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3.47  ·  Rating details ·  177 ratings  ·  43 reviews
Hunter Beaumont doesn't understand his grandmother's deathbed wish: "Destroy Beaumont House." He'd never even heard of the place. But after his grandmother passes and his first love betrays him, the family house in the Wisconsin woods looks like a tempting refuge. Going against his grandmother's wishes, Hunter flees to Beaumont House. But will the house be the sanctuary he ...more
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Published June 17th 2010 by MLR Press (first published January 1st 2010)
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Chilling thriller with a side of romance.

Hunter is the cosseted grandchild that never experienced the outside world until his grandmother's death. Suddenly faced with adult decisions, he makes some poor choices. Choices that lead him back to Beaumont House, the family heritage. Abandoned for decades, it sits in the woods of Wisconsin.

Several characters are suspiciously too nice. I'm all for the affirmation of life via sex after death passes by, but a doctor preying on newly bereaved grandson i
Scary house and scary book, ghosts/nightmares/black magic/revenge etc. Who is your friend and who is your enemy? The eyes see what they want to see, but not always what they people that are to friendly are your friends, appearances can be deceiving.

Damn this author know how to scare you and it will do that you maybe never want to visit or see a old house again, because who know what is hiding in the rooms and in the dark?

If you ever have seen the movie Rose Red and the japanese horror movies,
Sep 14, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: mm, arc
I received this book as an ARC though NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I really wanted to like this book. I liked the scary aspects of this very much, and the idea of the house was interesting, but the characters didn't work for me at all. I found Hunter to be a very unlikeable character. Sheltered, and naïve, but also more than a bit petulant and childish. His mood swings seemed to come out of nowhere. I might have felt bad for him at first, but that quickly went away when I saw the w
Jul 17, 2010 rated it really liked it
Fantastic read with lots of chills.

The only thing that stopped me from rating this book a solid 5 stars was the main character, Hunter. Sometimes his action and reactions boggled my mind, cutting me from any connection I had with him. I was constantly asking myself why he was so driven to stay in the house. Not a bad question to ask if you weren't wondering if is was because he was selfishly immature, stupid or crazy. There were moments I thought that maybe there was a deeper drive, an almost i
Don Bradshaw
This one was just ok. I was expecting more of a horror story. Hunter was a college graduate who was over pampered and protected by his wealthy grandmother. The one and only thing that she asked of him he refused to do. He was an idiot and deserved what he got. The sudden relationship with Michael seemed like a quick fix.
Elisa Rolle
Since the first chapter I thought Hunter was not really up to his name; or maybe he was and for that reason he was also fated to experience a nightmare. A Demon Inside more than a paranormal novel is an horror: young and wealthy Hunter is all alone in the world; he is also heartbroken and of course he decides that he wants to detach himself from the world inside Beaumont House. Doesn’t matter that his parents died on the property, that his grandmother on her death bed told him to burn down the m ...more
Kristy Maitz
Jan 20, 2013 rated it it was ok
That story plot is really ridiculous.
May 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018, bingo-2018, m-m
Queer Horror!

Seriously. I was sold on this book from the moment I realized it was a gay horror novel written by Rick R Reed. I literally made a squealing noise and grabby hands. I'm not even gonna lie about it. #noshame

Haunted house books always have this kind of similar feel to them. They're atmospheric in the same way for the most part. I'd compare Beaumont House to Rose Red or The House of Seven Gables or even The Amityville House if I was going to try to give someone a head's up on the feeli
Andrea Trenary
Sep 27, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2015
Just no.

Hunter, the main character made me so angry. He was so stupid and naive that it was painful. I kept hoping he'd pull his act together and smarten up. But no. After awhile I just started to hope that the author would kill him. You know it must be a good book when I keep hoping the main character dies.
Shakes head.
I think that's what kept me reading to see if he would.

