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Unsatisfied with the ancient grimoires, the Magus made his own. Unsatisfied with the ancient demons, the Magus made Beatrysel. She was a creature of love, but there is no love without hate, no light without darkness, no loyalty without betrayal. And demons covet flesh. Johnny Worthen's novel BEATRYSEL is a modern Faust tale set in the American Northwest where the cold winter Unsatisfied with the ancient grimoires, the Magus made his own. Unsatisfied with the ancient demons, the Magus made Beatrysel. She was a creature of love, but there is no love without hate, no light without darkness, no loyalty without betrayal. And demons covet flesh. Johnny Worthen's novel BEATRYSEL is a modern Faust tale set in the American Northwest where the cold winter rain melts the barriers between what is real and what is more real. BEATRYSEL is a terrifying journey through modern metaphysics, High Magic and ancient religions where secret dreams turn to nightmares when Will becomes Form. Power-hungry magicians, serial killers and scorned lovers must contend with the power of the most beautiful and dangerous Magick in creation-- for Beatrysel is a creature of love.


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Unsatisfied with the ancient grimoires, the Magus made his own. Unsatisfied with the ancient demons, the Magus made Beatrysel. She was a creature of love, but there is no love without hate, no light without darkness, no loyalty without betrayal. And demons covet flesh. Johnny Worthen's novel BEATRYSEL is a modern Faust tale set in the American Northwest where the cold winter Unsatisfied with the ancient grimoires, the Magus made his own. Unsatisfied with the ancient demons, the Magus made Beatrysel. She was a creature of love, but there is no love without hate, no light without darkness, no loyalty without betrayal. And demons covet flesh. Johnny Worthen's novel BEATRYSEL is a modern Faust tale set in the American Northwest where the cold winter rain melts the barriers between what is real and what is more real. BEATRYSEL is a terrifying journey through modern metaphysics, High Magic and ancient religions where secret dreams turn to nightmares when Will becomes Form. Power-hungry magicians, serial killers and scorned lovers must contend with the power of the most beautiful and dangerous Magick in creation-- for Beatrysel is a creature of love.

30 review for Beatrysel

  1. 5 out of 5

    Bob/Sally

    If, like me, you've ever wondered what happened to the spirit of the old Abyss Horror line from the early 80s, wonder no more. It appears as if Johnny Worthen made his own little deal with the devil, once upon a time, and invited that spirit to possess his literary soul. There's no better way I can think of to introduce Beatrysel than with that comparison. This novel is a throwback to that brief heyday of literary horror, of books that weren't afraid to be as deep in philosophy and the frailties If, like me, you've ever wondered what happened to the spirit of the old Abyss Horror line from the early 80s, wonder no more. It appears as if Johnny Worthen made his own little deal with the devil, once upon a time, and invited that spirit to possess his literary soul. There's no better way I can think of to introduce Beatrysel than with that comparison. This novel is a throwback to that brief heyday of literary horror, of books that weren't afraid to be as deep in philosophy and the frailties of the human condition as they were in blood and gore. It's horror that's as thick and cloying as day-old blood, sticking with you, getting into every pore, and never quite leaving you free of its crimson taint. Worthen is certainly in no hurry to tell his tale, but that doesn't mean pacing is an issue. Instead, the slow build up, followed by the frantic race towards an end, is a large part of what makes the book works so well. He uses the strength of his characters to draw you, the richness of his occult-fueled mysteries to hook you, and the honest terror of the story at its heart to keep you bound tight until it's over and you're free to turn the lights back on. Sometimes it seems as if stories dealing with Faustian deals and with occult circles went out with the demise of the 80s - and that's generally with good reason. Worthen proves, however, that there is still significant life in the tale, provided it's told by an author with the talent and the bravery to really get beneath the reader's skin. His is a claustrophobic sort of story, the kind where dread lies so heavily upon the reader that you can feel it's cold, clammy hands pressing down upon your chest. The intertwined stories of Julian and his sister Molly are at the heart of the tale, and it's their emotional sufferings that fuel . . . well, just about everything. With each chapter that goes on, another layer is peeled back, revealing the raw, weeping flesh beneath. There's a point about halfway through the book where Worthen almost completely twists the reader's expectations, betraying some sympathies and deepening others, and that's where the hook turns into something binding. Once you know the 'truth' about brother and sister, as well as the significance of what they've suffered, you physically pull yourself away. A lot of the horror in the book is of the suggested variety, with horrifying scenes teased almost to the brink of climax before being abandoned, and then revisited from afar. It's a tactic that made Beatrysel's literary predecessors so effective, relying upon the reader's imagination to fill in the gaps, before coldly, almost cruelly, revealing our worst fears to be inadequate. Make no mistake, there are some horrifying depictions of violence and cruelty to be found here, but it's the subtle, languid scenes - such as the phantom woman appearing from the steam of a sauna - that really send chills up the spine. Most important of all, perhaps, is the fact that Worthen's climax proves to be worthy of all that came before. It's in the final chapters that horror often stumbles, with the author clearly struggling to provide a resolution that justifies all our fears, but Worthen pulls it off. He delivers on both the love story and the horror story, without cheating or cheapening either, and manages to maintain some genuine suspense right to the very end. Definitely a perfect read for these dark nights leading up to Halloween. Originally reviewed at Beauty in Ruins

