An exciting, fast-paced horror coming-of-age novel filled with mystery, tragedy, and humour by the award winning master of horror
Published on 09 April 2015
‘The sympathy that Zeltserman (Monster) invokes on behalf of Henry is heart-breaking, and readers will fully believe in both the madness and the greatness of his tragic young hero.’ - Publishers Weekly
‘Like Stephen King, Dave Zeltserman makes the incredible come alive.’- The Book Reporter
‘Zeltserman manages the voice of a teenager deftly, and the adolescent angst rings true. The demons are almost background to a tale about growing up. Zeltserman has written an entertaining novel.’ Kirkus Reviews
‘Henry’s fortitude and single-mindedness will stir the hearts of adult and YA action fantasy fans.’ - Library Journal
‘My name’s Henry Dudlow. I’m fifteen and a half. And I’m cursed. Or damned. Take your pick. The reason? I see demons.’
So begins the latest thriller by horror master Dave Zeltserman. The setting is quiet Newton, MA, where nothing ever happens. Nothing, that is, until two months after Henry Dudlow’s 13th birthday, when his neighbour, Mr. Hanley, suddenly starts to look . . . different. While everyone else sees a balding man with a beer belly, Henry suddenly sees a nasty, bilious, rage-filled demon.
Once Henry catches onto the real Mr. Hanley, he starts to see demons all around him, and his boring, adolescent life is transformed. There’s no more time for friends or sports or the lovely Sally Freeman—Henry must work his way through ancient texts and hunt down the demons before they kill any more innocent children. And if hunting demons is hard at any age, it’s borderline impossible when your parents are on your case, and your grades are getting worse, and you can’t tell anyone about your mission.
A very scary thriller written with verve and flashes of great humour, The Boy Who Killed Demons is Dave Zeltserman’s most accomplished and entertaining horror novel yet.
Dave Zeltserman is an award-winning mystery, crime and horror author. Three of his novels have been optioned for films with the first Outsourced going into production in 2015. Monster (Duckworth Overlook; 2013) is a Booklist Top 10 Horror Fiction and The Caretaker of Lorne Field was shortlisted by the Library Association for best horror novel of 2011.