The Devil of Echo Lake

The Devil of Echo Lake

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by Douglas Wynne
     
 

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Billy Moon would have given his life for rock 'n' roll stardom, but the Devil doesn't come that cheap.

Goth rock idol Billy Moon has it all: money, fame, and a different girl in every city.
But he also has a secret, one that goes all the way back to the night he almost took his own life. The night Trevor Rail, a shadowy record producer with a flair for the

Overview

Billy Moon would have given his life for rock 'n' roll stardom, but the Devil doesn't come that cheap.

Goth rock idol Billy Moon has it all: money, fame, and a different girl in every city.
But he also has a secret, one that goes all the way back to the night he almost took his own life. The night Trevor Rail, a shadowy record producer with a flair for the dark and esoteric, agreed to make him a star. . . for a price.

Now Billy has come to Echo Lake Studios to create the record that will make him a legend. A dark masterpiece like only Trevor Rail can fashion. But the woods of
Echo Lake have a dark past, a past that might explain the mysterious happenings in the haunted church that serves as Rail's main studio. As the pressure mounts on Billy to fulfill Rail's vision, it becomes clear that not everyone will survive the project.

It's time the Devil of Echo Lake had his due, and someone will have to pay.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In this supernatural thriller set in the late 1990s, debut novelist Wynne re-imagines the Faustian myth in which a musician sells his soul to the Devil in return for mass adulation. Washed-up rocker Billy Moon, seeking to connect beyond his core audience of goth chicks, travels to a remote studio to make what his record label and manager hope will be the album that restores Moon's once-iconic stature. Doing so, however, means reuniting with imperious record producer Trevor Rail, with whom he shares a dark and damning secret. Even before Moon's arrival, inexplicable events begin to occur in and around the haunted church that anchors the studio's facilities, threatening the entire project and everybody involved. Wynne, a former rocker himself, no doubt tossed in anecdotes from his own industry experiences, and he gives disillusioned but likeable young recording engineer Jake one of the book's best lines: "You may find that records are kind of like hot dogs. You enjoy them a lot more before you know how they're made." Confining most scenes to the residential studio and its surrounding woods, Wynne combines the cinematic imagery of sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll with a good old-fashioned ghost story that thrills more often than it chills.
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Library Journal
Rock star Billy Moon is convinced he has sold his soul to the devil in return for fame and fortune. When his brilliant but sinister record producer, Trevor Rail, insists that Billy record his next album in the woods near Echo Lake, using a studio in an old church that is supposedly haunted, Billy connects with a mysterious wood spirit and with the ghost of a woman hanged for witchcraft. Wynne's first novel tied for first place in the JournalStone 2012 writing contest, along with Patrick Freivald's Twice Shy. VERDICT The author's love of music adds another level to this atmospheric supernatural thriller, which should appeal to fans of Goth rock as well as horror aficionados.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781936564538
Publisher:
JournalStone
Publication date:
10/28/2012
Pages:
252
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.57(d)
Age Range:
15 Years

Meet the Author

Douglas Wynne is no stranger to dark places; he honed his storytelling craft as a frontman in basements and bars during Boston's 90's-era underground rock scene. Originally from Long Island, he attended Berklee College of Music, followed by a stint as a recording engineer in Woodstock, New York before returning to Massachusetts, where he currently resides with his wife and son. The Devil of Echo Lake is his first novel.

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The Devil of Echo Lake 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
WolfFaerie17 More than 1 year ago
This is an ARC in exchange for honest review: Billy Moon is about to record his third studio CD with the last man he wants to see Trevor Rail. Billy is pretty afraid of him and how he makes feel. Billy is totally not looking forward to recording yet doesn't have any other options. When Billy's father unexpectedly dies, Billy's world crashes down around him in ways he didn't think possible but does. Billy wants to do a different kind of recording this time around which Trevor nixes right away saying you want to make crap do it on your own dime. Jake is a new sound tech wanting to learn the ropes from Kevin Brickman, the engineer for Billy Moon's newest CD. Jake is excited about the recording process and what he'll learn. Jake doesn't like Trevor Rail very much gets a creepy vibe from him. As recording process gets underway another tragedy strikes which could hold up the recording process. Jake and Billy both have heard haunting note playing yet can't explain it either. Billy is more moved by the acoustic songs he's been playing on his own than by what Trevor Rail has him recording. Will Trevor get what he wants? Will Billy continue to do his own thing? Will Jake help Billy? Your answers await you in The Devil of Echo Lake. I'm a fan of music much like any one else yet I struggled to read this book at the beginning. It did get better as the page advanced. It's a good book just not one of my favorites or one I'd read again. The author crafted the story well and characters were well developed. Just not my style of book. Read the book for yourself.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is outstanding! I was absorbed from beginning to end. READ IT-you'll love it too!