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review 2019-08-03 14:36
THE BEDEVILED by Thomas Cullinan
The Bedeviled - Thomas Cullinan

 

THE BEDEVILED was a nice romp through the 70's satanic cult paranoia, with a pinch of witchcraft and rituals tossed in for good measure. To be honest, I don't know WHAT or who this group was worshiping, but there was an upside down cross and it was creepy as hell!

 

The Caine family loses an aunt who leaves them her old home, (more like a warehouse, really), and soon they're off to explore their inheritance. They meet the creepy neighbors, the husband falls and breaks some bones, and soon their temporary stay turns more permanent. Shortly thereafter, their son starts acting strangely, weird things begin to occur and Maggie, the mom, begins to wonder if she's losing her mind. Will the Caine family ever go back home? Will their son ever get back to normal? And why does Maggie start to think she's actually someone else? You'll have to read this to find out!

 

THE BEDEVILED definitely feels dated, but that didn't bother me. Well, there was an incident that everyone took to be nothing, but today would have caused a huge ruckus and rightfully so. (It was hard for me to get my mind around the fact that this act wasn't even viewed as serious back then.) I enjoyed the slow burn of this tale, and how it incorporated elements and themes that are tropes of the genre today. It was fun to see how these things became tropes in the first place.

 

I do think the last third of book lost a bit of the momentum and while I did enjoy the shocking denouement, I would have enjoyed actually seeing what happened, rather than looking back on it even more.

 

Mostly slow burning, THE BEDEVILED was a lot of (70's style) fun, with an interesting cast of characters, and a few genuinely creepy moments. I never guessed what was coming and the end was a pretty big shocker which made up a bit for that little loss of pacing.

 

Recommended!

 

*Thanks to Valancourt Books for the e-ARC of this book in exchange for my honest review. This is it.*

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review 2018-01-17 18:53
My Best Friend's Exorcism by Grady Hendrix
My Best Friend's Exorcism - Grady Hendrix

Steeped in 80's nostalgia, I thought this book was a blast!

 

It was never really scary, and I'm not sure that it was meant to be. My instincts tell me this book was written as an homage to the 80's and the silly fun that the horror genre provided at that time. Sure, there were crazy Satanism scares, Geraldo and diet fads but there were also great music videos, Blockbuster stores and a horror book boom to beat all booms. A lot of them were just like this...about young people, influenced by culture and cliques, just trying to fit in. Carrie, Audrina, and all those kids from the covers of John Saul novels know what I'm talking about it.

 

If YOU know what I'm talking about and if you're smiling at those memories as I am, then I recommend this book. It was made for you!

 

*I bought MY BEST FRIEND'S EXORCISM with my own hard earned money. It's the enhanced version and it's a lot fun, especially those flies crawling on the cover!*

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review 2015-06-11 18:05
Devil's Breath by Greg Gifune
Devil's Breath - Greg F. Gifune

**On July 7, (the official release date of Devil's Breath), I hope you'll head over to Horror After Dark for my interview with Greg and your chance to win a signed copy or 1 of 3 Kindle copies of this book!**

 

Have you ever heard of Devil's Breath? It's a drug that is odorless and tasteless and if you blow it into someone's face? They will turn into a zombie, ready to do your bidding. Put this drug into the hands of the wrong people and who knows what could happen. Of course, that is exactly what occurs in this book and the outcome is not pretty.

 

Stan Falk is trying to put his life back together after some difficult years. He's working as a dishwasher, renting himself a cottage in Sunset, a village near Cape Cod. He's tired of his life, tired of everything and is ready to end it all when he hears a knock at the door. From there, his life is forever changed.

 

I enjoyed the hell out of this book. It was fast paced, the characters were interesting and complex; Stan's past is slowly revealed as the story unfolds and he's not the greatest of guys as the reader first thinks. I loved learning more about him and I cared for him, even with all of his faults. 

 

Combine these excellent characters with some cult-type action, throw in some devil's breath on top of that and you have this book-part mystery, part suspense, part horror-it's hard to categorize. I'll just say it was excellent and leave it at that.

 

This is another sublime novel from Mr. Gifune and I feel comfortable giving it my highest recommendation!

 

*I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.*

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