Published by Darkfuse on 7.7.2015
Genres: Dark Fiction, Fiction, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
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In a dying coastal town near Cape Cod, Stanley Falk lives a quiet and unassuming life as a dishwasher. A shell of what and who he once was, Stanley is a man with a dark and violent past who does his best to forget by drinking it all away. But one morning he awakens to find his meager bank account emptied and his memory of the drunken evening prior wiped clean.
Vague memories and terrible nightmares of evil gods, distant planets and a hideous room where torture has been practiced and blood flows like water haunt his every waking moment. Something depraved is intent on dragging him back into the same pit of darkness he’s fought his entire life to crawl out of, and now there are others, in the shadows, watching his every move and luring him closer to a truth beyond comprehension...beyond evil...beyond anything he’s ever imagined possible.
You worship what you do not know.
**On July 7, (the official release date of Devil’s Breath), I hope you’ll return here to Horror After Dark for my interview with Greg and your chance to win a signed copy or 1 of 3 Kindle copies of this book!**
Have you ever heard of Devil’s Breath? It’s a drug that is odorless and tasteless and if you blow it into someone’s face? They will turn into a zombie, ready to do your bidding. Put this drug into the hands of the wrong people and who knows what could happen. Of course, that is exactly what occurs in this book and the outcome is not pretty.
Stan Falk is trying to put his life back together after some difficult years. He’s working as a dishwasher, renting himself a cottage in Sunset, a village near Cape Cod. He’s tired of his life, tired of everything and is ready to end it all when he hears a knock at the door. From there, his life is forever changed.
I enjoyed the hell out of this book. It was fast paced, the characters were interesting and complex; Stan’s past is slowly revealed as the story unfolds and he’s not the greatest of guys as the reader first thinks. I loved learning more about him and I cared for him, even with all of his faults.
Combine these excellent characters with some cult-type action, throw in some devil’s breath on top of that and you have this book-part mystery, part suspense, part horror-it’s hard to categorize. I’ll just say it was excellent and leave it at that.
This is another sublime novel from Mr. Gifune and I feel comfortable giving it my highest recommendation!
*I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.*
About Greg Gifune
Called “One of the best writers of his generation” by both the Roswell Literary Review and author Brian Keene, GREG F. GIFUNE is the author of numerous short stories, several novels, screenplays and two short story collections (HERETICS and DOWN TO SLEEP). His work has been published all over the world, consistently praised by readers and critics alike, received starred reviews in Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and The Midwest Book Review (among others) and has recently garnered interest from Hollywood. His novels include CHILDREN OF CHAOS, DOMINION, THE BLEEDING SEASON, DEEP NIGHT, BLOOD IN ELECTRIC BLUE, SAYING UNCLE, A VIEW FROM THE LAKE, NIGHT WORK, DRAGO DESCENDING, CATCHING HELL, JUDAS GOAT and LONG AFTER DARK. Greg resides in Massachusetts with his wife Carol and a bevy of cats and dogs.