The Darkness Did Not
Publisher: Tumblar House
Publication Date: January 23, 2004
The second book in the Father Baptist series
A rolling blanket of thick, purple storm clouds -- which some call The Vampire's Shroud -- overshadows the mythical city of Los Angeles, California, yet not one drop of rain is anywhere to be seen. In the County Morgue lay the bodies of murdered young women, garlic and Crucifixes resting upon each bloodless form. Something is loose in the City of Angels, and the police are not only stumped .... but afraid. With such ominous events transpiring and each day bringing new terrors, there is only person to whom they can turn ---- ex-cop-turned-priest Fr. John Baptist.
Several intense incidents with vampires. One vampire is staked.
Some murder investigations involving some gruesome deaths, seemingly by vampire bites.Profanity: None Alcohol/Drugs/Smoking: Moderate There is a decent amount of drinking by the Knights Tumblar, but no one is explicitly drunk. There is a decent discussion on various types of alcohol. Martin Feeney drinks ginger ale because he's quit alcohol.
NOTE: This guide may be incomplete.
William L. Biersach was born in Pasadena, California, on the Feast Day of St. Philip Neri, the "Laughing Saint", in 1953. A product of Catholic grammar and high school, he naturally lost his Faith when the effects of Vatican II came rattling through the world like a maniacal jalopy in the 1960's and 70's. He found his way back to Traditional Rome in 1993 and has been active in trying to reacquaint Catholics with their own religion ever since. The Endless Knot is the first of his Father Baptist novels. He is currently working on the rough draft for the sixth book in the series. He resides in a stone house somewhere in Southern California, likes spicy food, and hopes to retire in Heaven some day.
The book serves as a counter to the recent vampire craze in popular society. But in addition to that, the book is also in opposition to some of the more renown vampire novels by the likes of Bram Stoker and Anne Rice. As Biersach tells it, this occurs because an approach at establishing the nature of vampires is based off one's own philosophy and beliefs. Anne Rice's and Bram Stoker's beliefs are in conflict with Catholicism and truth, so their errors translate into skewed or distorted versions of vampires.
Because the book is over 500 pages, you'll have to find a way to make it through several sleepless nights before finishing it. But after you finish this classic Biersach thriller, you'll finally be able to rest in peace.
I am writing to complain about the book "Insomuch as to deceive." The story was ridiculous - the happenings impossible, and Father Baptist was barely there. I enjoyed all of the other titles. You would not want me to review this last book. Eleonore Villarrubia
I was given the Endless Knot by a friend, and bought the remaining books. I am halfway through The Darkness Did Not, And am finding it equally delightful. As a traditional priest, it's almost as if you've been following me around for the last decade. Minus the murder mystery parts, of course. The characters are true to life, and the story lines are intriguing and compelling. In a world gone mad, with trite pablum being passed off as literature, an intelligently written book is hard to find. I cannot wait to complete reading the entire series. Well done!
Another joyful yet unnerving mystery novel that shows the light and dark conflict in a modern context. It was excellent and made it a no-brainer to get the next one.
...yes, I have a bone to pick with Mr. Biersach! How am I gonna get the chance to sleep if he keeps writing these books! The second volume in the series is a veritable "can't put it down" book. With the palpitations caused by strange going-ons, the humor and the great examples of traditional Catholicism, it is a very hard book to put down. Thank you, Mr. Biersach.
I immediately ordered “The Darkness Did Not“ when I finished “The Endless Knot.” It did not disappoint. It is one of those books where, when you have to put it down because your husband is starving and you’re already an hour behind on getting supper started, you slide in your bookmark and look to see how much is left, hoping there’s a lot left! The story is unique-it is unlike any other murder mystery-bringing in elements of the One, True Faith that we are starved for today in our sterile, scientific, “enlightened” times and in our protestantized NO liturgies. As an adult convert, the hints concerning the richness of our Faith make me want to search for those pearls of great price. Father Baptist returns in his fearless living out of the True Faith, along with Martin Feeney, Millie, the Tumblars, Taper, Wickes, and Billowack. And protection for Martin from a soul in purgatory. Along with clerics in high places who lack supernatural faith who are obviously with us today. AND vampires.
I especially found the interweaving of my traditional Catholic faith both enlightening and confirming. the book was written in the form of a chronical with each day beginning with the name and attributes of the Saint for the day. it also had many quotes for saints such as St John Eudes. the story was well passed and kept the reader's attention and focus.
Entertaining and relatable fiction for Catholics!
I am enjoying the novel a lot. This is the second installment of Father Baptist adventures. I have learned a lot about the catholic faith while reading. Scary at times, but a real good read.