THE DEVIL’S BED by Doug Lamoreux
What awaits Brandy in The Devil’s Bed?
While touring a ruined castle in southern France, Brandy Petracus is led to the unhallowed graveyard of Templar Knights executed for practicing Black Magic. Long forgotten by the world, this ancient cemetery is known to the locals as the Devil’s Bed, and its occupants do not rest in peace.
In this fast-paced clash of good vs. evil, Brandy soon finds herself the leader of an eclectic group besieged by resurrected Templar knights – craving their blood. Vampirism, madness, dark humor and flashbacks to 14th century Paris tell Brandy’s story of commitment, trust and sacrifice, as she is forced to hole up in an ancient chapel with her friends and fight for survival.
Even then, the Devil’s Bed has yet to surrender all of its secrets.
Brandy, and her fiancé Ray and future sister-in-law/BFF Vicki, are touring Europe so Brandy can finish her Master’s thesis titled: `Burial Practices Around the World and What They Mean to Life’. The story starts with Brandy and Vicky taking a tour of Castle Freedom at Paradis, France where the Knight’s Templar’s were supposedly burned at the stake for worshipping the Devil. While they were being burned, they cursed the people condemning them with the promise of resurrection and revenge. Bored with the tour, blonde, beautiful Vicki leaves the group with a handsome stranger. He leads her to the cemetery where the remains of the unholy Knight Templars are interred. He attacks her and leaves her for dead. Now the action really starts.
It took me awhile to get into Doug Lamoreux’s writing style, but once I did, I really enjoyed it. He has a very unique way with words and a true wordsmith. His characters are well developed and I came to think of Ray and Brandy as friends. There are so many characters you will identify with. And like all good horror stories, you hope the character you’re attached to, doesn’t end up as one of the victims. But, there are a lot or victims in this well plotted story.
Ray and Brandy’s strained relationship turns into a partnership as they strive to survive the onslaught of undead. I loved Ray, this big, tattooed biker dude, screaming like a girl as a disembodied hand goes skittering across the floor. And then small, petite Brandy, carrying her bag o’ plenty saving the day. I really loved these characters and wouldn’t mind seeing them again in another story as Brandy finishes up her thesis. I’m sure there’s lots of places Brandy can research where trouble is just around the corner.
But even amongst all the death and carnage, there’s dark humor that will have you laughing out loud. If you love dark, gory, funny horror tales, this one is for you. I give it 5 feathers. Well done.
A #mustread for all horror fans. Buy your copy now: