- Buy this item and get 90 days Free Amazon Music Unlimited. After purchase you will receive an email with further information. Offer valid for a limited time only. Terms and Conditions apply.” Learn more here.
Only the Devil is Here Hardcover – 24 October 2019
Special offers and product promotions
- Publisher : ChiZine Publications (24 October 2019)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 174 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1771485590
- ISBN-13 : 978-1771485593
- Dimensions : 14 x 1.43 x 21.6 cm
- Customer Reviews:
"Only the Devil is Here is a breathless debut that moves too fast to accommodate bulky backstory. As such, the true nature of the characters, their origins or intentions, are only ever glimpsed. Who's good? Who's evil? Is the division between one and the other really so neat? Michell keeps the details―the idiomatic abode of both God and the Devil―elusive. It's in that murky moral unknown that Only the Devil is Here thrives." ―Bookshelf
About the Author
Stephen Michell is a freelance writer and editor based out of Toronto. His writing has appeared in The Good Men Project, as well as in the Exile Editions speculative fiction anthology Those Who Make Us, with his story "As Worlds Collide." He has also written many entertainment reviews for Step On Magazine. Only the Devil Is Here is his first novel.
Review this product
Top reviews from other countries
Only the Devil Is Here begins with a sudden and violent home invasion and bloody attacks upon foster parents Adam and Evie and the abduction of their nearly seven-year-old son, Evan. The perpetrator, an “adult male, forty to fifty years of age, tall, [with] dark hair [and a] beard,” is under “instructions not to kill the boy” and barely having left the house with the boy espies four shadowy figures closing in on them—and it isn’t the police.
For his debut novel, Michell has created a stunning and well-written thriller. Like a rural traffic sign riddled with bullet holes, it is also a novel that is peppered with purposeful contradictions and incongruities that keep the reader wondering. Early in the novel flashing red and blue lights on an emergency vehicle are spotted on a highway and they are described as both “sinister and serene.” It is a telling line representative of Michell’s entire approach to his novel. Evan’s kidnapper, Rook, also cautions the boy, “You think you see a man when you look at me, but you don’t. I’m something much more.” As the novel progresses, readers begin to be presented with evidence that Evan is also far from an ordinary child. Ironically, the duo is pursued through southern Ontario in harsh winter conditions often on foot in the wilderness as they try to avoid civilization, detection, and capture but seemingly of greater danger to them than the police are members of a much more threatening, vague form of “organization.” To survive, both kidnapper and victim are unconventionally forced to form a bond of trust with extraordinary consequences. Thus, nothing is ordinary or what it appears to be in Only the Devil Is Here which makes for riveting reading.
Intriguing minor characters come and go in Only the Devil Is Here, but Michell keeps a laser-like focus on the relationship between Rook and Evan. Descriptions of the environment in which they find themselves and the hardships and setbacks they face as they struggle to reach what Rook promises will be a safe place for Evan from those who pursue them bring the story alive. So, too, does the author’s gradual revelations of the special characteristics of his two leading characters and Michell brilliantly and realistically even has Root and Evan exchanging positions of dependency upon each other at times.
Still, the mystery of the two and their precarious, life-and-death situation and entanglement with the supernatural is never completely resolved even when readers reach the very end of the novel. Finishing Only the Devil Is Here, readers are faced with a grim realization that, regardless of the amazing events they witness in the novel with all its twists and turns, there is no total resolution, but an almost “to be continued” or “the end?” cinematic-like finale once they finish the book.
Given that Stephen Michell “is a freelance writer and editor based out of Toronto,” whose “writing has appeared in The Good Men Project, as well as in the Exile Editions speculative fiction anthology Those Who Make Us, with his story ‘As Worlds Collide’” as well as this very auspicious novel debut, Michell is a writer for readers to keep an eye out for in the future.