Hellish Beasts

Hellish Beasts Hellish Beasts by Brian Carmody
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

On a colonial village field trip, Mike was attacked by a deranged candle-maker and his "buddy" Trent fled, to his undying shame. As adults, screenwriter Trent runs into professor turned soldier Mike when they stumble upon a preternaturally dead cat in the library. Mike believes there's one sinister force behind this and other strange, inexplicable incidents- and he's taking reluctant Trent along for the investigation. Meanwhile, Trent begins to wonder if Lilith, his alluring and inscrutable new girlfriend, may be demonic herself- or if that's just his paranoid Catholic guilt. Dan Wakefield's Going All The Way meets True Detective, Hellish Beasts is an idiosyncratic, darkly humorous, and introspective Horror Noir. With an insider's appreciation for the Los Angeles landscape, this is a serious examination of the duty of friendship, the burden of guilt, the uncertainty of a devout Catholic in modern dating, and the struggle of leaving your 20s behind


This was an interesting read. It was a part mystery and part supernatural story told in the first person POV. I think the author did a good job of making it seem like he was just a friend telling a story. The story flowed, the content appropriate well and the characters, comical as they were at times were developed.

I will be the first to admit that this is not necessarily my genre and that it took some adjusting to get used to the conversational writing style. However,  once I did I enjoyed the story for the quirky supernatural tale it was. I enjoyed how the author weaved in the religious, sexual, friendship and supernatural elements. If you are looking for a fun read, you can get your copy here and support the author by leaving a review.  Sidenote: I'll never look at wine the same again. Get your copy and find out why. Happy reading!

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