Pandemonium

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Random House Publishing Group, 2008 - Fiction - 288 pages
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It is a world like our own in every respect . . . save one. In the 1950s, random acts of possession begin to occur. Ordinary men, women, and children are the targets of entities that seem to spring from the depths of the collective unconscious, pop-cultural avatars some call demons. There’s the Truth, implacable avenger of falsehood. The Captain, brave and self-sacrificing soldier. The Little Angel, whose kiss brings death, whether desired or not. And a string of others, ranging from the bizarre to the benign to the horrific.

As a boy, Del Pierce is possessed by the Hellion, an entity whose mischief-making can be deadly. With the help of Del’s family and a caring psychiatrist, the demon is exorcised . . . or is it? Years later, following a car accident, the Hellion is back, trapped inside Del’s head and clamoring to get out.

Del’s quest for help leads him to Valis, an entity possessing the science fiction writer formerly known as Philip K. Dick; to Mother Mariette, a nun who inspires decidedly unchaste feelings; and to the Human League, a secret society devoted to the extermination of demons. All believe that Del holds the key to the plague of possession–and its solution. But for Del, the cure may be worse than the disease.

“Look out, Lethem! Daryl Gregory mixes pop culture and pathos, flavoring it with Philip K. Dick. Pandemonium possesses every quality you want in a great novel, and the good news is it’s only his debut.”
–Charles Coleman Finlay, Hugo and Nebula Award-nominated author of The Prodigal Troll

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User Review  - jen.e.moore - LibraryThing

I swear, Daryl Gregory writes some of the most interesting, original premises I’ve ever seen. In this, his first novel, it’s possession by entities that everybody calls demons, but are clearly ... Read full review

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User Review  - DavidLDay - LibraryThing

This book is the ultimate mash-up. Gregory skillfully combines elements of pop culture, blends and bends historical events, and grinds together genres in a way I've never experienced. Set in a world ... Read full review

About the author (2008)

Daryl Gregory is the award-winning science fiction author who's been reading comics before he knew how to read words. As well as writing PLANET OF THE APES, he's the co-writer, with Kurt Busiek, of DRACULA: THE COMPANY OF MONSTERS. His first novel, PANDEMONIUM, won the Crawford Award, and was a finalist for the World Fantasy Award. THE DEVIL'S ALPHABET, his second novel, was a Philip K. Dick Award finalist and was named by Publisher's Weekly as one of the best books of the year. His third book, RAISING STONY MAYHALL, is out now. His short fiction has been collected in UNPOSSIBLE AND OTHER STORIES. He lives in State College, PA, where there are many bears, but few apes. Carlos Magno got his first job at BOOM! Studios, drawing a tale written by Mark Waid in ZOMBIE TALES. In 2005, he worked on two comic books from Moonstone Books: THE PHANTOM and SHERLOCK HOLMES. In 2006, he signed with DC comics, contributing art to COUNTDOWN, MANHUNTER, BATMAN, TANGENT: SUPERMANS REIGN and CYBORG. Later, at IDW Publishing, he provided art for numerous TRANSFORMERS titles. Magno lives in Sao Jose dos Pinhais, Brazil with his wife Ingret and his son Eduardo.

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