"Where the Devil Waits" Book Review
Written by Jennifer Turner
Published by Cemetery Gates Media
Written by Wesley Southard and Mark Steensland
2021, 121 pages, Fiction
Released on May 17th, 2021
This is the part of the day where you are probably thinking, “God I hope that reviewer doesn’t mention her weird big book fetish.”
Well tough, you clicked the link so you chose this life. However, I will mention it again when it comes to Where the Devil Waits’ co-author Wesley Southard, it’s important to mention it. I’m generally not a fan of books that are less than 300 pages. I’m a speed reader who wants epic, sweeping, 900+ pages doorstop kind of literature.
Southard is an amazing writer because he can churn out a great tale in half of the pages than my usual preferred writers. I never feel like I have been cheated out of a good story when I finish his works. He also occasionally teams up with other fantastic authors such as this novella’s other co-author, Mark Steensland.
I’m unfortunately not familiar with Steensland’s work but if his style is anything like Where the Devil Waits then he is definitely on my list of new authors to discover. The two writers blend so well with one another, they are like two peas in a very scary pod.
The plot of this tale introduces us to Frank Spiers, who is goaded into participating in an unusual race by Stan, his worst friend and best frenemy. Stan convinces Frank to race against the Devil in an abandoned cemetery, the loser sacrifices his soul and possibly his life.
Frank doesn’t take this as seriously as he should and loses the race. Finding his time running dangerously short, he, his girlfriend, and his other buds make haste to rescue his soul before losing it forever.
There are some very well-written characters in this story. Stan makes an impressive villain and I hesitate to elaborate on his varied misdeeds for fear of spoiling the story. Let’s just say he is one of the scarier antagonists in recent horror history.
Another refreshing character is Janine who is one of the most endearing and realistic female protagonists that I have read recently. She’s resourceful, strong, and yet can be vulnerable as well. The authors avoid the common Madonna/Whore tropes that tend to pigeonhole most females into one-note personalities.
Now the whole deal with the Devil is a very popular tale in horror, in fact, the trope has even ventured into music, children’s literature and even mainstream vanilla sitcoms. The writers give the tired story a refreshing twist by making the Devil a second-hand villain serving his human counterpart. These changes only enhance the plot and modify it to entertain the more jaded readers. Where else can you watch the Devil running a foot race like he is trying to qualify for the Demon Olympics?
If you are looking for a quick and exciting summer read this is definitely a book not to be missed.
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