by Jon Athan
WARNING: This book contains some suggestive scenes and themes, some violence, and some vulgar language. It is not intended for those easily offended or appalled. Please enjoy at your own discretion.
Jamie, a single father, spirals into a horrific tailspin when his beloved son, Casey, begins to exhibit extreme signs of aggression. When Casey’s behavior challenges the realm of human explanation, Jamie questions and tackles every sinister possibility. Enlisting the aid of doctors, a parapsychologist, and a priest, Jamie delves into a frightening world of uncertainty. A severe mental illness? A spiritual ailment? A supernatural attack? The terrifying truth emerges from the most fiendish corner…
Can Jamie save his son from an eternity of torment?
I just re-read A Boy Possessed / In The Name of the Devil for the second time.
We are watch as a man does everything he possibly can to find out what is wrong with his son. Doctor after doctor find nothing medically wrong, but try to tell this man that there is nothing wrong, after the late nights trying to soothe his only child, after all the things he has been witness to?! We get to see just how far a father is willing to go, and the pain he endures, to save his son from something he doesn’t (yet) understand.
It’s an emotional ride through doctors, psychiatrists, old frenemies, and finally a priest – all to explain something that can’t possibly be happening to his baby boy. He soon realizes once you eliminate the impossible, whatever remains, no matter how improbable, must be the truth, and nothing will keep him from trying to make it end.
The additions and rewrites did improve on the story. If you haven’t read A Boy Possessed or In The Name of the Devil, what the HELL are you waiting for, a second coming?!
P, L & N 💋
Welcome To All Kinds Of Hell
The Devil’s List is a dark tale of insanity and horror from Terry M. West. In the small Texas town of Pleasant Storm during the summer of 1985, Chuck Beall embarks on a journey of brutality and madness. Convinced he’s possessed by a demon that compels him to kill, Chuck’s murderous attention shifts from random transients to those he blames the most for his abusive past.
I see the sign welcoming me to Pleasant Storm and I get a warm, fuzzy feeling. It feels like coming home, and this is right where I’m supposed to be. It’s good to be back.
Chuck Beall has been picked on his whole life. Family, school mates, town folk, no one missed a chance to remind he was different, unwanted, and unloved. They beat it into him hard enough that he’d never forget.
Tormented, and wandering around late one night out by the old Campbell property, Chuck comes face to face with a demon his mama used to tell legends about – The Plat-Eye.
Now that he’s not walking alone anymore, it’s time to turn the sins back onto the sinners, and everything is about to change. Revenge is going taste sweet, and warm.
I checked out some of the other reviews after finishing this book, and I’m really surprised by some of the negativity.
Admittedly, I knew what to expect from a Bryan Smith novel, (that’s why I read it in the first place), so I’m not shocked by the violence, or the sex, or the sex with violence & violence with sex!
I’m at the point of my literary life where I’m seeking out the darker & more disturbing works, and am happy that Cathy suggested Bryan Smith, (among a few others). After reading Spooky Stacks Four Horror Tales in October, picking up Smith was an easy decision to make – (his short, Pizza Face, was great, interesting, sick & I loved it!) the hard part was choosing which book! I try to make my decisions on only the book’s synopsis – I avoid the reviews, usually until I write my own. I have a few that I already own to pick from, and I think I chose The Dark Ones only because of the cover! It’s still close to Halloween/Samhain, all the decorations aren’t boxed up yet, let’s go with some Demon Worship! Haha 🙂
We’re introduced to a group of teens still in high-school, the misfits, the outcasts. The Dark Ones. Nothing too outrageous, they’re the group of friends a lot of us had. They sneak out & stay out all night, but mostly keep to themselves. One of the guys finds an abandoned house, something that’s happened before, and they are going to check it out, hang out there until the novelty wears off and they move on to the next thing. But, little do they know… their actions, starting with unboarding the front door, are breaking numerous binding spells put in place to hold an evil they could have never expected.
Once the demon is awakened, he has a little fun in the basement, then he hitches a ride with one of the Dark Ones to get his revenge on the people who bound him. He has some extra demon fun along the way, so be prepared for a lot of blood, and some demon sex that starts off a little uncomfortably (Not that way, pervert! Haha) until you get used to the fact that the vessel is only that, just a sack of skin to dress up in. It’s previous owner is… asleep, for lack of a better term.
Now… You tell me…What’s your favorite Bryan Smith book? Which one should I read next?