The Lucifer Glass by Frazer Lee

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The Lucifer Glass by Frazer Lee
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Genre: Horror, Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Short Story (52 pages)
Rating: 4 Stars
Reviewed by Astilbe

It may cost you your soul.

Daniel Gates is a fixer. Whatever his client wants, he can get – for a price. But the price of his latest assignment is a high one indeed. He is to travel to Scotland to exchange a rare demonic text, a grimoire, for a consignment of even rarer whiskey. Reading the grimoire, Gates learns of the legend of Lucifer’s Glass and the unholy trinity of green-eyed demons who protect it. As he does battle with the demons, Daniel realizes too late that there is much more to his assignment than meets the eye. He is locked in a struggle to save his very soul from damnation.

Everyone is spellbound by something. How would you respond if you were offered the chance to satisfy your deepest desire? Must temptations always come with a catch?

Daniel Gates makes his living by fulfilling other people’s wishes. At age thirty-nine he has reached the pinnacle of his career, and while I’m under the impression that all of this success has come at the expense of his personal life David doesn’t seem to mind flying solo. He knows exactly how to skirt danger and deliver rare, mystical goods to his employer. When I first started reading I actually thought this was a sequel to an earlier work because of how quickly and cleanly I was dropped into this intensely hypnotic world. The author leaves much of Daniel’s characterization up to inference, and I highly recommend reading The Lucifer Glass more than once in order to catch onto all of the clues about his personality that are sprinkled in each chapter.

While reading the first few chapters I wasn’t sure why this story was marketed as horror. The plot was well paced, but it took some time for me to feel frightened. Once the appropriate amount of tension and backstory built up, though, I was quite pleased with how everything began snapping together. The slow burn of the first chapter or two was well worth my initial confusion as soon as I realized what was happening.

The Lucifer Glass encouraged me to care about what happens to Daniel long before anything scary happens to him. I’d highly recommend this book to anyone who loves the subtleties of psychological horror but isn’t adverse to a little gore.

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