Darkened: An eBook By Any Other Name Would Scare Just as Sweet

Horror Genre News

Bryan Smith (Depraved, The Killing Kind, and The Freakshow) is one of my personal favorite horror authors. Ever since the cover of Deathbringer caught my fancy, I’ve keep an eye on his career — purchasing his mass market paperback books for my personal library as well as the library where I work.

So when he put out his first ebook by Bitter Ale Press — Deadworld — I applauded and waited eagerly for the Nookbook version to arrive at Barnes and Noble.

Deadworld Becomes Darkened

Then, under the threat of a lawsuit, he was forced to change the title of Deadworld.

As he mentioned in his blog, you cannot copyright a title but it can still be taken to court. That requires lawyers to defend a right that shouldn’t have to be defended. And that required money — money he doesn’t have.

He stated in his blog that his wife is “gravely ill”. As one who is married to a beautiful woman who hasn’t known a day free of pain for years, I completely sympathize.

Bryan Smith changed the title of the ebook from Deadworld to Darkened.

What You Can Do

I’ve been pissed about this. I’ve been stewing for weeks now. Finally, I came up with a way to address this issue properly.

What’s done is done and there is nothing we can do about it — except give Bryan the best revenge: Success.

Buy a copy of Darkened. I’ve got mine and I’ll be reading and reviewing it here on my blog. But come next paycheck, I’m going to pick up a copy for a friend.

Check out Darkened below and consider picking up a copy for yourself. It’s not expensive and that maniacal laughter you hear when you download your own copy could be your own.

Bryan Smith's Darkened is a horror novel about the end of the world


Author: Smith, Bryan
Cover Art: John Hornor Jacobs
Format: eBook
Type: Horror Novel
Page Count: 346pp.
Pub. Date: February 11, 2011
Publisher: Bitter Ale Press

Horror writer Bryan Smith, unleashes an epic work of apocalyptic horror. In Darkened, a full-length novel of approximately 90,000 words, an infinitude of alternate realities exist side by side. From the dawn of time, each of these alternate realities has been beyond the reach of the others.

Until Now.

The wall separating earth and another of the realities crumbles. The fabric of existence itself unravels. Soon an army of winged creatures tears its way into our world, laying waste to the entire planet. But this is only the beginning of the human race’s nightmare. A strange rot begins to infect our world, causing inorganic matter to decay at an accelerated rate. Gleaming modern skyscrapers fall to ruin in a matter of weeks. Cars become rusted hulks.

Two other creatures from the alien realm, each far more powerful than the winged warriors who decimated the planet, have also slipped into our world. One exists only to kill and destroy. The other is its ancient enemy and has come to earth in a final attempt to vanquish The Dark One.

Some of the surviving humans find themselves used as helpless puppets by the opposing forces. They are pawns in a larger game destined to end in a final showdown that will determine the ultimate fate of the world.

Emily Sinclair, a Nashville singer-songwriter, is no puppet. She survives through a combination of guts and sheer luck. She and Jake Dunham soon find themselves caring for an orphaned little girl named Abby. But there is more to Abby than meets the eye.

Warren Hatcher is Emily’s ex. On the day the world dies, he and his current girlfriend, Amanda, begin a journey south to reach her family. But things go awry and Warren is soon propelled in another direction — back to his former hometown of Nashville.

Jeff Wheeler is an ordinary man, a mechanic who also lives in Nashville. Something strange happens to him in the wake of the alien invasion. He is now Captain Flash Wheeler, the One True God. And he has a new purpose.

To walk down Salvation Road on Judgment Day.

Amazon.com online bookstore February 2011 (ebook — Bitter Ale Press)
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  • Midnyte Reader Mar 23, 2011

    I read about it when all that was happening. My heart really goes out to Bryan and his wife. But besides that, I felt it was his choice to name his book whatever he wanted…whether it was used or not. He mentioned that next time he would do a better search, which is one option. Sure, you may want to have a fabulous, original title, but what if you’re just attached to the title you already have? My friend and I were talking about titles and as a lark she typed in “Heartless” on Amazon. She said there were over 100 titles with that name. So, I guess I just don’t get it.

    I do think that Bryan made the right choice for him and his family. He didn’t/doesn’t need that additional stress.

    And your idea of the revenge? Very sweet.

  • Delphyne Mar 24, 2011

    That explains why my Kindle menu says Darkened instead of Deadworld. I was confused. Thanks for bring this to my attention so I can help give him some extra promotion. It’s heartbreaking to hear about his wife.