  2. 4 out of 5

    Monique Snyman

    Beatrysel by Johnny Worthen is a book that digs deep into your psyche, crawls even deeper into your thoughts and sends chills down your spine while the story of Julian Cormac, the powerful Magus that created Beatrysel, plays itself out. We are presented with a man, who is pretty much a shadow of his old self, riddled with psychological problems according to psychologist Doctor Stephensen and unaware of how much danger he’s in. We hear about the violent outburst that landed Julian in his current Beatrysel by Johnny Worthen is a book that digs deep into your psyche, crawls even deeper into your thoughts and sends chills down your spine while the story of Julian Cormac, the powerful Magus that created Beatrysel, plays itself out. We are presented with a man, who is pretty much a shadow of his old self, riddled with psychological problems according to psychologist Doctor Stephensen and unaware of how much danger he’s in. We hear about the violent outburst that landed Julian in his current position, but there’s something terrible at work, and it’s not something that can’t be explained by science. Magick, religion, and philosophy combine together to bring a fantastic read to the table, whilst giving the reader enough action to keep the pages turning. I quite enjoyed Beatrysel, not only because of how accurate the research was that went into it, but because the book pulls the reader into the story and makes them apart of it. With well-crafted descriptions, intriguing characters and a magnificent plot, this is the ultimate piece of fiction when it comes to the occult. However, even if you’re not interested in the occult or religion, Worthen is able to bring to the table an intelligent murder mystery wrapped inside it all, and frankly it’s simply an exceptional read. The only reason why I didn’t give the book a full-star count is because I’m not exactly keen of animal cruelty and even though it was basically just a single paragraph that was used to flesh out a specific character, Worthen has the ability to make the reader visualize things… needless to say, that lost Beatrysel a couple off points for me, but that’s just a personal preference. Other than that though, I found a couple of editing oopsies (I had to read very closely to find them). In the whole though, Beatrysel is a fantastic read and I won’t be surprised if it becomes a bestseller. And horror lovers, you’ll absolutely adore Beatrysel as a character… she’s sexy, she’s bloodthirsty, and she’s very creative with her kills. Frankly, I enjoyed Beatrysel, and if you like exorcism films, love a bit of occult reading, or you’re just interested in an accurate fictitious account where the occult/religious research is sound, well you’ll want to get your hands on this book. It’s definitely one of the best books I’ve read this year and it’ll keep you wondering who’s behind the murders all the way. (review originally posted on www.tentaclebooks.com)

