by Bart Brevik
Published by Bart Brevik, 2007.
Imagine Dennis Wheatley’s The Devil Rides Out written by one of those TV evangelists you find when you are looking for the …emm ..’other channels’. That is how Outer Darkness comes across.
It’s the story of Rev. Jim (anybody else getting Taxi flashbacks) DiMario and his really nice family who run a really nice church, full of really nice people but are surrounded by evil. You know the sort of thing, people who believe in evolution, who have abortions, who swear, are Gothics (sic) etc. As if that wasn’t bad enough a group of satanists move into the area and set about trying to destroy Jim and his family. Not to worry though, despite the satanists having a genuine copy of the Necronomicon (really!), Jim has god on his side.
The book reads like a Dan Brown novel (that’s not a compliment by the way), short chapters, pacy plot, characters telling you what they are doing and why. It’s easy to read but it doesn’t work. In order to create a sense of evil we need to see real evil but most of the really nasty stuff is hidden away, presumably the authors religious bent prevents him writing about the evil he infers. Unfortunately the same is not true of the frequent, in your face, extremist preaching. Now don’t get me wrong, I have nothing against the religion itself but when I read a horror book I expect to be horrified, when I read a thriller I expect to be thrilled, what I don’t need is a bible study class.
So unless your religion is in line with the authors, and if it is I’m surprised you are hanging out at the abyss, I think you will be as disappointed as I was.
Rating 2 out of 5