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From Milton to Monsters: Andrew Pyper

From Milton to monsters ... Andrew Pyper's latest novel is a horror story inspired by John Milton's 17th century epic poem, Paradise Lost. On the surface, it seems like an odd fit -- a modern thriller inspired by a blank verse poem  that's more than ten-thousand lines long.  But, it works.  Very well. The Demonologist  begins in New York City, where...
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From Milton to monsters ... Andrew Pyper's latest novel is a horror story inspired by John Milton's 17th century epic poem, Paradise LostOn the surface, it seems like an odd fit -- a modern thriller inspired by a blank verse poem  that's more than ten-thousand lines long.   But, it works.  Very well. T he Demonologist  begins in New York City, where a literature professor - an expert on Paradise Lost - has been invited on a professional junket. Someone - or something - wants him to make a mysterious trip to Venice.

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He accepts the mysterious invitation - partly because his own life is a mess - his wife is about to leave him for another man, and he's kind of zoned out in a mid-life haze. 
B ut the journey takes a terrifying turn when his daughter, who joins him on the trip, commits suicide in front of him.  

From there, the professor's world shatters into a kaleidoscopic adventure of visitations by demons and shape-shifters; urgent chases all over the US and Northern Ontario; murders and mayhem.  
Michael Enright talks to Andrew Pyper in Toronto. 

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