Darkfall (Koontz novel)
First edition (UK, with original title)
|Original title||Darkness Comes|
|Cover artist||Graham Potts|
|Publisher||W. H. Allen (UK)
Berkley Books (US)
|Feb 1984 (UK)
Oct 1984 (US)
Darkfall is a novel by the best-selling author Dean Koontz, released in 1984. The novel is also known as Darkness Comes.
Jack Dawson is a New York Detective dealing with a variety of situations in his life. His wife Linda has recently died, and that leaves him the sole caretaker for his two children Penny and Davey. Aside from missing his wife very much, he is confronted by an especially brutal string of murders of Mafia criminals. These murders are both grisly and unearthly, seemingly done by animals, although forensics cannot determine any living creature that would simply tear a victim to pieces without actually eating anything. Finally, his partner Rebecca is a woman who does not share his approach to this crime wave. Dawson believes that there may be supernatural or magical factors in the killings, while Rebecca believes this to be absurd. Dawson's instincts are seldom wrong, and although he can't deny the initial absurdity of some kind of magic, alternative explanations are disappearing quickly. In truth these denizens are called forth from hell by a bocor (an evil sorcerer of voodoo). Because of their small size Carver Hampton came to the conclusion that these were just minor devils and the hole to hell is not yet big enough to grant access to greater demons. Though these denizens have different appearances they have similar characteristics, such as a number of very sharp claws and teeth and the eyes the color of hot silver. At the end of the novel when Jack is about to arrest Lavelle, he was surprised to see that the pit where these demons pass through has grown so big it has engulfed the shed where it is concealed. Numerous tentacles have sprouted from the pit and dragged Lavelle to hell. When Jack sees this he comes to the conclusion that this was just a mere finger of a greater evil that was about to come. When holy water doesn't stop the pit from growing, Jack uses his blood from a wound inflicted by a tentacle to stop the pit. He fears that if he fails, he will be forced to sacrifice himself into the pit. The novel ends with all the denizens turning to mud and Jack hearing Rebecca say "I love you Jack" in thin air.
According to Koontz in the afterword of a 2008 paperback reissue of The Eyes of Darkness, television producer Lee Rich purchased the rights for this book along with The Face of Fear, The Eyes of Darkness, and a fourth unnamed novel for a television series based off Koontz's work. Koontz himself wrote the script for Darkfall. A change in studio heads, however, resulted in the project being put into turnaround as the new head of the network, according to Koontz, "didn't want to make a movie about 'little creatures living in the walls.'" Ultimately, The Face of Fear was the only book of the four made into a television movie.