  3. 4 out of 5

    Lehua Parker

    When it comes to love there’s a fine line between passion and obsession, ardor and madness, ecstasy and terror. In Beatrysel Johnny Worthen takes all the shades and flavors of love from filial to sexual and whips them into a frenzied frappe of occult horror, thriller, and philosophical treatise on the nature of man, God, angels, and demons. Did I mention it’s a love story? One of the major themes of this novel is that the lover protects the beloved. Beatrysel is a demon created to be the personifi When it comes to love there’s a fine line between passion and obsession, ardor and madness, ecstasy and terror. In Beatrysel Johnny Worthen takes all the shades and flavors of love from filial to sexual and whips them into a frenzied frappe of occult horror, thriller, and philosophical treatise on the nature of man, God, angels, and demons. Did I mention it’s a love story? One of the major themes of this novel is that the lover protects the beloved. Beatrysel is a demon created to be the personification of love and brought to this plane by Julian Cormac, a professor who has devoted himself to understanding the magick that underpins our universe. Demons, of course, have their own agendas and all the maturity of greedy children in a candy store. It’s up to Julian to banish his beloved, his child and lover, and end B’s reign of terror. Of course, the story itself is nothing as straight forward as what I’ve described. Johnny keeps the reader guessing and on the edge of his seat as the story twists and turns. Bad things come to those who want to keep Julian on a cocktail of anti-psychotics and there’s more than one puppet master. To say more would spoil the story. The writing is quick-paced and snappy, with imagery that not only sings, but at times does the hokey-pokey off the page. Told in omniscient present tense with several major flashbacks, I have to admit it took me a couple of chapters to get into the rhythm of the story, but once you get in the head of the characters, you’re hooked. I loved the scene where Julian’s sister discovers her husband and a skanky musician in the middle of a tryst. What happens next is outrageous, completely cathartic, and applause-worthy—something every woman secretly wishes she’d give in and do if ever in that situation. I’m not even going to mention the creepy coffee beans. Let's just say it’s going to be a long time before I can walk past that section of the grocery store again. A raw, ragged, and convoluted read, it’s not for the timid. You’ll find yourself turning lights on and checking the locks at night.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Ree

    Beatrysel Reigns When I first picked up this book, the cover alone drew me in. It’s downright eerie. But when I actually got into it, I found out it was more than eerie, it was terrifying. Not to mention oh so good. I found this book to be very dark and sometimes disturbing, delving into the deepest parts of the human psychosis. I also found it intriguing. As someone who has always held a fascination with the magickal arts, this book most assuredly sparked an interest. No, I am not going to summo Beatrysel Reigns When I first picked up this book, the cover alone drew me in. It’s downright eerie. But when I actually got into it, I found out it was more than eerie, it was terrifying. Not to mention oh so good. I found this book to be very dark and sometimes disturbing, delving into the deepest parts of the human psychosis. I also found it intriguing. As someone who has always held a fascination with the magickal arts, this book most assuredly sparked an interest. No, I am not going to summon a demon as Julian Cormac, our hero, did. But I will recommend this novel to anyone who is looking for a good, spooky book to read, especially considering Halloween is right around the proverbial corner. But I digress. Beatrysel is a novel about love and loss, betrayal and obsession. Julian is a man possessed. He has survived a demonic possession, and an internment in a state mental hospital. He is starting to get back to his old life. And then his friends and associates begin dying. Ritualistic murders begin showing up around town. And a single name begins in whispers all around him. The name Beatrysel. A name he hasn’t dared whisper in a very long time. Is she behind this? What is she, and what does she want? When the murders strike way too close to home, Julian knows that he is in way over his head and calls in reinforcements. So with the help of his friends and family, he will take on the devil and his minions, in all their forms, for the lives and love of his own. The only question left is, can he fight them and survive? Well, and what will become of Beatrysel if he does?

  5. 5 out of 5

    Angela

    For the past two days, I’ve been haunted by a demon. She has consumed my every waking moment, either with deep thoughts or tentative looks over my shoulder to see if there was more to the shadow lurking in the hallway. Her name—Beatrysel. Even as I cleanse my house with incense and holy water, I’m struck with the mastery in which this story was delivered. I’ve never actually read a novel where the premise was written in present tense third person before, and I must admit the style threw me at fi For the past two days, I’ve been haunted by a demon. She has consumed my every waking moment, either with deep thoughts or tentative looks over my shoulder to see if there was more to the shadow lurking in the hallway. Her name—Beatrysel. Even as I cleanse my house with incense and holy water, I’m struck with the mastery in which this story was delivered. I’ve never actually read a novel where the premise was written in present tense third person before, and I must admit the style threw me at first. But once I got the hang of the delivery (about three chapters in), I realized it was brilliant. The pacing gave a sense of urgency to Julian’s plight all the way to the last page. The plot is terrifying in a way that only possession can be. Mr. Worthen obviously has a vast knowledge of the occult arts, and his descriptions of this secretive society could place even a novice into the sense of a practitioner’s rites and rituals. This awareness of course adds an extra layer of fear to an already emotionally charged tale, leaving the reader jumping at every little bump in the night and questioning reality. So, grab a bag of chocolate, your favorite talisman (believe me, you’re going to need it), and allow Julian to introduce you to his creation. She’s beautiful, she’s deadly, and her love for her maker knows no bounds. Don’t speak her name, don’t even think it. Try to forget you've ever heard of Beatrysel. --Angela Hartley (author of Copper Descent)

