Hey guys, just thought I'd introduce myself here. I'm Nick, and I'm dabbling in the very complex world of writing. I have a question that I'd like to ask, in reference to a piece I'm writing myself. I haven't put pen to paper yet so to speak, as I'm still planning things out; there's just one question I have yet to answer before I'll feel comfortable starting to write. The 'bare bones' idea is that a person finds himself in the wrong place at the wrong time, and what ensues are a series of events focused purely this protagonist trying to survive and escape this situation, though he does not know what he is trying to escape and how he will do it initially. There will be a revelation as to why these events are occuring, and then ultimately, a surprising, bleak ending that results in the imprisonment of the protagonist. Wow, vague right? I'll clarify... Essentially, what I'm asking is, is for your opinions on stories with rather bleak, 'unhappy' endings as opposed to the protagonist overcoming his or her strife. The unhappy ending is something I have been planning from the onset, and I feel it is necessary to create the very dark storyline I am aiming for. I don't, however, want to risk the ending being unsatisfying to the reader - the main character going through so much, only to then... well... go through so much more, with nothing ultimately prospering than 'evil'. I've been doing a little research, and I've found that that seems to be the case - that your typical reader is looking for some 'uplifting' ending in these situations, though I must admit my sources will likely not represent my target audience. Any thoughts? I will clarify further if need be. As a further question, can anybody recommend any books that offer ambiguous or unsettling endings? Thanks in advance.