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Jack Williamson
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Orion Pub Co; New Ed edition (August 2003)
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The premise of the novel is that of witches being "other" and set apart from "normal" humanity and to my reading at least, it seems that the Child of Night is referencing the light bringer, Lucifer, god of witchcraft and beast to Babalon. I would consider this to be an essential read for anyone interested in witchcraft and the oft overlooked current that Parsons breathed new life into that is being carried on and updated today.

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.

Fantasy Masterworks is the companion to the SF Masterworks list, a collection of some of. .38 - Darker Than You Think Jack Williamson.

Fantasy Masterworks is the companion to the SF Masterworks list, a collection of some of the most acclaimed, original or influential titles within the genre of fantasy. 34 - The Drawing of the Dark Tim Powers. 35 - Lyonesse II and III Jack Vance. 36 - The History of Runestaff Michael Moorcock. 37 - A Voyage to Arcturus David Lindsay. 39 - The Mabinogion Evangeline Walton. 40 - Three Hearts & Three Lions Poul Anderson.

The Gollancz Fantasy Masterworks (50 items) list by tartan skirt. Tags: Fantasy (2), 1940-1969 (1), Horror (1), Werewolves (1), Novels (1), North America (1). View all Darker Than You Think (Fantasy Masterworks): And Other Novels lists. Manufacturer: Gollancz Release date: 14 August 2003 ISBN-10 : 0575075465 ISBN-13: 9780575075467.

Darker Than You Think book. Shelves: fantasy, horror, fantasy-masterworks. A gripping story from start to finish that provides a different take on the idea of lycanthropy drawing together strands from quantum mechanics, freudian psycology and evolutionary theory.

Darker Than You Think & Other Novels Jack Williamson 3. I'd agree that the Thomas Covenant books would fit well on the list - among other things, I think the inclusion of such an unsynpathetic lead character really broke ground for epic fantasy. Fantasist & Futurist.

Darker Than You Think & Other Novels Jack Williamson 39. The Mabinogion Evangeline Walton 40. Three Hearts And Three Lions Poul Anderson 4. Much of his work was first published in the United States, in John W. Campbell's Astounding Science Fiction and other pulp magazines

Darker Than You Think is a science fantasy novel by American writer Jack Williamson. Campbell's Astounding Science Fiction and other pulp magazines. Russell also wrote horror fiction for Weird Tales and non-fiction articles on Fortean topics. Up to 1955 several of his stories were published under pseudonyms, at least Duncan H. Munro and Niall(e) Wilde.

Fantasy Masterworks is a series of British paperbacks published by Gollancz/Millenium intended to comprise "some of the . Darker Than You Think (Jack Williamson). 39. The Mabinogion (Evangeline Walton).

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The unsettling dreams begin for small-town reporter Will Barbee not long after he first meets the mysterious and beautiful April Bell. They are vivid, powerful and deeply disturbing nightmares in which he commits atrocious acts. And, one by one, his friends are meeting violent deaths. It is clear to Barbee that he is embroiled in something far beyond human understanding, something unspeakably evil. And it intimately involves the seductive, dangerously intoxicating April, and the question, 'Who is the Child of the Night?' When he discovers the answer to that, his world will change utterly.
  • Runemane
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.
  • Shalizel
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.
  • Thabel
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.
  • Wenyost
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.