Book Review The Deal Maker

Book Review The Deal Maker

“The Deal Maker” is the new demonic tale from the mind that brought you “Hellhound”, “When the Sun Sets” and “We All Scream for Ice Cream”.

Ted’s girlfriend has vanished from the face of the earth and conventional methods of finding her have failed miserably. So, when a devilish entity that calls itself Jack appears and offers him a solution, Ted finds himself agreeing to its terms, no matter how bloody and painful they may be. How far will he go to find her? 

Kelly lives for one thing and one thing only: vengeance. The trouble is those who should be feeling her wrath are remarkably good at hiding. Is she prepared to lose everything to find them? 

“The Deal Maker” looks at how far people are willing to go to chase their goals. How much are we prepared to lose until we cease to be human? What are we willing to give up? 

If demons, gore, and hellish creatures are your thing, dive right in! 

The Deal Maker is a brilliant new novel from horror author what is the formal essay format free essays on hester prynne case study value chain analysis top term paper ghostwriter websites for mba go buy chinese herbal viagra get effexor xr 100mg enter site child development assignment buspar online no prescription dedication thesis example how to write a critical analysis essay example source site chinese viagra side effects order an essay essay writing classes online enter site see 123 custom essay supply chain management dissertation custom written term papers friendship descriptive essay get link how to do a Lou Yardley who once again manages to deliver another unique and original Story. This time mixing her trademark dark macabre humour and violence, with a mystery thriller driven by obsession and revenge. Add into the mix an unconventional demon offering deals in exchange for body parts and you have one of the most entertaining books of the year so far.

As we are introduced to various characters, we follow their seemingly unconnected lives simultaneously over a three-month period, with the time frame interweaved inconsistently between the past and present. The details which connect them together is revealed in the same way that Jack feeds information to entice his victims, or as it is an exchange, clientele. With the information provided as a reader you naturally begin to form your own conclusions regarding events, only for the layered complexity of the story to lead you in another direction. Like Jack, Lou brilliantly leads you with snippets of the story, but as new information is uncovered, and character evolve as a consequence of events things begin to look very different.

Because of the way in which the events unfold and perceptions are changed throughout the book it is difficult to describe the characters without giving too much away. That is apart from the connecting character Jack, who despite various body modifications remains mostly unchanged, with has disturbing appearance and naturally matching personality.

It is always difficult to create a new horror villain which stands out as something original, but Jack is a character who comes across as unique. It is not only the physical appearance that makes him stand out, although the portrait image used in the books abstract cover art perfectly captures his look; but it is the devious personality of the character which really gets under your skin.

Jack is a demon (which is one of many descriptive names he is given) enjoys making deals. In desperate times when you are willing to give anything, Jack is the only one who can give you what you need. Only it always comes at a price and is depending on what you are willing to sacrifice? For Jack is not just about obtaining the body parts, it is about preying on the desperation of those in need, he can take whatever he wants but he takes a pleasure when they are offering it to him willingly. With a somewhat malignant nature and a prerequisite to instil fear with the transaction, the anticipation with each visit continues to build with an intensity. With each deal he raises the stakes which leaves you reading with bated breath as you begin to wonder not only what he is going to take, but this time what method he may use.   

Shrewd in his dealings Jack is not so much deceitful as misleading, which gives him the upper hand, or in Jacks terms any body parts which he desires. The initial interactions may seem civil and decision is for the bearer to make, but once a deal has been made there is a price to be paid and there is no turning back.

Like the various events in the book Jack is shroud in mystery, and we soon find as the book goes on we gradually begin to discover that there is more to Jack than we first may expect. The book shows us some of Jacks abilities and give s us a glimpse into his own world, but even with so much going on it still feels as though we are only touching on the surface of the characters and there is definitely room for this to be explored in more detail in a future story.

If you have read some of Lou Yardleys previous work, you will know that she does not shy away from the gore and The Deal Maker once again delivers some of her most imaginative and graphic moments. Described in brutal detail some of the more explicit moments will either have you laughing out loud or wincing in disbelief. I would say even the most desensitised of horror fans will find some of the scenes more than slightly disturbing, even though you still find yourself beginning to support the demon. Not in the way of a sadistic voyeur (although horror fans are often seen that way) but out of intrigue as to what Jack will do next. You can’t help but wonder what body part he will request next and more importantly the evasive method in which he is going to obtain it.

Although the violence and dark humour does play a fundamental part of the book, credit also has to be given to the writing style of Lou who skilfully brings the various elements of the story together. Despite the multi-layered story moving between the various characters and fluctuating time frames it never feels convoluted, but as events unfolds it consistently manages to shift your perceptions with constant twists that work brilliantly to keep you engaged in the story.

I do have to say although entertaining as these scenes may be having read the scenarios in the book, I have become more conscientious regarding the words which I have often loosely used. I will now be thinking twice before using phrases such as; “I will give my left arm/leg/nut” in exchange for anything!