  6. 4 out of 5

    Sakina Murdock

    Just ... wow. What a fantastic read. Thought-provoking, and fascinating if you're interested in the workings of the occult world, Beatrysel manages to walk a balance of presenting occultism in a very positive way, against a backdrop of the kind of chaos you expect from dark magic. I think a lot of skill has gone into this novel, especially the way the pieces were married together. Maybe half of the book was written in flashback, but this has been crafted together with the present in a non-confus Just ... wow. What a fantastic read. Thought-provoking, and fascinating if you're interested in the workings of the occult world, Beatrysel manages to walk a balance of presenting occultism in a very positive way, against a backdrop of the kind of chaos you expect from dark magic. I think a lot of skill has gone into this novel, especially the way the pieces were married together. Maybe half of the book was written in flashback, but this has been crafted together with the present in a non-confusing, non-cliched way. The prose is beautiful - unusual for a thriller - and the story is twisty and turny enough to satisfy the most entrenched James Patterson / Lee Child fans. Love it.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Rosie Amber

    I was given a copy of this book in return for a review. This genre is not one that I would normally read, however it is always good to challenge oneself. It is an extremely well written horror which includes the occult, sacrifice, murder and highly sophisticated magick. There is a mystery to solve and a very complex storyline unfolds before it can be solved. This book is not for the faint hearted and wouldn't be suitable for everyone, however if you enjoy a horror story or have an interest in th I was given a copy of this book in return for a review. This genre is not one that I would normally read, however it is always good to challenge oneself. It is an extremely well written horror which includes the occult, sacrifice, murder and highly sophisticated magick. There is a mystery to solve and a very complex storyline unfolds before it can be solved. This book is not for the faint hearted and wouldn't be suitable for everyone, however if you enjoy a horror story or have an interest in the occult then this book could be for you.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Christine Nielson

    This book is gripping. Worthen writes in a style that takes you in and out of his characters' mental and physical worlds seamlessly while the tension just keeps building. This book is gripping. Worthen writes in a style that takes you in and out of his characters' mental and physical worlds seamlessly while the tension just keeps building.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Daniel Yocom

    There are horror stories that make you jump from the unexpected. There are others that make you feel the creepiness of a deranged individual or situation. There are also that come back to you to make you think about the story, looking for the little details that made the story, and you jump. Beatrysel by Johnny Worthen is one of the latter. Beatrysel is a great combination of the classic horror thriller combined with a murder mystery being solved by the police. The descriptions were intense. Char There are horror stories that make you jump from the unexpected. There are others that make you feel the creepiness of a deranged individual or situation. There are also that come back to you to make you think about the story, looking for the little details that made the story, and you jump. Beatrysel by Johnny Worthen is one of the latter. Beatrysel is a great combination of the classic horror thriller combined with a murder mystery being solved by the police. The descriptions were intense. Characters were presented with enough detail to give you reasons to question everyone's motives or connection. I was drawn into the characters because they have traits like myself or people I know. They are presented as real people dealing with real problems, who, by their own design or the design of others, found themselves needing to deal with a horrific situation. Beatrysel deals with the occult. A magus has created and summoned a demonic presence of love. He puts all of the aspects of love he can comprehend, but he neglects anything taken to an extreme can turn dark. Putting those attributes with a creature that doesn't have flesh and blood, but desires to live in that state, what could go wrong? That is the premise of the events taking place. The story is picked up after the creation and the initial summoning. You are along for the ride to figure out what happened and who did it. The various aspects of what love is are also dealt with as the main story unfolds. As a reader I was taken through the thoughts and feelings of characters learning their motivations and their responses to their lives to understand how each defines love. From the different perspectives I think there is at least one character every reader will identify with. I am not saying every reader is one of these characters, but, they are relatable. These are intertwined with their personal path of beliefs. The backdrop of using different belief systems provides a level of the unknown most people are not familiar with. Even if you are, you can allow that this is not trying to present the alternate religions in a bad light, just another means of living and understanding life and its many aspects, and in this case love. The different storylines come together to an understanding of what has been happening. But with dealing with love, and the different aspects that can lead to other emotions, is it ever really ended? Beatrysel was a fun read that kept me moving through the book. If you like psychological horror, I think you will enjoy it also. Originally published with [email protected]

