Spanky by Christopher Fowler
Why I read: Who can resist reading about a daemon called Spanky…..
I loved the original cover when I first read this book in the 90s so had to include this. (The e-book is more modern):
Book blurb: “23-year-old Martyn has a dead-end job, a miserable family, few friends, and no love life. Then he meets a Spancialosaphus Lacrimosae, his own personal demon. Spanky’s friendship brings confidence, the good life, a better job, a girlfriend. But Spanky is a demon, and Martyn has a price to pay. “
A fun twist on the Faustian Pact. The story has the soul and greed of 80/90s London, the cravings for an expensive perfect life filled with wine, women and wealth. It reminded me of my first delightful horror reads as a teenager, very tongue-in-cheek but with some cringy descriptions of women. Darkly British humour, some graphically violent passages, a sprinkling of sex, and social commentary are all mixed together to form an entertaining cocktail that was a quick and easy read.
Martyn’s short-sighted naivety made him hard to have sympathy for but certainly fit into the plot. I loved the daemon Spanky, in my head he was a cross between Brad Pitt and Johnny Depp, all delicious swagger, a true cheeky bad-boy. Definitely the star of the book. Is it wrong that I was rooting for the deamon to win?
I’d recommend to anyone who enjoys fun, light-heart 90s British horror.
I received a free ARC of this book via Netgallery and Random House Publishing Group in exchange for my honest review.
352 pages Ebook ISBN: 9780399180439 Expected Pub Date: 20 Jun 2017 by Random House Publishing Group
(Book was first published in 1994)
We had some glorious weather in London last week so I couldn’t resist going out for a coffee and sitting outside to read this fun book.