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Thursday, 2 July 2015

Available Darkness (Season 1, Episode 1) by Sean Platt and David Wright

Title: Available Darkness  (Episode 1)
Author: Sean Platt and David Wright
Series: Available Darkness (Season 1)
Publisher: Collective Inkwell
Read Type: Author request
Stars: StarStarStarStar

This book can be purchased from Amazon (International) as a full series of 6.
To find out more about the authors please visit Facebook and their Website.
Individually, you can find Sean on Facebook, Twitter and Amazon
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Season Blurb
From the writers of the post-apocalyptic smash hit serial, Yesterday's Gone, and Z 2134, comes Available Darkness, a new breed of vampire serial thriller.

The Darkness Has Awoken

FBI Special Agent Caleb Baldwin is on the hunt for a serial killer who has left a trail of burned bodies. One of those victims — his wife. As he gets closer to finding the killer, he falls deeper into an elaborate conspiracy.

A man wakes buried alive with no memory of who or what he is. In his pocket, a note: “Avoid the sunlight and don’t touch anybody.” Now he is being hunted by the FBI while trying to remember his monstrous past. He must control the darkness within before it consumes him and the child whose life he must protect.

11-year-old Abigail was dying slowly each day as the prisoner of a sick man. Until she is saved by the most unlikely of heroes — a vampire with a deadly touch. He is her only hope, and she may hold the key to unlocking the memories of his hidden past.

Past, present, fate, and future are on a collision course as the hours of AVAILABLE DARKNESS are ticking away and a force greater than anything the world has ever seen threatens humanity.

Available Darkness is an epic serialized journey that reinvents vampire mythology with a fast paced, character-driven thriller that blends action, mystery, fantasy, and horror in an addictive, tragically romantic story.

Author Bios
Sean Platt

Sean loves writing books, even more than reading them. He is co-founder of Collective Inkwell and Realm & Sands imprints, writes for children under the name Guy Incognito, and has more than his share of nose.

Together with co-authors David Wright and Johnny B. Truant, Sean has written the series Yesterdays Gone, WhiteSpace, ForNevermore, Available Darkness, Dark Crossings, Unicorn Western, The Beam, Namaste, Robot Proletariat, Cursed, Greens, Space Shuttle, and Everyone Gets Divorced. He also co-wrote the how-to indie book, Write. Publish. Repeat.

David W. Wright
David W. Wright is the co-author of the number 1 sci-fi and horror series, Yesterday's Gone, as well as six other series.

David is also a cartoonist who is working on a children's book.

David blogs about writing and stuff he likes at his personal blog, and about his books at Collective Inkwell.

He lives on the east coast with his wife, seven-year old son, and the world's most poopingest cat.

Strong language: None
Drugs: None
Violence: Some, graphic
Sexual content: Some, primarily implied

 You can find links to all of my review of the series at the Available Darkness Archive

The authors gave out a free copy of season one of this serial in their newsletter as an apology for messing up details in the previous letter. I decided to read and review this. Despite having the entire first series, 6 episodes, at once in front of me, I will stick to no more than one a week the same as they are initially released in America.

From a little boy to an FBI agent with a grudge to an amnesiac in a grave and onward. Like their other series, Yesterday's Gone, which I've read, this has a cast of characters, each chapter narrated by a different one. This cast is much smaller, so far anyway, than in the Yesterday's Gone series with a main rotating cast of 3 members but I expect that to increase in future episodes.

The writing was fast paced and furious but still had time to take a step back and describe things with eloquence, such as the moon as "a Cheshire smile in the sky." This is one of my favourite things about these writers, even if death is right on your heels they still have time to stop and take a look around the world.

The creature that I presume is some sort of vampire or hybrid had a mix of old-school abilities and weaknesses, as well as unusual traits that caught me off guard.

The 411
This looks like a great setup for a new series with an exciting premise and a solid story base. There were a lot of unaswered questions, drawing me in more, but I felt occasionally the "do something supernatural now, and explain it later... possibly in the next episode" frustrating at times.

I give it 4 stars.


  1. Your latest review caught my attention so I thought I'd give this a try...I'm liking it!

    1. I ho[e you like the series. The authors are a friendly pair with their fingers in many writing projects like this. They love to hear from readers good or bad, so feel free to drop them a line at the links above.

      Also, thank you for your regular readership and comments, my authors and I appreciate it