Demons at the Gate
|Title:||Demons at the Gate|
|Publisher:||Vincent's World Press|
|Cover Artist(s):||Terrie Milliman|
|Illustrator(s):||Inez Brown, Renate Haller, Pam Tuck; color cover by Terrie Milliman; graphics by Shirley Leonard, Kilkenny Image Systems, and Pat Devoe|
|Fandom:||Beauty and the Beast|
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Demons at the Gate is a 174-page het novel by Patricia Kehoe. Much art by Inez Brown, Renate Haller, Pam Tuck; color cover by Terrie Milliman; graphics by Shirley Leonard, Kilkenny Image Systems, and Pat Devoe.
Part of "The Vincent's World Series"
- Rightfully Mine #1 (May 1991)
- Coming Out of the Dark #2 (August 1991)
- I Know You're Out There, Somewhere #3 (November 1991)
- To Love Forever #4 (March 1992)
- The Heart's Best Treasure #5 (June 1992)
- Once Upon a Time #6 (September 1992)
- Walk the World for Me #7 (May 1993)
- Demons at the Gate #8 (September 1994)
From the Editorial
This novel is dedicated to you, the reader, and also to all of the artists and fanzine writers that are helping to keep the 'dream' alive for all of us. Furthermore, at this time of peril to one of our most valued assets, the children of today, this book is dedicated particularly to those of you who are parents, notably the women. Although men plant the 'seeds' of procreation, for the most part it's the women who must nourish that unique 'garden' and encourage it to reach its fullest potential. The axiom is true: women are accurately defined as the 'Steel Magnolias' of the world. Raising a child, especially today, is work - hard work. I sincerely hope that the men in your lives appreciate that fact - and you.
- Child of My Dreams (12)
- Phantoms (55)
- Bitter Truths (82)
- Nothing But Madness (97)
- Resolutions (121)
- Can You Feel the Love Tonight? (160)
Reactions and Reviews
This is the tenth novel by Trish Kehoe of Vincent's World Press. In this competent, rather deliberately paced novel, V/C, during their many intimate and explicitly described passionate encounters, discuss the possibility of their having a second child. C still works Above. Their married life Below is largely untroubled; they enjoy romantic bickering, of the "who can drive who crazy first" (author's phrase) variety...sometimes sexual teasing, pretended withdrawal, and deliberate provocation, sometimes just "razzing" one another as married couples often do. These playful spats, however, are balanced by frequent heartfelt declarations of adoration for one another.
A continuing problem, however, is how often, and with whom, four-year-old Jacob is to be allowed to visit the park in the daytime. V, C, and Father disagree with one another about what's safe. The novel's action involves Jacob's being captured, ironically while in Father's custody, in the park by the brother of Jonathan Gould (the student in "Nor Iron Bars a Cage"), an utterly evil and heartless wretch who proceeds to perform experiments on the sedated child, whom he finds a less intimidating target than V himself. V is especially distraught because, frightened by Gould's threats to hurt V if any rescue is attempted, Jacob has deliberately cut off the bond so V can't find him; C's distraught because it was she who taught their son how to do that. Father, of course, holds himself entirely responsible and suffers a collapse followed by severe depression from which Vincent and Catherine attempt to arouse him.This situation, in all its permutations, is resolved on page 147. In the remaining thirty pages of the novel, Joe is introduced into the tunnel community, and V/C further explore the possibilities of becoming parents again, in passages of extended lovemaking.