Six confined psychopaths. A killer on the loose.
1935. As Europe prepares itself for a calamitous war, six homicidal lunatics – the so-called ‘Devil’s Six’ – are confined in a remote castle asylum in rural Czechoslovakia. Each patient has their own dark story to tell and Dr Viktor Kosárek, a young psychiatrist using revolutionary techniques, is tasked with unlocking their murderous secrets.
At the same time, a terrifying killer known as ‘Leather Apron’ is butchering victims across Prague. Successfully eluding capture, it would seem his depraved crimes are committed by the Devil himself.
Maybe they are… and what links him with the insane inmates of the Castle of the Eagles?
Only the Devil knows. And it is up to Viktor to find out.
The Devil Aspect is a beautifully readable piece of gothic horror from the pen of Craig Russell, a tense and atmospheric historical mystery with an evocative, authentic setting.
I love those novels that leave you vaguely disturbed and not quite of this world for a while- that is what The Devil Aspect achieves, with the horror unfolding on the page within a time where you know worse horrors are to come. The author weaves a web around elements of psychology, myth and reality, it is often brutal, occasionally shocking and always fascinating, a true glimpse into that allegorical abyss.
The two strands eventually come together in a genuinely haunting finale, this is part serial killer thriller, part horror and entirely immersive with it’s authentic history and it’s madly intriguing characters.
Very good indeed. Scary. Had me checking for monsters in the closet even as we all know they really reside out in the world.