Monthly Archives: September 2013
From Henry Fielding, Cervantes, P.G. Wodehouse, Evelyn Waugh and Mark Twain to, Peter De Vries, Joseph Heller, Kurt Vonnegut, John Kennedy Toole and Terry Southern, to name but a few of the many authors who have attempted that most difficult of genre, the comic novel.
These are just a few of the notable ones who have mastered the genre.
Thus this leads to this month’s iUniverse author challenge which is devoted to the comic novel. Whether you are an established writer or you are yet to a pen a sentence, this challenge is for you.
iUniverse Publishing – The Demonologist by author Gerald Daniel Brittle, (released under The Writers Guild Backinprint label in 2002) is currently enjoying a spurt in sales due to the recent release of the movie, The Conjuring.
The Demonologist, on which much of the movie is based, was originally published in 1980 and charts the extraordinary career of Ed and Lorraine Warren, who were considered America’s foremost experts on demonology and exorcism for over 5 decades. Following the success of the movie, the book sales rankings on Amazon are:
- Best Sellers Rank: 7,266 in Books (out of over 20+ million paperback titles currently on Amazon)
- 10th in Spiritual Warfare books
- 12th in Religious Warfare books
And the average customer review ranks the book at: 4.5 out of 5 stars. Here is just one example:-
You might not be prepared for this!
“I know I was not prepared for this. I love horror movies and books, have seen the Exorcist, the Omen, Rosemary’s Baby, The Exorcist III, etc. I have read both the Exorcist and it’s sequel, Legion. And I have even seen the Warrens’ seminar four times. I sat down with this book expecting a good scare and some good entertainment. What I got was something else altogether.
To start, The Exorcist is a cakewalk compared to this. It puts any Stephen King or H. P. Lovecraft story to shame. It’s simply the most frightening book I have ever read. This is partly due to how convincing it is, and partly to how it portrays real horror. It describes the intelligence and strategy of the demonic spirit, and the insanity, terror, and consequences they’re capable of. The Exorcist seems like a very mild case of exorcism after reading this.”