(From the publisher):
In Jerry Jay Carroll's well-received hybrid fantasy thriller Top Dog, readers were introduced to a mystical world where humans and magical creatures were engaged in an epic battle of good versus evil while the hero, transformed into a giant dog, alternated between that world and the real one, where he lay in a coma, baffling his doctors and ex-wife alike.
In The Demon Inside, the first instalment of his three-part thriller The Zone War, author Terry Cloutier takes this Kafkaesque ingenuity one step further by making his hero's mystical world one of his own creation, an existence into which he escapes whenever the harrowing trauma of an unspeakable act he endured as a child proves too much for his psyche to handle. But now the tables have turned and The Zone has become far too real for its creator to control while the evil Empire that threatens its inhabitants is bent on his destruction.
Edward Fox, Cloutier's unlikely hero, carries with him both the physical and psychological scars of a brutal childhood attack perpetrated by the serial killer who now inhabits, and rules, the mythical "other world" that Edward created as his own safe haven. Unable to escape this world through which he once moved so freely, Edward finds himself drawn into the brutal war launched by the Empire, hunted by its ruthless assassins even as he must come to terms with his own helplessness, his inner demons, and the almost messianic conviction of his faithful followers that he is indeed "the Creator" of The Zone and that he can save them all.
Original title: The Demon Inside
Genre: Fiction→ Fantasy→ Sword and Sorcery