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The Devil of Echo Lake by [Wynne, Douglas]
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"This book sings a dark, dark song -- it's got a grim rhythm that even rock-and-roll has forgotten. If you're standing at the crossroads and you don't know where to go, take the road that leads you to this book." 
-- Chuck Wendig, Author of Blackbirds and Mockingbird.


"Doug delivers the quiet, atmospheric horror that pervades the story with the deft touch of an experienced writer.  I may not have heard of Douglas Wynne before I started reading The Devil of Echo Lake, but now that I have finished this excellent debut novel, I can honestly say that I'll be looking for more of his work in the future." 
-- Joseph Nassise, bestselling author of the Templar Chronicles and the Great Undead War series.


"The author's love of music adds another level to this atmospheric supernatural thriller, which should appeal to fans of Goth rock as well as horror aficionados."  
--  Library Journal


"Wynne combines the cinematic imagery of sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll with a good old-fashioned ghost story."
--Publishers Weekly


"Ancient gods, haunted forests, the Devil, and Rock & Roll. What more do you need for a great story? The Devil of Echo Lake is a beautifully crafted book that puts a unique spin on the classic tale of Robert Johnson and the crossroads. In the first few pages, Douglas Wynne grabs hold and never lets go. You can't miss with this fantastic debut." 
-- Brett J. Talley, author of Bram Stoker Award™ finalist That Which Should Not Be and The Void.

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"The Devil of Echo Lake does what all good books do--it compels the reader to keep reading...through the night.  Write the name Douglas Wynne on a note, underline it, put it up on the fridge door--then buy everything this guy writes."
 ---Gene O'Neill, Author of Operation Rhinoceros Hornbill and The Burden of Indigo
 
"The Devil of Echo Lake delves into the oh-so-thin interface between reality and the supernatural. Douglas Wynne handles complex issues deftly in this novel. His characters, real and otherwise, ring true. His writing is strong and appropriate to his subjects--temptation, acceptance, realization, and ultimately redemption." 
-- Dr. Michael R. CollingsAuthor of The Slab, The House Beyond the Hill, and other tales of wonder and fear.

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It's an impressive, crackling, no-holds-barred debut from an author who can actually write about rock music without it devolving into No seriously I'm cool! preening clunkiness."
--Shawn Macomber, Decibel Magazine

"It's not often I find a novel that so engrosses me; it kept me turning pages until well after I should have been asleep.  I simply could not put this book down. The fact that this is a debut novel is simply astounding. It is only very rarely that a new author arrives on the scene with such a well written book."
--Sanitarium 

Product Details

  • File Size: 644 KB
  • Print Length: 261 pages
  • Publisher: JournalStone (October 19, 2012)
  • Publication Date: October 19, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009Q5OA5Q
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This novel starts out with the main character, Billy Moon, wondering at what exact moment he sold his soul to the devil. Billy is a successful musician with all that comes with it- fame, money, groupies, drugs and more, but has come to a crossroads of sorts. He is unsure that the price he paid to become famous is really worth it. He is slated to go to a recording studio in Echo Lake, New York. There he is to meet his manager, Trevor Rail. The man Billy is afraid he sold his soul to. And make no mistake, Trevor Rail is a bad man. A very bad man.

At the same time a newly graduated young man named Jake Campbell is heading to the Echo Lake studio to begin an apprenticeship of sorts. Jake has studied to be a music engineer. He realizes that he will have to start at the bottom. That means long hours, low pay, hard work and, if he works very hard and is lucky, the sacrifices will lead to a career in the music industry. Of course he has no idea that long hours and low pay will be the least of his worries. Jake and Billy will be caught up in Trevor Rail's machinations and survival is definitely not guaranteed. Even worse, it turns out that Trevor Rail isn't the only (or even the most) dangerous thing up at Echo Lake.

To be honest, I wasn't sure at the beginning of this book that I would like it. I have never been terribly drawn to rock 'n roll stories although I do love music. But this story, while being set around the process of recording a new album, is really a ghost story of sorts. The studio Billy and Jake will be working in is an old chapel and like all good old chapels, this one has a ghost. Her name is Olivia and she was hanged for being a witch. Of course in this day and age we all love a good ghost story but don't necessarily believe them.
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I love rock n’ roll horror. It’s an under appreciated subgenre rich with untold stories. There isn’t enough quality musical fiction out there. Joe Hill’s Heart Shaped Box is an obvious exception. Anne Rice’s Vampire Lestat fronted a rock band in The Queen of the Damned, as did the pre-emo bloodsucker of S.P. Somtow’s Vampire Junction. Stephen King, Peter Straub and Gary Braunbeck have all made excellent contributions to musical literature, and don’t forget Jeff Gelb’s Shock Rock anthologies.

Douglas Wynne loves rock ‘n roll horror too, and you can feel his passion for music drip off every page of The Devil of Echo Lake. The novel has a retro grunge feel (there are no cell phones and the musicians still record on analog tape) and uses all the rock ‘n roll archetypes — the wicked producer, the brooding rock star, and the overtly sexual groupie.

The story focuses on rookie engineer Jake, who finds himself caught between sinister producer Trevor Rail and tortured artist Billy Moon. Toss in a haunted converted church/recording studio, a couple of savage murders, and a showdown with the Great God Pan, and Jake’s got his hands full. It’s no wonder his love life is falling apart.

Fortunately, love conquers all — with assistance from a ghost and a satyr — and The Devil of Echo Lake ends in perfect harmony, with Jake learning a valuable lesson about the music business.

“You may find that records are kind of like hot dogs. You enjoy them a lot more before you know how they’re made.”

Douglas Wynne has a great sense of character and pacing. Jake is a sympathetic hero, and Billy and Trevor (even grizzled engineer Eddie) are larger-than-life figures that avoid becoming stereotypes.
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but Billy Moon got what he thought he wanted...and there's the devil to pay. This is a great story - fantastic descriptions that put you right there, characters you can love/hate/fear, intriguing insights into the business and art of recording, and a nice bit of horror. Anyone even remotely connected to the music business will relate to this tale. One of the few books I've read lately that I really couldn't put down. And as always, when I finish a good book, there are characters I hope to see again.
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A Robert Johnson-esque tale of witches, Gods, the devil and, of course, good ole rock n roll. Billy Moon was going nowhere. Fast. About to end it all he is approached by an enigmatic record producer, Trevor Rail, who throws him in his ride and makes him a star.

Echo Lake Studios has a history of recording some of most iconic names in music and this is where Billy Moon will take the leap from great to iconic. That is, if the ghosts of the past and the demon in the studio have their way with him.

I really enjoyed this one from Douglas Wynne. Atmospheric and haunting with great characterization and a very entertaining story. Highly Recommended.
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This one started off slow, and I felt at first like secrets were being given away prematurely, but then the story found a good rhythm and didn't let up. The musical references--technical and emotional--are all genuine. There were a few points where I felt real fear, and that is a rare thing, considering that I read a whole lot of horror. The characters were accessible, with a good balance of archetype and singular humanity. Wynne's style is refreshing: casual, with the flourishes never coming across as precious or precocious. Highly recommended to lovers of horror and rock & roll.
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