ABOUT SILENCE IN THE SHADOWS
The world continues to change. Each passing day twists it further and pushes the surviving humans closer to the brink of extinction. But, for the first time, there is hope. Clare and Dorran set their sights back on Winterbourne Hall. It’s a daunting journey, but vital. Humanity needs more refuges—safe areas where food can be grown without attracting the attention of the hollow ones. Winterbourne promises to provide that. But their home is no longer a sanctuary…it has become a trap. By the time they realize just how dangerous it is, the door has slammed closed behind them…and their fight for survival is far from over.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Darcy Coates is the USA bestselling author of horror and suspense fiction and has sold over 200,000 eBooks and 50,000 audiobooks. Born in Mascot, Australia, Darcy’s childhood home backed onto a rainforest nature reserve and she got to experience all the wildlife that came with it: possums, foxes, kookaburras, and wild peafowl endangered yellow-bellied gliders, small animals that screamed like someone was being murdered, metre-long goannas who would fight cockatoos to snatch their eggs.
There were even rumours that a platypus was living in the creek in the nature reserve, though she was never lucky enough to see it. She once rescued an injured fledgling magpie (and had its mother attack her when she tried to release it).
Writing Horror Fiction
Darcy’s approach to storytelling is a reversal of the traditional horror structure. The traditional horror story involves penance where the protagonist has “sinned” and the narrative continues with characters confronting their past transgressions. But Darcy writes a different kind of horror: the protagonist is thrust into a bad situation from no fault of their own. They must fight, grow, and be vulnerable in order to survive. But, as long as they never give up, as long as they continue fighting no matter how dark the night gets, they’re rewarded at the end: their struggles were worth something. They can now rest.
Fascination with Haunted Houses
Darcy’s books blend classic gothic fiction and modern horror. She has always been fascinated by the creepy and unsettling, and loves combining traditional horror elements (abandoned houses, ghostly presences, wild forests and secret passageways) with fresh storytelling. Her real-life fears (she’s terrified of mannequins, but clowns are fine!) and inbuilt anxiety was useful for writing creepy fiction: by channelling her fears into her books and then dial them up to ten, thus creating scenarios that resonate with readers.
A fascination with haunted houses arose after scouring her local library shelves for horror novels but coming up empty handed with generic gore stories and metaphorical ghosts. That’s when Darcy decided to write the story herself: the most archetypal haunted house novel she could imagine; the kind of ghost story that could encompass the whole genre – where the ghost was ‘literal’ and not ‘metaphorical’.