The Deal Maker is as fun as it is intense and will having you laughing one minute, then squirming the next. It gives closure for many of the events in the story, but the ending is very much left open for a sequel. With various paths which the story can take regarding the remaining characters, it can open it up to a very different sequel.

Superseding the brilliant Hellhound as her best work to date, as Lou Yardley once again proves herself as an emerging new writer to keep an eye out for. And as Lou’s work continues to evolve like her characters, I am certain that Lou Yardley will be a name which horror fans will become more familiar with over the next few years.   

You can find out more about Lou Yardley on her website and keep up to date by following her on social media Twitter Instagram

The Deal Maker is now available as an eBook or paperback from the following:

You can see my original interview with Lou Yardley here

Top Five Films to Watch in October (Part 5)

Top Five Films to Watch in October (Part 5)

Part of the House of Tortured Souls
Staff Pick October 2016

By Stephanie Roisland

May I start by saying that this idea and the person behind it (my husband John Roisland) fucking suck. This is way harder than anticipated. I enjoy greatly far too many films and could go on for days about my passion for them. So this gave me a headache and made my anxiety rise while trying to select my top five. I thought about posting the titles based off of my roots and what brought me to love horror - films such as Attack of the killer Tomatoes, The Hills Have Eyes, Halloween, Swamp Thing , and so on. I decided to post my go to movies, the ones I could watch over and over no matter the day. I hope you enjoy demons.

Feast l (2005), Feast ll (2008), and Feast lll (2009)

Fair use doctrine.I know this is kind of a cheat but if you watch one you go straight to the rest. Director John Gulager hit a home run with these beauties. If it was good enough for Jason Mewes, Henry Rollins, Carl Anthony, and Clu Gulager to sign on then you know it is a homerun. Made in 2005, 2008, and 2009, these fantastic B comedy horror films are about patrons of a bar and a local small town that must fight these horrible monsters, eating human flesh and multiplying like rabbits. So if you love sexy suicide girls, hungry monsters, and using a midget wrestlers' Spanish grandmother as monster bait, these movies are totally for you.

The Devils Rejects (2005)


Fair use doctrine.I absolutely love the twisted joy this film brings out in the characters. Rob Zombie hit a home run here with me. This family of demented murderers’ home was attacked by the police, headed by Sheriff Wydell (William Forsythe). You almost feel pity for these murderous, depraved folks as their family is shot down and separated. You soon learn that this group of deranged killers is strong and proud of their slaughtering ways and love to see others suffer. In the end, this is a Police vs. Murderers showdown that forever makes epic history in my mind. Free Bird will never be the same!


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This beautifully directed film by Xavier Gens is set in Paris. A young girl, is trying to get away after she pulls a heist with her ex. Pregnant, scared, and blocked by the police from crossing the border, they find refuge at a small, quaint inn. Little do they know, they should have just took their chances with the cops. As her friends get murdered and start to be used for dinner, she realizes there is no way out. It is a good thing this cult family’s father becomes smitten with her beauty and her baby. She refused to be a breeding, human flesh eating, cult wife and must take them all out in order to survive. Stripped of her hair, the father of her child, her dignity and her emotional virginity, she finds the strength to take them all out in a (rain) of blood and gun fire but what she leaves behind could haunt her forever.

Martyrs (2008)

Fair use doctrine.In this emotionally stunning masterpiece by Pascal Laugier, presented by Richard Grandpierre, this foreign film blows your previous idea of horror right out the damn window. In this chilling tale, an anonymous group uses disposable people to achieve the ever seeking emotional state of a matyr. Never before had a woman let go, giving up all fight to the cause, until now. Two young friends, Hell-bent on finding revenge for the misdoings done to one of them as a child, find themselves in terror of no end. One is killed and the other is chosen to become the one - the one to tell, the one to see, the one to give up all hope in order to know what is on the other side. When you let go of hope, endure all pain beyond all other, give yourself to the end, a martyr you will be. Bloody brilliant and an unforgettable journey.

Trick 'r Treat (2007)

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Any day of the week, I could watch this amazing movie. This exquisite little masterpiece by writer/director Michael Dougherty, sucks in the whole family. The trick’r’treating little demon in a cute burlap mask is just one of the four interwoven tales set on Halloween night. Werewolves, murderers, and tricksters, oh my. There’s a child's story of a bus murder come to life but the good girl becomes the bad girl and wins in the end. The bus driver, now an old man, becomes victim of the demon who wants candy, the heart of Halloween if you will. Another story tells of how the local principal, a mass murderer, passing on his wicked ways to his son becomes prey. And the tale of a beautiful girl who is becoming a woman and is making her first time a time to remember and a time he will wish he could forget. The film brings actors Anna Paquin, Dylan Baker, Brian Cox and so many more to life in this Halloween must have.
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Posted by Stephanie Roisland in STAFF PICKS, 1 comment
Jeepers Creepers 3 May Actually Happen

Jeepers Creepers 3 May Actually Happen

By Dixielord

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It looks like it is finally happening. After years of speculation and back and forth, Jeepers Creepers 3 appears to be on track to filming. An announcement was made at the Toronto International Film Festival with a statement by Victor Salva, who returns to direct.

