“Fear of Darkness” by Christine Danse

May 15, 2011

Alena Swift, hunter of creatures that stalk the night, is terrified of the dark–and in love with a shadow. When a terrible demon is unleashed upon San Francisco, it is up to her and her mysterious hunting partner to stop it. [22 min]


My Gentleman Shadow smoothed a lock of hair behind my ear. The pads of his fingers were rough, but the touch was tender. His mouth brushed close to my ear as he whispered, “I want to make love to you with the lights on.”

I shuddered and reached my hand for the lamp switch–

And was woken by a frantic rapping at the door.

I jolted upright in bed. The glow of the gaslamp at my bedside told me that it was still dark out, for it was set to switch off come dawn. I glanced at the clock. It read one.

Blinking and rankled, I got the door. Detective Gurney’s wife stood wide-eyed on my stoop. The Detective consulted me frequently for my expertise in the occult. I had met his wife twice for dinner, though she had never called on me like this before.

“Madam Swift! Come quickly, please!”



Sasha Janel McBrayer May 17, 2011 at 7:37 AM

Simply beautiful! Watch out Sherlock Holmes, there’s a new heroine and even the darkness fears her!

Nikki Barnabee March 9, 2012 at 12:31 PM

Loved it! The era & foggy San Francisco were the perfect time and place for this story; I could see it in my head as I read. Alena is a great strong, feisty character, yet still lucky to have a stone guardian to watch her back. A romantic one, at that. I would definitely enjoy reading more stories with these two.

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