On the surface, this novel is a simple tale of a young man who encounters a shape-shifting devil [...] and the various misadventures that follow. (from wikipedia)
ted, and looked with pity and contempt towards the old inadvertent sinner, capering away in the height of his unregenerated mirth. The minister perceived the workings of her pious mind, and thenceforward addressed her by the courteous title of Lady Dalcastle, which sounded somewhat better, as not coupling her name with one of the wicked: and there is too great reason to believe that, for all the solemn vows she had come under, and these were of no ordinary binding, particularly on the laird's part, she at that time despised, if not abhorred him, in her heart.
The good parson again blessed her, and went away. She took leave of him with tears in her eyes, entreating him often to visit her in that heathen land of the Amorite, the Hittite, and the Girgashite: to which he assented, on many solemn and qualifying conditions--and then the comely bride retired to her chamber to pray.
It was customary, in those days, for the bride's-man and maiden, and a few select friends, to visit the new-married couple
The book begins humorously as satire and quickly transforms into a Gothic horror tale although the author retains his sense of humor and irony throughout.
This is considered by many to be one of the classics of the horror genre as well as a classic novel.
Chilling, humorous and ironic a good combination for a late night read.
I started reading this because of Philip Pullman's recommendation: "A brilliant, chilling and subtle account of religious derangement. Every self-righteous fundamentalist ought to read this, but of course they won't." And he is so right! This book is funny and then frustrating by turns, because of the amazing characters that Hogg draws -- you feel what they feel. I'm only halfway through this story and have no idea how it will turn out, but I'm completely sucked in.