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The Demonologist

de Andrew Pyper

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During a visit to Venice, Professor David Ullman--one of the world's leading authorities on demonic literature--witnesses a terror in a tiny attic room. Then his 12-year-old daughter Tess disappears before his eyes, and he must find her while confronting an unspeakable darkness along the way.
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The Demonologist is a horror novel that sneaks up on you and, before you've even realized you're a bit scared, has you awake and wondering in the middle of the night. That's the genius of this book--because as true to the book as the blurb is, it sounds a bit... pedestrian? familiar? expected? At least, that's how it was for me. I read the blurb over and over again, and kept thinking, 'This is either going to be very, very good, or fairly boring.' Well, on some level, I was right--it was very, very good.

It doesn't traffic in jump scares, but in the slow, oncoming train type of scare that you can feel vibrating the pages and edging into your mind... only to make you think you're seeing things in the dark, hours after you've put the book down.

Pyper's attention to detail and the believable crafting of characters, combined with his care for lore and suspense, make this a stand-out read that delivers far more than it promises. I'm rarely scared or creeped out enough by a book that I have to pay attention to when I'm reading it, for fear that it will keep me up, but that's what happened with this book. Though I do most of my pleasure-reading at night, I found myself carving out afternoon and early evening hours in which to finish the book. I don't know when that last happened, truthfully, but this book has stuck with me.

I'd absolutely recommend this one to any horror reader, and I'll be picking up everything else Pyper has written (and anything he writes in the future). ( )
  whitewavedarling | Apr 23, 2021 |
One of my favorite horror reads of the year. Very literate with quite a bit of exploration of the literary source of demonic activity. I particularly enjoyed the discussion of how demonic entities enter into and control a person's life. Whether you attribute these influence to an intelligent entity or individual psychosis, the concept provides much food for thought on how we allow ourselves and our lives to spin out of control.

This novel was great in every way, in my opinion. I would class it along with The Club Dumas as thinking person's horror. Now I just need to get his other books.

5 stars and one of my favorites of the year. ( )
  ChrisMcCaffrey | Apr 6, 2021 |
This is a strange book, not because of content, but because of the way in which the Author chose to write both the storyline and develop the character of the main protagonist. The story is told through the words of the main character, and the settings in which the storyline takes places are experienced by the reader through the eyes of this character. One trait the reader learns early on in the novel this character possesses is that of melancholy, and it is this trait that saturates every word, action and observation the main lead takes. This trait has a habit of making the book move at a much slower pace than I would have expected from a topic such as this, but it also serves the purpose of making the reader take time as they progress through the pages to ensure they don’t miss the meanings of anything covered.

The European location is very well written, and after having spent some time here, I could picture the twists and turns that were taken in this city. The Author obviously thought long and hard when writing his book, as to which location would serve as the best setting for this portion of their work; by choosing this one I felt they had done an outstanding job, as it lends itself perfectly to this type of storyline. It is apparent from some sections of the book too, that the Author did a great deal of research in Milton’s Paradise Lost, and comes up with some very well educated explanations for some of the verses which really added another dimension to this book.

Although I did enjoy this book, I found after a while the way in which it was written was becoming depressing and, although this may not detract from some readers enjoyment of this novel I felt like it kept me from liking this read more than I did. I applaud the way in which the Author tackled the topics covered in this novel, but I don’t think I will be reading anymore of their work as their writing style really isn’t for me.

I would recommend this book to readers who enjoyed The Historian and also lovers of the Supernatural/Paranormal genre.

Originally reviewed on: http://catesbooknuthut.com/2013/12/04/review-the-demonologist-andrew-pyper/




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  TheAcorn | Nov 8, 2019 |
This book has a great first act. David Ullman, a literature professor specializing in Paradise Lost, receives an invitation to Venice for a consultation, all expenses paid. He doesn't yet know what he's going to find there, so he brings his 11 year-old daughter Tess along for the trip. They have a wonderful time, but then David has a disturbing supernatural encounter, and Tess vanishes, is possibly dead.

It's at this point the book starts to go downhill. Following an increasingly tenuous series of clues, David travels across the U.S and back in search of his daughter. How tenuous? In one instance he's given a quote from Milton that references sun and a "state." From this he guesses he's supposed to go to the "sunshine state," Florida. I started to think David was mad from grief and desperately creating a mission to give himself something to live for, but no, it's all real and David's interpretation turns out to be correct.

He runs around like this for a while, only to end up back where he started. A literal deus ex machina, or something close to it, resolves the story but not really, because it isn't satisfying in any way and comes off like the author didn't know how else to conclude it. ( )
  chaosfox | Feb 22, 2019 |
Professor David Ullman is gespecialiseerd in demonische literatuur, met name Het paradijs verloren van John Milton. Hij krijgt een geheimzinnige uitnodiging om in Venetië een bijzonder verschijnsel te komen bekijken. Hij neemt zijn elfjarige dochter Tess mee naar Italië. Terug naar Amerika komt hij echter alleen; zijn dochter is in Italië overleden.
Het verhaal gaat over de zoektocht van David naar zijn dochter, waarvan hij denkt dat die op hem wacht, ergens in een andere wereld. Tijdens zijn tocht wordt hij achtervolgd door een demon waarvan hij de naam niet kent, maar die hij wel probeert te achterhalen. David heeft een document in bezit dat de demon (cq diens opdrachtgever) wil bemachtigen.
In het boek wordt vaak geciteerd uit en verwezen naar Het paradijs verloren (Paradise Lost) van John Milton. Paradise Lost is een episch gedicht uit de 17e-eeuw. Het bestaat uit meer dan 10.000 versregels en verhaalt van de opstand van Lucifer (Satan) tegen God, Lucifers val in de hel en daarna zijn komst als slang naar het paradijs, de verleiding van Eva, de ongehoorzaamheid van Adam en Eva, en hun verdrijving uit het paradijs (bron: Wikipedia). Misschien dat ik dit werk wel eens ga lenen van de bibliotheek.
Op de kaft staan teksten als: 'De zwarte kroon reduceert Rosemary's Baby tot een prettig slaapmutsje'- SJ Watson en 'Dit boek wordt de 'Gangnam Style' van 2013 - National Post.
De eerste zorgde voor hoge verwachtingen (werden niet waargemaakt) en over de laatste heb ik zitten nadenken: Gangnam Style?? De enige verklaring die ik kan verzinnen is dat het wel vermakelijk is, maar geen enorme betekenis heeft..... ( )
  Cromboek | Jul 22, 2018 |
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During a visit to Venice, Professor David Ullman--one of the world's leading authorities on demonic literature--witnesses a terror in a tiny attic room. Then his 12-year-old daughter Tess disappears before his eyes, and he must find her while confronting an unspeakable darkness along the way.

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