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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! 

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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 http://louyardley.com/web 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

Exclusive interview with horror-fantasy author Lou Yardley

Exclusive interview with horror-fantasy author Lou Yardley

In a new interview on House of Tortured Souls I got an opportunity to ask fantasy-horror author Lou Yardley a few questions about her process for writing, self-publishing and her recently released We All Scream for Ice Cream


Q. For someone who hasn’t read any of your books, how would you describe your style of writing?

A. Umm… Good question. Probably fast-paced with a touch of gore here and there, and with a dollop of humour thrown in for good measure.


Q. When did you first realise you wanted to be a professional writer?

A. I think it was a couple of years ago. I’d recently published The Other’s Voice and, although the book isn’t everything, I wanted it to be and nobody bought it, I found that I really enjoyed the process. After that the only option was to keep going.

Q. What attracts you to the horror genre when it comes to writing?

A. It’s just the way my mind works. Over the years, I’ve come up with various stories in the fantasy and science fiction genres… but do you know what happens as soon as I go to write them? Horror comes out, that’s what. I’ve just come to accept that my mind is a little bit twisted and that’s absolutely okay.

Also, it helps that horror is a lot of fun to write and read (and watch if we’re talking movies). Horror can be all manner of things too. It’s not limited to ghost stories or slashers; we’ve got creature features, possessions, demonic entities, human beings (they’re bloody scary) and so much more. It can be funny. It can be serious. It can something in between. The horror community delights in grabbing the rule book and feeding it to the nearest ravenous otherworldly being.


Q. Do you have a specific process for coming up with ideas when writing a new story?

A. I find that handwriting things in the early stages really helps. Using a pen and paper seems to be the perfect way to get the ideas out. It’s also useful for if I’ve written myself into a hole. Brainstorming’s a lot easier when you can just scribble all over the page, rather than being confined to what you can type on a computer screen.


Q. Have you based any of the characters on specific people and do they know that you have written about them in the book?

A. Oh yes… and I don’t think so. That’s all I’m saying!

Q.  Your latest book We All Scream for Ice Cream is your most imaginative yet. What can people expect from the book and how did you come up with the idea of a horror story based around an ice cream van and what turns out to be deadly ice cream?

A. I know it sounds super cheesy, but the ‘fun’ scenes actually came to me in a dream. My name’s Lou and I dream about homicidal desserts and dudes with tentacles.

With We All Scream for Ice Cream you can expect a bit of a nostalgia trip, a few giggles, a whole load of weirdness and a smattering of gore.


Q. You seem to be constantly busy in addition to the novel Rise of the Carnivores and the short story We All Scream for Ice Cream you have a third book which you are looking to release later this year. The novel The Deal Maker. How long does it take you to complete a story from start to finish and what drives you to turn around your project so quickly?

A. The writing usually takes around two months for a novel (less for a short story or novella), but the editing is a longer process. Once I get started on a project that I’m excited about (like The Deal Maker), I find it hard to leave it alone. That means that I’m always picking away at it and the story soon builds up. I also use a variety of different methods to write – including typing on my laptop, handwriting and writing on my phone. This really helps to keep things fresh… and it means that I can write anywhere at any time.


Q. Your next novel is The Deal Maker. Can you tell us a little bit about what we can expect from the book?

A. I’M SO EXCITED ABOUT THIS ONE! In short, this story is about a demon who grants favours in exchange for body parts, which he then uses to replace the knackered bits on his own body. As you can imagine, hilarity ensues! We’ve got a cast of very human characters who have to decide how far they’ll go to achieve their goals.

At the moment, The Deal Maker is a standalone novel, but I think I may revisit Jack (the demon) at some point in the future. There are so many stories that I can tell with him.

The The Deal Maker is out on the 12th July 2019 and it’s available to pre-order from all of the usual places now including my webshop.


Q. You have created some memorable horror characters and created your own take on the Werewolf genre with HellHounds. Are there any other famous characters or stories that you would like to give your own unique take on?

