Night at the Demontorium

Rated 4.33/5 based on 3 reviews
Psychological meets supernatural in a room without dimensions known as the Demontorium. Located just behind a tissue-thin layer of normalcy, its corrosive influence seeps through. Sparky's First Day. He Dreams in Yellow. The Entrepreneur. Aunt Téa's Addiction. Bedring. Five cautionary tales meant to tighten your grip on the thin layer that separates you from inhabitants of the Demontorium. More

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Words: 12,140
Language: English
ISBN: 9781466154438
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Naima likes dead people. Fictional dead people, that is, and the twisted people who make them dead (or undead). She is the author of Bloodroom and Night at the Demontorium. Her next novel, The Bad Death, is scheduled for publication in 2013. She takes as inspiration the Southeast United States, including her home in the Florida Panhandle, an ocean paradise with a not-too-distant past full of eccentrics, explorers, pirates, ghosts, and UFOs.

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Review by: Jessica Bronder on July 03, 2012 :
This is a collection of five stories; Aunt Tea’s Addiction, He Dreams in Yellow, Sparky’s First Day, The Entrepreneur, and Bedring.

Aunt Tea’s Addition – Aunt Tea married into the family but doesn’t fit in to well. It seems she does things that make her stand out on purpose. Almost like she is looking for attention. But her latest behavior will affect more than just her.

He Dreams in Yellow – Malcolm is depressed. Everything has fallen into dark and drab colors. Everything, that is, except Marjorie. She appears in her bright yellow jump suit that he cannot avoid seeing. Will Malcolm eventually succumb to his depression? Who else will it affect?

Sparky’s First Day – The story starts with “I’d been kidnapped” and does from there. Trying to find help yet having people after him at every step. Is there really an escape or is there something much more going on?

The Entrpreneur – A young lady goes to a teacher about a friend of hers. The teacher is trying to get her to help him work with him on his side business. She eventually finds the friend and more trouble than she could expect.

Bedring – A man finds an item on his bed. This leads to the true feelings of his wife. Will they work through them to rescue his son?

I will admit that I read this book through once and had a hard time trying to find the point of a couple of the stories. When I went back over the book for review, it made more sense to me. This is the first book in a collection of horror stories series. They are good little thrillers with interesting twists.

If you like horror stories, check out this book. You may find another to add to your collection.

I received this book from the Library Thing Early Reviewer program in exchange for an honest review.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Doskoi Panda on Nov. 17, 2011 :
A small collection of short horror stories, each involving an unusual angle on themes of addiction and other madness/mental illnesses. As another reviewer has noted, it's difficult to go into detail on these as I don't want to give anything away. Suffice it to say that Ms. Haviland's tales are rarely totally straightforward, but their twists are what make the horror effective. I would particularly praise the author's variations in point of view; they are used to great effect, luring the reader in (that first sentence, for example) then teasing with gradual illumination or a sudden revelation.

Although the roughness is sometimes an active part to the story, they could use some polish to smooth it out a little. The edits would help with clarification in a few places, as well as taking care of a few typos and grammar. The ideas behind the stories are excellent, but slightly gimmicky, relying on twists. This makes them excellent for a reader interested in reading once or twice, but may not bear up to repeated readings.

Overall rating: 4 stars - Readers who enjoy tales of madness will appreciate this collection. It's not unlike The King in Yellow or even Lovecraft in places, but with modernized language use, and less expansive in detail and description.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: brett george on Nov. 17, 2011 :
Night at the Demontorium: Series One by Naima Haviland.
A collection of short stories. An exceptional collection lovingly crafted of dark, thoughtful visions of death and addictions. The writing is surprisingly refreshing considering the subject matter.
I admit to having a difficult time describing the stories without telling all, so to speak. I can say that they are quick and easy to read while leaving you thoughtful at the end. Each story evokes a different response ranging from awe to disgust.
I am very glad to have discovered Naima Haviland and hope to read more of her work. Her stories are elegant and horrible both.
Night at the Demontorium: Series One is not to be missed.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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