Devil's Oven

Devil's Oven

by Laura Benedict

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Praise for Devil's Oven:

"Haunting and Poetic"
--David Morrell, New York Times Bestselling Author

"Devil's Oven is stunning and lyrical and all kinds of creepy. Benedict taps into our childhood's grimmest fairy tales – the ones that evoked the fear of monsters hiding in closets, murderous shadows lurking under the bed – and takes them in a delightfully spooky new direction. Benedict has graced us with a sophisticated and thoroughly grown-up contemporary nightmare. I won't sleep easy for days." 
                                              --J.T. Ellison, bestselling author of Where All The Dead Lie

There's an unknown mountain in Appalachia called Devil's Oven, a place where extraordinary, dark things have been happening for centuries.

Ivy Luttrell, a lonely seamstress, finds a man's dismembered body, barely covered by the rich soil of her beloved mountain. Instead of alerting the authorities, Ivy keeps the man for herself, stitching him back together with her own skilled hands. It might have been the beginning to a fairy tale, but when the fearsome power of Devil's Oven gives the man life, he escapes Ivy's control and terrorizes Alta, her small mountain town.

Bud Tucker, a local businessman and owner of The Twilight Club, has money problems and a restless, red-headed wife, Lila, who has too much time on her hands. Easygoing Bud has relied too heavily on the advice of his second-in-command, Dwight, a squirrelly guy from up east, and now he's in the sites of some very unpleasant people. But no one is prepared when one of Bud's employees is viciously murdered, least of all, Lila, who is quickly drawn into the madness that Ivy has brought down on them all.

Their salvation lies in the hands of a mysterious newcomer, a delicate young stripper named Jolene, whose connection to Devil's Oven is even deeper and more mysterious than Ivy's. As the violence grows around them, Jolene is torn between her secret loyalties and her affection for Bud and the other people she's come to know. Her choice will change life on Devil's Oven forever.

Part Gothic folk tale, part Frankensteinian nightmare, Devil's Oven breaks the bonds of the traditional horror novel, combining lyrical storytelling with bone-chilling, surreal suspense.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940013912441
Publisher: Gallowstree Press
Publication date: 03/02/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 311
Sales rank: 332,469
File size: 483 KB

About the Author

Laura Benedict is the author of the dark suspense novels Devil's Oven, Isabella Moon, and Calling Mr. Lonely Hearts. She has also edited the Surreal South anthology series with her husband, Pinckney Benedict. Her work has appeared in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, Thrillers: 100 Must-Reads, Noir at the Bar, and other anthologies. She has no respect for genre boundaries and delights in treating her readers to the unexpected.

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Devil's Oven 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
JT_Ellison More than 1 year ago
One of the best twisted fairy tales I've ever read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The characters were under developed and I didn't care what happened to any of them. The story itself was far fetched. Some books pull you in and make you believe no matter how outlandish the idea. This wasn't one of them.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
From the beginning, I was invested in the storyline and the characters drew me into the vivid details of their lives. The further I was drawn into the book, I found elements horrific and others magical; only making me thirst for more. As soon as I finished it I recommended it to my friends and my husband began reading it.
SusanAshlea78 More than 1 year ago
There’s more to this book than meets the eye. Everyone has their own monster to deal with, and once the mountain’s Frankenstein is let loose, the various characters in Devil’s Oven have to come face to face with them. This book is rich on complex characters, and then ones you root for in the beginning aren’t the ones you’ll be rooting for in the end. The one constant in the story was Jolene, sent back from an earlier time to fix mistakes that she seems doomed to make over and over again. The story takes places against the backdrop of a small town strip club and the people who each have their own bizarre connection to it. It next to impossible to sum up Devil’s Oven in a write-up, one MUST simply read it. It’s a wonderful noir mystery that asks as many questions as it answers, but that’s the beauty of Benedict’s writing. The reader is often left the come to their own conclusions about some of the more mysterious elements in the story. Sometimes, our own conclusions are scarier (or even sweeter) than the writer could ever imagine and that fits Devil’s Oven.
BetsyAshton1 More than 1 year ago
Spooky as Hell Laura Benedict's Devil's Oven makes an unknown Appalachian mountain a major character and driving force in the elegiac novel of love gone wrong. Ivy Luttrell lives a lonely life as a seamstress in the shadow of the mountain. Longing for a man to love, she often walks the trails at night. On one such walk, she finds a dismembered body of a man who had been beautiful in life. She stitches him back together in a takeoff on Frankenstein. And like Frankenstein, the man comes to life only to become a monster that terrorizes neighbors and the nearby town. Madness touches many of the residents, all but Ivy and a strange dancer named Jolene. Jolene seems to have the power heal the town but only through the destruction of the monster. Creepy. Beautiful. Lyrical. Haunting. Benedict's command of poetic language lifts this book from a genre novel to literary fiction. Yes, it has otherworldly elements in it, but so do most of the fairy tales we hear in our youth. Definitely for adults who want to be scared sleepless. Devil's Oven is a continuing nightmare up until the last page. Read it and sleep with the lights on.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago