There is nothing civilised about the Civilised World.
The theocratic rule of the Church of the Last Breath is enforced by the brutality of its Keepers. An incurable pandemic waxes and wanes, killing without rhyme or reason. The Endless War rages into its second decade.
Sau Clevy spends his days mediating in a broken legal system whilst struggling with transcendental visions that have haunted him since boyhood. When he is arrested for an assassination he did not commit, Sau realises the true ruthlessness of the system that he had so blindly trusted. In the eyes of the Keepers, his innocence is irrelevant, and torture has a way of changing a man.
Teenage Hannielke Alvarez has invested her life in becoming a Keeper. When a golden opportunity arises, she is horrified by the vicious prerequisites attached. Feigning naïveté is not an option. Hesitation is heresy. And Hannielke is running out of time.
Then a mysterious collective, the cannibals, blaze into Sau and Hannielke’s lives at the eleventh hour, and change all the rules with a seemingly impossible prospect: freedom.
If you could only flee the abyss by stomping on the broken backs of innocent, would you start climbing?
At 93,000 words, Softly Screamed the Devil is a haunting exploration of ethical quandaries in a world where truth is relative, fear outweighs love, and the only way to save yourself is to dive into the darkness.