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4.24  ·  Rating details ·  46 ratings  ·  23 reviews
After Paimon, Lucifer’s top soul collector, falls in love with a mortal girl whose soul he is supposed to claim, he desperately tries everything in his power to save her from the Devil’s grasp. But what happens when a demon has to confront his demons, when he has to turn to something darker, something more sinister for help? Can Paimon survive the consequences of working w ...more
Paperback, 252 pages
Published November 2016 by Dark Regions Press
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Kenneth McKinley
Nov 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror, own-kindle
I like my horror much the way I like my whisky - high quality, straight up, excellent from the beginning to the end, and leaving me wanting more. I can be all over the board when it comes to horror that I like. The biggest thing is suspension of disbelief. If I'm not buying into the story, it's a struggle to get through. That's why dark fantasy is a tough one for me to choke down. Most of the stuff that I encounter is so comic book-ish, it's hard for me to swallow, like cheap whiskey. So, when I ...more
Glenn Rolfe
Jan 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“Paimon scanned the roads, looking for any hint of light, but the swathe of black that painted the night remained solid. Even the stars seemed to have dimmed, casting haze through the trees that bled out onto the forest floor like smoke.”

Stephanie Wytovich’s debut novel, THE EIGHTH, is littered with fantastic prose, the majority of which stand up next to any author I’ve read. Better known for her horror poetry, it doesn’t surprise me that she’s this good. I thoroughly enjoyed her vis
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Review: THE EIGHTH by Stephanie M. Wytovich

Stephanie Wytovich is by nature a poet. THE EIGHTH is both pure poetry, and purely poetic. From the first lines I floated in imagery and lyricism, in sensuality in its strictest sense, a feast of the senses. A hedonist would revel! [Both Aleister Crowley and Oscar Wilde come to mind in this regard.]

The demon Paimon is one of Hell's collectors, who bring souls for Lucifer's delectation. That worthy prefers females, so Paimon needs
Angela Crawford
Oct 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The Eighth is an intense tale of love, betrayal, damnation and regret. Paimon's story draws you in with lyrical language and lush imagery that is both beautiful and disturbing. This story is definitely not safe for the faint of heart or the weak of stomach, immersing you in a world of pain and darkness. Paimon and Arazel are compelling characters to follow as they struggle to get out of Hell and rescue Rhea from the Devil. The Seven are also intriguing as they plot to overthrow the Devil. From t ...more
Feb 19, 2019 rated it liked it
"It was comforting to see another's regret spattered all over their face, especially when it was their own blood."

I want to say upfront that this book is a dark romance, and I am not the ideal reader / reviewer for this subgenre. I think I was expecting a bit more horror, which is why I picked it up. I'm also a huge fan of Stephanie Wytovich's poetry, so I was going to read it no matter what it was about.

Stephanie writes so well, and that's evident here, but I just struggled to get
Apr 08, 2017 rated it it was ok
This wasn't really bad, but I don't think it was for me, so it was a pretty meh selection with a couple really serious turn offs.

The setting has a lot to offer as it is in a contemporary version of Dante's multi-ringed hell, Paimon is a soul collector trying to meet his quota as a result of a postmortem deal with the devil when he's tasked with going to collect the soul of Rhea. Things go awry in the process of collecting Rhea, not only because she reminds him of his dead wife, but this ends up
Eddie Generous
Nov 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
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Down into the vast depths, where flames dance to ceaseless tunes and souls wallow and weep, Lucifer lurks with a plan to keep his throne, no matter what lay in the future.
Hell is the landscape depicted and Stephanie M. Wytovich samples from numerous sources on the mythical plane, but reveals a place of original angles and shades.
The story follows a wayward collector of souls as he defies his lord and follows his urges. Supernatural date rape painted as a com
Somer Canon
Apr 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I didn't want to put this book down but DAAAAAAANG IIIIIT that ending!
Still, a very good book with crazy imagery.
The Grim Reader
Jan 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I’ve been struggling a little with putting into words what my feelings are about this book. It’s the first time I’ve read anything by Stephanie M. Wytovich. I am well aware of her poetry work. It is much-lauded by people I respect within the genre and although I’m not a poetry reader per se I think it might be time that I give it a go because the writing here is fantastic.

