Title: Prosper’s Demon
Author: K.J. Parker
Genre: Horror Novella
Number of Pages: 112
I opened this up kind of on impulse on my Kindle, but once I’d read the first few lines I was sold. This book was DARK, and one of the most ridiculously imaginative stories I’ve read in a long time. It’s probably one of my favorite Tor novella. The narrator of Prosper’s Demon is super fucked-up and more than a little unreliable, a exorcist in a medieval setting who doesn’t give a shit about the people he’s supposed to be helping.
Sometimes he himself is taken over, like in the beginning when he wakes up next to a dead and mangled prostitute. This unnamed ‘protagonist’ ends up encountering a revered intellectual with a secret not even he is aware of- his masterworks are the products of the demon inhabiting him and coming up with all his good ideas. The protagonist tries to vouch for himself but as the story goes on you come to see how depraved he really is.
This book’s narrative voice is amazing. It’s addictive and takes you on a crazy trip through all kinds of uncomfortable situations. I was impressed by this author’s imagination and I’d love to know how he came up with all of this stuff. As soon as I finished this novella I added a bunch of K.J. Parker’s books to my TBR list.