on June 13, 2012 :
Great book! Riveting!
(reviewed 42 days after purchase)
Review by: Terry Sanders on Sep. 9, 2011 :
Most Lovecraft follow-ons tend to copy the mythos, the style, even the wording, of the orginal. As if the Greater Universe--that Man Was Not Meant to Know because it is Too Big For Us--is somehow LESS diverse than we pygmy insects are.

Thomas Fuller avoided that trap, giving us a different view into another realm of that dark place. And gave us people we care about to see it.

If you're looking for "Call of Cthulhu 23," you might want to look elsewhere. There isn't a slimy tentacled horror in sight. And descent into madness isn't one of the major plot points. As one of the reviews below suggests, this isn't a Lovecraft pastiche. More of a logical extension.

In THE DANCER IN THE DARK, Fuller and Strickland show us real people trying to deal with a terrible wrongness. A workmanlike and artistic (both!) blending of Lovecraft's "the world is more than you know--or want to know" theme with a real world full of real people with their own concerns--some petty, some not.

(reviewed 30 days after purchase)
Review by: Tammy Perrault on Sep. 4, 2011 :
Very well written. Every word keeps you hanging on for the next one.
(reviewed 18 days after purchase)
Review by: Trove Books on Sep. 1, 2011 :
Proving that the South can be every bit as haunted by creeping horrors and deep mysteries best left buried as H.P. Lovecraft's New England, Fuller and Strickland bring the Cthulhu mythos down to Georgia in a well-crafted and suspenseful tale. Certain passages echo the prose of the pallid gentleman from Providence, and there is the obligatory reference to the Necronomicon, but this is not a Lovecraft pastiche. Rather, a worthy expansion of the mythos into new territory that also stands on its own. Readers who don't know an Old One from Old Spice will still enjoy this story as a creepy period tale of terror. The vivid characters are far more warmly drawn and well-rounded than Lovecraft ever managed. The pace is brisk, the tension taut, the stakes high. (And if you happen to be familiar with the Georgia setting, you'll enjoy all the nice local touches!)
(reviewed 28 days after purchase)
Review by: Claire Bullaro on Aug. 27, 2011 :
I found it quite enjoyable with good tension and frights. It was fun to read a story placed in an earlier part of last century. Lots of good archeological detail and great characterizations.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
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