One night will change an old man's life.

When a retired veteran acquires three mysterious antique dolls combing the beaches of the Oregon coast, a dark curse is revealed that will change his life - and force him to become the hero he never knew he was.

A contemporary urban fantasy set on the Oregon coast, Darkling's Cove hearkens back to the classic feel of Stephen King short stories.


A wonderfully layered novel.

“A wonderfully layered novel with spectacular world-building; a complex plot with layers of intrigue and compelling, damaged characters.”

— JC Kang, Dragon Songs Saga Bestselling Author

An amazing masterpiece.

“An amazing masterpiece of dark and gritty storytelling. Imaginative and downright compelling, Jean Lowe Carlson is a master storyteller. A rightful comparison to G.R.R. Martin, Joe Abercrombie, and Patrick Rothfuss of The Kingkiller Chronicles fame.”

— Alina Hart, Amazon Reviewer

Richly set and beautifully told.

"Richly set and beautifully told, Carlson paints a story filled with love and tragedy. She captures tortured emotions perfectly and leaves you wanting more."

— Chris Patchell, author of In the Dark



In the mystery of winter.

Dying of starvation in the harshest winter she has ever known, Litha abandons her family to save them. And in the frozen wilds she encounters a mysterious man in white, the only one who can save her.

Love and the mystery of winter come together in this short dark romance about salvation and sacrifice.