PANDEMONIUM by Ryan Harding & Lucas Magnum

From Ryan Harding (author of Genital Grinder) and Lucas Mangum (author of Saint Sadist) comes quite possibly the bloodiest novel ever written:


A stranger in a mask walks through Philadelphia, handing out tickets to an underground wrestling show promising a level of violence unlike anything fans have seen before. The card features a mix of legends and hot up-and-comers. Most intriguing, it will mark the debut of the enigmatic, hammer-wielding Crimson Executioner, a monster of a man whose promo videos look like something out of Saw or Hostel.

The crowd enters past masked guards who don’t speak. Even the talent doesn’t know who funded the show or why; they’re happy just so long as the checks clear. None of them know the diabolical plot behind it all. When the Executioner murders his opponent in the ring, it soon becomes clear the show is a ritual to open the gates of Hell and unleash PANDEMONIUM.

Demons rise throughout the venue, using the bodies of the dead as vessels to wreak all manner of brutal carnage. Audience members and performers alike must now fight for survival as the contagion spreads all around them, inside the arena and out into the city.

In the tradition of Dario Argento’s Demons franchise and set in the world of hardcore wrestling, PANDEMONIUM is a hyper-violent tale of demonic possession, ancient evil gods, and bleeding the hard way.

The IndieMuse Review

Ohhhhhhhhh Yeah, Brother! Shut your mouth and know your place. Sit those candy-asses down, grab your popcorn and 3-D glasses, and let’s watch some rasslin’! Wooooooooo!!

I’ve had my eyes on both these authors for a while, but this is the first thing I’ve read by either. And, yes, professional wrestling plays a huge part in this story, so let’s address it first.

It is fake. Sure. The story lines are worked out and everything gets practiced before the show. However, when they go live, anything can go wrong during their antics—it is dangerous and injuries occur regularly. And, before we go on, if you watch a movie or TV show, they people don’t really get killed or injured, either. It’s all in the name of entertainment.

Now, you get two kinds of wrestling fans.

The first appreciates it for the art and athleticism, and sometimes even the storyline.

The second, however, wants to see blood and carnage. And there are wrestlers who cater to these tastes. In fact, the term they use in the wrestling world is “giving it color.” Yes, some of these guys actually cut themselves with a razor before a show so they can bleed quicker. I don’t understand them or their psyche, because my pain tolerance is low since I was brought up to believe pain is a bad thing.

Now, while I can respect these guys for doing what they do—willingly—the inevitable question has come up before: Has it ever gone too far?

Well, ECW had a non-televised show where things did go very wrong—though nobody was killed, it was fairly serious. It became known as “The Mass Transit Incident.” Look it up if you want to know more.

Back to the story…

There will be an underground wrestling show which promises a level of violence never seen before. Naturally, the place was packed.

The main attraction was a wrestler called Crimson Executioner. Nobody knew anything about him other than some brutal promo clips.

But, it turns out, this guy is actually there to begin a ritual to open the Gates of Hell. And Pandemonium breaks out when the spectators find themselves trapped inside the venue. To give you a mental image: imagine Carly Rae Jepsen doing a song at a Slipknot concert…

Okay, in all honesty, this story felt very much like a testosterone driven horror story, but I will be damned if I didn’t enjoy it.

Let’s get ready to rumbllllllllllllllleeeeeeeeeeeee!


Mort Stone lives in untamed Africa, where he rides his lion to work every morning to slave away as a scientist who learned how to fake competency.

Reading is his passion…well, the one he can admit to, anyway. As an aggressive pacifist, he chooses to fight vicariously through stories which can bring him no physical harm.

While he is almost confidant that his IQ is in the top 50%, his wife regularly reminds him of all the stupid things he does. He will neither admit nor deny the accusations of sarcasm, but he can act like he cares. Most of the time.

As an avid reader of horror and thrillers, and somewhat of a movie buff in those genres, he still blames his insomnia on Global Warming. Because he can.

He would also like to apologize in advance for any swear words which might slip through…he will blame that on the insomnia.

2 reviews for PANDEMONIUM by Ryan Harding & Lucas Magnum

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  1. Patricia Negus

    Could NOT get into it, turns out… not my cup of tea.

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  2. Corrina Petrus  

    This had me hooked from the first page. It was a great story from a brilliant writers; you should definitely check this one out.

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