A psychological tale of cinematic horror.
On Halloween night, following an unnerving phone call from his diabetic mother, Hale and six of his med school classmates return to the house where his sister disappeared years ago. While there is no sign of his mother, something is waiting for them there, and has been waiting a long time.
Written as a literary film treatment littere
Those who have read my other reviews here on GoodReads will know that I rarely, if ever, stop reading a book before finishing it, and that I rarely, if ever, rate a book 1 star. The latter is to me especially troublesome, since I haven't read all of ...more
But the overall concept? This book is amazing. The narrative is incredibly unique, and the ...more
The book itself is a strange experiment in style and the author writes this novel as though it were a screenplay then packs it full of footnotes. It just didn't work for me. I found it incredibly tedious. Which is too bad since the story showed some potentia ...more
The problem with loving an unconventional book is that it's so hard to find other books like it. This is the problem with me and Mark Z. Danielewski's 'House of Leaves' (which I swear I'm going to review one day...). I feel like I'm on a constant quest to find books that move in the same circles as 'House of Leaves,' and what books I do find rarely come close. Like Stephen Graham Jones' 'Demon Theory,' for example.
I had really high hopes for th ...more
I realize now that I care more about how a story is told than the story itself. Take this book, for example; the story is about demons, or it might have been monsters, or even movies, or murder, or suicide...oh, geez. Let's try again. The story follows five, or eight, or four protagonists who might be doctors at some point or else mental patients, or possibly paramedics... Yeah, no. Honestly, I'm not sure what the story was really about, or who the main c ...more
The only book I have read that I can compare this to is "Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell" and the similarities end at the huge number of footnotes. The biggest challenge for me was picturing the work as a movie and using t ...more
This is in three parts (a trilogy), as a prosaic movie-style, film treatment, complete with camera direction, screen fades, etc. But it's also like an academic thesis, as it sports copious amounts of footnotes, almost entirely, though, noting some pop culture film reference.
It's an interesting idea ...more
If your first reaction upon reading the above was to yawn, I don't blame you; it's the sort of framework that's launched a thousand direct-to-video ships. What sets "Demon Theory" apa ...more
Even if things slowed down a bit after that first portion, this is an excellent tribute/homage to all the classics--cult and otherwise--of horror films. The film nerd in me was giddy with all the references and explanations, while the book nerd in me ...more
I've been having a hard time describing the plot of Demon Theory. There are med students, an old creepy house, gargoyles, drugs, childhood mysteries, gho ...more
At points I felt bitterly disappointed after Stephen Graham Jones' brilliant collection of short stories that I read first.
In one way, the most interesting part about it are the copious footnotes so packed full of pop-culture references it can make a person dizzy.
The main story(ies) are written almost as a treatment for a screenplay - or perhaps a book for a musical. I'm note sure if it's intentional or not, but there wer ...more
I LOVED the first Part of the Book (and it can stand alone, as the book is written as a Trilogy.) I could not put down the first Horror story and read the book til 3am to finish it. So fun, and well written. After you sigh at the grand finale of this fun horror/slasher story--I recommend you stop reading.
Part 2 and Part 3... Too Many characters, Too off the wall, Too hard to follow. I couldn't understand the shifting POVs that would happen mid paragraph, ...more
QUOTE: "'Ganzfeld,' Seri pronounces finally, in defeat, as if in explanation. Then talks down to them: 'It’s a German term. G-A-N-Z-feld. A documented, psychological phenomenon. When you’re deprived of sensory input for too long—say, institutionalized?—you begin to hallucinate ... see connections where there are none ... come up with theories for your personal demons, which you want ...more