ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Brian Keene's 'Darkness on the Edge of Town': A Review

Updated on January 7, 2013

Pages: 264

Rating: **

I have always enjoyed Keene's novels. I've always been impressed by his ability to tell a story, and how his characters almost leap off the pages. For the most part, Keene hasn't let me down, but in all honesty, I haven't been this disappointed in one of his books since I read 'Ghoul'. While I'm not going to say that the story is bad, I just think that its faults outweigh it's good points. Is every book written by a particular author going to be a best seller? No. It just seems that 'Darkness on the Edge of Town' is a misstep in a long line of winners.

Robbie and his girlfriend Christy seem to be enjoying the quite life in the small town of Walden, VA. Nothing exciting ever happens in Walden until one morning they wake to find the town is completely dark. There isn't any electricity, phone signals or radio waves either. The dark is preventing any energy sources from penetrating. This isn't the dark that we're used to, it blocks out the sunlight and the starlight. Anyone who tries to venture past the darkness are never heard from again. The town's only homeless man is running through the streets claiming the apocalypse has arrived. It isn't long before the town's civilians show their true colors. Murders, rapes, looting and madness become a normal occurrence in the dark. Robbie and Christy have holed up in their apartment, feeling safe from the craziness outside, although, they couldn't be more wrong. The true terror isn't something they can see, but rather what lurks in the deepest darkness. The dark's mist is seeping into their minds, infecting their thoughts with the urge to kill and the promise of blood is igniting their most hidden desires. What lies at the heart of the darkness? More importantly, can it be escaped?

Let me make one thing absolutely clear. I love Keene's writing style. Everything from his characters, his voice and the plot appeals to me. However, with that said, I was incredibly disappointed with 'Darkness on the Edge of Town'. The characters, Robbie and Christy, weren't endearing in any way. They were hard to identify with, and I didn't feel anything for them. Although, I did take a liking to Dez, the town hobo. As a secondary character, he is the only one to jump off the page. The plot seems like a lukewarm rip off of 'Ghost Walk'. The darkness just doesn't seem as scary since we've seen it before. Without a mysterious character like 'Ghost Walk's Levi, there isn't much holding the story together. On top of everything, the ending really pissed me off! The end came so abruptly, that I was left with more questions than answers. Did everyone escape? What lies behind the darkness? Without a few more scenes, or even a sequel, I was left dumbfounded. If this was my first Brian Keene novel, there is no way I'd read another. I'm only giving this story two stars. The story doesn't feel complete to me, and I wonder if this novel is best left lost in the dark along with Robbie..

Darkness on the Edge of Town
Darkness on the Edge of Town

Give the novel a try... maybe you'll find something special about it that I didn't.



    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)