January 12, 2008

Ghosts, Ghouls, Zombies, And A Succubus

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What a way to start the new year: a book and a movie with ghosts, ghouls, zombies and a she-demon.

Mike Carey is the creator of the character Constantine in his graphic novel Hellblazer which was made into a movie with Keanu Reeves as Constantine. The Devil You Know is his first novel published in 2006. The hero, Felix Cantor, a semi-retired freelance exorcist, after a botched job exorcising a demon from his best buddy, is working as a magician in birthday parties to pay his bills. That was until the day he was asked to banish a female ghost in the Bonnington Archive. He could not resist accepting it because he needs the money and gets curious when the ghost would not show herself to him. He wants to know who the ghost was and why she is haunting the archive. The story becomes a murder mystery with Eastern European mafia in the middle of it. Our hero employs a Hawaiian-shirt clad computer expert zombie, gets help from his Catholic Wiccan landlady, falls in love (lust, actually) with a succubus named Juliet (who in the movie version should be played by Angelina Jolie), and almost gets killed by the mafia. Very entertaining, excellent story and writing style. Highly recommended. I can't wait to read the sequel VICIOUS CIRCLE.

Milla with machetes in both hands fighting superzombies! Not an intellectual film, just entertaining. I liked it!


Ruy said...

The devil you know sounds very interesting. I'll look for it here.

Oggi said...

Ruy, if you're into fantasy, demons, and, mystery you'll like it.

Chibog in Chief said...

you know oggi, weird or not, my hubby and i love zombie thing so much..movies and comics;..we specially love the movies of the lated dad of Asia Argento..i dont remember if i already saw this movie of keanu but the resident evil..we did surely saw it!!!

Oggi said...

Dhanggit, my favorite zombie movie is 28 DAYS LATER. There is also a Japanese fantasy movie called VERSUS about 2 men fighting for thousands of years over a girl, it has zombies as a bonus enjoyment of the film.:)

BTW, the Keanu movie Constantine does not have zombies but demons and spirits that he has to banish. Check it out anyway because at the opening scene he was exorcising a demon from an Asian girl and the demon speaks TAGALOG!

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