The Demonists by Thomas E. Sniegoski

The Demonists Book Cover The Demonists
Thomas E. Sniegoski
Fiction
Roc
April 5, 2016
336

After an exorcism goes wrong, Theodora is left catatonic, possessed by countless spirits, and John finds himself on a desperate quest to find a cure for his wife. But Theodora's possession is only one piece of a deadly plot that is threatening the entire world - and without John and Theodora's intervention, there is no chance for salvation.

Sorely disappointed…

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So…I am not sure if it is just my PMS talking or if this book really was just a hodge-podge of various horror plots thrown into one book. It started out well-enough. Preface: Ghost Hunter meets The Medium then get married and start a television show together. Chapter 1: All Hell breaks loose (literally), and the Medium wife gets possessed by 1000 demons. From there, the book jumps around from character to character with no real progress toward an actual plot.ashvsevildead scream finale child screaming

Let’s start counting the additional plot elements:
-Missing children
– A mysteriously deranged “Teacher” (also possessed and semi-zombie) trying to bring back the lord of all evil
– A crime investigator battling her own personal demons
– An underground organization that performs exorcisms and protects the world from evil
-Dimension-jumping
-Lord of All Evil sucking on children’s souls and fear as he incubates (read: blob with arms/tentacles in a tank)
-Previously introduced Ghost Hunter trying to save his possessed wife and the world

….and a partridge in a pear tree????!!!

Seriously, it was too much. The scene jumping between chapters trying to fit all of this in read more like a movie or tv series script. Perhaps others enjoy that style, but it really was difficult to follow. I get he is trying to build a new series, with the back-story and to-be-continued ending, but there still needs to be some sort of continuity. The jumping made it difficult to care about the characters, and with all of the extra plotlines, it felt like I was watching a B or C horror flick (bordering on ridiculous.)

I have heard this is not his typical writing style, and am willing to give him another chance, but was sorely disappointed in this read.

If you enjoy that sort of thing, you can check out The Demonists HERE.

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