4 Stars for A Demon Inside by Rick R. Reed #Paranormal #Horror @rickrreed


Title: A Demon Inside
Author Name & Publisher: Rick R. Reed (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: August 25, 2015 – 260 pgs


Hunter Beaumont doesn’t understand his grandmother’s deathbed wish: “Destroy Beaumont House.” He’s never even heard of the place. But after his grandmother passes and his first love betrays him, the family house in the Wisconsin woods looks like a tempting refuge. Going against his grandmother’s wishes, Hunter flees to Beaumont House.

But will the house be the sanctuary he had hoped for? Soon after moving in, Hunter realizes he may not be alone. And with whom—or what—he shares the house may plunge him into a nightmare from which he may never escape. Sparks fly when he meets his handsome neighbor, Michael Burt, a caretaker for the estate next door. The man might be his salvation… or he could be the source of Hunter’s terror.

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This is a horror story. It’s spooky and haunting, and its protagonist, Hunter Beamont, faces these terrors with panic, bravery, strength, and desparation. His journey is compelling. He’s a young man facing tremendous loss. Determined not to lose even more, he hangs onto the wrong things, unwilling to let go and hurt again. Or feel again. His journey becomes a harrowing coming-of-age story.
Rick’s tales always keep me reading right up until the end. The horror scenes are compelling, though not too scary for me, in text. If this was a movie I’d be screaming my lungs off.
There’s one scorching sex scene, but the overall romance of the book didn’t work for me. Just no chemistry. It’s something I’ve encountered in Reed’s other books. The scenario seems implausible. A Demon Inside won’t make you fall in love, but it’s an excellent thriller.
C.E. Case


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Rick R. Reed is all about exploring the romantic entanglements of gay men in contemporary, realistic settings. While his stories often contain elements of suspense, mystery and the paranormal, his focus ultimately returns to the power of love. He is the author of dozens of published novels, novellas, and short stories. He is a three-time EPIC eBook Award winner (for Caregiver, Orientation and The Blue Moon Cafe). His novel, Raining Men, won the Rainbow Award for Best Contemporary General Fiction. Lambda Literary Review has called him, “a writer that doesn’t disappoint.” Rick lives in Seattle with his husband and a very spoiled Boston terrier. He is forever “at work on another novel.”


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