review: fires rising

When I reviewed The Demonologist for Apex Digest, I said then that Michael Laimo reminded me of good 1970s/1980s religious horror. 666, The Omen, The Amityville Horror, and everything good and similar. His February 2008 Leisure Fiction release, Fires Rising, is no exception.

This book has everything. Strong religious themes, vagrants, evil construction crews, fire, mayhem, and enough tension implied through vivid imagery to stand one’s hair on end (if you’ll pardon the cliché). Fires Rising isn’t for the weak of stomach or the easily repulsed — not with its sewage demon, raw gore, violence, and copious blood. Without these things, though, the story would have a much blander flavor and not as much religious fervor.

Laimo researched this book to the bone — this is readily apparent. His use of vivid sensory imagery is near overwhelming in places, causing the reader to, instead of putting the book down for a break, keep turning the pages.

“Well done” seems inadequate. Even so, I can’t wait to see what Michael Laimo brings us next.