• Sometimes it's not the optimist you need, but another pessimist to walk beside you and know, absolutely know, that the sound in the dark is a monster, and it really is as bad as you think. Did that sound hopeless? It didn't feel hopeless. It felt reassuring. It felt - real.

    Laurell K. Hamilton (2008). “Blood Noir: An Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter Novel”, p.324, Penguin