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Almost Dark

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  38 Ratings  ·  16 Reviews
Claire, a private and outwardly content librarian, carries a secret: she is wracked with guilt over her twin brother Sam's accidental death fifteen years earlier. Claire's quiet life is threatened when Justin, an aggressive business developer, announces the renovation of Farmington's oldest textile factory, which is the scene of Sam's death along with many other mysterious ...more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published April 5th 2016 by ChiZine Publications
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Richard Thomas
Feb 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Dark and tragic, with a lot of heart. Huge fan of Letitia Trent, which is why I published her book, Echo Lake, and selected her story, "Wilderness" for the Exigencies anthology—which I can now say has been accepted for Best Horror of the Year, edited by Ellen Datlow.
Feb 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Here's the blurb I provided for the novel:

Letitia Trent does a masterful job of creating atmosphere heavy with a town's history of economic stratification and gender inequality, as well as the dread of the unknown. Almost Dark is intelligent, melancholy, and terrifying.
Sarah Read
Apr 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book wrecked me a bit. It hit me right on the nose with its nostalgia and sense of place—of how we hold on to our ghosts and haunted homes, mistaking memories for nourishment.
And perhaps I shouldn’t have read it as I sort through boxes of my childhood, deciding what to keep and what to let go before a cross-country move. Away from home. Away from the walls that have recorded my best memories. If walls really do record memories. But of course I have to think so. I spent much of this book rea
M. Gaffney
May 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Full of haunting nostalgia, this book transported me to a town rich with ghosts and secrets. Memorable characters and even more memorable atmosphere.
Lindsey Sparks
Jun 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned-and-read
Sometimes when authors write really lovely lyrical descriptive sentences it kicks me out of the story as I stop to marvel at their writing. This is part of why I can't seem to really enjoy Lauren Groff. Letitia manages to write these brilliant sentences while keeping you engaged in the plot (although I will admit their were a few times I stopped to reread particularly beautiful passages). Part of what I really liked is that the sentences felt beautiful even when describing ugly things.
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Apr 03, 2016 added it
First of all, I didn't read this in one day.

Letitia Trent is a great writer. She is a skilled observer of human nature and culture and poetic translator of those observations. Her writing is visceral and chilling.
As much as I enjoyed the writing, I, as a reader from a small town, from southern Vermont where the story takes place, was tripped up by a few details. In the fictitious small Vermont town clearly modeled after a very real small town, the main character is a librarian. Another prominen
May 04, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book although it wasn't your regular ghost story. It is more about guilt and memory and loss that keeps people with us even when after they have died. It's not particularly frightening except for the realization that we are often glued to a place by the ghosts of our past. We simply cannot break free of that person or event that ties us to a place with no possibility of happiness or a future. It is this bondage that makes us lose our color, our substance and sometimes our lust for ...more
Linda Tan
Jul 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
An amazing book, the author is able to bring you to the scene. It is creepy and absolutely riveting, I could hardly put the book down. A definite must read!
Oct 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
Dark, haunting and unsettling.

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Jan 14, 2018 rated it it was ok
I chose to read this book because it’s about a librarian. And, the author is from Oklahoma. I am both. However, this book was not meant for me. I found myself skimming to the end and I’m glad I did. I don’t doubt this would appeal to someone else. But, the reasons it did not appeal to me was because it took over 100 pages to get to the main character’s “meet-cute.” I could feel that it was going to get there, but it. Just. Took. So. Long.

Also, there is a lack of horror or ghosts and more so only
Chris Wells
Apr 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The "almost dark" of the title is the twilight which begins to dissolve the clear forms of day, allowing everything to seem different, perhaps more than it is; one might argue that the "almost dark" invites one to project their inner fears and desires upon it, similar to a Rorschach test. Can a place, say, an dimly-lit abandoned factory with a troubling, violent, tragic past, truly be known to be "haunted", or does this haunting really consist of the perceptions, the memories, and the interpreta ...more
Jan 05, 2018 rated it it was ok
As someone who has experienced more than their fair share of loss and grew up in a small town, I wanted to like this book. The first 2/3rds were actually pretty enjoyable and I loved the tragic flashbacks from different characters perspectives- but then it just sort of falls flat. I don't understand the climax at all and everything that comes after it is just a mess. The ratings are all super high though, so maybe I just don't 'get' the symbolism.
Janice perry
Oct 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016
AMAZING! Loved the story. Great for October.
Carrie Laben
Dec 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
The exterior of a small-town horror novel in the vein of vintage King combined with a beating heart of poetry. This novel excels at precise characterization and carefully observed nuances of social life in a former mill town facing the economic challenges of the 21st century. The plot is familiar and a bit fuzzy around the edges, but nearly every reader will find sentences that make you stop and savor the recognition of a thought you never would have put quite so precisely.
David Bridges
Jan 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I grew up near a large mill in South Carolina so I am aware of the ominous presence large factories can have on a town or neighborhood. Especially when they are closed, which by the 80's and 90's was most of the time. While this story is about a factory, it is more of a tale of incredible grief.

Claire loses her twin brother in a traumatizing fashion after he falls into the basement of a factory and dies. This scene in the book is brutally heart wrenching. Claire never really recovers from this
Amy B
Jul 05, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016, horror
This felt like a short story that had been expanded into a novel. It wasn't bad, but I didn't really feel connected to the book. I like my horror stories scary, and this was ....kind of haunting, but really more emotionally haunting than scary.
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Letitia Trent's books include the novels Almost Dark and Echo Lake, the poetry collection One Perfect Bird, and the chapbooks The Women in Charge and You aren't in this movie. Her work has appeared in 32 poems, Fence, Black Warrior Review, Diode, Smokelong Quarterly, and Sou'Wester, among others. Trent's short story, Wilderness, was nominated for a Shirley Jackson award and included in Best Horror ...more
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