Charged with gross incompetence, Satan is fired from his job as Prince of Hell and exiled to that most terrible of places: English suburbia. Forced to live as a human under the name of Jeremy Clovenhoof, the dark lord not only has to contend with the fact that no one recognises him or gives him the credit he deserves but also has to put up with the bookish wargamer next do Charged with gross incompetence, Satan is fired from his job as Prince of Hell and exiled to that most terrible of places: English suburbia. Forced to live as a human under the name of Jeremy Clovenhoof, the dark lord not only has to contend with the fact that no one recognises him or gives him the credit he deserves but also has to put up with the bookish wargamer next door and the voracious man-eater upstairs.
Heaven, Hell and the city of Birmingham collide in a story that features murder, heavy metal, cannibalism, armed robbers, devious old ladies, Satanists who live with their mums, gentlemen of limited stature, dead vicars, petty archangels, flamethrowers, sex dolls, a blood-soaked school assembly and way too much alcohol.
Clovenhoof is outrageous and irreverent (and laugh out loud funny!) but it is also filled with huge warmth and humanity. Written by first-time collaborators Heide Goody and Iain Grant, Clovenhoof will have you rooting for the bad guy like never before.
F Paul Wilson: Clovenhoof is a delight. A funny, often hilarious romp with a dethroned Satan as he tries to adjust to modern suburbia. The breezy, ironic prose sets a perfect tone. If you need some laughs, here’s the remedy.
THIS IS MY THOUGHTS AND 5 STAR REVIEW
I had heard so much about this novel that I just simply had to give in at the end and see what all the fuss was about. Why did I wait so long? I have never cried so much, well not when it was brought on with laughing, as I did when I read this!
Satan, to put it bluntly, has been made redundant and now lives in Birmingham amongst mere mortals. Now this novel has been written by two authors, Heide Goody and Iain Grant. I think that they must be identical mind twins because this story seamlessly goes from one hilarious event to another and I couldn’t determine where one had stopped and the other had begun. They are just so perfectly matched.
There are so many brilliant scenes in this novel that I would be hard pressed to pick out a favourite but one I am particularly still chuckling at is the masochists in hell and the poor exasperated man in charge of them (brought a tear to my eye again)
I have so much reading to do but I am going to have to fit in the rest of the series. Best comedy entertainment for such a long time. Genius at it’s best!
A BIT ABOUT THE AUTHORS
Heide inflicts unsuitable content upon the world by whatever devious means she can find. Technical documents in her day job have been found to contain coded messages if you read them backwards.
She is, with Iain Grant, co-author of the Clovenhoof Satan-in-suburbia comedy series.
Her first solo novel, Million Dollar Dress, is also published by Pigeon Park Press.
Heide lives in North Warwickshire, England with her husband and children.
Iain Grant is a writer of comic fiction and fantasy.
He is most famous for the ‘Clovenhoof’ series of novels which he writes with Heide Goody and begins with the original book Clovenhoof (published 2012). The fifth book in the series, Beelzebelle, was published in April 2016.