It wasn’t until I read Dead Sky Morning that I realized that Karina Halle is a not just any author but a great storyteller. She had managed to ruin the romance of lighthouses for me in Darkhouse, not that I think I would be tempted to go poking around a haunted one alone in the dark…but you never know. The can’t beat it price of FREE for Darkhouse EiT #1 as of the date of this blog does a lot to sell it but after that the exquisite quality of the series more than sells itself.
The fourth episode of Experiment in Terror Dead Sky Morning is set on D’arcy Island off the east coast of Vancouver Island the infamous real life location of a former lazaretto or what is more commonly known as a leper colony. The colony was established in 1891 after five lepers were found living in a shack in Chinatown.
With the Experiment in Terror show finding some success, amateur ghost hunters Perry Palomino and Dex Foray embark on their most terrifying investigation yet. A tiny, fog-shrouded island in the rough strait between British Columbia and Washington State has held a dark secret for decades: It was a former leper colony where over forty souls were left to rot, die and bury each other. Now a functioning campground, Perry and Dex spend an isolated weekend there to investigate potential hauntings but as the duo quickly find out, there is more to fear on D’Arcy Island than just ghosts. The island quickly pits partner against partner, spiraling the pair into madness that serves to destroy their sanity, their relationship and their very lives.
As pretty as the photos of the New Mexican desert are I am a house cat by nature and despise the heat. Strange I know considering I am of Caribbean ancestry, so I wasn’t overly concerned with the possibility of coming across skin-walkers while driving on deserted highways in the middle of the night. Although Red Fox was entertaining and kept me wondering what else could possibly befall Dex and Perry, the desert is very far from Toronto. Old hotels with a past were also put on the “to avoid” list thanks to The Benson but films like The Shining and 1408 had already made them highly suspect in my opinion. Vancouver is only a short plane ride away and has long been on my list of places to go and now you can be sure I will make sure to see D’arcy Island… from a distance.
AUTHOR: Karina Halle
RATING: 4 1/2 Stars