am 19. September 2010
With The Devil Rides Out we have a classic weird/horror fiction story about two friends who try to save a person close to them from a group of satanists. It is basicly a tale between the the powers of the dark against the light, good versus evil. Wheatley must have spend a large amount of his time studying all sorts of books about the occult, the dark forces and the history of satanism and he uses his knowlege very well in the book. But at times it seems like he he just wanted to put some information in there for the sake of learning, so I felt like reading a leccture about the dark side. Aside from that, the story is written well. It is compared to Stokers Dracula at times and this comparisment makes sense: It has a large amount of adventure and takes place in many different settings. Like Van Helsing, we have a main character who seems to know almost anything about the occult and how to defeat the black magician.
Now, the tale gets kind of flat at times, but then again has long sequences where you cannot put the book away.
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