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Charlie Trace, professional thief, is no stranger to deceit and violence. But nothing in his life on the knife-edge of London's underworld could prepare him for the horror of Demogorgon.

It is centuries old. Satan is its lord and master. It walks the earth in the guise of a man, but it is not a man: it is the very essence of evil.

Across many years and nations, Demogorgon has sown the seeds of hell. Now, it is calling its children home. Demogorgon's power grows with every soul it devours - and if Charlie Trace can't stop it, he will be its next victim!

©1992 Brian Lumley (P)2020 David N. Wilson

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Lumley and his Bible

While best known for his Necroscope series - Master Lumely takes on the Devil and the Devil smiles in delight~! The narration is a pure delight.....the voices, the intonations, the recitation of the complex world and words that Brian Lumley has written flow from Joshua Saxon as if he stepped into the mind of the author and speaks the words as if they were his own. The Biblical twists and turns here are dark and lovely at the same time. While Jesus might not approve of the words and the liberties taken with the history....the reader is in for a treat - pure evil and pure ear candy as the time passes and the story unfolds like a delicate flower filled with horrors that the imagination of one Master Lumely has created for this imaginative entry into the lexicon of his works. It is not Necroscope, but it sits right along with them as a fine example of the wicked, wild, horror filled imagination of the author's mind come to life. And with Joshua and his amazing vocals talents on full display - the read/listener can sit back, close their eyes, and enjoye another wonderfully narration of the Marter's work. Well done Joshua.....your skills were put to the test and you passed it with flying colors! We await Joshua's next rendition of Brian's amazing catalog!

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  • Greg
  • 10-20-20

Not my favourite Lumley but one for the completist

For me this book has two main problems.

1 . There are not a great many writer's of whom you could say this, but seeing Lumley handle something as mundane as a simple judeo christian devil narrative feels a bit one dimensional after his previous work. If I'd encountered this book first I might have had a different reaction but after the richness of his Cthulhu Mythos stories and his Necroscope series this feels like there's insufficient meat on the bones to justify the running time and the end result is under nourishing.

2 . The protagonist spends a fair amount of the latter part of the story in an extraordinarily passive state. Literally lying still unable to act for whole chapters and that's just not a satisfying quality in a central character. There is too much of a sense that things Happen To Him and that he has no influence over the narrative.

Combine this with a mediocre villain and Lumley's ongoing tendency to lapse into a travel log of the Greek Islands which crops up FAR more than necessary in his work and it's only Joshua Saxon's typically brooding sonorous narration that saves it. At this point I think I could listen to Saxon read a dictionary in blissful happiness.

If you want to hear Lumley tread the same road in less time to better effectI recommend his short stories Necros and Haggopian, both of which are available in his short story audible anthologies read by Saxon.

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  • MR J LAMBERT
  • 09-14-20

Brian Lumley + Joshua Saxon = Horror Perfection

Demogorgon is one of Brian Lumley's few standalone novels, so it's a great place to begin if you're interested in trying out Lumley without committing yourself to a long series. It is a dark and mysterious story in a similar vein to The Omen or The Ninth Gate.
Lumley is an extremely consistent author, and Demogorgon is yet another triumph from the Grand Master of Horror.
Joshua Saxon's narration is absolutely faultless. His style is so very well suited to Lumley's writing, I honestly couldn't imagine anyone else being able to better it. Saxon also handles the many different character accents with ease.
I've yet to be disappointed by a Crossroad Press production and Demogorgon is another winner.
Highly recommended.