The villagers of the forest seal themselves in their cellars at night, whispering folktales to each other about the monsters that prey on them in the dark. Only the Magpie King, their shadowy, unseen protector, can keep them safe.

However, when an outcast called Lonan begins to dream of the Magpie King’s defeat at the hands of inhuman invaders, this young man must do what he can to protect his village. He is the only person who can keep his loved ones from being stolen away after dark, and to do so he will have to convince them to trust him again.

They Mostly Come Out At Night is the first novel from Benedict Patrick’s Yarnsworld series. Straddling the line between fantasy and folklore, this book is perfect for fans of the darker Brothers Grimm stories.


Brilliant!  Simply Brilliant!

Okay, sure those are some strong words.  Well, this book was amazing.  I couldn’t put it down.  I sat in my car and was late for work a couple of  morning because I wanted to get just a few more pages read. Yeah, it’s that good.

I mix of dark fantasy, myths, native American folklore and a few other things thrown it for good measure.  That may sound like a lot, but it all works out wonderfully. You are immediately drawn to the characters and are intrigued by the lives they lead.  Life in the forest is harsh.

The dialogue works, the story-line is captivating, and the author has a true talent for using just the right amount of descriptive wording to allow you to visualize the scene, without droning on and on with excessive detail. Just the way I like it.

Highly Recommended.  A great first effort by this talented writer.

5 of 5 Stars