The Devourer

“A masterful psychological horror novel.”
Circle of Books


Paris, 1858. Mercedes Fabron, pragmatic wife and childless mother, has her hands full running her husband’s fashion shop and navigating social etiquette. All of which would be considerably easier without uninvited ghosts haunting her night and day.

Out in the streets, people are dying of an undetermined cause. The newspapers speak of an unknown disease, the police speak of accidents. But when a dead man is found in her stairwell, Mercedes has every reason to suspect something much more sinister. Only the ghosts know the truth, but they are too afraid to tell. In fact, they are scared to death…


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“The compelling plot captivated me from the very beginning. Never once did I get bored reading this book, this is thanks to the well-written nature but also the incredible, fascinating characters the reader comes across. The characters are simply wonderful and very unique, I adored reading about them and their lives and ended up rooting for the majority of them! This book really is a masterful, psychological horror novel that has a paranormal flair that is guaranteed to excite and entice you from beginning to end!” Read the rest of the review here.

“The psychological horror parts grabbed me and made me think about several issues, among them: forgiveness, suicide, honor, guilt, love, hate, letting go, self-loathing and self-forgiveness.”
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Circle of Books

“Within a few dozen pages I witnessed customer service of a fashion shop, a marriage of broken dreams, a grieving mother, a murder and received a first glimpse into a world of which the citizens of Paris were mostly unaware. And that was where the mystery started, where nobody and nothing was as it seemed, where Chelser lead me to pity a monster, feel compassion for a beast and in the end smile at a major character death even when having tissues nearby.”
– Em on Amazon

“The way Chelser describes the inhabtants of the spiritual world, the ghosts and other wandering souls, is different from anything I’ve read before.”
Karen on 

“It was a terrific read: thrilling, moving and rendering a view into the afterlife. I highly recommend it!”
– Hannah Jansen on Amazon

4 thoughts on “The Devourer”

  1. Em says:

    Received my book from amazon this morning. Have been reading for the past hour. Only taking my eyes off it to let you know that your characters have already drawn me deeply into the story, and I have started to care for them. Even for Eric. “The Devourer” has certainly not been your run-of-the-mill ghost story so far. It’ll be interesting to see how all the different threads will be resolved.

    I’m also a nerd for research, so I like how I am drawn into well-described 19th century Paris.

    1. Chris Chelser says:

      Thank you:) I hope you will enjoy the rest of the book as much!

  2. Christine Charley says:

    I read part one n I like it so far. Good writing to you Chris. I can’t wait to read the rest. I will subscribe . Thank you greatly.
    Christine Charley

    1. chrischelser says:

      Hi Christine,

      Thank you for your comment. I will be posting a new chapter soon, so there will be even more for you to read 🙂



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