Published by Sinister Grin Press on December 15, 2016
Genres: Creature Feature, Dark Fiction, Fiction, Horror, Supernatural, Thriller
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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?
BLUE DEMON, by David Bernstein was a story that hit hard, emotionally and “visually”. We start off with a happy family, Dan and his son, Cal Langston bonding over the BLUE DEMON cartoon series–one that had only lasted three seasons during Dan’s youth–but was eventually released on DVD. The character was a loyal, yet vicious, protector; brutally killing or maiming those that wronged the people in need, who called upon him. In fact, young Cal loved it so much that all he wanted for his birthday was a Blue Demon action figure.
Although only a small amount were ever produced–and now sold for hundreds or thousands of dollars on the internet–Dan happens upon one in an old comic store.
Unfortunately, that is the end of the “happy” part.
This story was emotionally potent–I sympathized so strongly with Cal and the misfortunes that kept piling up around him, that I read this book in a single day. Of course, the Blue Demon comes into play in a large way, but to say anymore would ruin the entire reading experience.
Bernstein has created a real page-turner with this one, filled with great tension, characters you care about, and enough blood and carnage to keep any horror fan satisfied. Each question Cal has, each horrific event that befalls him, will have you wondering whether there is any truth to a comic book legend.
If so, is that the kind of creation you want to be in league with???