Up Jumps the Devil by Michael Poore

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Up Jumps the Devil is an elegiac masterpiece, equally dramatic as it is eloquent. It is a Faustian tale well worth exploring. Unfortunately the magnificent tension built throughout the book stops short of a brilliant ending.
-NY Journal of Books

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“The sustained comedy in this hilarious novel is equaled only by its heart, and the myriad ways there are for it to break. I love this book. Michael Poore writes like an angel.”
—Daniel Wallace, author of Big Fish

John Scratch, the Devil himself, is the protagonist in this stunningly imaginative, sharp, funny, and tender novel, as he tricks, teases, and prods America to greatness in the hope of luring his lost love back down to Earth from Heaven. Up Pops the Devil is fiction with humor and heart, the kind of hilarious, off-beat, and original reading experience that fans of Chris Moore, Joe Hill, Chuck Palahniuk, and Jim Shepard would sell their souls for—a brilliant blending of the occult and the outrageous starring the anti-hero of anti-heroes, the one and only Prince of Darkness.

 

About Michael Poore

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Michael Poore's work has appeared in Southern Review, Carolina Quarterly, Hayden's Ferry Review, Fiction, StoryQuarterly, and Glimmer Train. His 2009 story "Blood Dauber," written with Nebula Award-nominee Ted Kosmatka, appeared in Asimov's and has been nominated for the prestigious Sturgeon Award, won the Reader's Choice Award, and was selected for inclusion in the 2010 Year's Best Science Fiction anthology. Up Jumps the Devil is his first novel.
 
Published July 3, 2012 by Ecco. 371 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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NY Journal of Books

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Reviewed by Laura Schultz on Jul 24 2012

Up Jumps the Devil is an elegiac masterpiece, equally dramatic as it is eloquent. It is a Faustian tale well worth exploring. Unfortunately the magnificent tension built throughout the book stops short of a brilliant ending.

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