diabolism

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diabolism

a. activities designed to enlist the aid of devils, esp in witchcraft or sorcery
b. worship of devils or beliefs and teachings concerning them
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because, like the Diabolist, he denied the existence of evil.
Following this trickle of thought, Hostel bluntly allegorizes the displacement of American guilt onto those irritating snots in Europe, and the diabolists are conveniently located in the seeming terrain vague of the former Eastern Bloc.
In fact, Sullivan places Avery's narrative in the dark tradition of literary diabolists from Sade to Nabokov--entirely fitting since it is in this book that she ventures her darkest exploration yet of human love, obsession and violence, and brilliantly shows us their deeper implications for literature.