Sunday, December 3, 2017

Book Review: 'The Demon Series Compendium' by E.H. James


Canadian author E.H. James is a prolific writer of short stories – stories that test the imagination and call forth ghost like thoughts of the dark world about which we know very little. James is part of that conundrum as there is no biographical information on this gifted author as though that is meant to be part of the mysteries presented. We learn that she has read and researched in the areas of parapsychology and metaphysics, for the past 40 years, and has woven the real and imaginary together into stories of the strange and bizarre. The fruits of her labor show!

James’ mastery of the short story is obvious to those readers fortunate to have been introduced to her craft. In a matter a few pages she is able to conjure an atmosphere that challenges the reader’s courage to enter past the initial page, and the manner in which she quickly sketches lifelike characters and draws us into their interactions with the challenges they encounter is masterful.

THE DEMON SERIES COMPENDIUM demonstrates James’ mastery of the short story. In a Compendium of eight novellas she sets the seed for the series well in volume one and continues that through the entire series that spans centuries yet all begins on a September night, in 1962, when Max Jensen steps into the cellar of Edward Starke, on the anniversary of the serial killer’s execution. Setting into motion a series of events that will change history, it is now up to Jesse Miller, together with an ex-priest, a reporter, a ghost, a high school buddy, and a demon killing beast, to attempt to set the timeline back again. Will they succeed, or will demons wipe humanity from the face of the planet?

This is a superb series with important concepts related in a fashion that makes the entertainment of reading the entire book a challenge for the reader to think outside the box. In all it is a very, very fine magnum opus. Highly Recommended. Grady Harp, December 17







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