KAYE TROUT'S BOOK REVIEWS 1

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Saturday, February 17, 2007

DEMON by Craig W. Tweedie

Llumina Press
www.llumina.com
Genre: Teen/Horror/Fiction
Rating: Very Good
ISBN: 1595266798, $12.95, 160 pp.


What is this story about? Allow me to quote from the back cover which tells us the essence of this tale.

"Neil has been bullied since as far back as he can remember. One evening, he is beaten near death over an altercation that took place earlier that day in school. In his delusion, he is met by Luharen, a six-hundred-year-old demon that offers Neil unlimited power and vengeance. In return, Neil only needs to offer his allegiance to Luharen and his brotherhood of demons. Neil accepts Luharen’s offer, becomes a demon himself, and starts off on a horrific rampage of vengeance and gore. The once innocent and timid Neil becomes a blood-thirsty demon, evil to the core, unleashing his wrath on those who dared to belittle him all his life. One by one, his enemies are killed in the most brutal and violent of ways."

Maybe not a new theme, for sure, but Craig Tweedie has a true gift for telling a tale and with a flare I’m certain will appeal to contemporary teens who enjoy horror stories, and I’d like to share a sample of his writing with you . . . from Page 131:

"There, in the mirror, he saw the boy who had been shoved into a locker. He saw the boy who had been ripped bare of clothing and whipped in a school parking lot. He saw the boy who had been beaten to an unrecognizable pulp and left for dead. And he say the boy whose father would just as soon drink as console his son. In fact, the old man had sooner put Neil in crisis than help him.

"‘They are all dead now, Neil,’ Luharen whispered from the hallway. It was the first time Luharen had called him that name since his emergence. ‘They fell at your hand. What they tried to do and failed, you accomplished single-handedly.’

"Andorean stepped back from the mirror, looking at what was once Neil MacAllistair. He shifted his appearance to look like John, then Jordan, then Andrew, and finally Heather, before shifting his appearance back to his demonic self. He balled a fist and slammed it into the mirror, shattering it into several pieces."

If you like fast-paced, horror stories, you won’t be disappointed by Demon.

Reviewed by Kaye Trout - February 17, 2007

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