The Demon Collector, by Jon Mayhew
Edgy Taylor sees demons. They populate the streets of London disguised as humans, dogs and even goats. Going about their business, their existence remains a secret to everyone except a select few.
Edgy has never had a family. His only friend is his terrier Henry and together they survive the streets of Victorian London collecting dog muck for the local tanner, Talon, who just so happens to be a demon in disguise. Instead of a rotund, rough looking man, Edgy sees burning eyes, crimson skin and huge horns sprouting from his head. Edgy has a unique ability, he just doesn’t realise how unique until he meets Mr Janus. Janus works for the Royal Society of Daemonologie and instantly enrols Edgy into the secret order.
Edgy quickly gets immersed in the world of demons, receiving a strange bone with even stranger markings etched onto it, meeting Salome an evil demon queen who has a particularly vested interest in Edgy’s welfare and helping Janus discover the whereabouts of the legendary demon Moloch.
As Edgy uncovers more secrets and discovers deeper levels of the society, he realises that not everybody was happy about him joining the society and it seems they will go to great lengths to get rid of him.
The Demon Collector is a fast-paced adventure story with added horror, humour and supernatural dashes. Edgy’s journey is a tough one. It sees him hypnotising dangerous demons with riddles, getting trapped on a stone crusher and finally takes him to the frozen north where he discovers that even humans can disguise their true natures and, when demons are involved, nobody can be trusted.