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The Pope...The Vatican...and The Devil...
The Devil's Armchair is a Gothic tale that takes its title from a peculiar ruin in S. Callisto Square, in Rome. Some old legends say it was placed there by the Devil himself, behind the Pope's palace, to become his throne. During the twelfth century, it was a place of orgies and black masses that inspired prophecies and easy healing.
This is the stage where Alberto Militelli, ambiguous and charismatic, conducts his so called esoteric rituals. But he only pretends to be a sorcerer: for he simply has found his way to get rich and affluent. It doesn't matter how many dead bodies he leaves behind. He weaves a web of lies and deceptions, taking advantage of other people's sorrow and hope, playing with their lives with no mercy.
But his rise to the top is quick, as will be his downfall.
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About the Author
LUCA ROSSI attended the Comics School of Milan and starting working as illustrator for various video game production companies. His work captured the interest of one of Italy's biggest Editor, Sergio Bonelli, and from 2000 has worked on the horror series "Dampyr" for which he still does work. In 2003 he began an artistic partnership with Alberto Conte which has resulted in "The Boss", noir short story published in the anthology Alta Fedeltà Volume 2; "U.S.S." a series of short science fiction stories and "Last on the List" a pulp stories volume, both published by Magic Press Publishing, and in France by Clair de Lune Editions. He has also worked on "House of Mystery" for Vertigo/DC Comics. In 2011 he collaborated again with Conte on "In the Blues", a noir short story published in Heavy Metal magazine; and then a horror graphic novel titled "Le fauteuil du Diable" for the French editor Clair de Lune.