Book Review – Demons & Devilry (2013)

Demons & Devilry
Edited by Stuart Young
Release Date: September 25, 2013
Publisher: Hersham Horror Books


I am constantly amazed at the number of small presses out there that keep churning out hit titles. These independent companies show versatility and strength with their selections, but they also keep the bigger publishing houses on their toes. Hersham Horror Books is a perfect example. The owner, Peter Mark May, is a heck of an author and a nice guy to boot; likewise, his company puts out excellent anthologies that are well written and entertaining. DEMONS & DEVILRY is the latest addition to their impressive canon.

If you are not familiar with DEMONS & DEVILRY, here is the plot synopsis courtesy of Hersham Horror Books:

Hersham Horror Books Presents five original stories from the minds of:

Peter Mark May
Thana Niveau
John Llewellyn Probert
David Williamson
Stuart Young

The Fourth anthology in our PentAnth range brings you five more satanic and demonic tales that hearkens back to an age when Dennis Wheatley was the king of horror.

In case you are unfamiliar with Dennis Wheatley, he was an author in the early and mid 20th century who wrote a series of ‘black magic’ books. These titles were considered controversial for the subject matters they embraced. They contained things like sadism (directed primarily at women), Satanism, vulgar racism, and many other topics considered taboo. For this reason, many consider him the founding father of Satanic horror writing.

I’m a sucker for stories about demons and devils; they just draw me in and captivate me for some reason. Heck, the first short film I ever made was a horror short titled CALL NOT THE DEVIL, based on an old Danish proverb. So as you can see…the subject matter is one I enjoy.

Every story in DEMONS & DEVILRY is written well and flows at a nice pace. The authors go to great lengths to convey a lot of story in such a small space, and they each do a first rate job. And as with Hersham’s previous titles, the quality of writing is superb. Each tale is carefully crafted and each writing voice unique.

My favorite story in this collection is “Little Devils” by Thana Niveau. In this piece, a small group of kids disobey instructions and enter a construction worksite to trek around an unfinished building. What they didn’t count on, however, was interrupting an unholy ritual. Niveau does a perfect job of blending the innocence of childhood and pre-teen adolescence with dark and unknown forces. The result is an engrossing tale that will make you squirm.

DEMONS & DEVILRY is an excellent collection of stories, and every horror fan should add this title to their libraries for sure. But be warned: you might not be the same after you read these terrifying tales of the occult! The book is available now in a variety of formats.


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