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The Devil Will Come
Twenty-one stories that will scare you to death.
You may or may not believe in the old gentleman known variously as Lucifer, the Prince of Darkness, Satan, or simply the devil – but it is impossible to deny the existence of evil in the world. And all those arguments about whether evil originates in the fires of Hades or in the smoldering heart of humankind don’t change the fact that evil has always been with us – and, most likely, always will be.
The stories you are about to read are about evil, in one form or another. Several of them give evil a supernatural origin, but others place it squarely in the lap of ordinary (or maybe not so ordinary) human beings. Some of the people you are about to meet will overcome the evil that confronts them, while others won’t be quite so fortunate. Either way, all of them are going to be changed by the encounter.
These stories are best read late at night, preferably while you’re alone in the house. I recommend leaving only a single light on. Try to use a reading lamp that illuminates the page while throwing the rest of the room into shadows – shadows where anything might be hiding.
Later, as you lie in the iron dark, waiting for sleep, perhaps you’ll start to wonder if there really is a Devil, and if this is the night he might choose to come – for you.
I wish you pleasant dreams.
Well, no – not really.
About the Author:
Justin Gustainis has been an Army officer, speechwriter and professional bodyguard. He is currently a college professor living in upstate New York. He is the author of The Hades Project, Black Magic Woman, Evil Ways, Hard Spell and Sympathy for the Devil. He has also published a number of short stories, two of which won the Graverson Award for Horror in consecutive years. He is a graduate of the Odyssey Writing Workshop.
"I especially enjoyed the stories in which the author combines the paranormal with crime fiction, as well as those with plot twists. This collection will appeal to readers of supernatural, paranormal, and horror fiction." - Michael J. McCann
"From fractured fairy tales to al-Hazram's demonic game plan to a dystopian Salem, Justin Gustainis has given us twenty-one more nightmares to disturb our sleep." --Jeanne Stein, author of the Anna Strong Vampire Chronicles
"Justin Gustainis' new collection is devilishly entertaining, infernally infectious and diabolically clever. The devil and his henchmen have been out in the world and walking up and down in it, and Justin has been right there on their heels, taking notes. Some say the greatest trick the devil ever pulled was to get the best writers to tell his stories." --Simon R. Green, author of the Nightside series
"Justin Gustainis is one of my favorite writers of thrillers and horror stories, and this tasty collection is a dark treat. From the evil men do to the evil done unto them, this is a set of stories you'll want to read with the lights on. All of them." -- Rachel Caine, NYT bestselling author of the Morganville Vampires
"You couldn't ask for more in a horror anthology. Beware: gruesome fun, clever plots, and wicked twists ahead!" -- Chris Marie Green, author of the Jensen Murphy, Ghost for Hire series
"Lock the doors, check under the bed and turn on the lights. Sit with your back to the wall. Then read this book. Creeptastic fun. Don't say I didn't warn you." --Gail Z. Martin, author of War of Shadows
"From noir to lyrical, Gustainis is a master." --Lilith Saintcrow, NYT Bestselling Author