Daniel Gates is a fixer. Whatever his client wants, he can get for a price. But the price of his latest assignment is a high one indeed. He is to travel to Scotland to exchange a rare demonic text, a grimoire, for a consignment of even rarer whiskey. Reading the grimoire, Gates learns of the legend of Lucifer s Glass and the unholy trinity of green-eyed demons who protect it. As he does battle with the demons, Daniel realizes too late that there is much more to his assignment than meets the eye. He is locked in a struggle to save his very soul from damnation.
Frazer Lee is a novelist, screenwriter, and filmmaker whose debut novel The Lamplighters was a Bram Stoker Award® Finalist. His film credits include the acclaimed feature film Panic Button. Frazer resides with his family in Buckinghamshire, just across the cemetery from the real-life Hammer House of Horror.
Daniel Gates is a fixer. He'll get want you want if the price is right. His last mission went awry and some lines were crossed, but the employer asks for one more quest. If he completes it, he will be paid handsomely and the issues from his last job will be taken care of.
Daniel accepts, seeing as he's only supposed to transport a book to an island and in exchange he's supposed to acquire some special whiskey.
Things don't go quite like he planned and the trip turns out to be more than Daniel bargained for as a mystery unfolds and choices are made that will determine more than just a paycheck. Daniel will be fighting for his very soul.
The Lucifer Glass started out slow, but built to a strong, steady tempo as Daniel became aware of just what was happening. This read would not have been as strong if Mr. Lee hadn't written such a believable character.
The Lucifer Glass had a Twilight Zone feel to it that made you question what was imagined and what was real. I'd definitely read something by Frazer Lee again.
*I was given a copy in exchange for an honest review*
A crazy adventure and a quick read laced with some gorgeous prose that made me stop just to appreciate the language. The occult world Daniel Gates finds himself drowning in has me hooked, and I am eager to see what happens next!
Daniel Gates is known as a "fixer", someone who uses a variety of skills in order to collect obscure artifacts for his clients. He recently completed a high stakes mission in obtaining a a mirror made from human bone for a powerful corporation and is set to collect his payday before he is offered another job - travel to an obscure Scottish distillery to obtain a large bottle of mysterious whisky known as The Zero Malt. Gates is unable to turn down the offer with the promise of quadrupling his fee and having his history wiped clean with new papers.
Gates boards a train to Scotland and with plenty of time to kill and daydreams about calling it a career after this one more job swirling around his head. He decides to take a peek at the package given to him by Rothschild to use in exchange for more of The Zero Malt. The book is a custom leather-bound book that bears the marking "Choronzon's Grimoire" and is filled with handwritten script that details the history of numerous occult objects and is full of indecipherable drawings. It is here that Gates discovers the true meaning of the mirror he handed over to Rothschild.
Gates loses the book on his travels but decides to take the meeting anyway, hoping he can salvage the deal with some smooth words and a more enticing offer. When he arrives on the island of the famed distillery, he is stunned by what he finds. Abandoned on the island with no way back, Gates has no choice but to try to make a deal. The distillery is seemingly empty, but Gates can't shake the feeling that someone or something is watching him. What follows is a fever dream of events that finds Gates struggling for survival as he is plagued by horrifying visions that make him question his sanity.
Gates is an interesting character, a suave confident jack of all trades who has connections to black market items. He is a shadow, someone who manages to get his business cards to potential clients at just the right time. The air of mystery around him is what immediately draws the reader in, but what makes him standout is his very realistic portrayal. He has very real faults and has made numerous mistakes throughout his life and career. Despite his professional reputation and the things that he has undoubtedly seen, he also doesn't seem to have all the answers. He finds himself in very real danger and at times you begin to see a vulnerability appear in him.
Lee is a supreme talent when it comes to building a sense of atmosphere and that is evident not only in The Lucifer Glass, but his other works as well. His writing is detailed and full of rich imagery that engages all the senses and helps immerse readers in the worlds that he creates. The novella format works extremely well for The Lucifer Glass, creating a fast-paced read that quickly drops the reader into a world of psychological horrors. While certain aspects of the story seemed to be a bit confusing at times, I thought The Lucifer Glass was a fun read and I think it will appeal to those who enjoy occult-based horror. Lee has at another two books planned in the Daniel Gates universe, but I hope the stories continue well beyond that!
This is decent short story about Daniel Gates who specialises in retrieving specialist items. His latest job was to retrive a special mirror and from there his employer sends him on a new job. He travels up to Scotland with a rare grimoire in his possession which he is supposed to exchange for some extremely rare whiskey. However things are not quite what they seem.
This is a short story so is over before you realise it and for me that was the only real downer, there was a bit more story here, but don't let that put you off as it is worth the read. Once it got going the strange aspect kicks in and became a lot more interesting. For a short while it had me confused, but then a moment of clarity dawned and everything progressed smoothly to the end.
The author's writing is good and kept me involved in the story and I'll look forward to reading more of the author's work. There's some decent horror in the story whioch I appreciated witgh a nice blend of physical and psychological horror. All in all this is a decent read and I'd recommend it to any horror fans.