Deadraiser by Stephanie C. Lyons-Keeley & Wayne J. Keeley

Deadraiser review


You know what you’re getting with a title like Deadraiser. It’s a name that owes less to the gothic literary tradition and more to the secluded horror section of a defunct video store, lurking on the shelves among other morbidly fascinating titles that you know your parents aren’t going to let you rent.

“This town belongs in a B-horror movie. ‘A town with a dark secret,’ he said in his head like a film narrator. Now here I go…sounding like I’m in one of those flicks myself. It’s just a town; a puny, backwards, podunk town buried deep in Massachusetts…”

If you’re eagerly anticipating buckets of blood and decapitations, you won’t be disappointed. Genre cliches like a backwoods town, creepy graveyard, foreboding nightmares, deformed monster and sacrificed maidens? All present and accounted for.

“This is getting to sound like something out of The Exorcist.”

Despite all the knowing references to Stephen King, Freddy Krueger and the like from our pop-cultured protagonist, this feels like a pure celebration of the authors’ shared love of horror rather than a tongue-in-cheek parody. I’ll even let them off for giving a clearly suspicious character a nudge-wink name that makes the final “twist” obvious almost from the start.

Since it seems that all books have to be part of a series to be a profitable venture these days, the Deadraiser story will continue. I don’t need to read any more, but I enjoyed the nostalgic trip. Creepy kids never grow out of this stuff.

Deadraiser (Part 1: Horror in Jordan's Bank ) Book Cover Deadraiser (Part 1: Horror in Jordan's Bank )
Stephanie C. Lyons-Keeley & Wayne J. Keeley
Someday Productions
September, 2016.


Necromancy is an ancient black magic used for the purposes of communing with the dead. It is believed that practitioners of the dark art may harness the ultimate power of life and death and raise the departed for their own nefarious, malevolent purposes. It also is alleged that a true necromancer may realize the ultimate gift of mortality.

DEADRAISER is the tale of a present-day practitioner who achieves what others have been unable to do for centuries -- to raise the dead. The problem is that he must sacrifice innocent victims in order to maintain his power.

Enter Fanchon (Frankie) Manning, daughter of the late movie star Erika Manning. She is the ideal sacrificial lamb for the Necromancer's perverse desires. The only thing that stands between the Necromancer and the girl is Christopher McGuire, a lost soul who long ago has ceased believing in anything. In order to save the child, he must somehow rediscover his faith and summon the courage to take on the darkest, most sinister being imaginable.


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