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Fifty years ago, Father Leo Bonaventura, a young exorcist, cast a demon out from a young boy in Central America. The demon, Asmodeus, vowed revenge. Now the demon has returned, in the same town where Bonaventura is a retired priest nearing the end of his life. In a series of not-so-coincidental events, the possession of a young girl brings together an unlikely group of people, all of whom are linked in their pasts in some way: A group of paranormal investigators, including twin psychics. Robert Lockhart, a defrocked priest with a dark secret that only the twins know. A father whose dead wife was a college girlfriend of Robert’s and once conjured an evil spirit with him through a Ouiji board. Now they must all join forces and help Father Bonaventura rid the town not only of Asmodeus, but also the plague of poltergeists that have followed the demon into our world.
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A Note From the Publisher
A life-long resident of New York's haunted Hudson Valley, JG Faherty grew up – and still lives – in a small town filled with Revolutionary War graveyards and battle sites, haunted roads and houses, and UFO sightings, all of which definitely influenced his writing. He is the author of nine novels, eleven novellas, and more than seventy-five short stories, and has been a finalist for both the Bram Stoker Award (The Cure, Ghosts of Coronado Bay) and ITW Thriller Award (The Burning Time).
A lifelong fan of horror and science fiction, as a young boy he cut his teeth on everything from The Hardy Boys, Dracula, and Star Trek to textbooks on herpetology and paleontology. His varied professional career includes working as a resume writer, laboratory manager, accident scene photographer, zoo keeper, research scientist, and salesman. He writes adult and YA dark fiction/sci-fi/fantasy, and his works range from quiet suspense to over-the-top comic gruesomeness. He grew up enthralled with the horror movies and books of the 1950s, 60s, 70s, and 80s, and as a child his favorite playground was an abandoned cemetery, which many people feel explains all you need to know about him.
He is a member of the Horror Writers Association (HWA), Science Fiction Writers of America (SFWA), International Thriller Writers (ITW), and Mystery Writers of America (MWA). He currently oversees the HWA’s Library & Literacy Program, sits on the Board of Trustees, and was recognized as the 2018 Mentor of the Year. His influences range from Mary Shelley, Jules Verne, and Tales from the Crypt comics to Stephen King, Karl Edward Wagner, and Robert McCammon. HorrorNews.net has said ‘JG Faherty’s stories continue to astound, compel, and challenge the parameter of imagination.’ You can follow him on Twitter @jgfaherty, find him on Facebook (facebook.com/jgfaherty), and visit his website at jgfaherty.com.
"With this epic story, J.G. Faherty lays out a cornucopia of horrific delights, a demon dripping with evil and, as for the town… Let’s just say that should you find yourself on the highway and see a turning sign for Hastings Mills, keep on driving. As far away and as fast as you can."
Catherine Cavendish, author of In Darkness, Shadows Breathe
“Strap in tight for JG Faherty’s THE WAKENING—it’s a wild ride that spins through forty years of demonic possession, giving the traditional ‘good versus evil’ a 180-degree twist of the head when the saviors aren’t so saintly, and the demon draws the characters in like moths to a flame that turns out to be a blow torch. Told in a countdown style that's effectively nerve-jangling, there’s lots for horror lovers to chew on.”
Patricia V. Davis, author of THE SECRET SPICE CAFE trilogy and writer/producer of Lyvia’s House.
"Forget Captain Howdy (The Exorcist). JG Faherty has taken possession to a terrifying new level. Read this with holy water close at hand!"
Hunter Shea, author of Faithless and Creature
"I've been a fan of JG Faherty's for many years now, and his latest book is just what you'd expect. Unlikely heroes, unexpected monsters, endless twists and turns—you really can't go wrong with Faherty when you're looking for a scary read!"
J.H. Moncrieff, author of THOSE WHO CAME BEFORE, The GHOSTWRITERS trilogy, and BOOK OF THE DEAD
"With THE WAKENING, Faherty delivers a demonic possession tale done right. Chilling supernatural events and depictions of pure evil populate a story that spans decades without effort. This story of characters, both tragic and heroic, converging from across the country to keep a powerful demon at bay will keep you turning pages deep into the night, which is the worst possible time to read a book this unnerving."
Russell James, author of DEMON DAGGER
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