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Only the Devil Is Here

(2018)
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“A gripping, cinematic supernatural thriller, shot through with unsettling imagery and startling insights into the nature of good and evil.” —David Demchuk, Sunburst Award–winning author of The Bone Mother
 
Kidnapped from his foster home, six-year-old Evan desperately searches for a way to escape his brutally violent captor, Rook. Armed with supernatural abilities, Rook is no ordinary man, but then Evan is no ordinary boy. And it soon becomes clear that on their frantic journey through a world teeming with unimaginable horrors and unnatural predators, Rook is Evan’s only hope for survival . . .
 
“With Only the Devil Is Here, Stephen Michell announces himself as a new and powerful presence on the literary horror scene. This is curt, violent, poetic storytelling, a Cormac McCarthyesque journey from darkness into even deeper darkness, suffused from moment one on with gothic nighttime awe and terror yet also shot through with the slimmest threads of hope—intimations of numinosity, if not of salvation.” —Gemma Files, Shirley Jackson Award–winning author of Spectral Evidence
 
“Michell subtly upends expectations with a genuinely insightful examination of the essence of good and evil. By the novel’s end, Michell delivers an invigorating chase story, a suspenseful horror-action hybrid with memorably warped characters, and terrific B-movie cinematic flair.” —Publishers Weekly
 
“How Rook acquired his superhuman strength and came to accept his unholy mission are just two of the many revelations Michell has in store for readers. Better still is the poignant father-son relationship that slowly builds between Rook and the orphaned Evan, who is also gifted with supernatural powers. A very promising debut from a new author to watch.” —Toronto Star

Genre: Horror

Praise for this book

"I burnt through Only the Devil Is Here in one fevered night. Stephen Michell is the real, raw deal: a fierce young writer with chops and heart." - Nick Cutter

"Only The Devil Is Here is a gripping, cinematic supernatural thriller, shot through with unsettling imagery and startling insights into the nature of good and evil. Suspenseful, scary, and unexpectedly moving, it’s a wild ride from start to finish." - David Demchuk

"With Only The Devil Is Here, Stephen Michell announces himself as a new and powerful presence on the literary horror scene. This is curt, violent, poetic storytelling, a Cormac McCarthyesque journey from darkness into even deeper darkness, suffused from moment one on with gothic nighttime awe and terror yet also shot through with the slimmest threads of hope?intimations of numinosity, if not of salvation. For all you probably won’t like where it takes you, it’s just so damn hard to turn away." - Gemma Files

"An outstanding literary horror debut, the lean, muscular prose of which barely contains the bursting, profoundly human heart of the novel. Only The Devil Is Here is the work of a natural storyteller at the start of what will doubtless be a very long, very promising career." - Michael Rowe


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October 2019 : Canada Hardback
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Title: Only the Devil is Here
Author(s): Stephen Michell
ISBN: 1-77148-559-0 / 978-1-77148-559-3 (Canada edition)
Publisher: ChiZine Publications
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September 2020 : USA Paperback
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Title: Only the Devil Is Here
Author(s): Stephen Michell
ISBN: 1-5040-6340-6 / 978-1-5040-6340-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Open Road Media
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December 2017 : Canada Paperback
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Title: Only the Devil is Here
Author(s): Stephen Michell
ISBN: 1-77148-434-9 / 978-1-77148-434-3 (Canada edition)
Publisher: ChiZine Publications
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   


Kindle Editions

September 2020 : USA, Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Only the Devil Is Here
Author(s): Stephen Michell
Publisher: Open Road Media
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU