So over the past few years I've been developing this setting (world rather) that I'm using in the novel I'm writing and I have to say that I'm a bit proud of my "creation, but lately I've become concerned that the setting is too dark and depressing to be enjoyed by the readers and it's actually something I've started to worry about a lot. It is of course in the Dark Fantasy genre, but like I said, it might just be too dark. The world is very much like our own in the 16-17th century (with some minor difference), there is no magic, no elves, dwarves, orcs or anything like that. A civil war has raged for 53 years, countless factions, big and small, have thought for "lordship" of the entire land, with no one succeeding. Many thousands dead and poverty is rampant. About 10 years into the war, Markus, an advisor and scholar to the leader of one of the larger and more successfull faction discovers a tome hidden away in a library, no author, title or date and containing strange drawings and a language unknown to anyone in the land. He starts translating it which leads to breakthroughs in science, medicine (gunpowder is one of the things gained from it) but he also learns that outside of mans "perception" is an unknown entity (more like a "dimension", but sort of alive) which is created by and contains all of humans fears, sick ideas, deplorable concepts and debraved thoughts. He founds the Order of Occultists who's aim is to learn from the tome for the betterment of mankind, but the more they learn and the more people become aware of this "entity", the more it starts "bleeding through" into their known world. At first many people start acting odd and "out of character" and people talk about how the world seems "darker". More and more children are stillborn and many of the ones who survive are deformed in greater or lesser ways. Then something occurs that can only be called an epedemic of madness: people talking about strange, unnatural things, claiming they see ghosts and monsters in the woods, they commit suicide in grotesque ways, people gouging their eyes out, tearing their own skin off and other such horrible things. The Church then, which so far have been rather tame and silent, tries to take control, they start a "witch hunt" for the people suffering from madness, believing it to be infectious and even quarantining off entire towns to prevent it from spreading (sort of like the plague in Europe) and create sanitariums to try and "cure" the madness. Some people start to deform, becoming monster-like, eating corpses and other people and mass hysteria is rampant. It lasts for about two years (afterwars named the Long Madness) and it leaves the world in ruins, many tens if not hundreds of thousands of people are dead or turned into unhuman things and the human race is on the brink of extinction. It's greatly inspired by Lovecraft and the Dark Souls/Bloodborne games...everything in it is rather morbid, especially the magic that involved drinking alchemical potions that cause addiction and slowly destroys the body. And the story in the novel follows a lone "wanderer" character who finds out that when he die, he wakes up again, so is practically "immortal" but is also slowly losing his humanity as he keeps coming back to life and slowly changing him. So what do you think? is it too dark? would it be hard to enjoy such a setting or am I just too worried about nothing? Also, I apologize if this is posted in the wrong forum.