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The Demonologist

Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013

By Andrew Pyper

The Short Take:

It’s a scary as any Dean Koontz novel but peppered with quotes from John Milton’s Paradise Lost. If that’s the kind of thing you like, this one’s for you. I certainly enjoyed it. In fact, I couldn’t put it down.


I picked this one up because it had quotes from Gillian Flynn, Jeffery Deaver, and Kate Moss among others. That seemed pretty promising and I was not disappointed. It’s more than a bit supernatural, though it takes awhile for both you and the main character to believe that.

This is a work of horror, but not the blood and gore kind. The psychological underpinnings of both the protagonist and antagonist play important roles, as do the enduring bonds of friendship and love. But what made it most interesting to me were the frequent Paradise Lost quotes and how they were woven into the plot so elegantly. I’ve never read the entire epic poem, but I will now.

A Little Plot:

Milton expert, David Ullman, is losing his wife to another man and his beloved daughter to the same melancholy he suffers from. He’s an expert when it comes to devils, both in literature and religion, but not a believer in either devils or gods.

When he is approached by a thin woman who wants him to go to Venice to witness something strange and then report on what he sees, he is skeptical and inclined to pass. However, that very night his wife asks for a divorce so he decides to go, taking his 12-year-old daughter, Tess, with him.

In Venice, something terrible happens to Tess, and David is in a race against time, a demon, and other powerful forces in order to save her — and hopefully — himself.

To learn more about Pyper, click here. I must say, his website shows a sense of humor.


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