Firstly, a little bit about the book: Paimon is a collector, one of the devils servants. A puppet that the devil
Lydian Faust
Jul 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
I'm always eager to read stories set, even partially set, in Hell, so I was eager to read this (and a few friends had recommended it to me). The mechanics of Hell and its minions were poetically described and I thoroughly enjoyed those passages, though it took me a few re-reads to work out the exact relationship between Paimon, Satan, the others collectors/demons, Sins, etc. I found Rhea's dark family history intriguing and enjoyed the unsettling development of her character. Witty dialog and a ...more
Apr 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This may be one of the most emotionally exhausting books I've ever read. Her descriptions of pain, both physical and psychological, were absolutely breathtaking. I found myself having to take breaks from it because it was literally affecting my mood - and not in a good way. It was the epitome of disturbing. That all being said, it's an incredible talent to have that level of impact on people. It's a beautifully written, interesting story about love, loss, betrayal, and regret. And honestly I fel ...more
Dec 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Whie I enjoyed the plot and the characters, the strongest part of the novel is Wytovich's use of language that elevates this above the rest of the genre. Little phrases of description and metaphor add a dimension of art beyond just a telling if the events . Wytovich hints at a wider theology and backstory, providing some information for contemplation and further interest, without getting bogged down in dull exposition or reading like a fictional textbook . The poetic language and brutality combi ...more
David Bridges
Feb 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
I love a good book set in Hell. No joke, I have read quite a few. I have been to Palahniuk's Hell, Edward Lee's Hell, and Kurt Unsworth's Hell. Needless to say, I was pretty stoked about going to Hell with Stephanie M. Wytovich. I admittedly do not know a lot about the author other than she is an accomplished poet and I believe this is her first published novel. It is not hard to believe that Wytovich is a poet as poetry oozes out of her prose. It is dark and sexy with great emotional range.

Shane Keene
Oct 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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Stephanie M. Wytovich is far from an unknown in the horror community. Having published several outstanding collections of poetry, including Hysteria, Mourning Jewelry, and her most recent book Brothel, she’s arguably one of our more prolific and talented poets. She’s garnered high accolades from readers, critics, and reviewers, and she’s been nominated for several awards, including multiple Bram Stokers. Most recently she’s turned h
Arctic Llama
Oct 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
I picked this up based on the back cover text. It's about a demon sent from hell to collect a soul, but she reminds him too much of his former lover, so he defies the Devil and sets out to save her, and himself. Of course, fighting the Devil, and hell itself isn't as easy as it sounds. I guess it counts as horror, but it's really just juicy, graphic descriptions of things in hell, by hell, and of hell. I don't think the intent is to scare. This was a fun, fast read, that should appeal to anyone ...more
Joel Diedrich
May 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What a ride! A tribute to the Devine Comedy with nods to the style of Barker. Wytovich has a definite talent and I can't wait to read her next novel. I'm only hoping it is a sequel to this gem!
Tracy Robinson
Feb 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
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K Orion Fray
Feb 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own-ebook
Full disclosure: the author of this book and I are acquaintances through my graduate school. However, I bought my copy of this book of my own accord, and she has not asked me to review it any more than she has anyone else in the world.

I haven't had the opportunity to read any of Wytovich's writing outside of this, but from reputation alone, I know her to be a very talented horror-skewed poet. THE EIGHTH was her delving into this particular world of writing, and I will say, her poetic backgrou
Feb 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: february-2017
Disclaimer: The author and I share a publisher for her poetry collections and I consider her a friend. However, I purchased a hardcopy version of this novel for full price.

I hate starting reviews with "I don't usually read this genre, but..." In this case, however, it's 100% true. I'm not a horror reader (or viewer). It's not my chosen form of escapism. However, I've been in love with Dante's Inferno since the first time I read it in high school, and I because I'm lucky enough to kno
Dec 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
Wonderfully creepy and amazingly beautiful read. I'm not sure how Stephanie Wytovich managed to create such a breathtaking world in the midst of Hell. Multiple images from the descriptions will stay with me. Paimon, even tho a demon, was so perfectly rendered, complete with all his flaws, that I ended up feeling pity for him and hoping something better comes his way.
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Suzanne Synborski
The Eighth, by Stephanie M. Wytovich chronicles the epic journey of Paimon, a collector of souls. The tale opens with a provocative statement that offers readers a clear preview of what is to come.

“Paimon set himself on fire.”

Roasting in a burning chamber, this soul collector punishes himself for the deeds he is forced to commit by his taskmaster, the devil. Paimon is an extraordinary sort of demon.

The soul collector resides in a hellacious monastery deep in the bowels o
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From Dark Regions Press comes The Eighth, Stephanie Wytovich’s debut novel. A contemporary horror tale, the story follows soul-collector Paimon who is in service to the Devil. The job is simple; go to Earth, convince the mark to commit grievous sins, then reap the bounty.

Yet Paimon’s loyalties are turned upside-down after being charged with collecting Rhea, a tortured woman locked in an abusive relationship.
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Stephanie M. Wytovich is an American poet, novelist, and essayist. Her work has been showcased in numerous venues such as Weird Tales, Gutted: Beautiful Horror Stories, Fantastic Tales of Terror, Year's Best Hardcore Horror: Volume 2, The Best Horror of the Year: Volume 8, as well as many others.

Wytovich is the Poetry Editor for Raw Dog Screaming Press, an adjunct at Western Connecticut State Uni
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