|Object of Evil, the (2010) [Novel]|
by Chris Duryea
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(From the author):
Daryl Tempest is a 40 year old, single, regional vice president of Snath International's San Diego and Southren California operations. Simon Snath is the tryannical, oppressive, unethical and womanizing CEO to whom Daryl is responsible.
In an innocuous conversation with one of his personal friends, Daryl falls victim to the suggestion of casting a spell on Simon to redeem himself; to vindicate and avenge himself for Simon's transgressions. While on a weekend respite in Rosarito Beach, Mexico, Daryl unwittingly purchases an object of evil and has summoned demonic powers to deal with Simon and thus Dary's confusion subtly unfolds.
As Daryl's mind begins to foul with a sadistic clouding, the occult begins to show its subtle face through an internal dialogue that twists into psychosis. Freddie Fawkes, a mentally disturbed employee of Daryl's is killed in a grursome auto accident that may have been just an accident and may not have been an accident at all. Subtle innuendo and nuances are for the reader to discern.
Daryl and his fellow employees discover the thrft of material from Daryl's operation and subsequently uncover a clandestine scheme devised by his now deceased psychotic employee, Freddy Fawkes and Simon Snath to frame Daryl for crimes of grand larceny, insurance fraud, and falsification of evidence. With Dary's discovery, a quiescent fury begins to unfold to readicate Simon at any expense and Daryl has summoned a cast of evil personae who show up mysteriously as similarly appearing people, but as different characters.
In an effort to recover falsified evidence, Daryl approaches Gloria, Freddie's georgeous widdow and, a steamy and erotic soiree between Daryl and Gloria ensues. Gloria is innocence and the quintessence of beauty and is portrayed as a repeat of the historical and ghostly figure of Kate Morgan of the Hotel Del Coronado. With illusive subtleties, Evil's course has taken excessive tolls to accomplish Daryl's psychotically compulsive need.
The treatise of the book is, "Is Evil a living entity, or is Evil a state of mind? The reader must decide as the suggestion of the occult and paranormal is more than a mere suggestion; it is a presence that cannot be denied. Neither is Daryl's state of mind left intact. Daryl has unwittingly summoned Evil and Evil's insidious presence is so pronounced and becomes so outrageously overpowering that the summoning of Evil provess tragic; psychotically tragic.
Original title: The Object of Evil
Genre: Fiction→ Horror