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The Demonologist [Audio]
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Fans of The Historian won't be able to put down this spellbinding literary horror story in which a Columbia professor must use his knowledge of demonic mythology to rescue his daughter from the Underworld. Professor David Ullman's expertise in the literature of the demonic--notably Milton's Paradise Lost--has won him wide acclaim. But David is not a believer. One afternoon he receives a visitor at his campus office, a strikingly thin woman who offers him an invitation: travel to Venice, Italy, witness a "phenomenon," and offer his professional opinion, in return for an extravagant sum of money. Needing a fresh start, David accepts and heads to Italy with his beloved twelve-year-old daughter Tess. What happens in Venice will send David on an unimaginable journey from skeptic to true believer, as he opens himself up to the possibility that demons really do exist. In a terrifying quest guided by symbols and riddles from the pages of Paradise Lost, David attempts to rescue his daughter from the Unnamed--a demonic entity that has chosen him as its messenger.
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"Smart and astonishing, Andrew Pyper has created a recurring nightmare for adults. "The Demonologist "holds a mirror to the reader and reveals the places where our deepest darkness lurks. Like Milton's "Paradise Lost", this is the story of the human condition, the fall, and the way back. I slept with the light on for nights, too obsessed to stop reading and too terrified to dream."--Brunonia Barry ""New York Times "bestselling author of "The Lace Reader" and "The Map of True Places" " "As compelling and smoothly chilling a tale as you'll find this year. "The Demonologist" shows an enormously gifted writer at the top of his game, producing a novel of eerie menace and unique depth. Those of us who write supernatural stories do not throw the names Ira Levin, William Peter Blatty, and Peter Straub around lightly. You'll be hearing all three associated with Mr. Pyper soon, and all such comparisons are warranted, the highest praise I can offer."--Michael Koryta ""New York Times" bestselling author of "The Prophet" " "Richly crafted, deliriously scary and compulsively page-turning from beginning to end. Imagine "The Exorcist" and "The Da Vinci Code" as penned by Daphne du Maurier. Don't miss this one!"--Jeffery Deaver ""New York Times" bestselling author of "XO" " "Andrew Pyper is a rare breed. Reading "The Demonologist" is like running through a house on fire--you've got to get through; nothing will stop you. And when you're out, brokenhearted and bewildered, you're left wondering if what happened was real. That's Pyper's brilliance: he does it so well you never see the fiction. Contemporary and masterful, this is grown up horror for grown up people."--Sarah Langan "three-time Bram Stoker Award-winning author of "Audrey's Door" " "Andrew Pyper's satisfying prose propels a narrative sure to please readers with or without a dog-eared copy of Milton's "Paradise Lost "on their shelves. If you're looking for smart horror that chills without resorting to "Grand Guignol, "give "The Demonologist "a try."--Christopher Buehlman "author of "Those Across the River" " ""The Demonologist" is that rare thing--a novel that is both genuinely terrifying and erudite. The research is excellent and lightly worn, the pace and cleverness of the plot thrilling. One of the most exciting works of fiction I've read for some time."--Kate Mosse ""New York Times" bestselling author of "Labyrinth, Sepulchre" and "Citadel" " "A smart, thrilling, utterly unnerving novel. Pyper's gift is that he deeply respects his readers, yet still insists on reducing them to quivering children. I like that in a writer."--Gillian Flynn "#1 "New York Times" bestselling author of "Gone Girl" " "It's impossible to ignore the devils and demons who have a tangible presence in this story, but the novel's deeper pleasure comes from the analysis Ullman applies to these horrors . . . Bring on the devils." "In the sly, creepy and often-horrific "The Demonologist", Andrew Pyper knows how to get under the skin of even the most rational reader." "A chilling novel for readers who like their horror presented with literary flair." "Mesmerizing . . . The plot zigs and zags. Coincidences turn into horrors. Appearances deceive. This novel will haunt you relentlessly." "The intellectual's Stephen King, Pyper lifts a tale of the impossible to the realm of waking nightmare." "A mesmerizing and melancholy narrative voice lends chilling credibility to this exceptional supernatural thriller." "This book is going to be big, and it's going to be popular, and it absolutely deserves to be both of these things. You should buy it, and read it, and let it scare you stupid." "A fast-paced "Exorcist"-meets-"Da Vinci Code""."" "Smart, thrilling, and utterly unnerving. Pyper's gift is that he deeply respects his readers, yet still insists on reducing them to quivering children. I like that in a writer."--Gillian Flynn "#1 New York Times bestselling author of Gone Girl " "Plenty of books claim to be scary, but this is genuinely terrifying, don't-read-late-at-night stuff. Thrilling, compelling and beautifully written, "The Demonologist "makes "Rosemary's Baby" feel like a walk in the park."--S.J. Watson "New York Times bestselling author of Before I Go To Sleep "

Renowned Columbia University professor David Ullman has focused his life's work on the hellish literary underground and inhabitants of Milton's epic poem Paradise Lost. An academic to the core, he believes the demons he lectures about are simply concepts of the human mind. A marriage in tatters spurs him to accept a mysterious consulting project to Italy accompanied by his young daughter Tess. Supernatural events in Venice cause David to reconsider his position when his daughter is taken from him by the Unnamed one. Armed with his copy of Paradise Lost, his frantic quest to save Tess is both assisted and hindered by the paranormal. VERDICT In a bit of a departure from his previous suspense novels (The Killing Circle) the Canadian author, an Arthur Ellis Award winner, has written a solid literary horror thriller. Pyper gives just enough Miltonian hints to help guide his personable protagonist without inundating the reader with too much scholarly detail. Fans of Elizabeth Kostova's The Historian and readers who enjoy literary thrillers with bits of Dan Brown and Stephen King mixed in will enjoy. The film version is in development with Universal Studios and director Robert Zemeckis. [See Prepub Alert, 9/24/12.]-Joy Gunn, Henderson Libs., NV (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

A mesmerizing and melancholy narrative voice lends chilling credibility to this exceptional supernatural thriller. Milton scholar David Ullman, who teaches English literature at Columbia, believes that loneliness, each person's going like Adam and Eve "their solitary way," is the real theme of Paradise Lost. Outside of work, the professor has a failed marriage and a beloved 11-year-old daughter, Tess. One day, a "worryingly thin" woman with a generic European accent shows up at his campus office with an unusual offer. The woman, who says she represents a client "who demands discretion above all," will pay Ullman a sum a third larger than his annual salary if he will travel immediately to Venice to observe a "phenomenon" that his expertise on demons qualifies him to assess. Ullman protests that he doesn't believe in demons, but in the end, accompanied by Tess, he goes to Venice, where tragedy ensues. Pyper (Lost Girl) is especially gifted at plausibly anthropomorphizing inanimate objects to creepy effect. A standard rural mailbox is transformed into "a stooped figure, lurching after me, its mouth wide in a scream"; a book becomes "a mouth gasping for air." Agent: Stephanie Cabot, the Gernert Company. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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