Reviews & Criticism

The following quotes are excerpts from Advanced Review Copy criticism. For the latest reviews, see the links at the foot of the page.

‘This novella has surpassed my expectations in story and writing style. For this, it has jumped high on my list of great books. This is an especially tough accomplishment considering it’s a novella. In around 21,000 words, it has changed the way I view the horror genre, and novellas in general.’

Review courtesy of A Life Among the Pages

‘A truly enjoyable read. I loved the classic style and agree with others that it carries the tone and grace of Poe while telling a tale just as chilling. Alatiel is a well crafted villain who is so subtle yet terrible that she could easily slip into the deepest sleep to wake the unwary dreamer. Well done Sir, please keep at it, because I for one would be thrilled to see more of your work.’

Review courtesy of Sadie Thornton

‘Steven Katriel is a talented writer with a great future. I would recommend The Portrait of Alatiel Salazar to fans of Edgar Allen Poe and Alfred Hitchcock.’

Read the full review, courtesy of Wendy S. Russo

‘The traditional monsters that have always dominated Horror…are not here. Something else has been manifested in their place, that crosses into a few territories, by means of power that transcends the material form; and yet interacts mercilessly with us.’

Read the full review, courtesy of Indie Book Discovery

‘This is easily the most original novel I’ve read this year. The theme manages to be reminiscent of the great Gothic writers: Bronte, Edgar Allan Poe, Mary Wollstonecroft-Shelley, et al while exploring a fresh approach on possession, from three points of view: Those watching, those being possessed, and finally the “demon” who slowly but surely takes possession of tortured souls.’

Read the full review, courtesy of Julia Hughes

‘If you liked The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde, then you will love this novella. There may be some similarities between the two, but The Portrait of Alatiel Salazar stands on its own as a wonderful piece of work that takes some of the themes seen in The Picture of Dorian Gray to a whole other level. Written in a style that will make you think you are reading something from 1881, the novella will keep you guessing and leave you wanting more from this author. The creature that Alatiel reveals herself to be brings out an old kind of mysteriousness that only the classics can compare to.’

Read the full review, courtesy of Paranormal Lounge

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§ One Response to Reviews & Criticism

  • Wes says:

    I liked this story. The title is similar to The Portrait of Dorian Gray, but from what I’ve read, it isn’t derivative. Alatiel is a beast, but not of the modern blood soaked variety, she’s more subtle. She’s a chameleon, able to become what anyone desires and slowly destroy them. And they WANT her to. That’s makes her much more chilling and, coupled with the Victorian Era writing style, more original. Kudos to Mr. Katriel…

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