  10. 4 out of 5

    Fiona Titchenell

    The Basics: Dr. Julian Cormac has just been released into outpatient care after a supposed psychotic episode during the pursuit of his second doctoral thesis project. The project? To create and summon a new demon, adapting methods from ancient grimoires, a demon made of love. He’s doing his best to put his mind and his life back together with the help of his ragtag coven and his recently divorced, equally shattered sister, Molly. This would be difficult enough if it weren’t for the fact that the The Basics: Dr. Julian Cormac has just been released into outpatient care after a supposed psychotic episode during the pursuit of his second doctoral thesis project. The project? To create and summon a new demon, adapting methods from ancient grimoires, a demon made of love. He’s doing his best to put his mind and his life back together with the help of his ragtag coven and his recently divorced, equally shattered sister, Molly. This would be difficult enough if it weren’t for the fact that the demon, Beatrysel, is still killing, under instructions he’s not entirely sure aren’t his own. The Downside: There are a few brief lulls in which characters rehash old information perhaps one time too many. The Upside: Beatrysel is one hell of a trip, and I’m so happy to get to share this review while there’s still time to pick it up for October reading! Julian is as magnetic on the page as his magick makes him in his own universe. His struggle with the stigma of madness and his dangerous addiction to Beatrysel, set parallel to Molly’s rocky grieving process, perfectly capture the sensations of both psychological damage and healing. The story’s magick is portrayed with knowledgeable reverence that real world practitioners of all paths will appreciate, without sacrificing general accessibility, and all the many lurking evils in the story, from the sickeningly lifelike callousness of Julian’s reprehensible family psychiatrist to the primal yet otherworldly power of Beatrysel, are penetratingly, unrelentingly chilling. The atmosphere and the characters cling to me as I write this more than a week after finishing. I’d go so far as to call it a leave-the-lights-on read. (This review and others originally posted on www.fjrtitchenell.weebly.com)

  11. 5 out of 5

    Ella Medler

    I’m going to start with the last ten percent of this book. Un-believable! I could not stop reading. For a storyline centering around the occult and metaphysical experiences, that fact is spooky in itself. What sort of magic did the author put within those pages? Beatrysel is the ultimate lover, but she is possessive and feels betrayed. She acts as any woman scorned would act, with only one thought in mind. Incredibly entertaining, and posing truck-fulls of questions, this is not a book you can re I’m going to start with the last ten percent of this book. Un-believable! I could not stop reading. For a storyline centering around the occult and metaphysical experiences, that fact is spooky in itself. What sort of magic did the author put within those pages? Beatrysel is the ultimate lover, but she is possessive and feels betrayed. She acts as any woman scorned would act, with only one thought in mind. Incredibly entertaining, and posing truck-fulls of questions, this is not a book you can read in one go. It starts slowly and for a while I wondered when it would get to the action. But action is not the point of this book. Regardless, I still think the pace could be improved, with an editor’s involvement. The main character, Julian, struggles with a conflict he is not likely to ever resolve, and whilst I could sympathize with his plight, I could not get close enough to him. I wanted to, it’s just that something kept me away. For a long time, I was in two minds about this novel. It’s different, and original, despite dealing with popular concepts, and I have enjoyed reading it. But I wanted more. The explosive finale brought it up to four stars, and made me intrigued about the author. I’d certainly recommend it and would look for other works from the same author.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Tommy Smith

