Reviews of Dark Fiction

Born To The Dark by Ramsey Campbell

It’s a rare treat reading a book series, isn’t it? It’s interesting to sit back with the characters and see what’s been going on since the last book. Dominic Sheldrake is definitely someone I wanted to check back in on, so here we are!

It’s been 30 years since Dominic encountered his former school teacher Christian and his daughter Tina. Encountering them and what they had brewing is something Dom was all too happy to forget. He’s gotten a job teaching film and he’s married with a young boy named Toby. When Toby begins having seizures in his sleep, cracks start appearing in this happy family’s life. When Dom’s wife Lesley, begins a new treatment for Toby without even consulting Dom, things get a bit tense. Even more tension builds as Dom discovers who it is that’s administering these treatments. You guessed it! Christian and Tina. Will Dom be able to extricate his son from their evil clutches? Will Dom be able to get anyone to pay attention to their evil doings? Will Dom’s marriage survive all this? You’ll have to read it to find out!

This book was an experience in frustration for me because I was yelling at Dom the whole time. Every time he tries to warn people about Christian and Tina’s practices no one believes him, including his own wife. When he goes about trying to get proof, he’s deemed obsessed. Even his old schoolmates don’t believe him, until one of them finally offers to help. It’s all so tension filled and frustrating. I just wanted to yell at all of them, “Don’t you see? Don’t you see what he’s doing?” I felt Dom’s pain and anger through and through.

Then comes the scary bits. Unlike the first book this has more serious cosmic horror leanings and that is my favorite sub-genre of horror. That endless darkness, those stars that look so plentiful in our sky are actually light years away from each other. What could be sleeping out there in the darkness? Some kind of God with moons for eyes? Biding its time. Waiting.

Just like me: waiting for the last book of this series! Highly recommended and bring on the third!

*Thank you to Flame Tree Press for the paperback ARC in exchange for my honest feedback. This is it!*

**BORN TO THE DARK is another fabulous entry in the Flame Tree Press line. This is a line that features renowned authors like Ramsey Campbell, as well as excellent but slightly lesser known talents on the horror scene like Jonathan Janz, Hunter Shea, and John Everson. If you like horror and dark fiction, you should check them out!**

Born To The Dark Book Cover Born To The Dark
Three Births of Daoloth #2
Ramsey Campbell
Horror, Dark Fiction, Suspense, Dark Fantasy, Cosmic Horror
Flame Tree Press
NetGalley, Publisher

“An absolute master of modern horror. And a damn fine writer at that” - Guillermo del Toro

Book 2 in the Three Births of Daoloth trilogy.

1985. Dominic Sheldrake is now a lecturer on cinema. His and Lesley’s small son Toby has begun to experience strange nocturnal seizures that no medical help seems to be able to treat. Meanwhile Dominic assumes the occultist Christian Noble is out of his life, but his influence on the world is more insidious than ever. Roberta Parkin has become a journalist and infiltrates the new version of the Nobles’ cult, but are the experiences it offers too powerful for her to control? In order to rescue his son from the cult, if he can, Dominic must undergo them too…

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2 thoughts on “Born To The Dark by Ramsey Campbell”

    1. I only have one more to go in the trilogy, but I get what you’re saying!
      The ones I’ve kept up on, the authors have let me down and haven’t finished yet. At least I know I will get an ending with this one.

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