Sunday, December 11, 2022

Eight top novels about the devil

Luke Dumas was born and raised in San Diego, California, and received his master’s degree in creative writing from the University of Edinburgh. His work has appeared in Hobart, Last Exit, and the queer anthology The Whole Alphabet: The Light and the Dark, among others.

Dumas's new book A History of Fear, is his debut novel.

[The Page 69 Test: A History of Fear]

At LitHub Dumas tagged eight novels in which "the devil is ... presented as ... an embodiment of the darkest parts of ourselves." One title on the list:
Andrew Pyper, The Demonologist (2013)

In the sixth novel by acclaimed Canadian crime and horror author Andrew Pyper, a Columbia University professor of demonic literature finds his atheism tested after he is summoned to Venice with his 12-year-old daughter, who is abducted by one of the demons whose existence he denies. Here the devil (a.k.a. “the master”) remains unsettlingly off-screen, working through the machinations of his diabolical servants. This haunting, sophisticated, elegantly written novel draws on Stygian lore and Milton’s “Paradise Lost” to explore the darkest depths of trauma, grief, and mental illness.
Read about another entry on the list.

--Marshal Zeringue