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review 2015-09-30 08:03
when evil evolves
Sin Eater (Episode 1.2): Dark Urban Fantasy Serial - PK Tyler,Jessica West

“Keep away. The sow is mine.” ― William Peter Blatty, The Exorcist

Father Zelophehad heard Nikolai Grekh’s desperate call. Zeph finds Nik and takes him back to the sanctuary of his church and private quarters but the last demon Nik fought refuses to leave and seeks another host…

the second episode in the Sin Eater serial has grown darker, more emotional and more intense. Nik is almost killed and has sustained a lot of physical injuries. he would have died had it not been for Zeph’s aid. Nik’s battles with demons are getting worse. these hellish beings are evolving into something Nik had never encountered before. there was even one chapter depicting possession and religious articles that was so extreme, blasphemous and profane to my “non-practicing” Catholic sensibilities that I could not help but cringe. however, such was the risk I took when I read this episode and the aforementioned chapter really did shake me up.

more characters are introduced and we are allowed brief access inside the sanctum sanctorum of the shadowy Old Order. one also gets to read about Zeph’s abusive childhood including some information regarding why Nik happened to be a Sin Eater. the details were still not enough and they only piqued my curiosity further. a couple of questions I had in mind while reading Episode 1.1 were answered somehow regarding Nik and Zeph’s relationship vis-a-vis their homosexuality and religious beliefs. the issues involved are deeper and more complex and as I mentioned before in my 1.1 review, I would like to see how things sort themselves out in the next episodes.

in the meantime, the bizarre turn of events at the morgue and the last chapter gave me goosebumps. everything looked grim and desperate at this point. i am keeping my fingers crossed and hoping for some positive outcome.

once again, authors Pavarti K Tyler and Jessica West did an excellent job with their writing. they minced no words in shocking the hell out of me (no pun intended!). although, this may be a dark fantasy involving demons and arcane rituals, one cannot deny or ignore the fact that evil does exist in the world today. we only have to look around and witness or hear about its myriad manifestations.



*received a copy for review

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review 2015-09-25 09:28
welcome to Nik's world
Sin Eater (Episode 1.1): Dark Urban Fantasy Serial - Jessica West,PK Tyler

“I am the perfect weapon, I can kill with a single touch.” - Melinda Salisbury, The Sin Eater’s Daughter

unlike most people who work for a living, Nikolai Grekh’s job is of a unique and dark sort – battling demons and saving possessed souls.

the first episode in the Sin Eater serial is an introduction to Nik’s world. it is a strange one, fraught with darkness, horror, sensuality, physical and spiritual demands.

the battle scenes were well-written and the descriptions of how Nik got rid of the demonic entities were quite graphic and may not be for the fainthearted. they explained what being a Sin Eater entailed and it was no walk in the park.

despite the limited length, it still shed some light into Nik’s childhood and how he met his best friend Zeph. it does not explain yet how Nik came to be a Sin Eater and why he was burdened with such a task. it does tell us from the get go about Nik’s sexual orientation though. my curiosity is piqued as we have here a Catholic gay man. i would like to see how this plays out – whether his faith and his sexuality come into conflict or not, etc. the answers would probably be found in the next episodes.

this collaborative take on sin eaters by Pavarti K Tyler and Jessica West was interesting and intriguing enough to make me want to read more about Nik. i know there would be a lot more to come especially after what took place at the end of this episode.


*Sin Eater Episode 1.1 is FREE 9/25 - 9/26 at Amazon so grab your copy now!

check out the authors' giveaway as well HERE

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text 2014-09-08 22:00
Inner Demons (Forthcoming "Found-Footage" Film)

What's it about?


A reality show crew records a teen girl who is fighting addiction, but may in fact be suffering from demonic possession.


I fell asleep reading that description.

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review 2014-09-07 21:06
The Non-Demonic Possession of Linus Maynard - Gregory Harty

I don't know why so many people love this book. Gregory Harty was not as witty as he tried desperately to be and how everyone has been raving on about. The book was so boring that I contemplated leaving it unfinished many times, only my neurosis about leaving things incomplete forced me to soldier on. Even the cliffhanger left me feeling purely unsatisfied and that I completely wasted my time. I actually put the book down so many times, dreading the "humor" that tried valiantly but fell short, that I got work done around the house that I've been putting off for months. There are so many promising books in my TBR list that I feel cheated by the time wasted

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review 2014-06-01 16:00
Son of the Endless Night by John Farris
Son of the Endless Night - John Farris

I just finished a buddy read with my fellow 80's horror lovers over at Goodreads. I'm so glad I participated because this book was just plain FUN!


This was a unique tale that successfully blended demonic possession with courtroom drama. I know it sounds like a crazy mix, and it is, but believe me when I say that this book (mostly)delivered. 


This story had a unique structure. It is told in 3 parts, the first telling the story of Rich and what happened to him. The second is told from the point of view of Rich's brother, Conor. The third part is focused first on a strange trip, then the court case. The denouement takes place in the courtroom and what a blast it was!


So why only 4 stars and not 5? I felt that at a few places the pacing began to drag a little bit; it was never long between action sequences, but I felt that Mr. Farris ran on a bit here and there. If the story hadn't been told in such a unique way, it might have been more of a problem for me. 


All in all, this book was a good time. With all of the horror awesome-ness that comes with a demonic possession set in the 80's, this tale will sweep you up and carry you kicking and screaming right to the end. Recommended to fans of 80's horror!


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