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Author:
Jack Williamson
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Berkley Medallion Books; First Edition edition (1969)
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Darker than you think

Darker than you think

Darker Than You Think is a science fantasy novel by American writer Jack Williamson. Originally a novelette, it was expanded into novel length and published by Fantasy Press in 1948. The short version was published in Unknown in 1940. It was reprinted by UK-based Orion Books in 2003 as volume 38 of their Fantasy Masterworks series.

Jack Williamson's Darker Than You Think is undoubtedly a masterwork. While reading it I was astonished to discover that it was published in 1948! There are some remarkable theories and ideas inspired by genetics, anthropology, evolution and even modern psychology contained within the novel's 260 pages. Without giving too much away, the main character of Barbee is a classic example of the lead in a bildungsroman, and he evolves both physically and mentally as the story progresses to its satisfying conclusion. I simply cannot recommend this book highly enough.

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Darker Than You Think book. It's really not that short, either. ah-ha! "Darker Than You Think by Jack Williamson, originally a Read as part of the Retro Hugo Voters' Packet - although it was disqualified as a nominee: "The finalist Darker Than You Think by Jack Williamson was mistakenly categorized as a novelette. The story is a novella, but did not receive enough nominations to be a finalist as a novella.

Jack Williamson's "Darker Than You Think" is a one-shot horror-novel excursion for this science fiction Grand Master, but has nonetheless been described as not only the author's finest work, but also one of the best treatments of the werewolf in modern literature.

Jack Williamson's "Darker Than You Think" is a one-shot horror-novel excursion for this science fiction Grand Master, but has nonetheless been described as not only the author's finest work, but also one of the best treatments of the werewolf in modern literature

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Commonly, however, that uncontrolled faculty had been more curse than blessing. It made him too keenly aware of all that people thought and did around him, kept him troubled with an uneasy alertness. Except when he was drunk.

Fantasy Masterworks Volume 37. Table of Contents. Commonly, however, that uncontrolled faculty had been more curse than blessing. He drank too much, and knew that many other newsmen did. A horror story from 70 years ago. Jack Williamson wrote a story which is still quite actual. Will Barbee undergoes a number of strange events and thinks he is going crazy because he dreams of changing shapes, His old professor Lamark Mondrick has discovered something strange in his archaeological digs in Mongolia which could be a weapon against something but he dies whilst trying to announce it to the world. The tale is told quite skillfully and it is still quite fresh after more than seventy years and shows a great writer

Jack Williamson at Walmart. com I loved this story! DARKER THAN YOU THINK, by Jack Williamson, is a classic old-school shapeshifter novel originally published in the 1940s

Jack Williamson at Walmart. com I loved this story! DARKER THAN YOU THINK, by Jack Williamson, is a classic old-school shapeshifter novel originally published in the 1940s. Will Barbee is an alcoholic newspaper writer, who goes to greet his ex-colleagues at the airport after they have been digging for artifacts in Mongolia for two years.

While researching a story on a mysterious box brought back from Mongolia, newspaper reporter Will Barbee meets the intriguing and seductive April Bell. After a series of frighteningly vivid dreams, and a string of murders that leave his close friends dead, Barbee starts to piece together the mystery of shapeshifter and werewolf April Bell, and comes to realize his part in the murders. As the truth starts to emerge, Barbee struggles with the reality of his past, and what this box and its contents mean to his future. Written by Jack Williamson, the only writer to receive both SFWA's Grand Master Award and the Horror Writer of America's Lifetime Achievement Award.
  • Braned
Invisible werewolves? Witches and dinosaurs? To say the least, Williamson's novel has me in a bit of a quandary regarding this review. Jack Williamson is a legend in the field of fantasy and science fiction… a Grand Master, a distinguished professor, a man revered by other legends in the field. But I struggled so much to like this novel more than I ultimately did.

I was overjoyed and a bit ashamed to discover this classic so late, and was doubly thrilled to find a werewolf novel written so long ago. I eagerly began reading, and Williamson's opening had me salivating: a tough, alcoholic reporter covering the arrival of an archeological expedition flying in from China with a supposed shocking announcement, an artifact shrouded in mystery locked away in a crate, a mysterious and exotic woman… what could be better?

