The Darker Side

Musings of the Master

by Damien Benoit-Ledoux

Book Cover: The Darker Side

Years ago, I picked up Cheeseburger Brown’s The Darth Side: Memoirs of a Monster and fell in love with the story because I love all things Darth Vader. Seriously though, his unique story filled in the gaps with precision and humor. In (2015), I rediscovered his masterpiece and re-read it. Twice! During the second read—in October just before NaNoWriMo—I realized that no one had yet written the Emperor’s rebuttal to Vader’s journal. My mind spun into overdrive and I thought about different ways in which I might author a fun story that Star Wars fans could enjoy with the same enthusiasm I felt while reading The Darth Side. A few days later, I titled my idea The Darker Side and began writing project notes. A few days after that, I decided to use NaNoWriMo 2015 as the springboard to write the Emperor’s story—and I did it!

The Darth Side is an original work by Cheeseburger Brown:

While you certainly don’t have to, you might want to read The Darth Side before you read The Darker Side since the latter responds to the former.

The Darker Side

Emperor Palpatine’s spies discovered Darth Vader’s personal journal hidden away in private databanks onboard his flagship Super Star Destroyer Executor. Quietly upset by Vader’s musings and distractions, the Emperor set out to journal his corrections to Vader’s successes and failures—and share the true purpose behind everything he did for the greater good of galactic peace.

And so, to tell the Emperor’s story, I decided that I would go all the way back to the beginning and let the Emperor regale the citizens of the galaxy (I mean, you, the reader) with his masterful tale of securing galactic peace.

Publisher: Self-Published

About the Author

Damien's mind is a magical and nerdy place where fantastic heroes defend amazing worlds from dangerous villains who run amuck in an epic struggle to take over the universe. Recently, the brightest and best from this colorful cast of characters have made their way into notes, plots, stories, and novels for you to read and enjoy.

Damien strongly believes the real world we live in should be a place where LGBTQA equality and acceptance are second nature and never questioned. When he's not working or spending time with his husband and their dog, Damien weaves this philosophy into the exciting lives of his characters and the fantastic space battles and romances they endure so they'll stop taking over his dreams at night.

And finally, he wants you to remember a very important thing: No matter how bad your day is at work, it’s always important to be grateful that you don’t work for a Sith Lord.