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The Houngan

3.37  ·  Rating Details ·  19 Ratings  ·  5 Reviews
Fearing for the safety of his young son, Cerf allowed himself to be a pawn in a company's black game, until a New Year's Eve ceremony threatened to draw him and those he loved forever into the dark world of...the Houngan.
Paperback, 304 pages
Published January 1st 1988 by Leisure Books
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Ken McKinley
May 12, 2014 Ken McKinley rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror, own-paperback
A houngan is a male Voodoo priest. Van Cerf is a divorced father of a twelve-year old boy and unemployed. Van is an advertising writer who has struggled finding satisfaction in his work environment from the various employers he's had through the years. As a result, he finds himself with bills mounting and his confidence at ever finding a job that's fulfilling, emotionally and financially, dwindling. In a last ditch effort, Van calls upon an ex co-worker, who has taken a job with the DeSilvier Co ...more
Holger Haase
Feb 15, 2013 Holger Haase rated it really liked it
"The company wanted more than forty hours a week. It wanted his soul."

Really enjoyable occult mystery thriller about an unemployed writer who gets hired by a mysterious corporation and soon learns about its involvement with Voodoo and why it has such a low turnover amongst its employees.

Had never heard of the book or its author before so was pleasantly surprised as to how much I enjoyed it. Despite the fact that the Leisure, the publisher, does not appear to have had an editor available (hardly
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Robert
Jul 05, 2014 Robert rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014

I enjoyed this book, even though the production quality was lacking throughout.


Van Cerf is a single dad and aspiring writer in search of a well-paying job. What he finds is a company willing to pay him... as long as he subscribes to the boss’s religion: Vodun. At first he finds comfort in a religion which can be proven effective but later finds that the sacrifices his boss requires are too much to ask for.


The story was well written and relied heavily on psychological tension rather than outrigh

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Vicious
Jul 08, 2016 Vicious rated it it was ok
I'd seen this book listed on a few "scariest books" lists, and had wanted to read it for awhile - if only because books where "Voodoo" is the big bad are few and far between.

I found the book to be "just okay". Van Cerf, the protagonist, is not the most likable of characters - equal parts self-righteous and self-deluding, who is prone to SUDDEN REALIZATIONS. His two romantic interests in particular make one scratch their head - his first is all passion and really, really wanting to write the naug
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Stacy Simpson
Mar 26, 2011 Stacy Simpson rated it liked it


This was a tale into the depths of voodoo. The main character Van Cerf had a very good character and was quite amusing. The story did tend to drag in certain parts and the ending I felt should have been more eventful. Overall it was a better read then I have had in a few months but sadly wasn't good enough for me to keep ahold of. If interested my copy is for sale on eBay.
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Gerald Neal Williamson (April 17, 1932 - December 8, 2005) wrote and edited horror stories under the name J. N. Williamson. He also write under the name Julian Shock.

Born in Indianapolis, IN he graduated from Shortridge High School. He studied journalism at Butler University. He published his first novel in 1979 and went on to publish more than 40 novels and 150 short stories. In 2003 he received
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