Review: A Satan Carol – Alan Kessler

Ebook: 257 Pages
Wild Child Publishing (December 26, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-13: 978-
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Mr. Green – The Devil
Orem – A man convinced he has visions of the devil’s plans.
Fritz Mueller – A disturbed young german man.
Hugh Jackson – A man who has turned from his religion.
Harvey Katz – A sinful Lawyer.
Susan Katz – His zealous wife and daughter to Orem.
Katie Katz – A young girl who finds herself pregnant.


Nostalgic for the Inquisition and plague, Satan feels neglected by the modern world that no longer cares about heresy or blames him for disease and death. He plans to create a new genesis, a place where people will love him. For that, his son needs just the right soul.

A Satan Carol is a horror story with a message for those who want to understand God’s apparent absence as the intersection of freewill and choice. It is a story with religious themes written for a secular reader. It is, in the end, a tale about family values even if they originate in hell.


I’m really not sure what to think about this book. I think the characters were well drawn out and it definitely kept my interest in reading it. It’s presented as a spiritual horror story for secular readers. I think it gives a reader a lot to think about in terms of free will, choice, etc.

At the same time, it also seems to present a metaphorical look at the destruction we’re doing to our planet. The wasting of our resources, etc. and how that’s tied into the devil’s plans.

We’re introduced too each character, in his own story, and we get to see what methods Mr. Green used to seduce each person into doing his bidding.

The story is dark, and definitely doesn’t seem fit for young readers, but I would say older teens/adults may find a message within it. For me, I’m not sure I know what that message is. I may have to revisit it at some point now that I’ve seen the whole picture he’s painted.

About the Author

Alan Kessler lives in New England with his wife, four children and dog, Buckeye. There’s a gravestone in his backyard, but he tries not to go near it. This is his debut novel.

*Disclaimer* A special thanks goes out to Alan KesslerĀ for a review copy of this book. It in no way influenced my review. You can discuss it here or join my facebook page and discuss it there.

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