Review: The Painted Darkness

The Painted Darkness
The Painted Darkness by Brian James Freeman

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Brian James Freeman’s “The Painted Darkness” is a beautifully written and engaging read that really sinks its claws into you after just a few paragraphs. The narrative of the protagonist, an artist named Henry, alternates between the present and a past childhood experience. It does so at a desperate pace befitting the story. A boy now become a man struggles to confront and conquer the fears of his youth that have suddenly risen once again and now pursue him relentlessly. If only he could remember the advice that got him past those fears at that more tender age. Can he? Does he? Do yourself a favor and read it to find out. I suspect that I’ll be seeking out more to read by Freeman sooner rather than later.

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