Wednesday, October 23, 2013

The Dark One

The Dark One
Guy N. Smith
1995 Zebra Books





A middle class family watch the troubled child of their working class friends.  Grisly accidents seem to follow him, later revealed to be the result of satanic rituals.

Set against the backdrop of the Satanic Panic scare that hit England after America grew out of it, the real horrors seem to be the more mundane creepiness that lies implicit behind the page: wife swapping, sexual abuse, puberty.  Unfortunately, these elements weren't exploited.

For those keeping score, another failed exorcism, another adulterous newspaperman, and more looking down one's nose at the despicable poor.

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