I enjoyed The Demon of Heritage overall very much. During the reading I enjoyed it to varying degrees. The story started out great, cultivating intrigue and mystery, making you wonder just what is going to happen with the arrival of a new gargoyle at the small parish church.

The story continues at a decent pace and while the writer maintains a pretty convincing Victorian voice throughout, there are some parts of the story that I wish he had taken a little longer with – chief among these – the end! It felt a bit rushed and rounded off in a hurry.

That didn’t spoil my enjoyment of everything that had gone before, I just thought it didn’t do the build-up justice.

Some of the things I wished could have been enhanced were in actual fact limited by the story’s diary-style first person narrative. However, this could have been avoided with the main protagonist being on the scene, rather than inspecting the aftermath. It would perhaps have lent some really tense, gripping scenes to the tale.

However, as the story stands, it is a good, entertaining short read. It is memorable, and I recommend it to anyone who enjoys a touch of Gothic in their horror.

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