Press & Reviews

Rank and Revue’s interview with author Abra Stevens:

2019 Readers’ Favorite®

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Are you a true crime fan? As someone who has always clung to the adage that truth is stranger than fiction, I certainly am. And when it comes to the content and characters in Out Here in the Darkness by Abra Stevens, I know that for some readers the truth in this book will not only be stranger than fiction but a lot harder to stomach. You can’t just close this book and tell yourself, “Good thing that never happened!” With that warning in mind, prepare to be shocked and even somewhat nauseous when you read how on one summer night, five teens brutally murdered one of their peers in a field near a cemetery. READ MORE…

ROX BURKEY, Co-Author of the award-winning techno-thriller series, The Enigma Series

The vivid descriptions the author uses start on page one and were more aligned in my mind with horror fiction, not true crime. No one could be this cruel to another being. Where you read the passage below you get the first glimpse into the senselessness of this crime and weep for the victims.

“His life essence wept into the earth, after the pipe had crashed again and again into his body, after the blade plunged over and over into his chest. His left eye brutalized by the abuse. His throat ravaged, his lips, torn and bloated, his gums savagely inflamed, displaying empty hollow sockets where his teeth had been.

But all this the boy could endure. If he could rise above the suffering, he would survive.

Hope arrived as a whisper and blanketed his misery…”

This particular crime had a lot of documentation and valuable interviews to present it from all sides. This, however, for me was the start of understanding the author’s ability as an empath to all the people who took part in this sadness.

DAN MCANULTY, HPD Captain, retired

Abra spent many months and drove many miles researching these tragic crimes. She writes with such detail that she takes you to the scene of the crimes with her literary skills!

EARL MUSICK, HPD Detective & Harris County ADA, retired

In her book, Abra puts you at the scene of a brutal murder and then she lets you experience what is going on with the group of killers, as other crimes unfold. As the police investigation begins, the reader becomes part of the investigations team trying to bring the perpetrators to justice. You are next placed in the courtroom as the trials precede. And finally, you are placed in the position to make your own judgement regarding true justice.


“Out Here in the Darkness”, by the amazing Abra Stevens, is a kaleidoscopic cocktail of true crime storytelling, psychological profiling and pop culture commentary all set to a heavy metal soundtrack of teenage angst and traumatic events taking place in 1980’s Texas. An alluring read that keeps you thinking about both the story AND the facts long after you’ve put the book down, I highly recommend this tale to anyone looking for something just wonderfully different enough to read it more than once!

JOHN MILLER, Beta Reader

Disturbing, shocking, mind blowing, and gripping. Out Here in the Darkness, Abra Stevens’ horrifying debut novel of misguided teens, will stun any fan of the true-crime genre and gratify readers who like a well written tale. If there was ever a book that made you feel like a “fly on the wall”, this is the one! Not only is Stevens’ story extremely well researched, the dialogue, the interviews, well organized, it’s the special attention to detail that transforms a person back to the mid-80’s to a virtual movie set in your mind. So well written, exciting and with some original surprises, we can only hope that Stevens has more tales to tell!