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Demon Shadows by [Sirota, Mike]
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November 18, Tuesday — The snow was deep; we couldn’t make it through the pass. Only the Lord knows if we will be able to cross these Sierra mountains.
January 2, Friday — Ada Krueger died. Ate our children’s dog, as there is nothing else. George Stillwell said we should think about eating the flesh of our dead. God in heaven help us if this is our only hope!
January 4, Sunday — Jordy Fry said he saw a figure through the trees in the direction of the pass. Maybe our Salvation is near . . .

Bestselling author Paul Fleming has writer’s block. The past few months have been hell. Four weeks at the prestigious Thorburn Colony, a writers’ and artists’ retreat in the high Sierras, seems to be the perfect cure. Until an ancient horror returns to collect on an old debt—and make Paul realize that he had no idea what hell really is.

About the Author

Mike Sirota is the author of twenty published books with houses that include The Berkley Publishing Group (Penguin-Putnam), Bantam Books, Pocket Books, and Kensington Publishing Corp. For fourteen years he was an award-winning feature writer and editor for a Southern California newsmagazine. Mike has facilitated many read and critique workshops, and has taught seminars and classes for various educational systems. He is an instructor for the University of California, San Diego Extension and is presently a workshop leader for the Southern California Writers' Conference and the La Jolla Writers Conference, and has also served on the faculty of the Alaska Writers Guild Conference. His new novel, The Burning Ground, will be published in 2012.

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  • Publisher: Atoris Press (Sept. 20 2011)
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  • Language: English
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By A Customer on July 28 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The book is about a writer named Gary who is suffering from a bad case of writers block. So Gary goes to a colony for a month were there would be no tv,no radio,or phone.But What he didn't know that is the workers at the colony were over a 1000 years old. When those people founded the colony they made a deal with the indians to give them ertenal life. In return they would sacrifice the people who stayed at the colony to them. Paul must get out of the town befor him and the rest at the colony get sacrificed to the old indian.
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HASH(0xa1c37fa8) out of 5 stars Ancient Evil Pact Aug. 18 2008
By Jack Baker - Published on
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I first read Michael Sirota's book Demon Shadows when I was 14. I gave the book to a friend who was moving and haven't thought about it in almost 18 years. A week or so ago, a vague memory of the plot started me on an internet search. I couldn't remember the title or the author, but was able to find the book.

The book concerns writer Paul Fleming, who is suffering from writer's block in the wake of his divorce. Upon encouragement from his agent, he decides to spend a few weeks at the Thorburn Colony, an artists' sanctuary, cut off from the modern world. What he doesn't know is that an ancient evil lurks at the colony. As the story progresses, Paul begins to sense that something is very wrong at the colony. The book moves very slowly and there is little or no overt horror until the very end. It is well-written, however, and Sirota has a real knack for description. It actually was a much better book then I remembered. Maybe at 14, I was too young to appreciate some of that descriptive writing.

The best part of the novel, in my opinion, is the opening prologue, which explains the origins of the colony. Told mainly from the viewpoint of a Washoe Indian named Tall Runner, this is the most engaging part of the book. Paul Fleming, the narrative voice for the majority of the book is interesting, but if Sirota had written another novel from Tall Runner's perspective, I'd buy it in a heartbeat.

The plot is interesting and the evil that menaces Thorburn is one of the more unique I've seen in a horror novel. The novel also has elements reminiscent of Shirley Jackson's The Lottery. While the book does drag in places, mostly in the middle, it still is a fun, quick read. The best parts of the novel are the prologue and the final chapters, where the nature of the evil presence is revealed at last. Everything in between ranges from interesting to laughable to ho-hum. This book has been re-issued as an e-book under the more appropriate name Snow Shadows.
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HASH(0xa1bef210) out of 5 stars Sierra Specter May 9 2012
By Jeff Sherratt - Published on
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One of the preeminent novelists of the genre, Mike Sirota has fashioned a ghost story that will haunt your imagination long after you have finished reading the book. In DEMON SHADOWS Sirota expertly weaves historical fact with fiction in such a way that almost made me wonder if spirits of long dead native American still roam the Sierras reeking vengeance for past wrongs. The setting is beautiful and tranquil, yet the story is filled with tension and suspense that builds with a premonition of evil that echoes ghostly screams from long ago.
HASH(0xa1bef1d4) out of 5 stars Might be for some people, but not for everyone. Jan. 6 2014
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I finished this book a few days ago, and I'm still not entirely sure how I feel about it. On one hand I really liked the mixture of Indian "Legends" that was incorporated into this novel; as well as the "diaries" of John Thorburn that were recorded at the same time. Heck, I even enjoyed the "current" plight of the main character Paul Fleming as he battles "writers block" to the point that he agrees to being sent to the remote wilderness to work in "spartan conditions" in order to get the creative juices flowing, and a new novel churned out.

However... there was too much of this novel that just did not add up. For the sake of my readers, I'm going to try and break this down in a +/- sort of way.

+ The underlying "evil" that occurs throughout this story is original, and not something that I have seen before.

+/- With the exception of a few "dead" parts, the story moves fast enough that you keep reading to find out if your assumptions are correct (or maybe you're like me and can't put aside a story once you've started it, no matter what your feelings are).

- The characters are (for the most part) entirely way too one dimensional. With few exceptions, there is little to no back-story to explain why they act the way they do. Even those characters whose stories are eventually explained... it feels less like an explanation of their behavior as a character and more like the author saying "this is how I want to end it and this is why I will end it this way". For some of the characters, I felt this was too out of context and took away from the overall plot instead of being a "surprise" event.

Don't get me wrong, there were portions of this book that I liked, and portions that I didn't.. this book will appeal to some people, but not many I'm afraid. It is one of those novels that truly is "hit or miss"
HASH(0xa1bef4c8) out of 5 stars A frightening look at native american demons... Jan. 18 2014
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I had a great time reading this book because it gave me more goosebumps than I could ever have expected. Paul is a very believable character, as are Mary and Gail. The bad guys are truly bad, but we don't know until the end just who are the meanies. The book's storyline is strong and very enjoyable, with good descriptions of the landscapes and atmosphere of the artist's retreat.
I must say, however, that the tale of the demons and the way the ancestors had to pay them back for saving them, was pushing the boundaries of believability. That sounds a little crazy to say, since this whole story idea is not rational or believable, but I mean it was not fun to believe in it.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who likes a good ghost/demon story, however, because in spite of my small criticism, it is very readable.

Gaston Sanders, Author
HASH(0xa1bef528) out of 5 stars Outstanding June 13 2014
By Rebecca N. Baumgartner - Published on
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Mr. Sirota has contributed a classic to the supernatural/horror genre with his novel "Demon Shadows". Sirota begins the book with a pitch perfect story of a group of pioneers trapped and starving during a harsh winter. A strange and terrible scene is played out through the eyes of the native american man sent by his tribe to offer assistance - as he watches the settlers one night from the surrounding forest. This mysterious event will play throughout the book, with frightening reverberations to the present day.

"Demon Shadows" is a satisfying and beautifully written horror novel, along the lines of Richard Matheson and Shirely Jackson.This is the kind of book I will pick up and re-read every year or so.