Lilith’s Puppet is one of the latest horror stories from Richard Le Tourneau. True horror stories are hard to come by these days. Many writers find it hard to compete with the likes of Stephen King. Richard David Le Tourneau has written this novel with the greats in mind.
The adults tell the children that they shouldn’t go into the woods but they never say why. In 1810, the children discover the horror that has been hidden behind the trees. But the curiosity gets the better of them and they discover a tree swing. The swing will the be place where they all lose their innocence one fateful day. The brutal death of a local witch doesn’t affect them, but what the old woman leaves behind does. A necklace, a vessel, brings a demonic possession down on one of the children as they become Lilith’s puppet.
Thoughts on the Story
The story is not like the typical horror story. As someone who is very interested in the supernatural, this was a very interesting read. What has been captured is a very accurate telling of a demonic possession. I don’t want to draw too much of a parallel, but the story did remind me of The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty. In parts, I felt like the story could have been better explained, but I’m glad that they weren’t. I love The Exorcist and I think I kept going back to it in my mind. But if those parts had been explained, it would make it very difficult to really expand the story.
Thoughts on the Author
This is the first of The Shadows Books and he is working on the next as we speak (or as I am typing this). Richard is a lot like myself, horror and rock fan who has a keen interest in creating a writing legacy. Unlike me, his writing style is very dark and he wants to take you on a dark journey in your mind. His love for horror shines through in his writing style.
This is an interesting story with a lot of potential to grow into a bigger series. While it does remind me of the classics, this is a work which is all Richards. He has brought an attention to detail to certain elements of his story that make the novel his. I’m really interested to see how the story is expanded if that is the direction he is planning to take it.