By Jack Williamson
Who's the kid of the evening? that is what small-town pronounced Will Barbee needs to discover. Inexorably drawn into investigating a rash of grisly deaths, he quickly unearths himself embroiled in whatever a ways past mortal understanding.Doggedly pursuing his investigations, he meets the mysterious and seductive April Bell and begins having stressful, tantalizing desires during which he does poor things--things which are stranger and wilder than his worst nightmares. then his acquaintances being death one after the other and he slowly realizes that an unspeakable evil has been unleashed.As Barbee's international crumbles round him in a dizzying snowfall of insanity, the intoxicating, harmful April pushes Barbee ever in the direction of the reply to the query "Who is the kid of Night?"When Barbee reveals out, he will want he'd by no means been born.
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She whispered desperately. "Please don't—" But he was already calling heartily: "Rowena! It's Will Barbee. " The blind woman turned eagerly at the sound of his voice. Nearing sixty, Mondrick's wife preserved a youthful slenderness. The thick coils of her hair had been entirely white since Barbee first knew her; but her face, flushed now with excitement and the cold, seemed firm and pink as a girl's. Used to them, Barbee scarcely saw her opaque black glasses. " Her musical voice was warm with pleasure.
Every one of you— every person who hears this news—is himself in deadly danger. Yet I beg you to listen ... for I still hope ... by spreading the truth ... too far for them to kill enough to stamp it out entirely ... " Mondrick fought for breath again, doubled and shuddering. "It was a hundred thousand years ago—" He strangled.
Every wary movement whispered out their abiding terror. They were not elated victors returning to announce a new conquest at the dark frontier of the known. They were tight-lipped veterans instead, Barbee felt, calmly disciplined, moving steadily into a desperate action. " whispered April Bell, her long eyes narrowed and dark. " "Whatever it is," breathed Barbee, "the find doesn't seem to have made them very happy. " Barbee saw Sam Quain's eyes upon him. The curious tension of that moment checked his impulse to shout a greeting.
Darker Than You Think (Fantasy Masterworks) by Jack Williamson