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Daemon of the Dark Wood [Kindle Edition]

Randy Chandler
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Book Description

A man who digs cursed earth, uncovers great sorrow.

When the women of Widow's Ridge begin to go missing, a deputy sheriff, a psychiatrist and a community college professor become mired in chilling myth and mystery. When the missing women reappear, the horror of the Helling comes home to roost.


"Daemon of the Dark Wood may be sexually fueled, but make no mistake, its horror roots are firmly grounded. From the first pages of the novel Chandler does an excellent job of creating fear in the reader. The tension is unrelenting throughout; the violence is visceral and often extreme. On top of this, Chandler manages to pull off sex scenes that are both arousing and horrific at the same time. Whether you are straight, gay, or a fetish devotee, readers will find plenty in The Daemon of the Dark Wood to be enthralled, appalled, or horrified by." --Horror World

"Randy Chandler writes with apt audaciousness. He seems truly fond of the salacious wenches he has created. Daemon of the Dark Wood deals with loss of control, but the novel’s author is in masterly command." --Hellnotes

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

"It starts off at a leisurely pace, and gradually builds to a frenzy. Chandler offers up wild situations and images that bring to mind Bentley Little. Or maybe even Edward Lee." --Horror Drive-In

"Chandler wastes no time when it comes to creating tension and his narrative immediately conjures up a world of screams and fear."--HorrorTalk

"It’s fun, fast, and trashy, but with solid writing chops and great descriptions. Randy Chandler is no hack." --Toxic Graveyard

"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." --ForeWord Reviews Magazine

Editorial Reviews


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)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #983,729 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Surprisingly Horror-filled Read! June 23, 2012
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4.5 Stars
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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4.0 out of 5 stars Another solid Comet Press release April 3, 2012
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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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Old God Returns March 28, 2012
Full disclosure: I won this trade paperback via a Goodreads giveaway... I've won several books over the last year but, to be honest, none of them were worth finishing or (especially) reviewing. When I won this book I was intrigued because the premise seemed sound enough, and I immediately thought of "Dark Hollow" by Brian Keene.

I took the book on a four-day cruise to the Bahamas, figuring I'd read a chapter or two by the pool and add it to the 'can't finish' pile when I got home, especially since I figured it was going to be a "Dark Hollow" ripoff.

I ended up reading 200 of the 240 pages poolside, ignoring chicks in bikinis, my annoying teenagers and pesky waiters trying to sell me $7.00 drinks.

The book is excellent! I finished it as soon as I got home, and was glad I did. There's some excellent characters in the book, and even though there are several women that play roles in the plot, the author gives them each such a unique voice that you don't need a scorecard to figure out who is who.

I won't give away any of the actual plot, since the summary tells you all you need to know. I will tell you that the pages are filled with enough blood, sex, old gods and violence to sate even the most hardcore horror reader, yet there isn't one spot where it was gratuitous or gore-for-gore's-sake.

Well-written from an author I'd never read before but will read more of!

And the cover is pretty cool, as well... had several people poolside asking me about the book, which I told them... I even wrote the name and author on the back of some of my own author business cards (they make great bookmarks!) so hopefully more people will read it and see what I'm raving about.

Armand Rosamilia
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More About the Author

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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