Dagon, Joshua, “Demon Tears”. Breur Media, 2007.
Dagon Does It Again
Readers will not be disappointed and will get some of the answers left unanswered by “The Fallen”, Dagon’s previous novel. But as there are answers, there are some new questions and obviously there will be another book tying everything together.
As I said in my review of the first book, Dagon has a knack for telling a story and the story is so good that I don’t want to ruin it for anyone by giving anything away. The book is very gay, very supernatural and very interesting (to say the least). Many of our characters appear in the second novel and we pick up the story where “The Fallen” ended so abruptly. (I especially liked meeting a new character named of all things, Amos).
I will say a few words about Dagon’s style. He will, I am quite sure, become a major literary talent. He has such a way with the English language that he could probably breathe life into the most mundane experience. He has built a magnificent character in has hero Nick, and Nick is not likely to be forgotten. Dagon’s sense of description is impeccable and as you read, you almost can feel that you are right there n the midst of the action.
For those of you who remember the two bishops let me say that they are convinced that the skotos is in Los Angeles and they have the vessel of Solomon in hand so that they can recapture the demon. But the best laid plans soon go awry.
Laura has a surprise up her sleeve but after revealing it, she finds a new challenge. When a confrontation between the forces takes place, we are led into an argument on the nature of good and evil in metaphoric terms.
We have to wonder where and who is the true evil in our story and we find that evil sometimes uses good sense as in the case of our friend, Scott.
The real questions that “Demon Tears” presents are to ask if all is what it seems and what motivates us to act? Is evil content to stay evil or does the idea of becoming good hold a promise?
At the end of the book there are still several questions to answer but that is not the beauty of the book. The concept alone is new and exciting; a genre that has been virtually untouched in gay literature and Joshua Dagon touches it with great style. The work is still somewhat confusing at times but the fact that the beauty of the prose rises to new crescendos makes it all worth the read.
I have never really liked this kind of fiction before but Joshua Dagon has converted me into a loyal fan and I am anxiously awaiting several more of his books that he has in progress. In my review of “The Fallen”, I compared Dagon to a very well known writer who once entertained us with stories of this kind. She, however, has since found Jesus and a new kind of writing. Who better to take her crown than Dagon? I hope he will be able to wear it proudly.