A. I’ve got a massive Chucky/Child’s Play obsession going on at the moment, so little ideas along those lines keep popping into my head. Maybe the possessed toy idea has been done to death, but I think I can still keep it fresh. I hope…. We’ll see…

Q. What has been your favourite book to write so far?

A. Ether We All Scream for Ice Cream or The Deal Maker … but that may just be because they’re new and fresh in my mind. They were both a lot of fun because I felt like I was free to do whatever I wanted. There are some pretty outlandish images in them, and they make me grin like the Cheshire Cat whenever I think of them.


Q. As you continue to evolve and change as a writer, have you ever been tempted to revisit some of your previous books and make changes to the story?

A. Yes and no. If I had an infinite amount of time then I would go back and rewrite some of my earlier work, but I’d prefer to focus on new stuff. I’ve got loads of stories planned and new ideas pop into my head all of the time.


Q. Do you have any other projects which you are working on?

A. I do indeed! I’m currently working on a brand-new book called Inherited Evil. I can’t say too much about it at the moment, as I’m still fleshing out the details and getting the first draft done, but I can promise that it will be spooky, gory fun.


Q. It is difficult to break into the market and like so many authors you have taken the decision to self-publish. As someone who is currently building up an audience what advice would you give to someone who is considering the option of self-publication?

A. Self-publishing is relatively easy but building up an audience is hard. My advice would be to get to know the community that you’re aiming to entertain. If it’s horror, talk to horror folks online or meet up with people at conventions. When you do talk to them, mention your book, but not too much – no-one wants to be accosted by someone screaming at them to buy their novel, no matter how good it is.

Over the last few years, I’ve seen loads of online companies that claim to have the winning formula to selling books. Maybe they do, maybe they don’t. However, learning the algorithms for certain online retailers is all very well and good… until they change the way their businesses work (which they do – frequently). By all means look into that stuff, but I’ve found the best thing to do is to build relationships (online or in person) with real people. If you write horror, talk to fellow horror fans. Be a human being – people tend to dig that.


All of  Lou Yardley books are available from the online shop louyardley.bigcartel.com 



Each year I Countdown to Halloween and explore 31 Horror films that examine a variety of sub genres. I combine films both new and old. I explore the mainstream and indie. And I select from purely the good, bad and ugly (yes there are some truly awful films available to fans for laughs).

This year  I will be explaining each film for the House of Tortured Souls as I countdown to Halloween. Be warned that some of the small pieces on each film, are based on a sub genre and may in fact provide a spoiler or two.
First sub genre I had set myself is to find a film with a Child Vampire. I chose  30 Days of Night  which has a scene involving a young girl vampire, in a pack that has over run the town of Barrow, Alaska.  Obvious other choices were Interview With A Vampire and Near Dark.
On day two I was exploring films with people who could be considered Freaks so this time I selected The Abominable Dr Phibes
starring Vincent Price, as a mutant mourning his beloved.
Although Freaks by Tod Browning is my fave film in this vein, Phibes was the first horror film I saw when I was 3. It will forever be imbedded in my memory.
Taking it to another level on day three, I wanted to find a film involving the strangest or most unique Horror Parents . This led me to select  It’s Alive (movie)for obvious reasons . Let’s face it , that kid had a face only a mother could love! A mutated baby literally is born and goes on the run leaving a wake of murderous terror. Not only is this film awesome fun, it also spawned 2 sequels and a remake!!
I investigated the infamous adoration for films with that ultimate Twist Ending, selecting the Summer Camp Classic Sleepaway Camp
This of course was one of many options but discovering what is “wrong with Angela” is always great. Other possibilities are films like The Perfect Getaway (in which the twist is revealed midway through the film, yet doesn’t ruin the pace). Also included could be The Sixth Sense, And Switchblade Romance (aka Haute Tension).

For my selective viewing for an impressive Indie horror film was Phil Stevens Flowers.The film is silent. It has such


strong visual imagery and features the demise of a group of beautiful women (the flowers themselves). Stevens is currently in production on Flowers 2.

