|Practical Demonkeeping relates the
tale of Travis OHearn, his accidentally acquired demon companion Catch, and the
impact these two have on the California seaside town of Pine Cove.
Travis and Catch are
bound together in a relationship neither wants. Travis wants rid of Catch back to Hell, as
Catch is a murderous demon; Catch wants rid of Travis because he has no ambition to rule
the world thereby causing lots of human suffering in the attempt (Catch is experienced in
megalomaniac masters). Working against them are the residents of Pine Cove aided by Gian
Hen Gian, the king of the Djinn (who escaped from Hell with Catch 3,000 years before). A
measure of the weirdness of Pine Cove is that Catch and Gian are not out place in the
Practical Demonkeeping is Christopher Moores first book
(re-released by Orbit in 2008) and he has elected to write using a wry humorous style
rather than in the blood and gore horror vein. Although death and mayhem occur, they are
not dwelt on, but are presented as needed events to keep the story moving. After all,
whats the point of a murderous demon if he cant devour a few people in the
course of a chapter or two?
This book left me curious as to how Moores style had progressed and whether he
could find humour in horror without resorting to the pratfall (happily, he has).