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The Demonologist - Michael Laimo Horror Book Review
Horror books Review
So you’re an aging rock star… well they say your aging, you are in your forties… but you only just hit the big time with your last album, anyway - so you just finished a 9 month tour, get home to your daughter and suddenly you have problems. Not your normal rock star problems, instead you have headaches, terrible nightmares, visions and hallucinations. Then you have that strange guy following you, and an invitation that seems more of a threat than a party…
This is a book about possession, our main character Bev (yes, Bev is a guy) is showing all of the signs of being possessed, people around him are now in precarious positions, his daughter goes missing and suddenly there is a priest who shows up that seems to know what is going on.
This was a very mediocre horror book, not that the premise wasn’t interesting. We have page after page of Bev’s dreams which are just excuses for gore and sexual perversion and until the end, don’t add anything to the story itself. Most of our characters are very flat, we don’t have much background or even a chance to get to like Bev before he’s having issues. The writing style gets a bit tedious and the flipping back and forth between our good guys and bad guys really takes a lot of the mystery out of the nasties. The basis of the plot is that a 2000 year old demonologist who had attempted to gain the power of Legion (the 13 demons that Jesus cast out of a man and into a herd of swine) but was foiled in his first attempt, is now possessing a man in LA and is re-attempting his original plan.
Even though this book is pretty easy to follow, it feels very muddled. I think this is because we keep switching points of view and then back and forth between the dreams and the voices in his head. Then we keep jumping back and forth between times (LOTS of flashbacks). When we finally get to our big battle and it’s really not that great… I mean sure there is plenty of blood, but there is a lot that is glossed over. And the ending… do yourself a favor and stop reading before you get to the last 3 pages, because that completely blows the rest of the book.
This is the second Laimo book that I have read, and I enjoyed the first one “Dead Souls” immensely. This book however was more of a snoozefest for me. Much of what is here comes across as a slightly garbled mess of influences and ideas that never quite came together as a cohesive polished story. There were parts of this book that were quite good, however as a whole it never solidified into a full story. I found myself struggling to read through the dream sequences, which although quite gory and filled with repulsive sexual exploits of demons, were boring to me. I mean you can only read about someone standing in lava and watching demons “doing” their daughter for so many pages.
Now I am a Christian, but I admit that I’m not entirely up on the Bible… but from what I understand the tale that this is taken from doesn’t completely mesh with the story in this book. I can’t really comment on specifics other than perhaps the rounding of the dates to 2000 years but I’m not going to fault Laimo for rounding.
I generally do longer reviews, but I don’t want to come across as a hater, because as I said… some parts of this book were pretty good, and the idea itself was interesting enough. If you are just looking for a mindless read that goes by pretty quick then this should suffice. I just wouldn’t go out of your way to buy it. Laimo is a good writer, just not in this particular book.