Jonathan Janz Exorcist Falls: Includes the novella Exorcist Road

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"A perfect choice for those missing old-school Stephen King." --The Library Journal on Children of the Dark "A horror storyteller on the rise." --Booklist "One of the best writers in modern horror to come along in the last decade. Janz is one of my new favorites." --Brian Keene Chicago is gripped by terror. The Sweet Sixteen Killer is brutally murdering young women, and the authorities are baffled. When the police are called to an affluent home in the middle of the night, they learn that a seemingly normal fourteen-year-old boy has attacked his family. The boy exhibits signs of demonic possession, and even more troublingly, he knows too much about the Sweet Sixteen killings. Father Jason Crowder, a young priest assigned to the case, must marshal his courage in order to save the boy and the entire city from the forces of evil. But this is a darkness mankind has never encountered before. It craves more than blood. And it won’t rest until it possesses Father Crowder’s soul. Jonathan Janz’s brand new release brings the original novella that started it all—Exorcist Road—and a brand-new full-length novel (Exorcist Falls) together for a shattering experience in supernatural terror.
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    Exorcist Falls: Includes the novella Exorcist Road
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    misspider

    22. May 2017 um 08:18

    First, let me admit that I am not a great fan of religious horror, stories about demonic possession/exorcism and the like. My earliest encounter with the genre would have been Blatty's work, but I can't say it did more than entertain me while reading it, but did not leave any lingering impression on me. Regarding the movie, it was already several years old when I watched it. While some movies keep their charm through the ages, I found this one partly boring, but mostly amusing in its attempt to nauseate the audience (especially the spinach scene), which may have had the desired effect back when it was released, but did nothing to actually scare me.But back to the book at hand: I was curious to see what impact this type of story would have on me today and if my tastes had changed over the years. The first part, which actually contains the previously published novella 'Exorcist Road' and works as the prequel to 'Exorcist Falls', almost confirmed my fears. It delivers a classical horror-story exorcism just as expected, with a large number of revolting scenes some readers may find too gross, but IMHO the main story stalled a bit in favor of yet another shocking tantrum of the demon-possessed boy. Therefore, my rating for the novella part is an average 'liked it'.However, things changed with the second part of the book, which was much more character-driven. While the demon was still present, the possession plot took a step back to provide the setting for a much more interesting story about a priest struggling with his faith, or lack thereof. While I could not really sympathize with Father Jason Crowder (or most of the characters in this story), I was at least able to follow his motives and actions. It was fascinating to see how the demon actually helped him restore his dwindling belief, though in a twisted way. This second part started with a surprising turn which made this story stand out and grab my undivided attention. Where the first part read mainly like a gore-feast, the follow-up is much more complex and in depth. My rating for this second part of the book is a satisfied 'really liked it', so that I can recommend the whole work with a very strong thumbs-up.

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