"Writing and directing a new Jeepers film, the first in over a decade, is incredibly exciting. For me and I believe for Jeepers fans all over the world that have been asking for more. What will go before cameras as Jeepers Creepers 3 is a new and terrifying chapter from the Jeepers universe. We are bringing back the Creeper's truck, and will be addressing the big questions about The Creeper: what it is, where it came from and why it does what it does. More exciting though, this will easily be the most frightening roller coaster ride of a Jeepers film that has been made to date.”

It's also reported that series star Jonathon Breck will return as the Creeper. The third series has long been rumored to have been titled Cathedral and would bring back Gina Phillips from the original, as well as Ray Wise from part two. There is no word yet if those two will indeed return for Jeepers Creepers 3. It was also announced that Brandon Smith would return playing his character, Sargent Davis Tubbs from the original. He will supposedly be the focus as he seeks to destroy the Creeper once and for all.

Beyond that and the other information released by Salva, we know little about the plot of Jeepers Creepers 3. In the past it was reported the third film would act, at least in part, as a prequel, delving into the history of the monster. It's not known if that will still happen.

What is known is that legions of Jeepers Creepers fans are extremely happy right now. Most had given up hope, and when this news hit, it was looked at with a lot of skepticism. It looks like it is the real deal though, and filming is set to start early next year in Canada,

But while thousands of fans of the series celebrated, there were others who weren't so happy to hear the news. A perhaps smaller, but no less vocal group of horror fans did not welcome the news. Ever since word of Victor Salva's past legal troubles have become more well know, many Jeepers Creepers fans have turned their back on the series. Horror fans in general are split over the subject of supporting the films of Victor Salva. I wont go into details here as I have blogged on the subject, and it is readily available on the Internet. The short story is that Salva, who created the Jeepers Creepers franchise was arrested and served time for sexual abuse of a child on the set of his film Clownhouse.

While some fans say he has served his time and want him to move on, others refuse to let him off so easy. It's believed that a lot of the trouble finding financing was due to these facts becoming more easily available to the general public.

However, it appears Jeepers Creepers 3 is coming our way, whether we want it or not. Personally I just wish the series, and Salva, would just go away. That's just my opinion and we know all about opinions, right? I won't attack or belittle anyone who chooses to see it. It's your choice, and not seeing it is mine.

So what's your opinion? Drop us a comment and let me know.

Posted by Allen Alberson in HORROR NEWS, 0 comments

COMING SOON: Krampus (2015)

Krampus Is Coming to Town

By John Roisland

Historically, Krampus is a Christmas holiday character that is derived from German folklore. Krampus was a demonic, horned creature that walked upright and had hooved feet. The purpose of Krampus was to scare young children who had been misbehaving during the holiday season. Krampus is said to beat children with sticks and whip them with chains before throwing them into baskets and dragging them into a fiery Hell. It's not hard to see how that might be an effective scare tactic particularly for small children,

Here's the weird part: this a horror/horror-comedy film that's based around Christmas. I am the CEO of a horror website, and I'm sucker for Christmas movies. "Isn't it ironic...don't ya think?!"

Well, on Decemeber 4, 2015, Legendary Pictures and Universal Pictures are bringing us Krampus. The story is that our favorite fun-loving demon is brought forth by a young boy who no longer believes in Santa Claus and has lost his holiday spirit after his entire dysfunctional family decides to get together for the holidays.

Krampus - Krampus and Santa standoff

Krampus arrives wreaking havoc and mayhem on the family of disbelievers. It's a fight to stay alive! This dark horror-comedy looks to be awesome, and I, personally, can't wait to see it!! Krampus was written by Todd Casey (Avengers Assemble), Zach Shields (Trick 'r Treat: Making Friends (Short)), and Michael Dougherty (Trick 'r Treat), who also directs.

The film stars Adam Scott (Parks and Recreation), Toni Collette (The Sixth Sense), Allison Tolman (Fargo (TV Series)), David Koechner (The Office (TV Series)), Conchata Ferrell (Hot L Baltimore (TV Series)), Stefania LaVie Owen (The Carrie Diaries (TV Series)), Emjay (Rake (TV Series)), Gareth Ruck (The Hobbit (trilogy), and William Shatner (Star Trek)- who plays a DJ in a piece that brackets the rest of the movie.

From what I've seen, it looks like Christmas Vacation meets Santa's Slay...and that's just fine with me!!!

Shatner in Krampus

Who says the holidays aren't Hell?!

Posted by John Roisland in COMING SOON, HORROR NEWS, 0 comments