Was the sub genre of crime as told through the True Story narrative, I chose the film Dear Mr. Gacy. This film is inspired by the Jason Moss’ book The Last Victim. Moss discusses a relationship he created with the serial killer as he studied him in college. It is also sad to know that Moss was so affected, by the stranglehold Gacy ended up having on his life.  His psyche was fractured and in 2006 Moss committed suicide. I highly recommend the book as well as this film. It proves the power of those with such depraved impulses as Gacy.
I was was trying to avoid the usually popular picks for the sub genre of Sea Creatures. I wanted to avoid The Deep, Jaws and Orca. Instead I landed on the highly memorable and classic Universal icon the Creature from the Black Lagoon
A simple sub genre in which of course A LOT of possibilities popped up, to view limbs replaced with weapons. For me this is a film I enjoy, in its true GrindHouse style. It has a strong female lead, that pulled me in. With the teaming of Tarantino and Rodriguez , I had to go with the machine gun leg of Rose McGowan in Planet Terror

The selection as a huge foreign film fan was tricky, and I had to find one Asian Horror film. In the past I have enjoyed the likes of Ringu, JuOn, Phone, The Red Shoes, One Missed Call and Shutter. However I felt a revisit to the

Train To Busan

surprise runaway Zombie hit  Train To Busan was a good idea- and having only seen it once upon release, I wanted to see if it still was as enjoyable (which it is).

This day was Lloyd Kaufman’s empire known affectionately as Troma films, I had to try and find one that I loved to watch as my choice from their stock. This was easy as I love the campy cheesy quality of a good Troma film , from Poultrygeist to Tromeo and Juliet. I decided on One of Troma’s most lucrative franchises with the lovable film  The Toxic Avenger
I realised some franchises have MORE than their fair share. From Nightmare on Elm St (9 films), Friday the 13th (12 films) , or even Halloween ( 11 films) many sequels were imaginable, but for me my taste was drawn to the Children of the Corn Franchise (which has 10 films with the release of Runaway in recent months). Out of those sequels (and a remake) I chose Children of the Corn 666: Issac’s Return, because it is the first film after the original to reintroduce Isaac – one of the horror film worlds most messed up child preachers in history.
For European horror my mind raced straight to  Mörderische Ferien (aka Flashback:A Murderous Vacation), a quirky German teen horror film, that featured campy gags, a psycho on the loose, bumbling cops and some fun kills. If you haven’t seen it before, it’s a diamond in the rough and I liken it’s cheekiness to the original Scream film by Wes Craven.
I was tasked with finding a horror movie starring Robert England, but It had to be anything but his role as Freddy Krueger in the Nightmare on Elm Street films. With options like 2001 Maniacs and Urban Legends available I recalled The Mangler and viewed that. A film based on a short story from Stephen Kings  collection, that has since inspired two sequels.
Horror Creatures dominated the day, so I thought long and hard about all sorts and settled on  Zombeavers. A simple comical romp with manic beavers at a lake side cabin, and a group of foolish college kids.

Pinnochios Revenge

I decided on a film for my ghostly theme, with a classic spooky story featuring George.C.Scott called The Changeling .

