Sunday, September 18, 2016

Book Review The Devil and My Daughter

The Devil and My Daughter by Josh Hancock
Genre: Thriller / Suspense 
236 pages 

1944: In the heavy pillars of smoke that rise from the crematoriums at Auschwitz, Nazi soldiers hope to catch a glimpse of Moloch, the pagan god of child sacrifice, to whom the Third Reich owes so much of its vile success...

1977: A teenage boy writes a heavy metal song about an ancient evil spirit, unaware that the grisly lyrics will unleash a terrifying figurehead from the bowels of history...

1987: College students and best friends Debra and Charlene are determined to make a demonic possession movie more frightening than The Omen and more gruesome than The Exorcist. But when they hire a rock band to pen the film's "satanic soundtrack," the young filmmakers are confronted with a supernatural entity determined to plunge Charlene into a world of impossible terror and human sacrifice…an entity with the burning-coal eyes of a demon and the razor-sharp horns of a bull…

Written as a collection of essays, news articles, interviews, scripts, and film scholarship, The Devil and My Daughter tells a horrific story of the occult, Satanic possession, and ritual murder.

Don’t skip the forward or the Preface.

The best part of this book is the beginning and the end. Both parts had me wrapped up in a ball of terror. Not so much for everything in between. The book is a compilation of interviews, letters, screenplays, and news clippings. In bits and pieces, you put together what happened. This style of writing is a slow buildup. For awhile, I felt as if I was mainly reading promotion material for the film that was made. No terror there. It is easy to put distance between you and fear when it really is old news. After all, it has happened and is over. Nothing to see here, folks. Move along. Move along. And so I did.

I didn’t get into the characters that were involved in the making of the movie or the victims. They’re just strangers. I was, however, invested in the characters that were introduced at the start. At the end of the story is a where are they now segment. I was disappointed in what happened to the character I cared about as that simply wouldn’t happen. 

Did the demon rise or did people go crazy? Were they possessed or paranoid schizophrenic? Off their meds or on the wrong meds?

Read The Devil and my Daughter and you decide. 

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