Title: Devil’s Night: Storm Moon Press Anthology
Authors: SL Armstrong, K. Piet, Alina Ray, Azalea Moone, Tali Spencer
Publisher: Storm Moon Press
Sub genre: Demons, Dub Consent, Paranormal, Torture, Violence, Dark Themes
The infernal host is on the prowl. They want your soul, and they’re not afraid to bargain for it. They’ll promise you everything you could ever desire, but the price tag may be steeper than you can handle. Whether tempting and seducing mortals, defiling angels, or reveling among themselves, the fiendish creatures in these four haunting tales know that while good is okay, evil is just more fun.
Thaddeus sold his soul to save his family long ago, but the deal he struck with the demon Belial has him spending eternity managing Le Carnaval du Diable, filled to the brim with other’s damned into servitude. Belial wants more than Thaddeus’ soul, though, and his constant advances only add to Thaddeus’ stress as he faces a threat to The Devil’s Midway.
Craig Peters finds himself Hell Bound and destined for an eternity of torture at the hands of the demon Karawan, despite having no memory of the sin that condemned him to this existence. Over time, though, those memories return, along with an unnatural attraction to Karawan, which leads them both down a path neither of them could have possibly imagined.
When the Hounds Come Out to Play, Ryu and Keir are released from their chains to hunt the wayward damned and drag them down to Hell. A breath of freedom is an opportunity for fun, however, and Ryu isn’t about to waste it, even if it means getting caught in a case of mistaken identity with a handsome stranger.
Finally, Beltran is a man of heritage and honor, and when his cousin is brutalized, he has few qualms about consulting a local Inca shaman on her behalf. Little does he know the price of the charm he seeks will make him The Seventh Sacrifice in the amaru demon Kitara’s ancient quest for revenge.
Demons, devils, and other dark creatures prowl the night. They’re looking for souls to take and they’re willing to make a bargain. They’ll promise you everything you could ever desire but the cost might be more than you can handle. Whether tempting or seducing mortals, defiling angels, or just partying among themselves, they know that while good is better, evil is plain FUN!
Devil’s Night is an anthology from authors who display their talents in these four tales of what happens when the dark side goes looking for lost souls or wanting to make a deal to acquire innocent ones. The characters in these stories are not anything like what you would normally expect and the unique and original twists make these stories a delightfully different read that I really, really enjoyed reading.
The Devil’s Midway by S.L.Armstrong and K. Piet
Thaddeus sold his soul a long time ago to the demon Belial in order to save his family. The deal he made has him managing Le Carnaval du Diable, full of other damned souls cursed to servitude for all eternity. He’s constantly having to deal with the stress of following Belial’s orders on where the next stop is to be, the constant fighting among the performers, and the occasional demon hunter. On top of everything else, he has to contend with Belial wanting more from him than just his soul. The constant battle he fights against the demon’s advances and his own desires make his job that much harder as he deals with a threat to the very existence of thwarted carnival itself.
Spellbound by Alina Ray
Craig Peters wakes up in Hell with no idea why or how he got there. Sentenced to an eternity of torture at the hands of the demon Karawan. He has no memory of the sin that condemned him but finds himself strangely attracted to Karawan, as over time his memory gradually returns. When offered rhetoric chance to go to heaven if he feels remorse for his sin, he turns it down so he can spend eternity with the demon he has come to love.
When the Hellhounds Come Out to Play by Azalea Moone
Keir and Ryu are two hellhounds released from their chains on one night of the year on Halloween to hunt down damned souls and drag them to hell. Ryu takes advantage odd that freedom to shift into human form and enjoy himself while he can. He meets a handsome stranger who mistakes him foe someone else and they go to a Halloween party. Ryu finds himself attracted to the handsome young man and they have a night of wild sex. Just before dawn, as he is getting ready to return to hell, he realizes that the man is the soul that he has been sent to take to hell because he murdered someone.
The Seventh Sacrifice by Tali Spencer
Beltran is a man of honor and when his cousin is attacked and brutalized by a former lover, he has no qualms about going to a local Incan shaman on her behalf to seek revenge on the man who attacked her. He doesn’t realize that the price of the charm will make him the seventh and final sacrifice needed to finish the ancient amaru demon Kitara’s quest for revenge.
I really enjoyed these four tales that are anything but ordinary. The authors are able to breathe new life into the old standby of evil is bad and give them original and unique twists and turns that keep you guessing until the very end!
Reviewed by Pat