darkness is coming

(4 customer reviews)

Over two hundred years have passed since the beast made itself known to the residents of the small mining town. Throughout the years it toys with them, possessing them, tormenting them, killing them, until they devise a plan to bind it in a circle in the woods. But their best efforts are undone when a boy is tricked into releasing it. Now it’s trapped in the house on Scarlet Lane, reliving its last kill until a new family moves in, and it begins to strengthen, making itself known to the ones living there though the ghosts of the previous occupants try to keep them safe.



2018 Books Go Social Gold
Reader’s Favorite 5 Stars

When Jess buys the house on Scarlet Lane, she quickly learns there’s more inside the house than the walls. A strange clicking fills the house at night, terrifying her children, ghosts reveal themselves, and she discovers a dark entity frightened a young girl, causing her to fall down the stairs to her death.

After Mason is released from prison, he is lucky to find a job and a place to live in his hometown. When he meets Jess, he discovers she bought his childhood home on Scarlet Lane, but he doesn’t know anything about the dark things that reside there, and has been sent on a mission by his employer to find something, though he isn’t given any details of what he’s looking for.

Only a few know what happened in the old mining at the base of the mountain when the beast made itself known over two hundred years ago. Throughout the years it toys with the residents, possessing them, tormenting them, killing them. An unexpected hero tells Jess and Mason the town’s history, and about the beast trapped in the house on Scarlet Lane, sharing the plan to end its reign of terror before it takes more lives.

Additional information

Weight 20.8 oz
Dimensions 5 × 1 × 8 in

Kindle, Softcover

Category ,
SKU bf009

4 reviews for darkness is coming

  1. 5 out of 5

    Robert A. Groves

    Reviewed By Robert A. Groves for Readers’ Favorite

    Charles W. Jones’s Darkness is Coming is a suspense mystery that captures the reader’s attention immediately. Jess has just purchased a house on Scarlet Lane. But the excitement of having a new residence quickly melts into fear. She and her family are disturbed by strange noises and even ghosts! Worst of all, Jess learns that a young girl died in the house and it was not from natural causes. Then Mason enters, just released from prison. It turns out that the house Jess has purchased is Mason’s childhood home. However, he is unaware of all the unusual happenings and fears the house contains. Mason has been sent there specifically by his employer to accomplish a task. When Jess and Mason team up with a surprising figure, a plan is developed and set in motion to rid the house of the beast tormenting its residents.

    From the first paragraph of Darkness is Coming, Charles W. Jones had my attention. I have not bitten my nails in years, but this complex and well written plot was a nail biter throughout. The characters, Jess and Mason, are individually strong alone and amazing together. Just when I thought I was settling into a steady pace with the story’s events, Mr. Jones would throw in a curve ball and I would be spinning again with excitement and fear. It was easy to perceive what each character was feeling and experiencing. But, the absolute best part of the book was the plan to rid the house and town of the beast the house held. You will not want to miss the ending to this plot! If you are a mystery connoisseur, then this is your book!

  2. 3 out of 5

    Cranky TBC

    3 Cranky Stars
    Darkness is coming is one of those books that you have really pay attention to.

    And know a bit of American history.

    And then pay attention some more.

    t is set in multiple time periods, but one basic geographical location (THANK GOD). This was rather annoying in the first few chapters because you had NO IDEA why you were jumping around in time and who the heck these characters were….. but eventually I saw the link between the characters and it made sense. Somewhat.

    Anyhoo, once you get into it, it’s a fairly straightforward tale of witches, demons, love, and murder. There are some interesting characters, though some seemed a bit more fleshed out than others. I did initially have trouble keeping the names of characters straight and their personalities within the same time frame. But, I’m also usually reading about 3 books plus an audiobook at one time, so sue me.

    I think this is a pretty good YA read and if you are an American history teacher who is teaching about the Salem witch trials I think you could easily assign this as a reading and for group discussions. Not to say that it is dry and boring, but rather that it does a good job of relating the history to characters that could be real people. There is a bit of human experience learning in there as well, particularly as you jump between time periods but still find the same types of people.

    Overall, it was a good read, if a bit slow to start.

  3. 4 out of 5

    D.L. Finn

    This is a horror tale told from the past and modern times, with a bit of everything including: witches, hauntings, demons, romance, and mystery. I enjoyed the two timelines of the same town that met up at the end. There was the progression from when the town was formed by three families in one prospective. In the current timeline was Jess, a widow, and her two children who were new to this town. She buys a house where strange things begin to happen. In another point of view in the current timeline is Mason newly released from jail who grew up in the house Jess bought. Mr. Jones goes back and forth between the past and 2017 adding new information to explain the current events. I found the story line well thought out and interesting. The demon/beast was terrifying to me and nothing I’d want to ever run into. There were a couple of little editing issues that jarred me a moment when I was reading, but nothing that kept me from wanting to continue with this intriguing tale. I thought of “The Exorcist”, “Poltergeist” and other scary tales as I was reading. If you like a good scare with the history behind it, this book has it and more.

  4. 5 out of 5


    The NEW YORK CITY BIG BOOK AWARD® recognized Darkness is Coming by Charles W Jones in the category of Thriller as a distinguished favorite.

    Aurora, CO — The NEW YORK CITY BIG BOOK AWARD® recognized Darkness is Coming by Charles W Jones in the category of Thriller as a distinguished favorite.

    The competition is judged by experts from different aspects of the book industry, including publishers, writers, editors, book cover designers and professional copywriters. Selected award Winners and Distinguished Favorites are based on overall excellence.

    “In 2018, we had true worldwide participation.  Book submissions were impressive this year as we collected from six continents: Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, North America and South America; cities such as Buenos Aires, Cairo, London, Moscow, New York; and across the U.S.  We are so proud to announce the winners and favorites in our annual NEW YORK CITY BIG BOOK AWARD.  Great book content can be found anywhere on the globe, whether created from an individual author or a major publishing house or regardless what continent we find it.  We are happy to highlight these books and share their achievements.” said awards sponsor Gabrielle Olczak.

    For more information, please visit:  and to see the list of winners, visit the website https://www.nycbigbookaward.com/2018winners and the Distinguished Favorites listed here: https://www.nycbigbookaward.com/2018distinguishedfavorites.

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