Gallagher conjures a perfect demon to symbolise the industrial era of the turn of the 20th Century in England and America in a book that “shows the occult mystery in its best light”, Marilyn Stasio said in the Book Review.
I’m interested to see how differently readers can interpret the book… some look at it and see an openly occult novel, others see it as a more mainstream novel about people of their time who accept the occult’s existence. Their convictions play out in the dawning light of a more rational age.
It’s a fine line to walk, and one that fascinates me. I’d visited it before in the novella In Gethsemene, which is why it seemed appropriate to offer the story for download as a kind of taster.
In Gethsemene first appeared in Peter Crowther’s angel-themed collection, Heaven Sent (Daw Books). Grab it now if you want to look at it, either by clicking here or on the link in the colum to your right; I’ll be taking it offline sometime around the end of the month.