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Other Great Stories About Old Nick ...

PostPosted: Sat Mar 20, 2010 8:04 am
by Damien_England
Yep, well, keeping as much on topic with Horns as posible (i.e: comparing and contrasting as you see fit) so this thread is not re-routed to purgatory or the recommndations furnace, I thought it would be cool to use this little corner of the forum to discuss other books about the devil that you've read and have enjoyed. My own top 3 would have to be as follows:

:twisted: 1./ THE TESTAMENT OF GIDEON MACK (James Robertson) A faithless Scottish minister falls down a ravine and claims to have met the devil in a life-changing encounter that has devastating repercussions for his faith. Or does it? More a psychological head-trip rooted in one man's disappearance than a yarn that's firmly rooted in the supernatural, Mack's devil is more a laid back conversationalist than a vision in cloven hooves, a pitchfork and the classic iconography. But the utter joy of the novel is that you never really know exactly why ... well, that'd be telling. A fantastic diappearance mystery (think Bergman's Winter Light meets Picnic At Hanging Rock ...) And why the hell is Old Nick wearing sneakers?

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:twisted: 2./ THE SCREWTAPE LETTERS.
(C.S. Lewis). Bloody hilarious black comedic exchange of letters between a senior and junior devil re: how to snare those pesky Christians. Also has the added cudos of being written by an author who cared a lot about the foibles and the pitfalls of his own faith, and who, unlike a lot of his modern counterparts was also caple of self deprecation. A gem. (Yeah, even if it was completely overshadowed by the one 'bout Aslan and the old bitch with the Turkish Delight. You know the one. The Chronicles of Riddick, that's it.)

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:twisted: 3./ THE MAN IN THE BLACK SUIT
(Stephen King) One of my favourite King short stories from an underrated collection in Everythings Eventual, if only because the lie he tells the little boy whilst fishing is so damn despicable. "The demon is a liar, Father Karras" Damn right, and especially about people's mothers it would seem, though thankfully no cock-sucking here.

:twisted: 4./ And last but not least, of course: THE DEVIL ON THE STAIRCASE (Joe Hill) not because I've read it, but because I'm baiting Joe to divulge a little information, unless of course, it is, as we already know, a story about the most slippery Satan of all ....


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Re: Other Great Stories About Old Nick ...

PostPosted: Sat Mar 20, 2010 8:16 am
by Betsy_Boo
Thanks for the recs! Def going to put GIDEON on my TR list. And I agree with you on "The Man in the Black Suit". I read that one years ago and yet there is an image from that story that haunts me to this day. And THE SCREWTAPE LETTERS is a classic. I heard an audio version of it once, read by John Cleese...fabulous!

Re: Other Great Stories About Old Nick ...

PostPosted: Sat Mar 20, 2010 8:22 am
by Damien_England
The Cleese audio for Screwtape was awesome, lmao, remember it. It's just been re-done by Andy "Gollum" Serkis, I believe I'm right in thinking, so that'll be worth hearing.

"My deeear Wormwood! Filthy Christianses are weak, tricksy, false!"

Re: Other Great Stories About Old Nick ...

PostPosted: Sun Mar 21, 2010 5:19 am
by Betsy_Boo
Damien_England wrote:The Cleese audio for Screwtape was awesome, lmao, remember it. It's just been re-done by Andy "Gollum" Serkis, I believe I'm right in thinking, so that'll be worth hearing.

"My deeear Wormwood! Filthy Christianses are weak, tricksy, false!"


LOL! :lol: I'll have to get that one!