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Servant of the Red Quill: A Baker Johnson Tale

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In this exciting sequel to The Giving of Things Cold & Cursed, psychical researcher Baker Johnson returns. The year is 1927. The place is New York city. Baker Johnson is reluctantly pulled into a case involving a troubled family in Yonkers. Jeremiah Simms, a wealthy collector of haunted objects, has acquired a rare tome penned by the infamous Marquis de Sade. Titled Servan ...more
Paperback, 72 pages
Published January 4th 2015 by Pleasant Storm Entertainment, Inc. (first published January 2nd 2015)
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Bob
Dec 17, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Baker Johnson Tales is an ongoing series of short stories by Terry M. West, all of them dealing with Baker Johnson, the Black Room inherited from his grandfather, and their shared legacy of darkness.

With Servant of the Red Quill, West picks up the story two years later, with Baker having become a poor, drunken, sullen recluse, rather than the dark sort of avenging hero we may have expected after the first chapter. While he has no interest in resurrecting the Black Room, much less ever fillin
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Latasha
this was a really good quick listen. I did not listen to the previous Baker Jonson tale(s) and had no problem keeping up with the story. I would listen to more in this series. Jason Mills reads it and does a great job.
I requested this audio book in exchange for a honest review.
Zakk Madness
Dec 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A broken and haunted man, Baker Johnson is a second generation parapsychologist and trustee of plagued and cursed items during New York's "Roaring 20's". Turning to the drink to fill the void of his lost family and quiet the regret of unleashing his cursed items back into the world. Coerced away from his downward spiral in order to help an old acquaintance to his deceased uncle, another collector of plagued objects, who is being plagued by a recent acquisition.

The brand of Terry M. West has beco
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Kerry
Jan 09, 2018 added it
Set in a gothic past, Baker Johnson is a cool, Kolchak the Night Stalker-like psychic investigator with the uncanny ability to "read" other people. He puts this to good use in his daily life, when not drowning his deep pain in whisky and women.

A solicitor employs our "semi-retired" hero for a wealthy collector of curiosities when one of the items, a book by an infamous marquis, possesses his daughter. Baker faces his pain and realizes a new and useful aspect of his intuition. At the end of the
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E. R. Robin Dover
Dec 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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One doesn’t destroy the lamp of a jinni. One corks it.

"This thing is more powerful than I thought," Baker admitted, and worry charmed his face for a second – The guilty always fall apart so much sooner if they've any remorse in their souls – his plans and hopes and dreams for his twelve year-old daughter caught and froze somewhere in Baker's soul and at that same moment, God died as well – You will carry us and think us no more than your own sinful thoughts.”

The Giving of Things Cold & Cursed, t
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Lisa
Jan 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was one of the good ones! First off, demons freak me the heck out but when you add in possession, then I'm hooked.....and very scared! I've a feeling that the Black Room is going to be filling up quickly now. I liked Baker questioning whether the Marquis De Sade was messed up because of the journal or was it the other way around. I already had this story on my kindle and had yet to read it, but Mr. West kindly offered me a copy on Audible and of course I jumped on that! I thought the storyt ...more
Jay
Feb 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this short, interesting story. I think I will look to pick up other Baker Johnson tales. I think I could get into this series if they are similar to this story. It was well-written and concise and the narration was spot on. I wasn't sure that I would enjoy it to begin with as Baker seemed like a hot turd on toast... I really think I can like his character though.
Brandy
May 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another evil spirit bites the dust?

Another very good story from Mr. West! This is the kind of story I very much enjoy reading, and I was not disappointed in this one.
Chad
Feb 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
There’s something about Terry M. West’s work that runs smooth for me, like well-oiled cogs working harmoniously together. I’m a writer and pay careful attention to detail even when texting, so I can’t help but keep one eye on the story and the other on the look out. I look for sentences I would tighten, as well as errors in both grammar and punctuation. West’s work seems to help me set aside that anal retentiveness and just go for the ride. I’m able to look out the window and enjoy the scenery i ...more
Susan
Oct 18, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Quick read

A short story about possession. Quite naturally there's an exorcism. Nothing special. I didn't find it scary at all. But then again I collect Stephen King novels lol.
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Terry M. West is an American horror author. His best known works: What Price Gory, Car Nex, Dreg and his Night Things series. He was a finalist for 2 International Horror Guild Awards and he was featured on the TV Guide Sci-Fi hot list for his YA graphic novel series, Confessions of a Teenage Vampire. Terry was born in Texas, lived in New York for two decades and he currently hangs his hat in Cali ...more

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