As other astute people have chimed, this story turned out to be much deeper and a lot different than I originally expected (in a yippie, yippie good way). This book was such an enjoyable experience and made me want get a serious preach on sermonizing its greatness. While containing elements of science fiction, fantasy and horror, I don’t think the novel neatly fits into any of those containers and s...more
Pandemonium isn't quite fantasy (it quickly reveals itself to have elements of Alternate History & SF). Gregory creates a world where demonic possession is normal, sort of, at least society's learned to deal with it when it happens; but the story of Del, who was once Possessed as a boy is the heart of the narrative. It has a personal, intimate tone. The st...more
“You mean they’re crazy.”
“Let’s not debate cause and effect. All we know is that when death comes for them, when the darkness calls, some of them do not go gentle. They refuse to be pulled in, and so they pull something back out.”
- Del and VALIS
Identity is a weird thing. I can...more
I was very surprised to discover after finishing that this was Daryl Gregory’s first novel. His writing is much more polished than I would expect, with fully-fleshed characters and a strong first-person narrative. I...more
The premise is simple: A world just like ours except that possession by demons is real. It happens infrequently and is usually brief, leaving the victim shaken, but unharmed. Except for a few. You see, there are different demons that have been identified. The Little Angel, who possesses only girls between 10 and 12 with long curly dark hair and whose kiss can kill. The Painter, who uses materials at hand to paint specific pictures without saying a word, and then departs. T...more
I thought it was an interesting take on what could possibly be some sort of mental illness, the idea that these people are actually possessed b...more
Honestly, I think it helps a lot in appreciating this book if you have a background in classic science fiction. At the very least, it enables you to appreciate both the ironic and the humorous elements in the book. But in general, the book is a riveting read. It moves fast, has...more
What drew me in initially (besides the amazing synopsis) was Daryl Gregory’s writing style. His writing is beautifully descriptive and draws you into the story and lives of the characters. I was never bored and often had to drag myself away. The main character, Del, goes through such a trip dur...more
Movies don't. With movies, you get all of the above in abundance. And they...more
I can't believe that this is Daryl Gregory's first book. It's absolutely amazing. Don't go by the blurb, it doesn't even come close to describing it. The characters and the situation are so well done, it all seeme...more
That said, despite finding his prose riveting, I felt like the story lost itself for just a...more
Reviewers were happy to see a fresh take on a well-worn subject of sci-fi and horror stories: demonic possession. They suggested that by creating a world where demons are commonplace, Gregory has in fact found a way of making the subject novel. Critics were even more impressed by Pandemonium's well-developed characters. As one reviewer noted, the possessions of the story affect the trajectories of the characters' lives in the same way as mental illness, without transforming this novel into an al...more
Trivia aside this was a great first novel. I was attracted to it originally by the references to the writings of Phillip K. Dick, esp...more
All of these factor into Pandemonium, to great effect. To give much more than a broad summary of the plot threatens to spoil too many of the surprises, so I won't bother. (Should I admit that the ending was so affecting t...more
I'm being deliberately vague in my synopsis. Suffice to say,...more
Pandemonium is pretty weird. It features a number of bizarre characters including demons who make their possessed hosts act out elaborate superhero fantasies, a lake monster, Sinead O'Connor re-imagined as a priest of an obscure catholic sect,, a paramilitary force on the watch for (effectively) the aliens from They Live*, and a demon who has taken over the persona of Philip K. Dick.
And it all mostly wo...more
El mundo de la novela es algo distinto al nuestro, varios acontecimientos han sucedido de otro modo (y nos enteramos a cuentagotas durante el desarrollo de la historia) pero el detalle central es que desde la decada del cuarenta han habido incontables casos de posesiones; gente que ha sido invadida por "demonios". Estos demonios son arquetipos de la cultura popular, al poseer...more
Del Pierce was possessed as a young boy by a demon known as The Hellion...only as an adult, it now appears that The Hellion never left. This book deals with Del's attempts to rid hims...more
This story moves right along, drawing you in to a world that is very apparently set at an angle to the reality most of us know. Anyone who calls his mother the Cyclops is bound to lead an interesting life. In fact, the characters inhabit a world where the characters from the mind of one man can, at will, take hol...more
He is also the writer of comics such as Dracula: The Company of Monsters and Planet of the Apes, both from BOOM! Studios.
His first collection of short stories is Unpossible and Other Stories, by Fairwood Press (October, 2011).
Daryl lives in State College, Pennsylvania.