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  • "Night Light" was set in motion by a doodle of a monster the author made on an envelope while talking on the telephone.


  • This story is connected to the earlier short story "The Ghost in the Olive Grove" by reference to the character of Amy Bolton. While not yet confirmed by any of the fiction published, both stories are set in the Nightfire Universe.


  • In the June 5, 2005 From the Author's Desk blog entry, the author jokingly suggested a sequel called "Night Light II: The Regurgitation." However, at the time, there was no intention of ever doing a sequel to "Night Light."

Publication History

  • "Night Light" was published on the author's Web site in February 2000 in .html format. It was the last of the Clark short stories to be initially published in this way. An illustration by the author appeared on the page between the title and the prose.


  • A second electronic edition of "Night Light" was published to as a .doc file on April 17, 2001.


  • The third edition of the short story finally made the jump to .pdf eBook format on July 22, 2003.


  • "Night Light" was reformatted for a fourth edition paperback release in June 2005. The paperback was printed by


  • The fifth edition of "Night Light" was released in both eBook and paperback through on December 16, 2010. This edition corrected some typographical errors held over from previous editions and retained the logo from the fourth edition.


  • The sixth edition of "Night Light" was released on October 10, 2011 for the Amazon Kindle e-reader. It was released in all major e-book formats through and as a Clark Ink PDF through on November 8 and in paperback (exclusively through and on November 14.


  • On August 3, 2020, the 2011 PDF E-Book edition was made available for free at


  • A video reading by the author was posted to his YouTube channel as Let Me Tell You a Story (Episode 3) "Night Light," on December 1, 2021.

Alternate Cover Designs

"Night Light" did not recieve an official cover until the release of the Third Edition eBook in 2003. Below are the covers from the 2003 eBook and the 2005 paperback. The major changes between the two were the text font and trim size. For the 2005 release, the trim size was changed, and the font was boldened. Click the thumbnails to view the full-size images.

Third Edition Cover

Fourth Edition Cover

Fifth Edition Cover

Earlier Editions

"Night Light" has been published in five previous editions. The first edition was published directly onto a Web page in .html format in February of 2000. The Second Edition was published as a .doc file on April 17, 2001. The Third Edition was published in .pdf format on July 22, 2003,  the Fourth Edition was published as a paperback in June of 2005, and the Fifth Edition was published in both e-book and paperback formats on December 16, 2010. The Fifth edition is still available below for the serious collector.

No longer available
1st Edition - Web Fiction

Currently unavailable
2nd Edition - Microsoft Word Document

Currently unavailable
3rd Edition - PDF E-Book

Fourth Edition Paperback
4th Edition - Paperback

Fifth Edition E-Book
5th Edition - PDF E-Book

Fifth Edition Paperback
5th Edition - Paperback

Current Editions
Kindle E-Book

All major e-book formats!
Smashwords E-Book

Read it on your desktop!
Clark Ink PDF E-Book Exclusive!


The original Web site logo for "Night Light" was designed to tie in to the Nightfire Universe set of logos. It was posted to the story page on February 17, 2005 and remained there until December 17, 2010, when it was finally replaced by the June 2005 paperback logo. Click below to see the full-sized image of the Nightfire-style logo.


The "Read the Story" button was linked to the free 2010 edition e-book from December 16, 2010 to October 10, 2011.

Free eBook!

The "Paperback" button was linked to the 2010 edition paperback from December 16, 2010 to October 10, 2011.

Get a copy for the book shelf!

The "Special Features" button was linked to the "Night Light Special Features" page from December 16, 2010 to October 10, 2011, when it was replaced by the "Archives" button.

Trivia, alternate cover designs, etc.

The "Special Features" header was used on the "Night Light Special Features" page from December 16, 2010 to October 10, 2011, when the name of the page was changed to "Night Light Archives."


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