This was my favourite pick for the ghastly ghost genre and although I enjoy films like the original version of The Haunting, Rose Red an others with various paranormal entities, The Changeling is an atmospheric joy to rewatch.
An obvious choice for day 16’s infamous horror hotel themed entry , was to go with the mother loving Norman Bates insanity of Alfred Hitchcock’s PsychoPsycho epitomizes the horror hotel themes, with the “mother” of all memorable moments, but I will give shout outs to other possibilities such as Horror Hotel, Motel Hell, And Room 1408 ( which has actually been picked for another sub genre day in this challenge).
Re examining the Psychotic Hitchhiker sub genre for day 17, I decided against the classic Hitchhiker films or even The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and went with a modern Ozploitation thriller called Gone (aka Middle of Nowhere). The film starred Scott Mechlowicz , Amelia Warner and Shaun Evans and followed an American and two British tourists backpacking in Australia with deadly consequences.
The 18th choice calls for me to watch  a 2017 Film and I thought this was a perfect chance for me to re explore one that had a dismal run cinematically upon its release. I found it to be an entertaining and seemingly good film, but The Dark Tower  was a far cry from the nature of the original source material developed over many books by Stephen King.
My 19th watch is a film released in 2018, so I thought I would take this opportunity to return to Hereditary. Originally when I saw this film it was such a slow build intro I lost interest and was unable to finish it so I hope as I do so I will complete it today.
I will turn to Horror with a number in the title. With many options open to me I looked at 2001 Maniacs, Germany’s 666: In Bed With The Devil And found Stephen Kings Room 1408. An interesting and twisted story of a hotel room from Hell, this is a great little film with a strong cast.
I needed  a film with a strong female killer. I will be avoiding  Switchblade Romance, Mothers Day, The Hand That Rocks the Cradle and Fatal Attraction. Instead I feel that Guillermo Del Toros psychotic sister in his film Crimson Peak was a great choice – and I am a huge fan of this film and it’s themes throughout.
The 22nd for me is the most fun sub genre and one of the lesser appreciated, Disney Horror! Yes these films actually were made , exist and are awesome fun to horror fans. You can go for the slightly thrilling or the fun and goofy kids fodder. I went with the latter . My favourite Disney Horror is actually Something Wicked This Way Comes, that starred  freakishly awesome Johnathan Pryce in the role as Mr Dark. However I wanted a calmer, shorter film for my viewing and went with Richard Masur (best known as Adult Stanley Uris in the 1990 IT miniseries) in the film Mr Boogedy. It also has a sequel ,as they were hugely popular films during my childhood.
Joyfully I found my 23rd film choice at this years Sydney Film Festival, when I attended a screening for the Supernatural New Zealand film The Changeover. With a young fresh cast and some more familiar faces (Timothy Spall and Melanie Lynskey), it is a strange and yet engaging story of a girl coming into her powers and using them to save her family from an evil force.
I attended the premiere screening of my 24th film in Sydney at MonsterFests Travelling Sideshow. And it was such a powerfully musical film I had to use it for Best Soundtrack. The Strangers 2: Prey At Night didn’t have to try too hard to impress, with the delightful antics of our insane trio on screen being played out to 80s hits with gusto!
On the 25th I will avoid the predictability of Dolls, Chucky, Annabelle , Puppetmaster or Demonic Toys for the Doll/toy Horror film. Instead I am returning to view an oldie that I have enjoyed before, called The Pinocchio Syndrome (aka Pinnochios Revenge). It’s about an evil Pinocchio puppet that once you cut his strings becomes a killer.
My usual pick for the Worst Horror film for day 26 is abysmal
Dracula 3000 ,and if you have seen it you’d understand. This year I thought I would go with one, that I often refer to as the BEST film for drinking games. It is called Grim Weekend (aka S.I.C.K). Grim Weekend and follows a hopeless bunch, who venture off on a mini break and are beseeched by a psychotic clown. Sounds fun right? Sadly this film has a score that is cheesy, effects that are lame and a cast so utterly annoying it is only good for games. Have the shots ready and let’s play.
On the 27th I will inspect the aspect of Horror Tv Episodes with We All Scream for Ice Cream (Masters of Horror episode). It is an impresssive part of a large collection done by talented directors. This anthology series has some intriguing storyline’s and very colourful characters.
For the 28th I needed to focus on choosing a film that had Great Poster Art. I couldn’t ignore the awesome screaming, burning human on the cover of David Croenenbergs 1981 supernatural horror film Scanners. Any artistic eye can see the beauty in that image, as much as any other.
My least enjoyed sub genre is the Found Footage one. So on the 29th having to pick one from the few I enjoy was taxing. Being able to sift through some good ones I like, such as Afflicted and Cannibal Holocaust, I remembered the immensely impressive  The Poughkeepsie Tapes.
Being the youngest of three children obviously for horror siblings, my immediate thought was my brothers (just kidding and yes they know I love them dearly). No instead I selected the classic black and white film What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? starring feuding actresses (and on screen sisters) Bette Davis And Joan Crawford.
To round out my viewing pleasure this month, I will end on a more jovial note with a horror musical. I put aside my usual fun choices of the Rocky Horror Picture Show, Shock Treatment, Repo: A Genetic Opera or even Little Shop Of Horrors. Instead I opted for 2014’s Stage Fright.
I always encourage others to explore a variety of films when embarking on creating a watchlist. Watch as much of the things you don’t get to. Watch new films. Watch old films. Watch films from various parts of the world. And always include the good,the bad and the ugly.
And have a Happy Halloween!
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