Devil Entendre by John Edward Lawson

An extremely visceral collection that also manages to be highly intelligent. Full of frightening darkness with no gimmicks to water it down. This is not light reading. Having read two books by John Edward Lawson, my mind has been blown both times. I am impressed to say the least. Devil Entrende is certainly some of the best horror I have read. Without giving away much, below are the highlights of my favorite pieces:

Unmapped Approaches to Infinity: What is the significance of the giant amber? This is a great way to start the book off. The conclusion is terrifying, with so many perfectly placed details along the way that are certain to creep you out.

The Invisible Girl: A truly fucked up tale involving a doll purchased to fill the void in a family after a miscarriage. I don’t think I will ever shake this one from my memory.

Never Go Back: A man that is just too charismatic, too handsome, too perfect, too good to be true.

The Curious Urologist – The journey to find out what is really going on with a mysterious patient takes the reader on quite a ride. The reality is truly sickening and scary to say the least.

The Hiroshima Maidens: The name says enough, but then again this is crazier than you could ever imagine.

An Ideal Family Holiday: Likely the story that stands out most, we read about a family enjoying a holiday program together on the TV. All seems joyous and great until we get to the bottom of the family ritual. No kidding, this one will hit you like a sledgehammer to the face. I cringed a lot.

Tap That Ass: A small town terrorized by a murderer. This was done so well. I never could’ve predicted the way this ended. Not to mention the details of the killings. Simply WOW.

I will stop now. You have been warned. Yet, I hope for more, that you have also been persuaded to read some John Edward Lawson in the near future by this little ramble.

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