Fans of The Historian won’t be able to put down this spellbinding literary horror story in which a Columbia professor must use his knowledge of demonic mythology to rescue his daughter from the Underworld. Professor David Ullman’s expertise in the literature of the demonic—notably Milton’s ...
David Ullman: The novel's protagonist and demonologist, a professor in Columbia University in Manhattan. He specializes in mythology and Judeo-Christian religious narratives, especially, demonic activity in the ancient world. He is troubled by depression, described as the "black dogs of unaccountable gloom," and panic attacks.
Elaine O'Brien: David Ullman's friend, a widow, and professor in Psychology Department. Although the two have an intimate relationship, it is platonic.
Diane Ingram: David Ullman's wife who has been having an affair with Will Junger.
Tess: David Ullman's 11 year old daughter who sees the "things" her dad refuses to see even though he wears the "Black Crown".
Will Junger: String theorist in Physics Department in in Columbia University. David describes him as a "summa cum laude sociopath who talks about literally nothing for a living."
Thin Woman: An anonymous woman in her mid-thirties who is an agent for a client seeking David's expertise in demonology. A barnyard smell clings to her.
Dr. Marco Ianno: David's colleage who helped to calm him down when presenting at a conference
George Barone: The Pursuer who wants to get the documentation back from David given to him in Venice.
Toby: Apparition who works to incite people to do bad things
Anne: The name given by David for a demon who appears as young girl hitchhiker that David gives a lift to.
Delia Reyes: An elderly woman who reported her twin sister missing.
Columbia University, New York City: The novel opens at Columbia University, where the protagonist, David Ullman is employed as an instructor in the English Department but officed in the Philosophy Department.
Oyster Bar: An underground bar which is a favorite hangout for David and Elaine.
Upper West Side: David and Tess' home is a three-bedroom apartment on 84th street located in the Upper West Side of Manhattan Island.
Venice, Italy: David and Tess travel to Venice for the consultation job.
Santa Croce 3627: The elusive Venice address that the Thin Woman sends David to as part of his consultation.
Linton, North Dakota: Based upon clues left by his daughter and researched news items, David travels to North Dakota to locate his daughter he believes held by demonic forces.
Jupiter, Florida: David and Elaine travel to Jupiter to investigate an incident of seven eight-year-olds who attacked one of their playmates.
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