In its willingness to invoke both Shirley Jackson-style evocative restraint and full-tilt extreme horror mayhem, Hodson's DARLING is a sweetheart indeed, giving us a fine first glimpse of a formidable talent in the making.
Death and violence have always surrounded Raynham Place. No matter what’s been built on it, this land tends to have a strange and shall we say, negative, effect on its occupants.
DARLING begins with two friends deciding to move in together. Raynham Place now houses an apartment complex that seems as good a place as any. Once Dennis and Mike move in, though, it doesn’t take long for things to take a strange turn. The behavior of the main characters begins to change.
When a sacrifice is made, the first freely given in ages, the truth behind Raynham’s legend finally surfaces.