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  • Posted November 26, 2012

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    The Necromancer is an unnamed Summoner who criss-crosses the mag

    The Necromancer is an unnamed Summoner who criss-crosses the magical and mystical byways of the land with his impulsive demonic familiar, Self.

    A clash of a decades old conflict and his old Coven forces our unlikely heroes to follow a darkly designed path whilst trying to unravel the devious plots of Jebediah DeLancre that threaten to break the firmament and unleash Armageddon.

    Mixing the deeply powerful magics and metaphysical colours of mysticism with religious sensibilities - you're presented with a fantastic ride through a tortured landscape that mirrors the fractured existence of the Necromancer and the ghosts of his past.

    A triumph of storytelling, this is epic Dark Fiction.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 1, 2002

    Lower Deep

    I first read Piccirrilli's "Self" stories back when they appeared in small press magazines in the horror genre. I was always enthralled with how he managed to blend so many elements together and yet still offer up a remarkably smooth story. In A Lower Deep, the author takes three novellas with one overall arcing story line and gives a rip-snorting dark fantasy tale of a modern day warlock driven by a vague morality to try to save the world. The warlock (or "Necromancer", as he's known here) is trapped between a world of black magic, his own demonic "Self's" constant urgings for him to give in to lust and murder, his love for his dead girlfriend, and his struggle with understanding God's greater plan. A wonderfully ambitious, unsettling, and moving book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 1, 2002

    Lower Deep

    A narrator known only as the Necromancer and his demonic sidekick, "Self," wander through the book all across America and eventually to the Middle East, where they attempt to stop a misled coven in Jerusalem. The Necromancer struggles with the ghosts of his dead comrades and battles the leader of his former coven, Jebediah DeLancre, who is intending to resurrect Christ before God wills it so. This novel is heavy with a crackling atmosphere and filled with an amalgam of Judeo-Christian history, other myths, and well-researched facts about the Old City of Jerusalem and other Biblical settings. This is a powerful tale told by an ingenious writer.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 1, 2002

    Lower Deep

    A LOWER DEEP is a wonderful occult horror novel where research into mythology, religion, the black arts and history has paid off in a fine way. This book reads with a particular sense of realism no matter how bizarre the situation. We follow a nameless man known only as the Necromancer as he and his demonic and sarcastic companion "Self" travel across the world battling evil abroad and the evil within themselves. From an unholy mansion where a witches' coven attempts the premature resurrection of the messiah, to a haunted monestary where insane monks roam, to the city of Jerusalem itself where the protagonist must fight the ghosts of his past as Armageddon approaches. This is top-notch horror fantasy that brings the concepts of belief, sacrifice, faith and antiquity to a unique life. Highly recommended.

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