Lifting the Darkness
by Niclas Olson
Clara is obsessed with the things she cannot see. From the walls of St. Dismas' Asylum she dreams of fairy tales and freedom. Robin is fleeing his addiction to the bottle, in Clara he finds not only something to believe in, but something pure to finally love. Douglas' money may keep the Asylum running, but he has other plans, and other motivations for keeping his foot in the door. The characters collide in this dark period tale of love, lust, and fairy-tales, all climaxing in a heart wrenching and unforgettable ending.
An asylum. The past.
Lifting the Darkness, or soon to be RoseDust, is my white whale. I've been through multiple versions of this story for close to ten years now, each time getting closer and closer to the actual story I've been trying to tell, but still not quite there. At it's heart, this story is about hope. Clara and Robin are lost, they find, in each other the ability to share their needs and their fantasies, and the heartbreaking truths of their existence. The characters have changed, and will change again, and who knows (except me, I guess) what will come of the next version of this story, but ultimately it will remain about hope, belief, and courage and I can't wait to share it with you. - Niclas Olson
Licensing currently restricted due to intense revisions before being re-released in a new version entitled RoseDust.