High school can be hell. Literally.


A demonic detective novel best devoured in a single sitting--from acclaimed TV writer Stephen Lloyd.


    Welcome to Danforth Putnam, boarding school for the elite, sprawled across its own private island off the coast of New England. Sam, a war vet who feels sure he’s seen it all, has been called here to find a stolen rare book. But as he corners D&D nerds, grills steroid-raging linemen, and interviews filthy-rich actresses, he soon senses that something far stranger—“witchy”, in fact—is afoot. When students start to meet mysterious and gruesome deaths, Sam realizes just how fast the clock is ticking.
 
    After joining forces with plucky, epilepsy-defying school reporter Harriet, Sam ventures into increasingly dark territory, unravelling a supernatural mystery that will upend everything he thinks he knows about this school—and then shatter his own reality.
 
    Toss Dracula into a blender, throw in a shot of hard-boiled detective fiction, splash in a couple drops of Stranger Things, and pour yourself a nice tall glass of Friend of the Devil.
 
"Horror and noir collide in this blazing tale of a badass investigator and a case of otherworldly crime. Stephen Lloyd makes a hell of a debut with Friend of the Devil."—Chuck Hogan, co-author of The Strain and The Hollow Ones

"Friend of the Devil is a whip-sharp, fast-paced tribute to slashers, fiendishly delicious in every way. Clever, funny, and blood-splattered..."−Alma Katsu, author of The Fervor and The Hunger

“In this compelling horror thriller with very wide appeal, Lloyd builds a strong sense of place, claustrophobic and unsettling, that draws readers into the disturbing mystery before unleashing a stunning, sinister, and thought-provoking twist that will devastate readers and leave them begging for another Sam and Harriet adventure."Library Journal


“Lightning-paced and undeniably weird…Friend of the Devil's unusual brand of gore and laughs is wildly, wickedly entertaining and positively unforgettable.“Shelf Awareness

“A demonic thriller that keeps you on the edge of your seat…A good novel to start off your summer reading season.”−Red Carpet Crash

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