Sep 27, 2020
The Devil Aspect
Posted by Craig Russell

Prague, 1935 Viktor Kos rek, a psychiatrist newly trained by Carl Jung, arrives at the infamous Hrad Orlu Asylum for the Criminally Insane The state of the art facility is located in a medieval mountaintop castle outside of Prague, though the site is infamous for concealing dark secrets going back many generations The asylum houses the country s six most treacherous kil Prague, 1935 Viktor Kos rek, a psychiatrist newly trained by Carl Jung, arrives at the infamous Hrad Orlu Asylum for the Criminally Insane The state of the art facility is located in a medieval mountaintop castle outside of Prague, though the site is infamous for concealing dark secrets going back many generations The asylum houses the country s six most treacherous killers known to the staff as The Woodcutter, The Clown, The Glass Collector, The Vegetarian, The Sciomancer, and The Demon and Viktor hopes to use a new medical technique to prove that these patients share a common archetype of evil, a phenomenon known as The Devil Aspect As he begins to learn the stunning secrets of these patients, five men and one woman, Viktor must face the disturbing possibility that these six may share another dark truth Meanwhile, in Prague, fear grips the city as a phantom serial killer emerges in the dark alleys Police investigator Lukas Smolak, desperate to locate the culprit dubbed Leather Apron in the newspapers , realizes that the killer is imitating the most notorious serial killer from a century earlier London s Jack the Ripper Smolak turns to the doctors at Hrad Orlu for their expertise with the psychotic criminal mind, though he worries that Leather Apron might have some connection to the six inmates in the asylum Steeped in the folklore of Eastern Europe, and set in the shadow of Nazi darkness erupting just

  • Title: The Devil Aspect
  • Author: Craig Russell
  • ISBN: 0385544367
  • Page: 360
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Devil Aspect Prague Viktor Kos rek a psychiatrist newly trained by Carl Jung arrives at the infamous Hrad Orlu Asylum for the Criminally Insane The state of the art facility is located in a medieval mounta

    Paromjit

    The wonderful Craig Russell s latest novel is a Gothic Horror, a well researched piece of historical fiction set in Czechoslovakia amidst a background that echoes the rising drumbeat of Nazism in Germany and its consequent repercussions It is 1935, Victor Kosarek, an ambitious psychiatrist who studied under Carl Jung, takes up his post at the notorious Hrad Orlu Asylum housed in a ancient medieval castle steeped in dark history and local folklore This cutting edge and well resourced facility i T [...]


    Maureen

    Czechoslovakia 1935, and in scenes reminiscent of London s Jack the Ripper, someone is butchering women in a most brutal and sickening manner Cold, damp, and foggy weather lends an ethereal and creepy feel to the streets and alleyways of Prague s Old Town, whilst at the same time having the effect of dulling the streetlights very convenient for those with murder in mind In a small village outside Prague, psychiatrist Victor is about to start his new job at an asylum for the criminally insane Cze [...]


    Tammy

    In Czechoslovakia 1935, a small rural village sits in the sinister gloom of an ancient castle that has a primordial history of evil It is now being used as an asylum for six of the most violent murderers in Europe and their murders are indeed stomach churning A young psychotherapist begins his work with the patients at the asylum in order to prove his theory of The Devil Aspect of personality In Prague, a detective attempts to solve brutal murders that than resemble those of Jack the Rip In Czec [...]


    Andrew Smith

    In 1930 s Czechoslovakia, shortly before the German occupation, six of the most notorious killers in Central Europe are being held at a remote castle now being used as an asylum The castle is an impregnable place that seems to exist as part of a soaring cliff face And it s got history, before the Devil s Six, as they are known, it once housed an infamous killer who would regularly descend from the castle to murder local villagers before returning to the safety of the fortress Psychiatrist [...]


    Ova - Excuse My Reading

    This novel was like reading Irvin Yalom with a punch of gore a lot of punches, and kicks I really liked how Russell blended Nazism and their White Aryan craziness into the story in the background Also the Jung psychological aspects reminded me of Irvin Yalom s work It s kind of Yalom with a punch of gore The start was amazing, so atmospheric, it made me want to visit Prague The character names were a bit confusing in the start but once I got used to, overall they sound quite charismatic Re This [...]


    Emma

    The gateway to hell, a church of Bones, Jungian psychology and Slavic and German mythology, the sense of the gothic, the dark forest, the advent of the Holocaust, all combine here to make a fine, menacing and fear inducing tale,a historical psychological thriller I do believe as in this book, that some places retain the energy and memory of negative emotions and events The combination of mythology and the philosophies of Jung was an inspired choice Well written and researched, this would make Th [...]


    Emma

    While a possible Jack the Ripper copycat stalks the streets of Prague, frustrating the investigatory efforts of Kapitan Lukas Smolak at every turn and leaving brutally eviscerated victims in his wake, Dr Victor Kosarek, a young and ambitious psychiatrist, heads to Hrad Orlu Asylum where the Devil s Six are held Here he hopes to prove his theory that we all have a hidden darkness, a Devil Aspect, which lurks beneath every seemingly innocent facade His test subjects are the worst of the worst, m W [...]



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