*I received this via NetGalley for review.
Sammy Goode
Jul 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Demon Inside…once again Rick R. Reed demonstrates how he is much more than just a simple romance writer. This hair-raising tale of horror and folklore will most assuredly leave you loathe to turn off the lights at bedtime and find you starting at every telltale noise your house makes as it settles every night. Now a second edition, re-released by DSP Publications, this is not your typical m/m romance—far from it, in fact. Instead you are lured into a tale of murder and mayhem that features a f ...more
Book Utopia
Sep 16, 2010 rated it really liked it
Hunter Beaumont has led a sheltered life. When he was five years old, he witnessed his parents’ murders while on a camping trip, and was taken in by his grandmother to be raised. She protected Hunter from such horrors as long as she could, arranging for him to privately tutored and never leaving him alone. Now, she’s dead, and Hunter is forced to face life on his own, with all the wealth he’s inherited from her. She had only one request – for him to burn Beaumont House. He learns from her lawyer ...more
Jun 22, 2015 rated it it was ok
       This book left me with a strange aftertaste. It actually compelled me to write a review. I find that a couple of spooks and a darker setting give a romance than little bit of spice that makes it hard to step away. That is the reason I picked up this book after reading the blurb here on Goodreads. However, this time I was left wanting more, but not in a good way...
       My first issue with the book was the pacing especially at the beginning. I expect a horror novel to have some sort intro
Aug 28, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: horror, ghosts, m-m
Hunter is the last of the Beaumont line. They are an old money family with a strange history. Hunter has been sheltered all of his life. He never went to school, work or anywhere without his grandmother. Although in his early 20's, his emotional maturity and street smarts are very stunted.

Situations happen which lead to Hunter deciding to move away from the city. Despite it being vacant for several generations and him being heavily warned against it, Hunter decides to move to Beaumont House. I
Ron Bruce
Aug 26, 2015 rated it liked it
A Demon Inside by Rick R. Reed

Gosh that title could be taken a few different ways. Did I just write taken?

Hunter, a wealthy, naive, young man (throw fragile in there too) finds himself almost taken hostage by his own terrors in a mansion he inherited. As the last of his family line will he survive his own personal demon?

There were many things I liked about this book. I liked the setting, a secluded mansion in the woods with a hot man living nearby in a small cottage. Said hot man, Michael, was
Oct 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
First off, the fact that most of this story is set in Wisconsin was a real upside for me. As a Wisconsinite, it's always a thrill to read stories set in my state, it's not one often used and on top of that, one of my college advisors has written many books about haunted Wisconsin, we even have one here in my hometown. Now, back to A Demon Inside, this is the first book by Rick R Reed that I have read and well, let's just say it won't be the last. To say Hunter Beaumont's life will never be the s ...more
It has been some time since I've read a recent horror/occult novel. I grew up on Poe and Lovecraft, but this is certainly not in the same league. I found the protagonist rather unpleasant, not unexpected considering his background, but I really had difficulty identifying with him. The horror elements were common—nothing really new and the climax was not that interesting. Seemingly all gay novels have to end on a positive note these days and this one did. But the positive note was anticlimactic a ...more
Nov 14, 2011 rated it did not like it
I wanted to like this. I want to support queer-themed horror. But the protagonist was just plain irritating, the suspense factor was nil, and I just didn't feel the prose was elegant enough to chill my blood.
I have been trying to review this book since I was a third of the way through it. My notes are a jumbled mess. I don’t even know how I finished this honestly.

I was totally intrigued by the premise of this story. It sounded like the perfect book for me. It could have been but it just wasn’t.

It’s impossible to like a book when you don’t like the MC. Impossible.

I don’t think I have ever read a book with such an unlikeable main character. Ever. Hunter was the worst kind of person and I disliked ever
Ahiku .
Jan 01, 2019 rated it it was ok
I usually really like the combination of m/m romance and horror. However, this book just does not work for me. It's predictable and I don't like even one of the MCs. Hunter is definitely the worst though. I couldn't care less. He's an ass and very rude to the other characters and I can't see what other people see in him.
Well, I guess this author is just not for me.
I prefer John Inman.
Vince Liaguno
Aug 27, 2010 rated it liked it
In this sixteenth novel and fifth with MLR Press, Rick R. Reed gives the traditional ghost story a non-traditional twist with mixed results. Hunter Beaumont makes a deathbed promise to his dying grandmother, the wealthy matriarch of a troubled family line. That promise involves destroying part of his sizable inheritance – a looming old mansion known as Beaumont House buried deep within the Wisconsin woods and sporting a serious gypsy curse. Before you can even conjure the name Shirley Jackson, y ...more
Ebook Addict Reviews
I have to admit to approaching A Demon Inside by Rick Reed with some apprehension; when it comes to horror I’m an out-and-out wuss… truly! But I’ve also read quite a few of Rick’s other books and been totally drawn into the story regardless of the genre. And in A Demon Inside Mr. Reed’s done himself proud. We’ll just leave it at me being a cringing coward okay? *eyeroll*

