Put on your favourite heavy metal album, pour yourself a drink and relax into the story of an unlikely hero. Remember when hair bands became a thing, and parents across the country cried out against the evils of ‘devil music’? It’s the early 1980’s and Cain Pseudomantis has just erupted into the LA club scene as lead guitarist of Pseüdomäntis. The kicker? Unlike most of the other rockers, Cain is an actual, real-live devil.
Cain has only a few scattered memories of his life before he was enslaved by the sorcerer Mr. Warwick. For ten years he’s been little more than a servant and pet to the sorcerer and his sons, Lance and Steve. Heavy metal music was his escape from the shitty treatment he endured. So when he was sent by his master to Los Angeles on a mission, Cain ends up buying an electric guitar and through no fault of his own, getting signed to Daggerspoint Records.
However, not all is well in the City of Angels. A serial killer dubbed ‘The Engineer’ has been targeting young male rockers, torturing them in strange, ritualistic ways before dumping their bodies. The police don’t seem to care, and the frothing televangelist Nathaniel Breen is all too happy to see these ‘satan worshippers’ cut down. When the mystery cuts too close to home, it’s up to Cain and his band mates to find the Engineer before he takes another victim.
I greatly enjoyed following Cain’s exploits. Having been sheltered for the past ten years, he has trouble with things like reading and telephones. And unlike what Breen and his ilk would have you believe, he is not evil. Through half-remembered glimpses into his past, we learn that devils are in fact the offspring of fallen angels and humans living in some kind of subterranean alternate world. They lead a paleolithic existence and care nothing for harvesting human souls or anything of the like. Cain is actually a gentle soul, who finds himself deeply troubled by the evils humanity can inflict on each other.
The world of ‘Devil Music’ is just a tad off-centre. Sorcerers, gods, and monsters share the city with mortals who would rather look the other way than think too much into it. As more people learn of Cain’s secret, they simply seem to accept that he’s an actual devil and his band mates can do real magic. Steve Warwick gets in trouble in school for cursing his classmates and Mr. Warwick makes a living as a sort of magical mercenary. So while these things happen on the fringes of mainstream society, they are seen as an oddity rather than an impossibility.
‘Devil Music’ is a well-crafted mystery with good world-building and interesting characters. There seems to be more in the works from this author and I look forward to it!
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About the book: Cain Pseudomantis leads a miserable life. Bound to the mortal world by a powerful spell no demon could hope to break, he must obey his human master’s every command or face harsh punishment. He finds solace in the rock music which he listens to when he isn’t running unsavory errands for his master. Then everything changes. While on a mission in a seedy section of 1980s Los Angeles, Cain impulsively buys an electric guitar and discovers an unusual talent for music, a talent that catapults him to hair metal stardom. With three superpowered human band mates and his beautiful girlfriend Michelle by his side, his life starts to look a lot better. But Cain soon finds that even rock stars have troubles. The crusading televangelist Nathaniel Breen—who happens to be Michelle’s father—accuses him of turning the city’s youth to Satan worship. Meanwhile a mysterious killer known only as the Engineer terrorizes the Los Angeles rock scene with a series of brutal murders. When Cain and his friends attempt to unmask the killer, they discover a deadly secret that could cost Cain his hard-won freedom, and possibly his life.
About the author: Carly Orosz lives in Kalamazoo, Michigan with her husband. She graduated from Kalamazoo College and went on to earn an MFA in poetry from Sarah Lawrence College. Her poetry has been published in Wavelength Journal and Spout Magazine. In her spare time she enjoys cooking, weaving on a hand loom, and studying the art and cultures of pre-Columbian Mexico.