    Some might classify it as a thriller, some as a horror story. The author himself has called Beatrysel a love story. It's unquestionably a tale with a dose of the macabre fantastical. The story's concept is one of a mystical quality. While Julian Cormac is the story's central character, his story is largely explored from an outside angle, through the perspectives of a variety of characters: those of his companionship in the "Crabs," his sister, and his psychiatrist, all of whom have a few issues o Some might classify it as a thriller, some as a horror story. The author himself has called Beatrysel a love story. It's unquestionably a tale with a dose of the macabre fantastical. The story's concept is one of a mystical quality. While Julian Cormac is the story's central character, his story is largely explored from an outside angle, through the perspectives of a variety of characters: those of his companionship in the "Crabs," his sister, and his psychiatrist, all of whom have a few issues of their own. Every character in the story is flawed; a plus for this reader, who has found the opposite to be a cardboard flaw itself in a number of other stories. It's quite far from being an issue here. While some characters receive more focus than others, each receives due attention and is worth reading about. It's a promising debut from Mr. Johnny Worthen. If you're into horror, thrillers, or even (dare I say?) dark paranormal romance, you owe it to yourself to take a read and plunge into the elegant malice that is Beatrysel.

  13. 4 out of 5

    E.A.

    I tagged this as fantasy, but it is written as literary fiction. I wish I could write like Johnny. Not every will like this book, but I loved it. The book is a love story, an occult Pygmalion (the idea of creating the ideal women, or demon in this case), as well as a murder mystery. Only when you have a demon who desires you, many things can and will go wrong. As I mentioned earlier, this book may not be for everyone. Because it is a love story there is some sexuality, there is also some profani I tagged this as fantasy, but it is written as literary fiction. I wish I could write like Johnny. Not every will like this book, but I loved it. The book is a love story, an occult Pygmalion (the idea of creating the ideal women, or demon in this case), as well as a murder mystery. Only when you have a demon who desires you, many things can and will go wrong. As I mentioned earlier, this book may not be for everyone. Because it is a love story there is some sexuality, there is also some profanity, and lots occult. The story is beautifully written. The characters memorable and diverse, and the lasting impression is very memorable. I highly recommend this book if you want literary fiction with a horror twist. But I recommend that you read it with the lights on.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Susan Dorsey

    Johnny Worthen’s novel, Beatrysel, is simply brilliant. Worthen combines classic horror with thrills, true mystery, and deep love. When a powerful Magus creates a spirit of ultimate love, even he cannot imagine the price that must be paid. The book is fast-paced and relentless. A drumbeat of terror moves through the world of violence and dark magick. The first chapter pulled me in to the realms behind our world. The last chapter left me thinking about the characters for days. The novel hits home Johnny Worthen’s novel, Beatrysel, is simply brilliant. Worthen combines classic horror with thrills, true mystery, and deep love. When a powerful Magus creates a spirit of ultimate love, even he cannot imagine the price that must be paid. The book is fast-paced and relentless. A drumbeat of terror moves through the world of violence and dark magick. The first chapter pulled me in to the realms behind our world. The last chapter left me thinking about the characters for days. The novel hits home on many levels. Worthen plays on our desire for love, desire for power, desire for the unknown, and ultimately our desire for revenge against those who have harmed us in the name of love. Consider yourself warned. The lover protects the beloved.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Erik Nelson

    It's no doubt that Stephen King is an inspiration to all authors of America. And it's easy for anyone not just authors to say that he's one of their inspirations however, one author; Johnny Worthen takes his inspiration so seriously that you'd think King himself wrote "Beatrysel". The book centers around Magus who creates "Beatrysel" after becoming so unsatisfied with the society around him which is actually filled with demons and other horrific characters. Like Mary Shelly's "Frankenstein" thing It's no doubt that Stephen King is an inspiration to all authors of America. And it's easy for anyone not just authors to say that he's one of their inspirations however, one author; Johnny Worthen takes his inspiration so seriously that you'd think King himself wrote "Beatrysel". The book centers around Magus who creates "Beatrysel" after becoming so unsatisfied with the society around him which is actually filled with demons and other horrific characters. Like Mary Shelly's "Frankenstein" things backfire for Magus when Beatrysel turns out not to be the perfect creation that Magus wanted her to be. What can Magus do to his own creation or what will be done with him?