While I liked Hunter Beaumont I must say that I couldn’t relate to him all that well, especially at the beginning of the story.
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5 Heart Review by Dan

I would say I loved this book, but that would be an understatement. I love scary books. Stephen King has always been one of my favorite authors, and I’ve got to say that Mr. Reed has written a creepy ghost story that really reminded me of some of Mr. King’s scarier works. It had me on edge the whole way through, and I couldn’t put it down until I hit that last page. From the first page, and the mysterious grave scene in 1845, I was hooked!

Hunter Beaumont has been raised by h
Aug 15, 2010 rated it really liked it
I've been a sucker for haunted house stories my entire life, I can never get enough of them. The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson and Drawing Blood by Poppy Z. Brite are two of my all time favorite books, and while A Demon Inside may not be comparable to the first, it definitely fits in with the second book. Both books take a young gay man and force him to deal with family secrets in such a way that they put their lives in jeopardy. The difference though is that while Trevor in Drawing ...more
Kelly H. (Maybedog)
This started out strong enough even though very trite with common tropes. The suspense was good and the story interesting. But the story didn't hold up. It remained trite and predictable. I didn't like the omniscient POV. I don't mean being in the mind of the crazy thing because that's pretty standard and was at least a subjective POV, but just overall when the narrative jumped from third person to omniscient and back again.

I ended up not caring for either MC, especially Hunter, so I didn't rea
Jun 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Hunter Beaumont, a twenty-two-year old taking care of his dying grandmother, keeps having the same nightmare over and over again. Hunter has lived with this grandmother, who is dying of cancer, since he was five years old. His “nana” makes him promise to burn Beaumont House down to the ground just before she dies.

Dr. Jay Blackstone is the first person to offer Hunter comfort after his grandmother dies. It’s a selfish love though; he wants something in exchange from Hunter and it’s not to have h
Joyfully Jay
Oct 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sammy
A Joyfully Jay review.

5 stars

A Demon Inside was a horror story worthy of standing toe to toe with the greats like Stephen King and Dean Koontz. Macabre and horrifying, the “demon” that haunts Hunter’s family line is determined to see its destruction before it leaves the earthly realm for good. Hunter could have so easily come off as both whiny and remarkably naive to the point of stupidity were it not for the deft handling by Reed. His extraordinary ability to write characters that are wholly b
Apr 13, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ghost-paranormal
I really liked this book. It was the first really scary novel that I have read in a long time. Kudos to Mr. Reed for scaring the pants off of me! :) This was an intense psychological thrill ride. Everytime I read that italicized print I wanted to crawl under the covers because I knew "here we go again"!! Poor Hunter! Also stupid Hunter! If that had been me there would've been no talking myself out of leaving that house. I would have been running screaming into the hills! He was so brave and obst ...more
Sep 03, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Read the full review on Bookaholics Not-So-Anonymous.

Note: This ARC was provided by DSP Publications in exchange for an honest review.

Hunter Beaumont was someone who thought he could start over in the house that has always belonged to his family, but the discovery that something is inhabiting it leads him to take various forms of action in order to beat whatever's there at its game. He was overly trusting in the beginning of the story, so I understood why he was keeping Michael Burt, the caretak
Aug 17, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, horror, m-m
This was ok. I liked it as a horror type story though it did pull a lot of the usual horror story tricks. Possessed houses are always fun and I actually found myself getting a little creeped out in some parts so that was fun.

This was on a list of non-con and I don't feel it belongs there. In fact though this was in some kind of "erotica" list it really does not fall into that category. There are some sex scenes but they are incredibly brief and incredibly minor. The main character is a gay man s
Inked Reads
Sep 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m, thriller
This is a horror story. It's spooky and haunting, and its protagonist, Hunter Beamont, faces these terrors with panic, bravery, strength, and desparation. His journey is compelling. He's a young man facing tremendous loss. Determined not to lose even more, he hangs onto the wrong things, unwilling to let go and hurt again. Or feel again. His journey becomes a harrowing coming-of-age story.

Rick's tales always keep me reading right up until the end. The horror scenes are compelling, thoug
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