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Sunday, November 15, 2015

10 WORDS FOR DARK by Mollie Hunt

I am happily writing along, weaving my imaginary stories and creating my books. The protagonist is in peril; the cat slinks through the night; the storm brews – and all I can come up with to describe the nefarious scene is the word, dark.

Dark is a perfectly good word, works both as an adjective and a noun. It conveys images that run from lack of color or light to abomination and perversion. From soul-eaters to soul. From black knights to flying monkeys. From… well, you get the (dark) picture. But how many times can one use a word without it becoming tedious? Word-count never lies.

Here are a few of my favorite synonyms:


1. Gloom: "The black gibbet glooms beside the way." Oliver Goldsmith

2. Dusk: “He saw the lights blaze in the dusking sky." Sue Beyer, artist.

3. Shadow: “There could be shadow galaxies, shadow stars, and even shadow people.” Stephen Hawking

4. Obscure: “Existence is a series of footnotes to a vast, obscure, unfinished masterpiece.” Vladimir Nabokov

5. Bleak: “Seven Into the Bleak” fiction by Matthew Iden

6. Drear: “Must her life be drear and wintry, except as she rambles into the pleasaunce of others?” Amanda Minnie Douglas

7. Murk: “Obscenity is a cleansing process, whereas pornography only adds to the murk.” Henry Miller


8. Enigmatic: “Vampires are so old that they don't need to impress anyone anymore. They're comfortable in their own skin. It's this enigmatic strength that's very romantic and old-fashioned.” Stephen Moyer
9. Eclipse: “An unexciting truth may be eclipsed by a thrilling lie.” Aldous Huxley

10. Twilight: “The darkness of death is like the evening twilight; it makes all objects appear more lovely to the dying.” Jean Paul

Well, that was fun, looking up quotes, playing with words and pictures. Now to try not to overuse this group of words....

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  1. Great post, Mollie. I like how you didn't just give a definition, but you gave a quotable quote as an example of how to use the "dark" word.

    Robyn Echols w/a Zina Abbott

  2. Enjoyed your post - and your cat-centric blog!