  16. 5 out of 5

    Isaiyan Morrison

    This book was fantastic! The plot is fast paced and the writing is very strong. The characters are also well thought out with their own issues that flow well along with this book. I had to stop reading, for personal reasons, but when I finally had the time to continue, I wished I didn't stop in the first place. The author's knowledge of the occult was also a big plus. After I finished the book I felt that I knew more about it. I really enjoyed Beatrysel. Damn you Johnny for writing a book that I c This book was fantastic! The plot is fast paced and the writing is very strong. The characters are also well thought out with their own issues that flow well along with this book. I had to stop reading, for personal reasons, but when I finally had the time to continue, I wished I didn't stop in the first place. The author's knowledge of the occult was also a big plus. After I finished the book I felt that I knew more about it. I really enjoyed Beatrysel. Damn you Johnny for writing a book that I couldn't put down!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    It took me forever to finish this book. With so much life happening in Autumn the only time I had to physically read was at bed time. This book deserves so much more than my sleepy brain could give it. Written for adults, this book had substance I could really sink my teeth into. So I took my time. Only once, through the twists and turns of the story line, did I get a glimpse at how the ending would play out. I love a story that keeps me second guessing who the antagonist is and this one did it ve It took me forever to finish this book. With so much life happening in Autumn the only time I had to physically read was at bed time. This book deserves so much more than my sleepy brain could give it. Written for adults, this book had substance I could really sink my teeth into. So I took my time. Only once, through the twists and turns of the story line, did I get a glimpse at how the ending would play out. I love a story that keeps me second guessing who the antagonist is and this one did it very well. Right up until the end.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Terra

    Oh how I loved this book! Finally a book about the occult that was steeped in reality with just a touch of horror rather than romance - the kind of book I longed for without realizing it. Besides being a fabulous story the structure of how the story unfolded was sheer genius and kept me on the edge of my seat and guessing until the end. Not for the light of heart but if you have the will this is a must read. Bravo, Johnny Worthen, bravo!!

  19. 5 out of 5

    MeriAnn Boxall

    In Beatrysel, you will take a journey through the occult, magic, and the world of demons. It is so full of horror that I didn't want to read it, but I couldn't put it down. I hated it, but I loved it. I didn't want to turn the page, but I had to. It is a masterful work and I truly look forward to Johnny Worthen's next book. If I dare. I think I do. In Beatrysel, you will take a journey through the occult, magic, and the world of demons. It is so full of horror that I didn't want to read it, but I couldn't put it down. I hated it, but I loved it. I didn't want to turn the page, but I had to. It is a masterful work and I truly look forward to Johnny Worthen's next book. If I dare. I think I do.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Travis Coleman

    The amount of dedication and research in this book paid off. Having travelled through the Portland area I've been to many of the places. This book came alive for me and will recommend it to anyone who enjoys horror or magik. The amount of dedication and research in this book paid off. Having travelled through the Portland area I've been to many of the places. This book came alive for me and will recommend it to anyone who enjoys horror or magik.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Annabelle

    Love, lust, friendship, mystery and darkness... Beatrysel has everything I hope to find in a good book. A chilling insight into the underworld of black magick. Really enjoyed this book! It's a must read!! Love, lust, friendship, mystery and darkness... Beatrysel has everything I hope to find in a good book. A chilling insight into the underworld of black magick. Really enjoyed this book! It's a must read!!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Erin

    You can read my full review of this book here: http://erinrbritt.wordpress.com/2014/... You can read my full review of this book here: http://erinrbritt.wordpress.com/2014/...

  23. 5 out of 5

    Brenda Wright

  24. 5 out of 5

    Marinne Carter

  25. 4 out of 5

    Laurie Heath

  26. 4 out of 5

    Justin McBride

  27. 5 out of 5

    Dale Richmond

  28. 5 out of 5

    Callie

  29. 4 out of 5

    Dolly

  30. 5 out of 5

    Christopher Allen

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