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An ambitious, unethical young lawyer, having made the mistake of summoning a demon, tries to compel the creature to further his ambitions and settle his many scores.

The demon… has other plans.

I first conceived RAUM as a film script, hoping to create a project for my friend, the talented cinematographer and director Robert Filion. He’d written and directed the fascinating film ATHENA and deemed it a bit too cerebral for the general public (if I may lapse into Old Man Mode, it’s become more difficult to engage people with any kind of slow burn effort. You also have to watch out for stories that are difficult to describe without giving away major plot points). So I tried to write a story that had A- a smallish cast, B-limited sets, and a story that can be described in a sentence or two.

And make it good. You can check all the boxes, but if the characters are unengaging and the story too predictable, it won’t matter a jot. But the intention was 100% to have a screenplay that could be filmed on a modest budget. No space armadas. No million dollar tableaux’s of Hell. Just a boy and his demon.

But then covid. And there isn’t anything deader than an unproduced screenplay. Nobody reads them for enjoyment. And thus I hatched the plan to turn it into a novel and by pure dumb luck Falstaff Books had one of their very infrequent open solicitations and here we are.

It’s my first book. I hope that there will be many more and that I will improve with each one but I will never forget the pure joy of reading that email telling me it made the cut.


Anton Drake

The Demon Raum

Gwen Marina

Dan Murch

Sylvia Graham