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Pub Date Sep 24 2024 | Archive Date Sep 24 2024


Devils Kill Devils is perfect for fans of Silvia Moreno-Garcia's Certain Dark Things and Southern gothic horror. Johnny Compton brings his trademark terror and dread that readers fell in love with in The Spite House to a new roster of monsters—angels, devils, vampires—and a heart-pounding race to save the world.

When all hell breaks loose, you need a devil on your side

Sarita has been watched over by a guardian angel her entire life. She calls him Angelo, and keeps him a secret. But secrets can’t stay buried forever…

When Angelo murders someone she loves, Sarita begins to see what's really been lurking in the shadows surrounding her. And she will have to embrace the evil within if she hopes to make it out alive.

Johnny Compton, critically acclaimed author of The Spite House and master of dread, takes you on a terrifying race of one woman against the hordes of hell.

Also by Johnny Compton:
The Spite House

Devils Kill Devils is perfect for fans of Silvia Moreno-Garcia's Certain Dark Things and Southern gothic horror. Johnny Compton brings his trademark terror and dread that readers fell in love with in ...

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Johnny Compton delivers a fantastic followup to The Spite House. Bold, original and fresh! Angels, devils, vampires. This story was a monstrously good time. Highest recommendation.

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I am a fan of Johnny Compton. I recommend this book to anyone and everyone I know. If you read this, go and get this book. It is so good.

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This was such an in depth tale of good vs evil, definitely a slow burn…starts with a bang then you get the whole picture bit by bit. Seems crazy to me that this author write Spite House as this is a completely different novel. So kudos to the author for their creative imagining in a totally different direction from his previous novel. Loved this tale, seemed highly realistic while reading & you care so much for the characters within that it drives you mad with wonder how it’ll end. Loved it. Beautifully written.

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Sarita has always had someone watching out for her, quite literally. Whenever there is a risk to her life, "Angelo" comes out of nowhere and saves her. Sometimes in the most violent of ways. So when he appears in her honeymoon suite, the night of her wedding, and kills her husband she is more than a little shocked.

So "Angelo" is not the guardian Angel that she had always thought he was, and in trying to look into who he is, she finds out that she is the "Holy Mother" to a cult of Demons that worship her. As nothing seems to make sense, the people around her start to get hurt while everything she believes about life turns out to be a lie. And let us not forget the issues she will have with the Mother in Law from hell!

This is a wonderful book that turns the myths of Vampires and Demons on its head and combines them to make a wonderfully rich story that is both mind-boggling and addicting all at the same time.

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Johnny Compton does a great job in writing this book, it had that Southern Gothic horror element that I was hoping for. The characters were what I was hoping for from the monster element of this book. I enjoyed the way Johnny Compton wrote this and i've enjoyed previous books from the author.

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Thank you to NetGalley for providing me with an advanced copy of this novel to read in exchange for an honest review.

If you're a horror fan this book is for you. I was intrigued right from the start and never once lost interest in what was going on in the book. This book was fast paced, well written, and such a unique and interesting story that I couldn't put it down. I hesitate to say too much about what the book was about in this review because I went in mostly blind and got a lot of enjoyment out of uncovering all the book had to offer as I read. Just know that if you love horror, this is a can't miss.

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This book kept my heart pumping. I sat down one evening and read this book from cover to cover, such a great chilling fast paced read. I am and will forever be a vampire fanatic and this delivered for me.

This gothic horror was just what I needed! The storyline drew me in and kept me curious. The writing style was perfect and the characters were well written!!! This is absolutely going on my shelf of spooks once released and I would recommend this book to those who love a vampire horror creepy read.

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Fast-paced, and unrelenting, Devils Kill Devils is an excellent horror complete with "vampires", devils, gods, and unknowable beings - all of whom operate in the background in terrifying manner. The story begins when Sarita's husband is killed before her eyes, on the night of their wedding, by her guardian angel. Yeah, when I said fast, I meant fast. From there, Sarita is launched into a whirlwind of magic and devils, causing her to question everything she thought she knew.

There are many things I enjoyed about Compton's prose. For the first few chapters the story alternates between present day and the past, providing backstory without feeling like the reader has been sideroaded just for a lore dump. Likewise, introducing vampires as amorphous, mindreading darkness that can turn into beautiful, (literally) compelling "humans" is just so good. And once the final act takes off it does not let you come up for air, instead instilling threat after threat in an exciting manner. I'd read another story set in this universe, absolutely.

My one main criticism is that there are sections throughout the novel, every couple of chapters, where I was left thinking "wait, what?". Not in a thriller/horror sense of confusion, but in a comprehension sense of confusion. However, the excitement of the final third, plus the handling of lore in the first third, I think, makes up for this.

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Vampire stories are making quite the comeback recently and I love how different interpretations of this legendary creature are keeping it fresh and unique. In this novel, you're going to read about vampires in a way you never have before.

Vampires as devils. Or, perhaps, devils as vampires. Whichever way you think about it, this is the basis of this epic, terrifying, gothic story of a woman who has been chosen to be worshipped without her consent or knowledge.

With a first chapter that will have your jaw dropping, this book at first appears to be about a psychopathic guardian angel. But it's so much more. We'll learn about Sarita's (the main protagonist) past and how she has been saved from death throughout her life by this "angel". But on her wedding night, everything changes.

Sleeping old gods, timeless prophecies, betrayels, vampires, and lots of stunning blood fueled action sequences will have you on the edge of your seat as you're reading. The exploration of the vampire mythos and how it can be a lot darker and more viscious than what you think is on full display here.

You definitely don't want to miss this one and I highly recommend it.

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This was a surburban gothic horror in the same vein as The Southern Book Club's Guide to Slaying Vampires but with a lot more bite 👀 If you enjoy religious horror with lots of false prophecies, ancient evils, devils, angels and a plot to enslave humanity grab a cup of tea and a snack and get ready, cos this sh*ts about to get heavy (Eminem stan) Compton immerses us in this unique story through his melodic prose that seems to constantly be building to a crescendo, the atmosphere of this book felt quiet, you know that feeling you get when a room suddenly becomes too quiet, devoid of sound your imagination runs wild and you regret watching so many horror movies, the prose sucks you into a supernatural vortex of suspense and terror, I was constantly kept on the edge of my seat throughout, the writing style reminds me of authors such as Catriona Ward in that as the reader were not fully privy to the events unfolding (lots of *WHAT 👏 IS 👏 HAPPENING 👏 moments) little snippets of illumination are peppered along the way that only further propel the narrative forward and the readers drive to know what is happening, Comptons terrifyingly vivid descriptions left me in awe of how simultaneously beautiful and disturbing they were, the vampires in this novel are scary, the descriptions were unlike anything I've read in vampire fiction before (and I've read my fair share 👁) genuinely made me get goosebumps, theres a lot explored in this, love, death, grief, racism, family dynamics, revenge and obsession, using a supernatural backdrop Compton sinks the reader into a world of magic and murder where when all hell breaks loose its best to have a devil on your side, this is predominantly a horror novel but I'd also say it nudges up against Epic Fantasy too with room for further books in the universe thankyou to netgalley and Tor for the eARC

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