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Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Review: The Devil's City by Sara Tantlinger & Matt Corley #DevilsCityWorms @Night_Worms @SaraJane524 @matthewdcorley #nightwormsbookparty

The Devil's City 
by Sara Tantlinger & Matt Corley

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Publisher: Saturday Morning Scenarios
Publish Date: June 1, 2020
90 Pages
Horror Fiction

In the latter half of the 19th century Chicago grew from a town of a few thousand farmers to a sprawling metropolis of skyscrapers and a population of over 500,000. Those final decades were associated with rampant growth, progress, and innovations culminating in the World’s Exposition of 1893. Yet Chicago’s emergence to prominence was not without tragedy. The Great Chicago Fire of 1871 nearly reduced the city to embers. Riots and strikes broke out. And there was the World's Exposition.

The bustle of the World’s Expo hid an appalling snake in the grass, Mr. Herman Webster Mudgett, aka Dr Henry Howard Holmes. Holmes would become infamous as America’s first serial killer and proprietor of The Murder Castle. He confessed to 27 murders, and was purported to have killed as many as 200 victims before his capture. Some believed he may have been Jack the Ripper. Others knew him as a devil.

My Review:

The Devil's City is a novella that is a companion to the Horror in the Windy City tabletop roleplaying game. currently seeking funding on Kickstarter right now!  For those intrigued with stories of serial killers and especially that of H.H. Holmes, this is a fun read to get further into his story while learning about the characters for this game.

In 90 pages, we get the stories of various characters that have met their demise at the hand of Holmes and his treacherous castle.  We learn how they get involved with him and what happens when they make this fatal mistake.  As someone who has read a ton about H.H. Holmes, it is a pleasure to get a more behind the scenes look into the minds and feelings of those who met their match.  What's even more intriguing is learning what he also gained from them during his own unorthodox and gruesome process.  In short, there's a lot of everything put into under 100 pages of horrific fascination.

Remember as you read that this isn't a start to finish plot type of read but rather a learning of the characters within Holmes's realm and of him himself.  As a person who has played tabletop games back in the day and love this genre.... quite frankly, that's good enough for me.


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