Black Light is a sure
Marcus Dunstan &
The debut novel from writers of the Saw franchise.
If you have a supernatural problem that won’t go away, you need Buck Carlsbad:
private eye, exorcist, and last resort.
got a way with spirits that no one else can match. He was normal, once. Until
Something Horrible killed his parents and left him for dead.
spent years using his gift to trace his family. It’s his only hope of finding
out what happened to them–and what made him the way he is.
voices say that something big is coming. Buck already knows what it is–a super
high-tech bullet train running express across a stretch of unforgiving desert
known for the most deadly paranormal events in history. A place where Buck
almost died a few years ago, and where he swore he would never return.
the train prepares to rumble down the tracks, Buck knows it can only be the
inevitable hand of fate pulling him back to the most harrowing unfinished case
of his career at four hundred miles per hour.
Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan have written the screenplays for Saw IV, Saw
V, Saw VI, Saw 3D, and The Collector, which Dunstan also directed. Currently,
they are filming The Collector 2, and writing a remake of The Outer Limits for
MGM. Stephen Romano is an acclaimed author, screenwriter and illustrator
(having written for Showtime’s Emmy-winning original series Masters Of Horror).
My first thought when I asked myself how to describe Black Light was
“Stephen King unfettered,” then I thought of one of Robert McCammon’s lesser
known works, Mystery Walk, a tale of good and evil, with the hero cast
as a medium destined to meet pure evil in the desert.
previous descriptions are good places to begin, but they don’t do Black
Light justice. This is a book based on a premise I’ve never encountered
before. That premise is a unique vision of the underworld: “The place where all
souls that ever lived and loved and fought and died had gone to rest… ” They
become residents of a plane of existence Buck Carlsbad refers to as the Black
Light: a place so bright and clear that you can see everything that has ever
happened to a person or to a home throughout its life(by way of an example);
“it’s amazing and overwhelming and brighter than a million suns,” and it will
literally boil your eyes right out of your head unless you have the proper
equipment to protect you.
other levels: the further you go down, the darker it gets, until you reach The
Big Black. “It might be where they all go, in the end. Might be heaven and
hell, all rolled up into one endless stretch of nowhere.”
job is to capture spirits who try to come back–as spirits on the down-low, as
pissed off poltergeists or by way of possession. In any case, Buck must use a
black hole that lives inside him. He calls it the “pull,” because when he gets
close enough to a “mark,” whatever kind of spirit it is that has broken through
from level 2 (the black light)to level 1 (the land of the living) is pulled
into Buck, where it fights like crazy to get out, while Buck digests the thing.
Then, once the spirit is under control, or put down, Buck must get rid of it.
[Did I mention that Buck is obsessed with the Black Light and has found a way
to use his marks to get there?] Anyway, he uses a frightening, home-made
mixture that guarantees he’ll puke the spirit(s) up and into the waiting silver
urn. Buck then buries the expensive urn in a graveyard on a large lot he owns.
The spirits either go back to the black light or they’ll be forever trapped in
the urn. Buck uses silver because a copper urn just won’t hold them.
have the premise. You know what Buck does and how he does it–when things go
right. You’ll have to pick up a copy of Black Light
to find out what Buck does when things go horribly, unbelievably wrong.
accessible and unique straight-to-the-top thriller. Fans are sure to want more.
Copyright, Clayton Clifford Bye, 2011