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Smart as the Devil

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  • Smart as the Devil
  • Author: Felice Picano
  • Publisher: Dell Publishing
  • Year: 1975
  • Country: US
  • 236 pages

evil child

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Nicholas De Luca is not himself these days...

He was the brightest, most popular boy in school. A blessing and a pride to his parents.

Then the spells began.

And remembered nothing.

Dr. Mazur scoffed at the superstitious whispers of demons and satanic possession - even though he'd seen Nicholas scrawl unholy signs and symbols on his body, commit unspeakable acts, and chant words unheard in three hundred years.

Dr. Mazur was certain Nicholas' torment was psychological, not supernatural.

Dr. Mazur is wrong.

Qvamp says:

This book explores the relatively unexplored (at the time) theme of 'what if a kid were truly evil?' Overall, this was a somewhat well written story, but the content is a bit disturbing (and not in a good way).

Very little queer content in this book. At one point the main character attacks and hurts another little boy, and the psychologist and parents explore the idea that one boy was hitting on the other.

Rating C+
Queer Vampire Rating C+
Amount of Gay Content alluded to


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