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A team of paranormal investigators, a priest and a defrocked priest with a dark secret join forces to combat of a vengeful ancient demon, and the evil spreading throughout a small New York town.

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.

FLAME TREE PRESS is the imprint of long-standing Independent Flame Tree Publishing, dedicated to full-length original fiction in the horror and suspense, science fiction & fantasy, and crime / mystery / thriller categories. The list brings together fantastic new authors and the more established; the award winners, and exciting, original voices.

About The Author

JG Faherty is the author of 6 novels, 9 novellas, and more than 60 short stories. His latest novel is HELLRIDER. He has been a finalist for the Bram Stoker Award® and the ITW Thriller Award.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Flame Tree Press (January 25, 2022)
  • Length: 384 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781787585942

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Raves and Reviews

"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

"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

"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

"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

“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.

"Another excellent book with three dimensional characters, well written plot and a narrative that never bores but excites. A definite must read."

– The Literary License Podcast

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