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Reviewed by Lit Amri for Readers' Favorite
In The Devil’s Hour by Raymond Esposito, forty-year-old writer Samuel Drake lives alone in a decent-sized house in Fort Mercy, Florida. The inexplicable horror starts with a car accident on early Monday evening, when a woman named Claire and her daughter, Angie, struggle to run away from a strange wall of black smoke that tries to ‘grab’ their car. Samuel and his neighbor, Victoria, successfully rescue Angie and bring her to his house. However, his neighborhood will never be the same again as everyone tries to survive the ghastly ordeal, trying to find their way out.
Protagonist Sam Drake is trying to be a better guy; his ex-wife Tess left him due to his lack of commitment to his writing, his frequent boozing and his jealousy toward her successful career. As he tells his story about his broken marriage, where he admits that he was at fault, the alimony that he receives from his ex-wife would rob any chance of sympathy from readers. Samuel receives a monthly check for the next six years and is entitled to a portion of Tess’s income, not to mention living in a paid-for house.
Yet, readers will definitely feel the terror that Sam has to go through. We find out instantly that he is all alone – Victoria and all his neighbors are dead. Demons are pursuing him and trying to break down his door as he barricades himself in a room. He is trying to write down what has happened while waiting for the inevitable. Written in a first person point-of-view and boosted by Esposito’s vivid prose, this is a must-read for horror fans. It will keep you guessing until the end and psychologically it will play with your mind – some readers may not want to read this at night.