Each Monday will bring a different horror… to help you cope with the horror that is Monday with the horrors that are in the fantasy world.
Horror for Today: Demons or something?
Ignatius Perrish spent the night drunk and doing terrible things. He woke up the next morning with a thunderous hangover, a raging headache . . . and a pair of horns growing from his temples.
At first Ig thought the horns were a hallucination, the product of a mind damaged by rage and grief. He had spent the last year in a lonely, private purgatory, following the death of his beloved, Merrin Williams, who was raped and murdered under inexplicable circumstances. A mental breakdown would have been the most natural thing in the world. But there was nothing natural about the horns, which were all too real.
Once the righteous Ig had enjoyed the life of the blessed: born into privilege, the second son of a renowned musician and younger brother of a rising late-night TV star, he had security, wealth, and a place in his community. Ig had it all, and more—he had Merrin and a love founded on shared daydreams, mutual daring, and unlikely midsummer magic.
But Merrin’s death damned all that. The only suspect in the crime, Ig was never charged or tried. And he was never cleared. In the court of public opinion in Gideon, New Hampshire, Ig is and always will be guilty because his rich and connected parents pulled strings to make the investigation go away. Nothing Ig can do, nothing he can say, matters. Everyone, it seems, including God, has abandoned him. Everyone, that is, but the devil inside. . . .
Now Ig is possessed of a terrible new power to go with his terrible new look—a macabre talent he intends to use to find the monster who killed Merrin and destroyed his life. Being good and praying for the best got him nowhere. It’s time for a little revenge. . . . It’s time the devil had his due. . .
First of all, Danielle Radcliffe is fantastic in this. I think you can really see so much of his range. His girlfriend winds up dying after a very bad fight, in a diner, and of course he is accused. The weird thing is that he starts growing horns because of this. He even blames himself and wonders what really happened that night. The awesome thing about these horns? They make people tell the truth around him, their innermost and darkest desires come to life. The sad thing? He really does not want to know!
I enjoyed the fact that different people were affected differently around him. One gal just wanted to gorge herself on donuts. It was disgusting! Ig, the character played by Danielle, just watches in disgust as she shoves an entire donut in her mouth and then asks for more! This is just the start to an unbelievably crazy time. Not only did this poor guy’s girlfriend die, and the entire town blames him, and hates him, but he does not even know what to believe.
This gets really dark and isn’t all that horrific but it does bring about quite a few philosophical questions about blame and who we all really are underneath. I’m really curious about the book now!
Horror Meter: 3.5/5
Shock Factor: 3/5
Total Scare: 3/5