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280 pages, Paperback
First published October 21, 2010
”In one of my periodicals, there’s a paper by someone who’s worked out that what we know of the universe is only a tiny percentage of what actually exists. He says what’s left can’t be seen or detected, but it’s there; he calls it ‘dark matter’. Of course, no one believes him; but I find the idea unsettling. Or rather, not the idea itself, that’s merely an odd notion about outer space. What I don’t like is the feeling I sometime get that other things might exist around us, of which we know nothing.”
”In a month, on the 16th of October, we’ll see the sun for the last time. According to the books, there’ll still be some light for a few weeks after that, because at noon the sun won’t be all that far below the horizon. They call it ‘midday dawn’. After that, nothing.”
”But the thing to remember, Jack, is that it’s only an echo. It’s like a footprint or a shadow. It can’t hurt you. All it can do is frighten. After that, nothing.”
"Once, I thought fear of the dark was the oldest fear of all. Maybe I was wrong. Maybe it's not the dark that people fear, but what comes in the dark. What exists in it."Dark Matter is the slowest burn ghost story I might have ever read but how I loved it. The isolation, the aggressive elements, the mental decay, and the dark. Oh, the dark. This is Arctic winter in the 1930's. Our main character Jack sets out as part of an ecological research crew to overwinter in the high Arctic where night reigns and the frozen sea traps everyone where they are. Things happen and Jack ends up carrying on the expedition alone... well, at least he wishes he was alone.