Sunday, December 11, 2022

Eight 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:
Victor LaValle, The Devil in Silver (2012)

In this work of social horror, a decidedly sane troublemaker, Pepper, finds himself incarcerated at the New Hyde mental hospital in Queens for a crime he can’t quite remember. Even worse than the hospital’s pill-pushing staff is the creature that lives behind the silver door—the devil, described as an old man with the head of a bison—who comes out at night and terrorizes the patients. This culturally observant exploration of race, madness, and the systems meant to heal and protect us was named one of the best books of the year by the The New York Times Book Review and is in development as an AMC anthology series.
Read about the other entries on the list.

The Devil in Silver is among Latonya Pennington's top eight sci-fi & fantasy books that center mental health, Craig Davidson's eight top paranormal books, and Jason Segel's six favorite books.

--Marshal Zeringue