Publisher: Bloodshot Books
Publication Date: December 2017
This is my first time reading Greg Chapman. There is a lot to like about this book. THE NOCTUARY was originally published in 2011. This book contains THE NOCTUARY and its sequel PANDEMONIUM. So, don't fret if you haven't read the original story.
In the beginning was the word, and the word was scribed in blood. The words contained within will drive you mad... and damn you to Hell.
A bloodstained manuscript wrote by biographer Simon Ryan turns up at Dr. Desmond Carter's office. Desmond is a psychiatrist and Simon is his former patient. Desmond thought Simon was dead, but now he's not so sure. He should have left well enough alone, but he wants answers. Madness ensues.
Simon Ryan is drawn into the darkness by a Dark Muse called Meknok. He has been chosen to be the Scribe; his every word will become an act of Scripture. What's not to like?
I compare this book to Clive Barker's THE HELLBOUND HEART. Greg Chapman creates an entire pantheon of Dark Muses of Hell. I'm talking Vehemence, Order and Chaos, War and Strife, Tyranny, Hate, Fear, Madness, and all Dark Rites. They all reside in Pandemonium–Milton's capital of Hell. Meknok is a darker version of Dante's Virgil who draws Simon Ryan into the darkness. I will stop right there because you should read this book.
THE NOCTUARY: PANDEMONIUM is definitely a demonic and psychological read. I hope Greg Chapman expands on this universe. My jaw hit the floor more than once while reading this book. I don't know what took me so long to read this author, but I need to read the rest of his work.
The characters are crazy good. The dialogue is good. I dig Greg Chapman's writing style. He really creeped me out with this book. Try not to go mad while reading this one!
4/5 stars! ⭐⭐⭐⭐