Books in Times of Darkness

This story was on top of my “top posts” list for a long time, and one of my own favourites. It’s about stories we read that affect our lives.

The story has been moved. It can be found with an audio track here.


A monster and a lighthouse. Books. Aak fictionspawn

Rewritten, read out loud and republished. The story was originally published on February 21. 2017


The lighthouse shows way for lost sailors. The wind pulls the stone walls, threatening to tear them apart, but these walls have held storms for a hundred years.

This one was harder, though. Much harder. The sea was higher than he’d ever seen. The wind stronger. The thunder rumbled louder.

A flash. A loud crack. He looked up, out of the window. Towards the sea.

There was no light.

He put his book down, grabbed his lamp and went out to the staircase. The tall walls were making disconcerting noises, but the tower was built for hard weather. He walked up the many stairs, moving his lamp around, looking, searching for the failure. He remembered a book about evil lurking in the shadows, about horrors of the dark. The storm grew louder.


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