After surviving a tragic event, Frank Gunn ends up breaking down. His ex-wife's family has him committed to New Wave Hospital.
While fighting to feel again, to remember his son's face and the life he had before, people mysteriously begin to disappear around him. What remains of his life is plunged into the dark, the fading line between reality and nightmare.
He meets a Jewish kid with haunted eyes who has a demon shadowing him. There is a girl carrying a fistful of razorblades. And a band of ghouls play a song that sounds like freshly turned earth.
In order to regain what he has lost, he must first survive existing down here in the dark.
It will come as no surprise I loved Down Here in the Dark. I've mentioned numerous times (here, here, here, here, and here) how much I enjoy Thompson's works.
Down Here in the Dark gives us a fantastic dose of Lee Thompson darkness. There is a difference between "dark" and "Lee Thompson dark" you will just need to experience for yourself. His descriptions are unlike any I have read.
Down Here in the Dark takes place just after the events of Iron Butterflies Rust (and As I Embrace My Jagged Edges). While it's not necessary to read Iron Butterflies Rust or Jagged Edges prior to Down Here in the Dark, I personally recommend that you do. Thompson is creating an epic mythos with all of his stories, and it's amazing how all of the pieces tie together.
If you haven't read anything by Lee Thompson yet, I can't recommend enough that you do so. Down Here in the Dark is an excellent choice.
8/10: Great Read
Review copy provided by publisher