By Daryl Gregory
It's a international like our personal in each admire . . . keep one. within the Fifties, random acts of ownership start to happen. traditional males, girls, and kids are the objectives of entities that appear to spring from the depths of the collective subconscious, pop-cultural avatars a few name demons. There's the reality, implacable avenger of falsehood. The Captain, courageous and self-sacrificing soldier. The Little Angel, whose kiss brings loss of life, even if wanted or now not. And a string of others, starting from the weird to the benign to the horrific.
As a boy, Del Pierce is possessed via the Hellion, an entity whose mischief-making might be lethal. With assistance from Del's kin and a being concerned psychiatrist, the demon is exorcised . . . or is it? Years later, following a motor vehicle twist of fate, the Hellion is again, trapped within Del's head and clamoring to get out.
Del's quest for aid leads him to Valis, an entity owning the technology fiction author previously referred to as Philip okay. Dick; to mom Mariette, a nun who evokes decidedly unchaste emotions; and to the Human League, a mystery society dedicated to the extermination of demons. All think that Del holds the main to the plague of possession–and its resolution. yet for Del, the remedy can be worse than the disease.
"Look out, Lethem! Daryl Gregory mixes popular culture and pathos, flavoring it with Philip okay. Dick. Pandemonium possesses each caliber you will want in an outstanding novel, and the excellent news is it's in simple terms his debut."
–Charles Coleman Finlay, Hugo and Nebula Award-nominated writer of The Prodigal Troll