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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Spence City; 1 edition (May 28, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1939392004
  • ISBN-13: 978-1939392008
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 4.1 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #708,581 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Aurelio Voltaire is a media personality and respected authority on all things Gothic, Horror, Sci-fi, Steampunk and involving geek culture. He is often referred to as a modern day renaissance man having achieved success in the fields of animation, music, comics, books and toys. More on Aurelio Voltaire can be found on his official website: www.voltaire.net

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It has been a while I have read a book I could not put down.
Ricardo Aceves III
Very well written and love the way Mr. Voltaire described everything every single detail, that i could had a clear picture of the whole story.
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I would recommend this book to any fan or anyone who likes horror books.
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Amy on May 7, 2013
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I was given an Advanced Reader Copy by the publisher.

Call of the Jersey Devil tells the story of five "mall rat" teenagers who travel to the New Jersey Pine Barrens to see Gothic singer Villy Bats perform, however things are not all they seem, and when all hell starts to break loose (I love that this has become a literal phrase), they are soon faced with an entire underworld itching to get out through the gates of Hell. Enlisting the help of a witch, the teens and Villy must fight to stop the gates from opening further, and flooding the world with demonic incarnations, one of which is the legendary figure known as the Jersey Devil.

While Voltaire is a good storyteller, there is no doubt he is also a good writer. There are sentences and phrases in this book that are wonderful, all nestled in amongst the joking and the teenagers, and the whole ordeal of this demonic spawn and an opening underworld. The descriptions are excellent as well, whether they are of people, demons, or the environment around them. The way Voltaire writes you can immediately conjure up images and feeling of people and events; especially the scenes in the woods, not to mention the ominous feeling of uncertain darkness and the monsters it hides.

What I enjoyed about Call of the Jersey Devil is the fact that is has so much in it, but it never seems crowded, nor does it jump and feel fractured as you read. And while it is grotesque in some parts, you cannot ignore the humour, this almost balances out the unpleasant details and descriptions Voltaire gives to the demonic faction within the woods. There is sarcasm, and amusing moments that sit either side of the "horror" aspect, but there is also some that cuts through the horror and breaks up the unpleasant scenes.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Hocking on June 21, 2013
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Ahhh, Aurelio Voltaire. Supremely talented musician to be sure, and a frighteningly skilled jack-of-all-trades artist with at the very least a hand, if not an entire arm, in damn near every creative discipline known to us in this day and age. My surprise at his decision to venture into novel-writing is right up there with my surprise at Microsoft making another idiotic marketing decision - that is to say, completely absent.

True to Voltaire's style, Call of the Jersey Devil is an intricate mix of the absurdly hilarious, the absurdly grotesque and the absurdly... erm... absurd. With a cast of five gothic teens, one has-been Deathrock (Gothic rock) singer and a cottage-dwelling witch, Voltaire's niche is relatively easy to determine. This is a horror story, with a wide array of monsters, spooks and ghouls, all of which make themselves known, as per tradition, after night falls.

The characters are strongly defined and surprisingly compelling, leading readers to empathise with their struggles and fear for their safety. This is the strength of a novel in the horror genre; unlike films, in a novel we can observe each character's inner voice and gain a much stronger level of appreciation and empathy for them. We feel for Villy Bats, having fallen on hard times and suffering naught but frustration. We learn to love Stuey, who embraces the world with a fine optimism most would mistake for naivety. We are intrigued by Ari, who refuses to speak and therefore creates a mystery we wish to see solved. Every character has a flair about them that earns our sympathies.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Pen Name on June 25, 2013
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It was amazing. Book made me laugh my ass off, and have me goosebumps at times. Believe me, I usually don't enjoy books, but I recommend 100%. Would also make a great movie!
I would audition for Aleister.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Heather A. Harvey on June 24, 2013
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Anyone who's heard Aurelio Voltaire's music, or read one of his comics, is certainly familiar with his wit. He has a talent for spinning a great tale, and infusing it with humor and a little something dark that's been lurking under the bed.

In this, his first full length novel, we meet a cast of characters that are more than familiar to everyone who's been one of those outcast teenagers, or one of those still outcast adults. You know them. You are them. I think that is one of the reasons that this novel works so well. the characterization draws you in, and you are right there, along for the ride! There is plenty of traditional horror, moments that are laugh out loud funny, and some real insights into the lives and emotions of the characters.

It's a gleefully scary romp, and I would highly recommend picking it up.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By T. Melah on June 23, 2013
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Read this while taking a hot bath and drinking saki and wearing a top hat. Loved it. !!!! Kudos to you voltaire!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By R.Flowers on June 21, 2013
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Loved this book.... laugh at every corner. Descriptions made you feel like being right there in the middle of it.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Cody M. on May 18, 2013
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This book is by far one of the best books I've had the pleasure of reading in MANY years. I've laughed, I've cried, I've even wanted to strangle characters. Voltaire is a fantastic author with a talent for relating to the readers and fully immersing them into the minds of the books characters, and pulling the readers into the Pine Barrens to face the horrific Jersey Devil.
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