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Other Books
Over My Head (2013)
The Cats of Tanglewood Forest (2013)
Under My Skin (2012)
The Painted Boy (2010)
The Very Best of Charles de Lint (2010)
Muse and Reverie (2009)
Eyes Like Leaves (2009)
The Mystery of Grace (2009)
Woods and Waters Wild (2009)
Yellow Dog (2008)
What the Mouse Found (2008)
Dingo (2008)
Little (Grrl) Lost (2007)
Old Man Crow (2007)
Promises to Keep (2007)
Widdershins (2006)
Triskell Tales 2 (2006)
Make A Joyful Noise (2006)
The Hour Before Dawn (2005)
Quicksilver & Shadow (2005)
The Blue Girl (2004)
Medicine Road (2004)
Refinerytown (2003)
Spirits in the Wires (2003)
A Handful of Coppers (2003)
A Circle of Cats (2003)
Tapping the Dream Tree (2002)
Waifs and Strays (2002)
Seven Wild Sisters (2002)
The Onion Girl (2001)
The Road to Lisdoonvarna (2001)
Triskell Tales (2000)
Forests of the Heart (2000)
The Buffalo Man (1999)
The Newford Stories (1999)
Moonlight and Vines (1999)
Someplace to be Flying (1998)
Trader (1997)
Jack of Kinrowan (1997)
The Ivory and the Horn (1995)
Memory & Dream (1994)
The Wild Wood (1994)
Into the Green (1993)
The Wishing Well (1993)
Dreams Underfoot (1993)
I'll Be Watching You (1992)
From a Whisper to a Scream (1992)
Merlin Dreams in the Mondream Wood (1992)
Spiritwalk (1992)
Paperjack (1991)
Our Lady of the Harbour (1991)
Hedgework and Guessery (1991)
Death Leaves an Echo (1991)
Ghosts of Wind and Shadow (1991)
Uncle Dobbin's Parrot Fair (1991)
The Little Country (1991)
The Dreaming Place (1990)
Angel of Darkness (1990)
Ghostwood (1990)
Drink Down the Moon (1990)
The Fair in Emain Macha (1990)
Philip José Farmer's The Dungeon: The Hidden City (1990)
Westlin Wind (1989)
Berlin (1989)
Philip José Farmer's The Dungeon: The Valley of Thunder (1989)
Svaha (1989)
Wolf Moon (1988)
Greenmantle (1988)
Jack the Giant-Killer (1987)
Ascian in Rose (1987)
Yarrow: An Autumn Tale (1986)
Mulengro: A Romany Tale (1985)
The Harp of the Grey Rose (1985)
Moonheart: A Romance (1984)
The Riddle of the Wren (1984)
De Grijze Roos (1983)
Angel of Darkness
Angel of Darkness
Tor

Originally, Tor had planned to release all three of the horror novels I wrote under the name "Samuel M. Key" in one omnibus, but now they're publishing them in separate editions instead. Angel of Darkness (Orb Books, trade paperback, November 2002) is one of the darkest books I've written, and probably the most gruesome as well, so if you don't go for that sort of thing, I want you to be forewarned.

The cover art for Angel of Darkness is by Steven Kenny.

Reviews
Green Man Review:
In the early 1990's Charles de Lint wrote three novels under the pseudonym "Samuel M. Key." The name was used to signify to de Lint's readers that beneath these covers lay something very different than what they expected from the usual de Lint fare: darker, more graphic. In a word, horror. Angel of Darkness is the first of these novels, reprinted now under de Lint's own brand. It is one of the darkest novels I've read recently; and it is also one of the best.

Musician Chad Baker looks to make a "different" kind of music, so he lures locals to his home studio, tortures them, and records the sounds of their cries, moans, and screams. In doing so he unwittingly unleashes an "avenging angel" more powerful than even he could have imagined. In reward, he becomes its first victim.

Angel of Darkness's main theme is abuse; abuse of the physical and sexual type as well as the abuse of power. De Lint does not shy away from graphic descriptions, and that makes these abuses more horrific than more "fictional" horrors.

His solution to these issues is mythologically based, but then again this is a "dark fantasy." We don't expect our novelists to come up with truly feasible solutions to society's ills, but merely to give us an ending that makes us feel better temporarily. Near the end, I was afraid that he was edging into Rose Madder territory (Stephen King's otherwise good novel of domestic abuse that was ruined by a trite ending), but he redeems himself by not falling into that "easy escape" trap.

De Lint's skill in this genre is immediately noticeable. I was grabbed by the first page and dragged through such fast-paced, well-written atrocities that I was unable to look away, however disturbing the scene (and there are many). None of the characters is a complete person, but in this case "personalities" work better. It was immediately apparent who we were expected to root for, and I went right along with it.

It's not a happy story; good people die and not many characters survive at all. This Angel of Darkness leaves a string of corpses in its wake, and I, for one, was glad to be along for the ride.

From Mystery Scene, April 1991:
Whatever de Lint's reason for not wanting his name on this book may be, it certainly isn't because it's bad; right from the start, Angel of Darkness is a grabber of a story, a real page-turner. One thing I really enjoyed about this book, and this surprises me because I'm a deeply cynical person, is the positive message it conveys. It's "violence isn't always the solution" theme, in addition to being something you rarely encounter in the macho-infested horror jungle, is delivered in a highly effective manner. Unlike lesser talents, de Lint doesn't bludgeon you over the head with his beliefs, relying instead on subtlety, and command of the language, to get his point across.

From Locus Magazine, 1990:
a solid commercial effort that takes assorted conventions of the horror field and adds a healthy lagniappe. Angel of Darkness possesses something so many other mainstream horror books lack a genuine moral sensibility. Key/de Lint has performed much more than yeoman's work in transforming familiar and, indeed, potentially tiresome materials into a novel both entertaining and challenging.

Editions
Jove (by "Samuel M. Key"); mass market, 1990 Presses Pocket, France, as Symphonie Macabre; mass market, 1994
Orb Books; trade paperback, 2002

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