Ghosts of Demons Past by Matt Schiariti


“Well, Mr. Gabriel. What do you know about…demons?”

For most people, that’s a question that never comes up. Medium Seth Gabriel isn’t most people and for him, it’s another normal day in an abnormal life.

It’s bad enough that his love life has seen better days but his personal problems are only the half of it. Seth’s ghost hunting business, SG Cleaning Services hasn’t seen a client in weeks and he’s desperate for a paycheck. Things look up when two potential clients seek him out.

Courtney Reeves hires Seth to investigate a paranormal disturbance in her home. On the surface it’s a run of the mill cleaning job but when you deal with the dead for a living, there’s no such thing as routine. The close of the case is the start of even bigger problems and Seth will find that, while there’s nothing to fear from the dead, the living are another story.

When the nervous and persistent Evan Gallagher enters his life, Seth sees the promise of a big payday. There’s only one catch. The wealthy lawyer thinks his wife is possessed by a demon. Seth doesn’t believe in demons…not anymore, but the money is too good to turn down. Is Evan crazy or is he one hundred percent sane? As Seth digs deeper, he’ll ask the same question of himself.

For a guy who’s coasted through life on not much more than Greek takeout, tequila, and attitude, Seth’s going to have to dig deep to survive what will turn out to be a very bad week.


Seth Gabriel is one messed up dude.  He is divorced, a drunk, pays women for sex, hides from his landlord and is a shitty father.  And, that’s all in a day’s work!  But, things seem to be looking up after he meets Evan Gallagher and gives him a proposition that Seth cannot refuse.  But, will it ultimately destroy Seth and push him over the edge?

I like books about ghosts, demons, witches, vampires, werewolves, fairies, etc.  It makes me feel like a kid again to read about these characters, almost like I’m reading fairy tales when I was a kid.  I really liked GoDP because Seth can see ghosts and talk to them but he doesn’t believe in demons.  Seriously!!  Anyway, because Seth can communicate with the dead, it makes his life super complicated and ultimately ruins everything in his life.  He has shitty relationship with his 12 year old son, he’s getting a divorce, lives in a rundown trailer and drinks like a fish.  He doesn’t sustain any real relationships with people because he can’t talk about what he does for a living for fear of what people will think.   After meeting Evan Gallagher, a rich lawyer, he thinks that maybe he can turn his shitty life around and make something of himself.  But what he doesn’t realize is that he might just go nucking futs and never come back.

I cannot say enough about this book.  I really and truly think that this is one of the best books of the year.  I would really like to see this book soar to the top of the charts because I believe it is that good.  There are so many aspects to this story that are heart-wrenching and have the reader hanging on every word.  There are so many scenes where you can feel the character’s pain, passion and loss.  I really connected with these characters and found myself thinking about the dynamics of each one even when I wasn’t reading.  This isn’t a feel good, make-me-feel-all-warm-and-fuzzy-inside story that you will be smiling about all day about.  It’s a dark, twisted, fucked up tale about some dark, twisted, fucked up characters.  But, they are real.  They have real problems; real stories and real heartbreak.  They feel like real people, not characters in a story.  If you read this book (and I highly recommend that you do), I really think that you will come to the same conclusions that I have.  Matt has promised that this isn’t the end of Seth and I really hope it’s true.

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385889_360351230744923_1406602887_nAbout the Author:

So, who am I?  Well I’m glad you asked!  Here’s my life’s story.  The Reader’s Digest version of course.

I’m the youngest (by FAR) of four.  Because of the age difference between myself and my closest sibling, as well as living in an older neighborhood, I was left to my own devices a lot when I was growing up.  Not to say I didn’t have many friends, but I was just as happy lying on the floor drawing for hours on end.  For years I thought I’d be some kind of comic book artist.  That lasted up until High School, where drawing was pushed aside for playing the guitar.  That’s something I still do till this very day, 21 years later.

I admit that I didn’t read much as a kid and it wasn’t until I was out of college and I met my would-be wife that I really got bit by the reading bug.  She introduced me to the early James Patterson novels.  I was instantly addicted.  Not long after, I started to discover writers like Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child, Steve Alten, James Rollins…the list goes on and on.  As if that wasn’t bad enough, I discovered Amazon and my reading addiction really picked up.

Back when I first started reading hard core, the idea of writing did cross my mind once or twice but it was always one of those things that I thought I couldn’t do.  So I didn’t.  Until now.  I didn’t start writing until early 2012 (probably shows, too) but I found myself enjoying it, despite the difficulty involved.  So, long story short, I’m still at it and that’s where this blog came about.  It won’t be all about writing, but I’m sure it’ll be mostly about writing since that’s my current addiction.  One I plan on sticking with.

So, that’s me in a nutshell.  I’m a husband, father, Engineer by trade, guitar player, reader of books, reviewer of books, and now?  Writer of stuff.

Guess we’ll see what happens.

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