“Ex Libris The Eyes of Madness, simple reviews from a simple reader…”
“Blue Demon was a cartoon from twenty-five years ago. It had been Dan’s favorite when he was younger. It had only lasted three seasons, but it was awesome. A few years ago, one of the companies that owned the rights released the show on DVD, putting all three seasons in a box set. Dan purchased it, hoping to relive a bit of his childhood. He’d hoped his son would like it too.”
When the meek need defending, they call on Blue Demon, a guardian of bloodshed and retribution. Its loyalty is forever, as long as you remain righteous. For those that oppress the demon’s flock, life grows short. It kills in the most brutal fashion, and maims those it most despises. It has no feelings, only loyalty and devotion for the ones it protects.
Of course, this is all from the Blue Demon television show and Cal Langston, Blue Demon’s biggest fan, knows such things can’t be real, at least not until the people who messed with him start dying in the most horrific of ways.
Frightened and not sure what to believe, he sets out to discover what is truly going on, and if Blue Demon is for real, does he want it watching over him?
“She hadn’t felt this anxious since Dan had died. She’d spent numerous evenings in her room, by herself, crying into a pillow so Cal wouldn’t hear her. Now her son had cancer, the deadly kind. The kind that spread fast, and once it did, usually killed. She needed her husband more than ever, needed someone to lean on.”
The cover art to Blue Demon had me in a frenzy. An 80’s neon wet dream, it’s the kind of cover that you pray to whatever cosmic (or earthbound, I guess) entity you speak to that the contents of said book reflect the gorgeous front graphic. In this case it does. A satisfying read, Blue Demon is my favorite David Bernstein book. Granted I still have a few to check out but I believe that these feelings will stand true.
Carrying a Tales from the Darkside vibe, albeit much more heartbreaking, Blue Demon hits with feeling then counters hard with tragedy. Then precedes to trump these aspects at every opportunity, especially with that damned tragedy. David got me with lovable main character Cal, and what he goes through during this read… damn. The words get dark, even while Cal shines some positive light. Thankfully the Blue Demon knows what needs to be done. And just when you think that the narrative may not come back around full circle, said circle morphs into a solid lead sphere, a bit or dark matter, that drops directly into your midsection. It’s pretty awesome.
How many times have I rushed out to try and score something for one of my kids? Numerous. Will I do it again? Hells yes, I will. Will I have a new sense of dread the next time I do? Probably… Thank you for that, David.
“He had the power to hurt them. He wished he could let them know how close they’d come to death. Maybe that would make them change. But there was no way he could do that. He could try asking Blue Demon only to scare them, but he had no way of knowing what would happen. The action figure might only know vengeance in the way of bloodshed”
Blue Demon is a great way to kill a couple of hours. I stand behind this book as a solid purchase, I recommend it wholeheartedly.
Zakk is a big dumb animal!
**Note: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author and/ or publisher and I am reviewing it voluntarily. These are my honest, unbiased feelings. I did not receive any sort of compensation.
David Bernstein is originally from a small town in Upstate New York called Salisbury Mills. He now resides in NYC and misses being surrounded by chainsaw-wielding maniacs and wild backwoods people that like to eat raw human flesh. He’s grown used to the city, though hiding bodies is much harder there. He is the author of Amongst the Dead, Damaged Souls, The Tree Man, Witch Island, Relic of Death, Apartment 7C and the forthcoming Episodes of Violence. David writes all kinds of horror, from hair-raising ghost stories to gore-filled slashers and apocalyptic tales of terror. He loves hearing from his readers. You can reach him on Facebook, at http://www.facebook.com/david.bernstein.3. Visit him at his website: davidbernsteinauthor.blogspot.com email firstname.lastname@example.org, or on Twitter at @Bernsteinauthor.
Praise for David Bernstein
“David Bernstein delivers a fast-moving tale of desire and destruction that gives new meaning to the words, ‘Be careful what you wish for.’ Relic of Death twists reality and will leave you reflecting on your own personal Achilles heel long after you finished reading…” —Allan Leverone, author of Mr. Midnight
“A fascinating, unpredictable, ever-shifting tale of greed and desperation. Highly recommended!” —Jeff Strand, author of Pressure
“Fast-paced, cinematic, and excellent. Horror fans gather around, it’s time for another chilling tale from David Bernstein.” —Keith Deininger, author of Within and Ghosts of Eden
“A harrowing, brutal thriller, Skinner is Bernstein at his best!” —Peter Giglio, author of Shadowshift
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