Book # 1 – Playing With the Devil

Book #1 of 2018 – Playing With the Devil

During the fateful year of 1981, the five talented musicians of the rock band Entropy faced a terrifyingly powerful, otherworldly entity called the Gray Man. This dangerous being, a paranormal force beyond their understanding, brought the members of Entropy to the edge of fame, but ultimately tore them apart.

Marcus F. Griffin recounts the chilling tale of the band’s true, first-hand encounters with the Gray Man. Confronted over and over again by disturbing dreams, monstrous shadows, and many more frightening events, Entropy’s lives are changed forever. Playing with the Devil chronicles how a demonic apparition takes these five young men on one of the greatest paranormal journeys anyone has ever experienced.  

Well, I finished my first book of the year and wouldn’t you know it has to do with satan! I think. You would think that it’s something I would have read during the Halloween season but noooo! I’m always game for whatever captures my fancy. What captured me about this book is the fact these bandmates, in their pursuit of fame and fortune, made a deal with the devil, as one is prone to do. I’m no Satan lover, but I am curious – not in the “powers” that said unholy one possess.  No, but I am keen on an understanding of what in the name of Zeus’ bleached butthole would give anyone the idea that making a deal with “El Lucifer” would be a good idea! Enter Marcus Griffin and company.

First, the book’s  title, Playing with the Devil: The True Story of a Rock Band’s Terrifying Encounters with the Dark Side,  caught my eye as I strolled past the New Age department of my local Barnes and Nobles branch. Hmmm! OK, you got my attention. The book’s synopsis reeled me in. It read:

During the fateful year of 1981, the five talented musicians of the rock band Entropy faced a terrifyingly powerful, otherworldly entity called the Gray Man. This dangerous being, a paranormal force beyond their understanding, brought the members of Entropy to the edge of fame, but ultimately tore them apart. 

SOLD! Ok, so I wasn’t completely sold on it and put off from purchasing it until a few weeks later when I finished reading Stephen King’s Doctor Sleep and wanted to give myself a slight departure from the king of horror’s twisted and convoluted mind. So I went with this non-fiction piece of work to read about someone else’s’ tale from the dark side – yes this is based on a real-life experience! Did I believe every word? Absolutely not. Some? Nope. With only a few pages that were creepy, I’d say that, for the most part, this book read like a piece of fiction more than anything. But, it did get me thinking. Would I make such a deal with the “D” (evil) man to relish in fame and fortune?

I can’t say that I am a believer. Yes, I believe that good and evil co-exist in this world, but I’m not 100% convinced that there are entities that inhabit our attic and basement (heaven and hell). Still, on the off-chance that said beings exist, I’d rather not take a chance to bask in 15 minutes of glory only to then spend an eternity in pain and agony, much like Frank in Hellraiser. Why take a chance? You know, just in case.

Playing With the Devil was entertaining for the most part. But, I did find myself losing interest and rolling my eyes every so often so much that I wanted to start skimming through the text at times. I didn’t. It was a reasonably quick read so I couldn’t complain much. Would I recommend it? I can’t say for sure. What I can say is that it can’t hurt and considering the books’ short read-time, I think you can give this one a go. Who knows, you may dig it. I really wanted to like it. Really, I did! But, it just didn’t work for me. To each his own.

On to book #2! Please grant me the time to read and read. Wait, did I just ask Satan for a wish??!

Hi Frank. Bye, Frank!

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