This week, we join Danni Morgan as she returns to her childhood home to lay her father (and some very unpleasant memories) to rest.
At first, Danni puts her discomfort at being back in the house down to the terrible events of her own childhood and the abuse she suffered at the hands of the man who should have protected her. She soon realises that she’s not the only one being haunted by the ghosts of her father and other trapped souls and that she must get her family away, fast, if she is to save them.
Her husband is the first to succumb to the evil influences and Danni has to rally their two children to escape – unfortunately for the family, it’s not going to be that easy and sacrifices will have to be made as they struggle to break free.
The Demonic is nicely written, in terms of tone and content will likely appeal to fans of James Herbert and Phil Rickman. If I had a criticism it might be that the writing is perhaps a little too familiar, but I suspect that’s what I get for having spent so much time reading in the first place and remind myself that a new generation of horror fans will be experiencing that wonderfully gloomy style for the first time. On the plus side, the story doesn’t always go where I think it’s about to, which is always pleasing.
Lee has drawn on the history of his own home town and the grisly murders that occurred there to create his own tale of demonic possession and add weight to his characters individual struggles with a being that seeks to break them through fear and cruelty. He shares that history at the end of his tale which is always interesting, along with a couple of samplings from other authors which is a lovely touch.
Head to his author page on Amazon to buy The Demonic and other books by Lee Mountford.
Karen is a full time artist living in Whitby (perfect location for a horror fan). Her own monsters have taken over to the point where they actually have their own closet space and so she takes refuge in books and films, some of which she’d like to share with you.