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The Demonologist

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A father/daughter tale, a ghost story, an American road trip novel and an inventive supernatural thriller. David Ullman believes his daughter is suspended between heaven and hell after “jumping” off a roof in Venice and somehow, through his expertise of the subject, we are plunged into the world of Milton’s Paradise Lost. All very strange.

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The Demonologist by Andrew Pyper

Professor David Ullman is a world authority on demonic literature. So when offered a luxury trip to Venice to consult on a 'phenomenon' he accepts, taking his daughter, Tess, with him. But in Venice, things take a sinister, terrifying turn when a man speaks in the voice of David's dead father, repeating the last words he ever spoke to his son. Then Tess disappears before his eyes. Yet as she falls into the waters of the Grand Canal, she pleads with her father: 'Find me...'


'A stunningly crafted, intelligent and moving horror story ... this is a subtle, revealing exposition of the power of the devil. There is an elegance to the storytelling, and a command of what evil may mean, that lingers with you long after the end' DAILY MAIL

'Effective, literate, nightmarish' SUNDAY TELEGRAPH

'Genuinely terrifying, don't-read-late-at-night stuff. Thrilling, compelling and beautifully written' -- SJ Watson

'The Demonologist is that rare thing - a novel that is both genuinely terrifying and erudite. The research is excellent and lightly worn, the pace and cleverness of the plot thrilling, one of the most exciting works of fiction I've read for some time' -- Kate Mosse

'The Demonologist is a smart psychological thriller. Carefully crafted, claustrophobic and deeply, deeply creepy' - Simon Toyne

'Richly crafted, deliriously scary and compulsively page-turning from beginning to end. Imagine The Exorcist and The Da Vinci Code as penned by Daphne du Maurier. Don't miss this one! -- Jeffery Deaver As compelling and smoothly chilling a tale as you'll find this year. The Demonologist shows an enormously gifted writer at the top of his game, producing a novel of eerie menace and unique depth. Those of us who write supernatural stories do not throw the names Ira Levin, William Peter Blatty, and Peter Straub around lightly. You'll be hearing all three associated with Mr Pyper soon, and all such comparisons are warranted, the highest praise I can offer' -- Michael Koryta, NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author of THE PROPHET

'A literary horror story that values smarts over scares ... a book about a father and daughter, and how far a parent will go to protect a child' NATIONAL POST

'A smart, thrilling, utterly unnerving novel. Pyper's gift is that he deeply respects his readers, yet still insists on reducing them to quivering children. I like that in a writer' -- Gillian Flynn

About the Author

Andrew Pyper

Andrew Pyper was born in Stratford, Ontario, in 1968. He received a BA and an MA in English Literature from McGill University in Montreal, as well as a law degree from the University of Toronto. He is the author of four bestselling novels, including THE GUARDIANS and LOST GIRLS. He is also the winner of the ARTHUR ELLIS AWARD.

Author photo © Heidi Pyper

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16th January 2014


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Orion (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd ) an imprint of Orion Publishing Co


352 pages


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