Victor seeks to understand life and death. Edward seeks to understand the duality of light and dark. Together, they use Edward’s disfigured son, Ian, to do their experiments – all in the name of saving him of course.
Ian survives but his disfigurement marks him as an unnatural demon among men. He is out casted and feared even though his intelligence far outstrips his generation. Ian escapes his father and Victor only to be cast into a dark net of jealousy and lies when a Marquis takes an interest in him. Ian soon learns that love comes in all forms but that above all, power rules everything. It’s at the Marquis’ estate that Ian meets Gisele, a seamstress employed by an opera company, who shows him what unconditional love is. He struggles to keep his isolation despite wanting her. But when Ian learns Victor is hunting him he needs to protect Gisele – perhaps at the cost of his own sacrifice. He has lived as a man and a monster and is forced to decide which one is worth killing for.
Moon Dark is a Gothic mashup of Frankenstein/Jekyll and Hyde and Phantom of the Opera. If you love Susan Kay's Phantom, you might enjoy this one!
A bit of background on this story just for fun: I don't know when I started it but one Halloween I sat down and wrote it within 24 hours. It was only a short story at the time. Over five years every Halloween I would take it out and tinker with it. This year, I wanted to finally see it turned into a novel and delve into the darker side of humanity. It's a moody, character driven novel with an unreliable narrator. It is also one of the second 1st person point of view novels I've done - a fun foray since I mainly write in 3rd person POV. =) I hope to enter it into Pitch Wars 2017 and see what happens!