Author: Curtis M. Lawson
Illustrator: Luke Spooner
Published: September 20, 2020
Reviewed By: Kim
Kim’s Rating: 5 stars
Bear witness to the ghosts and dark gods of Motor City, revealed by the light of a fiery cityscape. It’s the night before Halloween and Detroit is burning in a celebration of arson and vandalism. Devil’s Night is a unique collection of interconnected urban horror stories taking you back to October 30th, 1987. Drawing inspiration from Michigan legends such as the Nain Rouge and the Hobo Pig Lady, Lawson weaves a rich and haunting tapestry of terror and tragedy. Inside these pages, you will find cursed vinyl records, inner-city druids, diabolical priests, and slim slivers of hope. Devil’s Night burns with Curtis M. Lawson’s signature brand of supernatural dread. This is smart psychological horror, ablaze with visceral imagery, with equal measures of heart and heartache.
Curtis reached out to me and asked if I would review his book. The description intrigued me so of course I said yes. And boy, is it a great book! Devil’s Night is like The Purge in Detroit: one night a year, any and all crime happens, near suspension of all emergency services. It does indeed sound terrifying.
This is an anthology of stories based on Lawson’s own research into Devil’s Night. He does a great job of weaving the paranormal in with the darkness of humanity. Urban legends, motorcycle gangs, serial killers, graffiti, role-player games, etc. I couldn’t put it down! I also had to text Ivan to ask him to take the trash down when he got home because I was too scared to go outside in the dark.
I don’t want to say too much more about any of the stories because they’d be more effective going in and experiencing them without too much info. There are at least two people I know who need to read Devil’s Night and I absolutely recommend it to pretty much everyone. Great book!
Devil’s Night is available for purchase via Weird House Press.