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How Dark The Night: A Novel



Dark Night: A True Batman Story is an American graphic novel written by Paul Dini, illustrated by Eduardo Risso, and published by DC Comics under its mature-readers Vertigo imprint. Featuring the superhero Batman, it is based upon a true incident from 1993, in which Dini was mugged and nearly killed. The book was released on June 15, 2016 and received widespread critical acclaim from reviewers, who praised its emotional story, artwork, and powerful message.[1][2][3]




How Dark the Night: A Novel


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In 1993, Paul Dini was walking on La Peer Drive in Los Angeles, California, when two men approached him. They proceeded to brutally beat Dini, shattering his zygomatic arch and, according to his doctors, parts of his skull "powdered on impact".[4] The event forever altered Dini's life, and became the basis for Dark Night: A True Batman Story. In the novel, Batman and many of his adversaries appear in the form of separate parts of Dini's conscience.[5] Dini cited a scene in the film Play It Again, Sam (1972) as inspiration, in which a film critic is assisted by Humphrey Bogart's character.[4]


In the Dark of the Night is a thriller horror novel by author John Saul, published by Ballantine Books on July 18, 2006. The novel follows the story of teenagers who find various objects once owned by serial killers, and they soon become possessed by the spirits that haunt them.


Publishers Weekly said, "It's more YA novel than adult, but Saul has been in the business long enough to know how to send shivers up the spines of readers of any age."[1] School Library Journal's Larry Cooperman said, "Saul weaves a page-turner of a story that horror fans will enjoy from start to finish."[citation needed]


Oh hold me up,Keep me within your walls of light,Oh crystal soul, oh hard and clear,Unbreakable,Swinging your light in darkness,Shine through me,Shine through me lest I lose the sight of God.


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Those first seven little words have become a laughing stock of literature for their melodramatic and obvious nature. "Dark and stormy" has become so cliché, in fact, even a dog could write it. That's what fans of "Peanuts" know: Snoopy has been known to type "it was a dark and stormy night" over and over again.


In the 1980s, Scott Rice, an English professor at San Jose State University, launched the Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest, which gives a prize to the worst possible first sentence of a novel. Winners of this prestigious award have channeled Bulwer-Lytton's trademark run-on, overly descriptive style.


Parody aside, Bulwer-Lytton's legacy doesn't just include "dark and stormy." He's also known for a handful of other familiar phrases, including "the pen is mightier than the sword" and "the almighty dollar."


In the 1990s, Eisner Award-winning writer Paul Dini had a flourishing career writing the hugely popular Batman: The Animated Series and Tiny Toon Adventures. Walking home one evening, he was jumped and viciously beaten within an inch of his life. His recovery process was arduous, hampered by the imagined antics of the villains he was writing for television including The Joker, Harley Quinn and the Penguin. But despite how bleak his circumstances were, or perhaps because of it, Dini also always imagined the Batman at his side during his darkest moments.


Although this happy night brings darkness to the spirit, it does so only to give it light in everything; and that, although it humbles it and makes it miserable, it does so only to exalt it and to raise it up; and, although it impoverishes it and empties it of all natural affection and attachment, it does so only that it may enable it to stretch forward, divinely, and thus to have fruition and experience of all things, both above and below, yet to preserve its unrestricted liberty of spirit in them all.


And thus it is fitting that, if the understanding is to be united with that light and become Divine in the state of perfection, it should first of all be purged and annihilated as to its natural light, and, by means of this dark contemplation, be brought actually into darkness. This darkness should continue for as long as is needful in order to expel and annihilate the habit which the soul has long since formed in its manner of understanding, and the Divine light and illumination will then take its place.


The poem is divided into two books that reflect the two phases of the dark night. The first is a purification of the senses. The second and more intense of the two stages is that of the purification of the spirit, which is the less common of the two. Dark Night of the Soul further describes the ten steps on the ladder of mystical love, previously described by Saint Thomas Aquinas and in part by Aristotle. The text was written while John of the Cross was imprisoned by his Carmelite brothers, who opposed his reformations to the Order.


In the second part of the novel, he heads off to Onomichi, a seaside resort, where he hopes to get away and finally settle down and write his (autobiographical) novel. He finds a place to rent with lovely views but he is not happy. He finds it hard to concentrate. Though the neighbours are friendly and he visits the local prostitutes, he feels alone and cut off. He starts to fantasise about Oei again and finally proposes to her. Again, he is rejected. It is at this point that Nobuyuki revels a family secret that has been kept from him and that has a profound effect on him.


Though this is an I-novel and what we would call an autobiographical novel, it is also something of a Bildungsroman, in that Kensaku is learning, or trying to learn, to become a better person, to become a man who knows what his place is, where he is going and with whom. The fact that he does not really succeed is, of course, the basis of the novel and the reason why the novel has been considered as a classic of twentieth century Japanese literature.


So even though Dini blamed Batman for not being there to save him from his attackers that dark night, it turns out the Caped Crusader was actually there for him all along in the form of inspiration and ideals.


I\u2019m announcing a new graphic novel: DARKEST NIGHT! I will be serializing it via this newsletter, starting tomorrow and updating every Friday. Regular updates will be for subscribers only*, but I will eventually share chapters on the free version of this newsletter.


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? Let's discuss in the comments: What are your thoughts on the Save the Cat! Beat Sheet? Have you ever used these 15 beats to outline a novel? Did this article help you gain a better understanding of story structure?


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