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Reviewed by Debjani Ghosh for Readers' Favorite
Other than being one of the first civilizations in the world, the Sumerians are also considered to be the creators of civilization as we understand it. Theirs is the most historic known language, monuments, as well as the oldest system of ritual magic. Many of these documented works of magic have perished; only a few fragments exist. Centuries after their demise, some sorcerers still seek these documents. It gives them the ability to summon powerful, monstrous abominations from Hell that can destroy a man in every way possible. A brutally mangled corpse of a ruthless magician is discovered in his remote mansion. Rudy Martel is an assistant in an occult bookstore, a drug addict, and a gambler (not always in this order). He finds himself in possession of not one but two rare, powerful Sumerian magical journals when the owner of the bookstore is assaulted. Are these incidents connected? Rudy possesses a formidable knowledge of the occult but has never dabbled in magic. Now that he has the journals, can he refrain from the lure of black magic? Because if he does not, his actions will bring the world to the brink of the apocalypse. Read Dead But Dreaming by Blake Dean Posey to find out the answers.
Blake Dean Posey’s Dead But Dreaming is a sinister yet engaging tale of black magic. Posey spins a tale so fantastical yet so believable, I could not stop reading until I finished this book. Realistic dialogues, vivid descriptions of the different conjurings, and poetic prose result in a well-written book. Further, Posey has done exhaustive research on Sumerian magic and builds an enchanting tale around Sumerian magical lore. Three-dimensional characters further bolster the book’s appeal. Rudy is, inevitably, the protagonist here and is surrounded by an able cast of supporting characters. His ascent up the ladder of the occult and his descent into corruption and greed are portrayed in parallel by the author and make for an absorbing read. Moreover, thanks to a small cast of characters, the plot takes center stage. Overall, it was a great read. I recommend Dead But Dreaming by Blake Dean Posey to horror, occult, and black magic fans.