Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Ghosts of Demons Past by Matt "Grumpybritches" Schiariti

Author: "Matt Graumpbritches" Schiariti
Genre: Horror
Published: June 10, 2013
Pages: 351


“Well, Mr. Gabriel. What do you know about…demons?”

For most people, that’s a question that never comes up. Medium Seth Gabriel isn’t most people and for him, it’s another normal day in an abnormal life.

It’s bad enough that his love life has seen better days but his personal problems are only the half of it. Seth’s ghost hunting business, SG Cleaning Services hasn’t seen a client in weeks and he’s desperate for a paycheck. Things look up when two potential clients seek him out.

Courtney Reeves hires Seth to investigate a paranormal disturbance in her home. On the surface it’s a run of the mill cleaning job but when you deal with the dead for a living, there’s no such thing as routine. The close of the case is the start of even bigger problems and Seth will find that, while there’s nothing to fear from the dead, the living are another story.

When the nervous and persistent Evan Gallagher enters his life, Seth sees the promise of a big payday. There’s only one catch. The wealthy lawyer thinks his wife is possessed by a demon. Seth doesn’t believe in demons…not anymore, but the money is too good to turn down. Is Evan crazy or is he one hundred percent sane? As Seth digs deeper, he’ll ask the same question of himself.

For a guy who’s coasted through life on not much more than Greek takeout, tequila, and attitude, Seth’s going to have to dig deep to survive what will turn out to be a very bad week.


A copy of this book mysteriously appeared in my house a couple weeks ago. I ignored it at first, but I swear that damn thing was following me around the house. It just kept popping up wherever I was, like freakin' magic or something. Then one day, I was sitting on the toilet dropping a deuce, and there the book was. I figured since I had some time on my hands, I may as well start reading it. I didn't get off the pot for thirty minutes, but that had nothing to do with getting caught up reading the book. 

As I read further into the book, I realized that Seth and I had a lot in common (I wasn't on the pot for thirty minutes for nothing. Greek takeout and tequila just don't agree with me like they used to.) And I'm willing to do just about anything for money. Well, within reason. (I may or may not have been paid to write this review.) It's also quite possible that I'm insane. I don't know for sure though, I've never been formally tested. 

I did have a few issues with the book though. There was a serious lack of cats and platypires included in the storyline, two things which vastly improve pretty much any story in which they're included. They should definitely be more heavily featured in the sequel that I have it on good authority Matt will be writing very shortly. 

In the end, I'm glad I started reading this book, because the trip was ultimately enjoyable, I suppose. I give it 3.14159 stars. 

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About the Author

Matt Schiariti is an Engineer by profession, guitar legend in his own mind, and would-be author, time permitting. When he’s not writing, he’s reading. When he’s not reading, he’s enjoying a beer sporting a fancy name on the label. When he’s not enjoying a fancy-named beer, he’s most likely reading some more. Sometimes he does all three at once, to disastrous effect. Matt lives in southern New Jersey, with his wife, two children, insane dog, curious guinea pig, and three reclusive hermit crabs. He is currently working on another novel as well as several short stories. Ghosts of Demons Past is his first full-length book, but not his last. You have been warned. Here are some links should you want to find out more about what he’s up to or just say hi. 
Official blog, ‘Overly Verbose’ : 

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