Dan Wells is known for his YA Dystopian Partials series, is YA Cyberpunk Mirador series, and his John Cleaver horror novels. If you’ve read these novels, you know that under all of that is a wonderful sense of humor – equally silly as it is dark. In this vein, Vault Books is thrilled to bring to you the first ever print-edition of Wells’ humorous, farcical historical horror novel, A Night of Blacker Darkness: Being the Memoir of Frederick Whithers as Edited by Cecil G. Bags Worth III.
Wrongly imprisoned, Frederick Whithers is desperate to commit the crime he's already being punished for: defrauding the bank out of a vast inheritance. He fakes his death to escape, but when he's seen climbing out of a coffin everyone assumes he's a vampire; when he shows none of the traditional vampire weaknesses, they decide he must be the most powerful vampire in the history of the world. Half horror and half farce, Frederick's tale is an ever-growing avalanche of bankers, constables, grave-robbers, poets, ghouls, morticians, vampires, vampire hunters, not to mention some very unfortunate rabbits. With a string of allies even more unlikely than his enemies, can Frederick stay alive long enough to claim his (well, somebody's) money? And if he can't, which of his innumerable enemies will get to him first?
In addition to being the only place this novel is in print, it will also contain the short story, "A Pear-Shaped Funeral," the print version of which is also exclusive to Vault Books.
A Night of Blacker Darkness will be available in three different editions. Here is what they will have in common:
Trade Hardback Edition:
Numbered Limited Edition:
Updated art and cover design coming soon.