Pandemonium review

As a comic book and Philip K. Dick fan, the premise of this book had me hooked.  Pop culture archetypes have spawned demons that possess human hosts, temporarily transferring their supernatural, albeit one-dimensional, abilities to the host, who is left with no memory of their possessed behavior.  The host may also be missing body parts and more, depending on the demon.  The narrator of Pandemonium by Daryl Gregory is Del, a man whose life was left in shambles by his childhood possession by a demon named The Hellion.  One of the less harmful demons (relatively speaking), The Hellion fits the same archetype as Dennis the Menace and tends to choose as his host young boys who fit the same bill.  Something went awry for both Del and The Hellion during the possession: The Hellion never left.  Del feels its presence in his mind and seeks out any and all options to exorcise it, which leads him into the paths of characters like VALIS, the intergalactic logical entity that possesses the form of Philip K. Dick and Mother Mariette, an Irish nun who possesses Del’s body in her own wicked way.  The concept is well-executed by Gregory, a decorated short-story writer, with an ending that is both plausible and satisfying in an untidy fashion befitting the title of the book.

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One Response to “Pandemonium review”

  1. […] 24, 2009 · No Comments Congratulations to Pandemonium by Daryl Gregory (see review posted 9/8/08) and The Resurrectionist by Jack O’Connell (see review posted 3/26/08) for […]

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