The Dark is Rising fanfic

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Go here for the Dark is Rising fanfic writer's guide - detailed summaries of all the books, and information on the places, people and objects that appear in the novels.

I didn't read The Dark is Rising when I was young. A teacher recommended it when I was 10, but I always perverse and contrary when it came to recommendations, and always took against anything anyone tried to get me to read. I didn't actually read the series until I was about 20, and I loved it. It had never occurred to me to write fanfic about it, though, until for some reason I started musing about the series in summer 2005, and was hit with a story idea...

These stories have been posted under the name of Eildon Rhymer, except for the drabbles which I posted under the name of Rhymer23. *sigh* Life would have been a lot easier if I'd stuck to the same pseudonym throughout.

What's new
August 1st 2007: Finishing posting Two Worlds. Go here for the story. Be warned that it does contain some mild slash.
April 6th 2007: Added a backlog of drabbles dating back to October. There are a few new ones in the August - November file, and some in the December - March file.


Two Worlds

This is my newest story, with chapter one posted on 9th July 2007. It is 128,000 words. Since 30 chapters take up quite a bit of space, I've put it on a separate page. The summary of the story reads: "Will and Bran meet up again as students in Oxford, but an unexpected enemy is stirring, and nothing will be the same again, for two young men, or for the world." It does contain mild slash, but no sex scenes. I've rated it R to be on the safe side. Two Worlds.


The World to Come

This is a long AU, based on the scenario that the Dark won at the end of Silver on the Tree, and the Light was reduced to a few scattered remnants, fighting to keep a tiny element of hope left in an increasingly dark world. The story covers 24 years, and shows how the major characters from the sequence fare in this new, darker world. Because it has a lot of chapters, I have put the story on a separate page here: The World to Come.


Walking Shadow

Summary: "Twenty years after. Memories are still lost, Will is still alone, and something is stirring..."
Word count: 48,000 words
Rating: PG-13 ish. Darkness and angst, but no sex or swearing.
Genre: Angst. Character-heavy plot.
Characters: Will, Jane, Bran.
Pairings: No pairings, though hints of unrequited yearnings.

Complete story (560K)

Story in manageable, bite-sized chunks:

Chapter one Chapter two Chapter three Chapter four
Chapter five Chapter six Chapter seven Chapter eight
Chapter nine Chapter ten Chapter eleven Chapter twelve
Chapter thirteen


Walking Shadow 2: Falls the Shadow

Summary: Any summary would be a spoiler for book one. Basically it's a direct continuation, picking up one day after the end of the previous story. A summary of Walking Shadow is here, for people who have read it a while ago, and want a reminder.
Word count: 66,000 words
Rating: PG-13 ish. Darkness and angst, but no sex or swearing.
Genre: Angst. Character-heavy plot.
Content warning: Please click here if you want to read this, but it does constitute a spoiler.
Main characters: Will, Jane, Bran.
Pairings:No pairings as such, but various hints and yearnings.

Complete story (800K)

Story in manageable, bite-sized chunks:

Chapter one Chapter two Chapter three Chapter four
Chapter five Chapter six Chapter seven Chapter eight
Chapter nine Chapter ten Chapter eleven Chapter twelve
Chapter thirteen Chapter fourteen



Other Lives, Other Voices

Summary: This is a collection of ten short pieces, each between 1000 and 3000 words, that aim to show the events of The Dark is Rising (the novel, not the whole series) through the eyes of various minor characters.
Word count: 22,000 words in total
Rating: PG. Nothing objectionable, but I always default to PG, rather than G, just in case something objectionable has crept in without me noticing

Other Lives, Other Voices: all ten parts compiled

Or, alternatively, have them as separate chapters:

01. Frank Dawson: Sign of Iron, Song of Earth
02. James Stanton: Ice Man
03. Miss Bell: Jolly Wassailers
04. Miss Hampton: Much Ado About Nothing
05. Mr Beaumont: Emptiness on Christmas Afternoon
06. Fred Pettigrew and his mother: Those Left Behind
07. Dr Armstrong: An Old-Fashioned Family Doctor
08. Mrs Horniman: Blitz Spirit
09. Mary Stanton: Fourteen
10. Alice Stanton: After the Thaw


Pictures in the Dark

Summary: "A young photographer finds a body, and becomes the uncomprehending witness to a terrible drama."
Word count: 8,000 words
Rating: PG-13 ish. Darkness and angst, but no sex or swearing.
Genre: Angst. Character-heavy plot.
Warning no. 1:References to a past gay relationship. It is in the past, it contains no sexual references, and it is between two original characters, rather than any Dark is Rising characters. Still, please don't read if such an idea offends you.
Warning no. 2: The entire story is told through the eyes of an original character, who doesn't understand the full significance of what he is seeing. This means that there will be loose ends in the story, and some things left unresolved.

Pictures in the Dark


Falling

Summary: This is an expansion and continuation of this drabble, covering what happens in the years that follow.
Word count: 5,000 words
Rating: PG-13 ish. Darkness and angst, but no sex or swearing.
Pairing/warning: This story is set in the context of an adult Will and Bran having a long-term, loving relationship, which has existed for years before the story starts. However, nothing at all happens "on camera", and someone who normally hates slash has read it and liked it a lot.

Falling


Once More, With Old Ones

Summary: This is a Dark is Rising version of the Buffy musical episode, "Once More, With Feeling". You don't need to know the original to understand this, though of course it does help.


The Devil You Know

Summary: A Dark Is Rising fanfic parody, in which Will and Bran desperately try to escape the world of the angst-writer, and find a better existence in another world.
Rating: A very soft R (to be on the safe side)
Pairing/warning: Well, Will and Bran do briefly visit the world of the slash-writer, with obvious consequences...


Drabbles

These drabbles were (almost all) posted on the Darkisrising100 LJ community. I never, ever thought I'd be able to write a drabble, being a very wordy writer, but I was quickly hooked!

Since the list of drabbles was getting longer and longer, I have grouped them together by date, so you can read several in one file, without having to endlessly follow individual links.

Each collection includes the full range of moods and styles, including silly, parody, dark, or serious. All are between 98 and 102 words.

December 2006 to March 2007

August, September, October and November 2006 drabbles

June and July 2006 drabbles

April and May 2006 drabbles

February and March 2006 drabbles

December 2005 and January 2006 drabbles

September to November 2005 drabbles

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