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Daryl Gregory Books In Order

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Pandemonium (2008) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Devil's Alphabet (2009) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Raising Stony Mayhall (2011) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Secret Battles of Ghengis Kahn (2013) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Afterparty (2014) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
We Are All Completely Fine (2014) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Harrison Squared (2015) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Spoonbenders (2017) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Graphic Standalone Novels

Secret Battles of Genghis Khan (2013) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Author Daryl Gregory was born in Chicago, Illinois in the year 1965, and grew up here, with his two sisters. In the year 1987, he graduated from Illinois State University with two degrees, one in English and one in theater. In the same year, he married Kathleen Bieschke, and he would have two kids (one daughter and one son that are named Emma and Ian) with her before the couple divorced.

Gregory’s novel “Pandemonium” won the Crawford Award (for best first fantasy novel) in the year 2009. it was also nominated for the Shirley Jackson Award, the World Fantasy Award, and the Mythopoeic Awards. “The Devil’s Alphabet” was nominated for a Philip K. Dick Award in the year 2010, and was named one of 2009’s best books by Publishers Weekly. His novella “We Are All Completely Fine” won the 2015 World Fantasy Award (best novella) and the Shirley Jackson Award.

He writes comic books, like “The Planet of the Apes”; he also wrote “Flatline”, which is an interactive fiction game.

“Pandemonium” is the first novel that Daryl Gregory published“” and was released in the year 2008. This is a world just like ours, in almost every way. In the fifties, random possessions occur. Ordinary men, women, and children are targeted by entities that appear to come from the depths of collective unconscious in the town. Pop cultural avatars start calling them demons. The Captain, who is a brave man and a self sacrificing soldier. The Truth is an avenger of lies. The Little Angel, who has the ability to kill with a kiss, whether it is wanted or not. There are some others, that range from benign, to horrific, to bizarre.

Del Pierce, a boy, is possessed by an entity called the Hellion; the mischief making this entity can get up to can be deadly. With Del’s family and a psychiatrist who cares, it would seem the demon is exorcised from Del. But maybe it is not. After he gets into a car wreck, years later, the Hellion comes back. He is trapped in Del and is trying like hell to get out.

His quest for help takes him to Valis; which is the entity that possessed writer of science fiction that once was known as Philip K. Dick. Then he goes to Mother Mariette, a nub that makes men have unchaste feelings. Then to the Human League, which is a secret society that is devoted to exterminating demons.

All of them believe that Del holds the answer to the possession plague, not to mention its solution. For Del, though, the cure may be worse than having the disease.

Fans of the novel found this to be a lot different than they thought it would be and it had much more depth, too. Some felt that this was a strong novel, and that it was hard to believe that this was a debut novel. Readers will be left with a unique experience. The author uses excellent tone and the novel is well written.

“The Devil’s Alphabet” is the second novel that Daryl Gregory published and was released in the year 2009. Switchcreek used to be a normal town in the eastern part of Tennessee. That is, until a mysterious disease (that is called Transcription Divergence Syndrome) killed a third of the people living there and mutated some of the survivors into monster like oddities. Then, the disease disappears as quickly as it showed up. It leaves behind three branches of humanity: one are gray skinned and giant argos, one are seal like betas, and large and gross obese charlies.

Paxton Abel Martin was only fourteen years old when TDS hit. It killed his mother, transformed his preacher father into an obese charlie, and changed his new friend, who is named Jo Lynn, into a beta. Pax was one of the few people that did not go through the change. He remained as normal as he was before. On the outside anyway.

He fled the pandemic, and returned fifteen years later, after Jo Lynn killed herself. He finds the town is seething with secrets, one of which might involve a murder. There are darker and odder mysteries hiding beneath the veneer the town now has. It will threaten Pax’s future but the human race’s future, too.

Fans of the novel found this to be even better than “Pandemonium”. It is certainly meant for fans of Gregory’s, but also for anyone that likes to read anything different. After reading the book, they became fans of Daryl Gregory and went off to find other books of his to read.

“Harrison Squared” is a novel that Daryl Gregory published and was released in the year 2015. Harrison Harrison (his mom calls him H2) is a lonely teen; he has been afraid of the water since he was just a toddler in California. It happened when a large sea creature turned their boat over and his father disappeared.

Harrison is one of the sensitives (someone who is tuned into the supernatural world) and he and his mother have just come to the worst place for someone like him. Dunnsmouth, which is a Lovecraftian type of town that is on the rocks overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. This is a place where strange things happen at night; like monsters under the waves and there are creepy teachers running the town’s high school.

His mother (who is a marine biologist) disappears while at sea on Harrison’s first day at the new school. He must solve the mystery of her disappearance. It puts him at odds with a knife wielding killer, an odd church, as well as the Deep Ones (which live in the bay and are fish human hybrids). It is going to take all he has, not to mention an unusual group of allies to take down the danger and get his mother back.

Fans of the novel fell in love with the characters; especially Harrison, who narrates the book in the first person. This novel does a great job of developing Harrison and setting the plot up, despite it being a short novel. Some love the way Gregory writes, it is equal parts clever description, well paced, and fun dialogue.

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