Invitation to Darkness


Fiction - Horror
239 Pages
Reviewed on 08/08/2020
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Author Biography

I am a paranormal investigator and researcher, leading a team in upstate New York. Throughout my life, I have loved writing and when I combined it with my passion for the paranormal, this series came to fruition. Invitation to Darkness is the third book in the series which began with A Step Into Darkness and continued in Shifting to Black.

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Reviewed by Susan Sewell for Readers' Favorite

Finding a portal through an Ouija board, a demonic entity destroys lives for over five decades in the paranormal horror novel, Invitation to Darkness by Barb Shadow. In 1939, Maggie Borden dies leaving behind her grieving husband, Ezra, and her young son, J.P. Blaming J.P. for the fever that led to Maggie's death, Ezra made the rest of J.P's life miserable. Believing himself to be a curse, J.P spent his life trying to build up his luck. When he buys an Ouija board at a sale, J.P. believes he can finally speak with his mother. Instead, he contacts a spirit named Black. J.P. consults Black in every aspect of his life, thinking his luck has finally changed. Years later, the Borden family comes to a terrifying and tragic end, and Black moves on to another victim. In 2019, after losing her brother to a man possessed by Black during a paranormal investigation, Amanda inadvertently moves into the Borden home. Accustomed to ghosts, she is interested when she sees one of the Borden family members. However, Amanda is unaware of the history of the house or its inhabitants. When the ghost of the man who killed her brother cries out for help, Amanda and a friend research the family. Can they bring an end to Black's reign of terror? Or will they be the next victims to die by his hand?

In the spine-tingling horror story, Invitation to Darkness by Barb Shadow, Ouija boards, and paranormal investigation take on a terrifying aspect. It is a well-written book with a solid, breathtaking plot, well-defined characters, and an intricately woven storyline. The story moves along at a quick pace, building to a dramatic finale. Smoothly shifting between the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, the bloodcurdling storyline kept me on pins and needles all the way from the entrance of the entity to the conclusion of the story. As a former ghost hunting fan, I couldn't put the book down until I was sure the negative spirit had been dealt with. It is a mesmerizing novel with a scary and memorable plot that will chill and thrill ghost hunting aficionados everywhere.