- Book Title: Better the Devil You Know
- Author: Bey Deckard
- Publisher: SelfPub (September 30, 2015)
- Book Length: 40,000 words
- Genre: Horror, Supernatural/Occult, Paranormal, Twisted/Insane Gothic
- Reviewed by: Diane
- Rating: 5 Star
- Posting Date: October 4, 2015
OK, let’s make this short ‘n sweet: Better the Devil You Know is… two words… de*praved. In the best sense of the term.
I’m not a big fan of horror because too often it’s clinical and sophomoric, and too rarely is the author good enough to tap into the subcutaneous layers of terror and night sweats that haunt us when the lights go out and silence reigns inside our shells of normalcy. Of course, Uncle Stevie does it without blinking an eye which is why I do *not* rush out to buy a new release Stephen King book because he keeps me up at night and sleep deprivation just isn’t a thing for me.
When in the horror genre do you get honest-to-goddess real character development? When do you get a genuine, convoluted, think you see it coming plot point and find out… yeah, maybe but wait… what… WTH? I so totally saw that coming… not.
And you keep clicking and reading as fast as you can because you’re a sick you-know-what, just like the characters of Byron and the enigmatic Michael.
Merciful heavens, I rather doubt it’s PC to say I grooved on this book, but hey ho… I did. I lusted after the writing style which is so pure and so perfect it delivers a roundhouse line-by-effing-line, making you squirm in delight—and horror—at every turn.
Let me take back the clinical remark, because in a way its delivery is exactly that, laid out as case studies that roll you over until you are punch drunk on the realization this stuff might really be real. From the first delicious, malignant details that set the stage, through the pas de deux of parry and riposte, to the grande finale, Better the Devil You Know will have you by the short and curlies and will leave you in awe.
This well-written and deeply disturbing tale is definitely not for everyone, but if you like off-beat, gloriously twisted, impeccably crafted tales that chill you to the bone and definitely aren’t for the faint of heart, you can’t go wrong with Better the Devil You Know.
I give this my very highest recommendation. Five Scalpels.
Byron is tall, handsome, well spoken, wealthy, and has outstanding taste in wine and food. You’ll be impressed by his impeccable attire and eloquence in conversation, ranging from Baroque art to the newest advances in pharmacology. With his charming smile and elegant manners, Byron truly is the perfect date… and who doesn’t love a man who appreciates opera?
What’s the catch, you ask?
Just this: if Byron finds you suitable, he will subject you to utterly depraved forms of torture.
No, I’m not talking about S&M.
Byron will mutilate, rape, and then kill you. Don’t think that you will survive the encounter, because you won’t. He has a perfect record.
Intrigued? Would you like me to arrange a rendezvous? It has to be in the next few days because he’s leaving on a trip south to much warmer climes, and his calendar will be completely full.
Yes? Very good. I will make a reservation for two under the name of Smith.
Who am I? I’m Gloria, his personal assistant.
Bey currently lives in the wilds of Montreal with his best buddy, a spotty pit bull named Murphy. Caged is his first novel.
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