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Author Tom Becker
Cover artist Studio Spooky
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Series Darkside
Genre Children's
Publisher Scholastic
Publication date
6 June 2007
Media type Print (Paperback)
Pages 256 pp
ISBN 978-0-439-94436-6
OCLC 71541663
Followed by Lifeblood 

Darkside is a children's novel by Tom Becker, about a boy called Jonathan Starling who discovers a world hidden in London; a world run by Jack the Ripper's family. Only the worst of the worst live here, and all too quickly Jonathan gets mixed up in a world full of murders, thieves, a werewolf and a vampire. Not to mention the cunning servant Raquella, she helps Jonathon get to his dad on time. They go on the ghost train on the Dark Line on Savage Row. Jonathon promises Raquella that one day, he’ll help Raquella run away from her master, as her master is the vampire. It was Published in 2007 by Scholastic. It won the 2007 Waterstone's Children's Book Prize and was longlisted for the 2008 Manchester Book Award. Darkside also won the Calderdale Children's Book of the year Award.


Jonathan Starling – A quiet, adventurous 14-year-old boy. He is the main character in the novel.

Alain Starling – Jonathan's ill and hospitalized Dad.

Carnegie – A mysterious werewolf and a detective.

Marianne – A strange, fluorescent haired bounty hunter.

Grimshaw – The ruthless ringmaster of the Beastilia Exotica.

Vendetta – An evil vampire from Darkside.

Ricky Thomas – A normal bullied student that was hunted and kidnapped.

Mrs Elwood – Jonathan's helpful and slightly overprotective neighbour.

Humble and Skeet – The two freaky, weird sidekicks to Marianne.

PC Shaw and Carter Roberts – Two hopeless “policemen”.

Raquella – The cunning servant of Vendetta.


Jonathan Starling is a very unlucky and shy teen. He doesn’t really have a social life and lives by himself due to his dad’s strange illness. Or, at least that was his happy life in “Lightside”. He had nearly been kidnapped by a bounty hunter and taken to the very mysterious place known as Darkside. Since he has been attacked by a werewolf, been close to being stabbed with a knife and swam in the “pool of pain”. Meanwhile back in Lightside. Detectives are trying to put the puzzle pieces together and find the kidnapper of Jonathan. Also, Ricky Thomas has been taken there and has been demanded to fight jackals. Just what is the real reason that they are in Darkside?

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