Well, lots of things. For one, this really isn't a werewolf novel. It's an elaborate attempt to bring together the history of witchcraft, human evolution, the Freudian unconscious, and shapeshifting. Yes, people do turn into wolves… invisible wolves at that, but one character also morphs into a 30 foot python , a saber-tooth cat, and a dinosaur. Yes, you read that correctly, a dinosaur. Williamson swirls so many grand ideas together that the mix is confusing, contradictory, and ultimately frustrating. While I credit him for attempting to explain shapeshifting in genetic terms back in the 1940s--truly groundbreaking stuff-- as a novel, his book left me laughing more than shivering. And the supposed twist at the end was patently obvious from the beginning.

The tone of the novel is light fantasy, and Williamson's writing is often fluffy, drippingly romantic, and cartoonish. This is decidedly not a horror novel, as it has been advertised. While I usually love a classic horror novel from the past, I just felt let down by the book.

Fans of werewolf novels will most likely not find much to sink their teeth into here, but devotees of light fantasy will probably be pleased.
  • Hellstaff
Jack Williamson's Darker Than You Think is undoubtedly a masterwork. While reading it I was astonished to discover that it was published in 1948! There are some remarkable theories and ideas inspired by genetics, anthropology, evolution and even modern psychology contained within the novel's 260 pages. The tale opens with reporter Will Barbee covering the return of an anthropological survey team consisting of his university mentor and a group of his old friends. At a press conference they announce that they discovered something terrifying to humanity in the Ala-shan desert...and then disaster strikes. From there we as readers are treated to the introduction of the sinister but alluring Miss April Bell, the mystery of the Child of Night, which involves murder, horror and monsters stalking their prey in the dark. Without giving too much away, the main character of Barbee is a classic example of the lead in a bildungsroman, and he evolves both physically and mentally as the story progresses to its satisfying conclusion. I simply cannot recommend this book highly enough. Buy it, and discover Homo Lycanthropus as only Williamson can reveal it to you.
  • Agalen
I love this book. When my beloved pet parrot died, I buried a copy of this book with her...that is how much I loved this book and my parrot. Now I have a brand new copy instead of an ancient one, and I never tire of reading this story. Jack Williamson blends the parapsychology with science-fiction that is entertaining as well as plausible -- with a little imagination, which Jack has plenty of. What sets Jack apart from all other sci-fi writers is his logic. His scientific explanations of paranormal powers is not hookey like Star Trek, but deductive and rationally built up on simple principles of actual science.

In DARKER THAN YOU THINK, Jack touches on the one thing that distresses anthropologists: why the human race has such a dark side. Chimpanzees have a dark side but Bonobos do not; too bad humans aren't more like Bonobos. But why not? Jack spins a tale that not only explains why humans have a dark side, but he goes deeper than that and makes you realize that our dark side is even darker than we think.

Jack's tale of his version of witchcraft and parapsychology is very unique, and that makes this a worthwhile read. The demons and witches of Jack's world are other humans, bred to murder other humans. These witches are actually predators that are on the verge of extinction but thanks to the interbreeding of humans with the witches, have allowed the few witches left to selectively breed their own kind back from extinction...but why ruin this wonderful tale? Read it for yourself and see what a wonderful imagination Jack Williamson has.
  • Adoranin
The book, The Mammoth Book of Wolf Men, led me to this novel. There just aren't that many great werewolf novels out there (as the introduction attests) and this is one of the better examples. It is a good book, but I don't know if I would really describe it as a "werewolf novel." It is certainly a variation on the theme. People do turn into wolves in this story, but they turn into any animal they choose. Also, it is not so much a transformation as simply choosing an animal avatar that becomes real while the "actual" person sleeps. It is more a book about witchcraft with a pseudo-scientific explanation.

I did have a few problems with the text. The writing feels a bit dated. You just know that the "good guys" are going to do the wrong thing at every turn because the plot calls for it. Mainly though - it has a weak protagonist. Will Barbee doesn't seem to have any will of his own and is simply the pawn in other people's schemes.