"Cutting edge horror"
Christian owns a thriving gallery, has a beautiful visage,
and is wealthy beyond most people's dreams. Yet he is the
most miserable being walking the earth. He is a three
thousand-year-old demon who has no internal organs except a
brain. His body contains uncountable scarabs (beetles),
flesh eating bugs that must be fed every night otherwise
Scarabus, as he calls himself, knows the pain of the damned.
Scarabus was not always like this. Once he was a man who
lived and loved in Middle Egypt. The Scarabus cult
performed a magical ritual on him, hoping to create a demon
they could bind to their will so they can use him to rule
upper and lower Egypt. Their plan failed and Scarabus
killed all his creators including his own father and father-
in-law. Now he walks the earth searching for a way to end
his existence and halt the use of his body as a vessel of
the scarabae who want to bring him under their control.
Scarabus the demon is a monster who killed over two million
people in his lifetime but yet readers will not feel
contempt towards him as if he was Hitler, Stalin, or Pol
Pot. They will pity him for he did not choose his
existence, but was betrayed into it by the very people that
he thought loved him. His perspective of humanity
throughout the ages is fascinating and readers will
understand his desire to end his unholy existence. Karen
Koehler has written an enthralling, cutting edge novel that
will please fans of horror novels.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted September 7, 2002