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If the devil is truly in the details then Chandler is a Practiced Master of the Dark Literary Arts. --Walt Hicks, Hellbound Times

Prepare to have your world rocked! Randy Chandler delivers the goods once again with Daemon of the Dark Wood. Horror fans need this! --David T. Wilbanks, co-author of the Dead Earth books

The legend of Widow's Ridge should be entirely believable to anyone familiar with American folklore and folk music, as those stories and songs are replete with betrayal, death, murder, grief - most all of the negative aspects of human life, in fact. Daemon of the Dark Wood will please any reader who relishes a well-written tale of ancient knowledge and hidden dangers, and those who fight to keep the human realm free of unbridled evil. --J.G. Stinson, ForeWord Reviews Magazine

About the Author

Randy Chandler is the author of Bad Juju, Hellz Bellz, Dime Detective (April 2012) and co-author of Duet for the Devil. He is also the author of the novellas Dead Juju and Howler. He lives north of Atlanta.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1255 KB
  • Print Length: 252 pages
  • Publisher: Comet Press (February 26, 2012)
  • Publication Date: February 26, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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Randy Chandler is the author of the novels DIME DETECTIVE and DAEMON OF THE DARK WOOD, and of two previously published novels BAD JUJU and HELLz BELLz (all now available on Kindle). He also co-authored DUET FOR THE DEVIL with t. Winter-Damon (God rest his soul). Randy's collection of short stories is DEVILS, DEATH & DARK WONDERS. His first ever fantasy novel is ANGEL STEEL.
Randy has been an Indy magazine editor/publisher, a freelance book reviewer, a mental health worker, a gas-pump jockey, an ambulance attendant, a soldier in Vietnam, and a funeral home flunky. He often haunts fields of carnage where angels and devils do battle.

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Mythology. Folklore. I love it. DOTDW started out a little slow for me, but more than made up for it by the halfway point. All of Mr. Chandler's characters enhanced the read in their own special way, which is quite a feat. The thing I really loved about this book, was the authors' ability to 'educate' me about the history of the Woods and the creature Pan by a Professor and psychiatric patient in the story without boring me or lecturing. Even though I knew this was horror and the women were under the power of an overly sexual god, the things that transpired still shocked me. This read does have gore, strong sexual elements, some bestiality, and pure gross out moments that kept me flipping the pages into the wee hours of the morn. The only complaint would be the over-use of certain words and uncontrollable urination. Highly recommended read for those that like the darker side of horror. Will definitely look into his other read! Job well done~
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The good folks at Comet Press have seen fit to release yet another great horror novel for us voracious horror fiends to devour. This time we get Daemon of the Dark Wood by Comet Press alum Randy Chandler. Just about every short story collection they've released has had a story from him in it, and honestly that's been my only exposure to his work. Full disclosure, his stories never really grabbed me in the numerous fantastic collections Comet Press has released. I can't honestly say why but those stories didn't connect with me. Daemon of the Dark Wood did connect with me. In a big way. In fact, I'm thinking about going back and re-reading his shorts and giving them a second appraisal. It's that good.

Daemon of the Dark Wood is about a small rural town that has come under attack from a creature, or quite possibly ancient god, that has the ability to drive the women insane with lust. The carnal kind and the blood kind. It's up to the sheriff, a psychologist and an anthropologist to figure out how to stop it before the women kill every man in town. Oh yeah, it's also up to a octogenarian too.
So ok, the book is about Pan, a satyr. The king of the satyrs. And before you get your nerd rage boiling, I'm aware that Brian Keene also wrote a book about a satyr (Dark Hollow) and no I don't think this book is ripping him off. First of all the whole vibe of this one is totally old school 80s splatter punk with some spooky 70s style creepy going on as well. Secondly, no one owns the rights to mythical creatures. I say, bring em on. I'll read five more books about satyrs, leviathans, centaurs, and/or minotaurs before I'll read one more damn zombie or vampire book. Seriously, can we just stop with the zombies already? The sponge has turned to dust at this point.

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Daemon of the Dark Wood treads somewhat familiar, even hallowed ground for aficionados of horror fiction, recounting the tale of bucolic North Georgia small towns Dogwood and Widow's Ridge under a sudden and unexpected assault from the titular evil. As women begin to succumb to a wild and relentless screech from the dark woods, disappearing into the clutches of a powerful demi-god/man-beast, Deputy Rob Rourke, psychiatrist Trey Knott and anthropology professor Alfred Thorn are reluctantly drawn into the madness, cobbling together clues along the way to the stunning and violent denouement. Alternately, elderly widow Liza Leatherwood (who knows the truth behind the creature and the mysterious Helling) and solitary mountain wanderer Asa Edgar provide additional back story and fill in some of the missing pieces.

Comet Press puts out an impressive, sensibly-priced product. Although this reviewer is still not a fan of the trade-sized paperback, this is one sturdy, quality book, with a well-laid out, easy to read interior, featuring some nice, thoughtful details. There were a small number of typos throughout, but the version I read was an early proof, so these will likely vanish from the final product. The Daniele Serra cover art is subtle, evocative and perfect for the novel.

If the devil is truly in the details then Chandler is a Practiced Master of the Dark Literary Arts. He liberally sprinkles his writing with a multitude of small, finely-cut prose-gems, effectively using them to color definitive shadings of character, enhance ambiance, evoke foreshadowing, even advance plot lines.
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