|About the Book|
So, this artist named Sarah discovers a store and art gallery run by an artist collective who all share a house and life philosophy. Naturally she’s interested in having her art shown and sold and makes fast friends with several of the house artists. This is all well and good and even them requiring her to live and work in the house/store for a couple of weeks in exchange for them showcasing her art seems perfectly reasonable to me. Things get unreasonable after Sarah is given a drug laced brownie and falls into a haze for EIGHT DAYS! That’s a powerful goddamn ‘magic brownie’. Upon coming to and being told that no one knows who slipped her the drugs Sarah basically has no major reaction to this having happened to her and proceeds to not only allow another house mate to IMMEDIATELY prepare more food for her, but after only a bit of reluctance takes an unmarked pill from another ‘friend’ in the house. It’s for her headache she is told and it works well enough, but still. From this point forward nothing about this house or these people seems quite right. Yet, Sarah continues to trust them enough to let them inject her with ‘vitamins’ and give her even more pills, only expressing mild reluctance and distrust towards the growingly odder situation. The only time this seems not to be the case is when Sarah drinks, then she gets EXTREMELY paranoid. She’s just the sort of girl that makes you shake your head and mutter under your breath questioning remarks regarding her intelligence.But I do respect about Sarah’s character for one thing. Sarah did not have the sort of stereotypical reaction to the dreaded ‘s-word’ (Satanism) that most readers of fiction might expect a young woman in her position to have. Her reaction was much more in-keeping with the reaction that most level-headed people, in the real world, have to learning that a friend, co-worker, or family member is a Satanist.From that point Sarah falls into a sort of relaxed life within the house. I should warn readers here, who might be looking for an exotic or erotic reading adventure, that by and large Sarah’s life in the house is rather mundane and is shared at times in minute detail. I wouldn’t go as far as to say her life is boring. Most of the people in the house are far too emotionally unstable for things to be boring, but there aren’t any hot and dirty lovemaking scenes or wild rituals.There are some other ‘warnings’ I could make about the book, things that will probably annoy a few readers. There a few instances in the book were events take place that feel very much like the foreshadowing for some future dramatic event, which never take place. The incident with Vivian’s father, and her later leaving, is one good example. Another is Jesse’s possessiveness and strict rules regarding his privacy. This I thought was ‘going somewhere’, but it never did. Also, how the larger structure that governs the houses connected to the one Sarah is a part of is never fully explained. This made the ending, to me, a bit confusing. Yes, the reader is told what becomes of the one house, but what of the rest? What of the other properties they own?All and all, I give this book a lot of credit, for doing something few others have. The authors has attempted to tell a compelling story about Satanists that doesn’t depart from what Satanism truly is. Considering the popularity of so many other books that do the opposite, with obviously VERY little care given to actually doing any real research on the philosophy or religion, this is kind of a big deal. Anyone who is wishing to learn more about Satanism should, obviously, start by reading the works of Anton LaVey, but if from there they want to read a fun little story about fictional Satanists this book should be their next stop.