Evil? by Timothy Carter

04 Dec


Carter, Timothy. Evil?. Flux, 2009. 256 pages. ISBN 978-0-7387-1539-1

Plot Summary:

Stuart already didn’t fit in very well in his small religious town because he is gay. Well, somehow he managed to make himself even more of an outcast and create a riot among the town. Stuart was taking a shower, the best time to do his business because you can wash everything right down the drain, no mess to clean up. He was about done when his younger brother walks into the bathroom and sees him going at it, right int he middle of his self gratification. Yep, that’s embarrassing. What Stuart didn’t anticipate was his little brother ratting him out at church during discussion. For some reason, all of a sudden, it is the ultimate sin to commit, the Sin of Onan, and he is the only one who doesn’t see the problem with. Really, it’s his body, he can do whatever he wants with it, right? It’s not like he was hurting himself, quite the opposite. But it’s turns out to be not alright, so Stuart decides to summon a demon, Fon Pyre, to help him out. He discover that the new scripture teacher, who just happens to be a fallen angel, is the culprit behind the chaos.

Critical Evaluation:

Hilarious and diabolical, this story takes religion, gay relationships and self-pleasure to a whole new level. Stuart is gay, but the church can accept that. However, when his younger brother catches him committing the Sin of Onan, masturbation, things turn disastrous and pretty soon the whole town is rioting. Apparently it is not okay to participate in the act of self-pleasure, it is the ultimate sin and oddly, Stuart is the only one who doesn’t seem to think so. Now things start to get interesting. Stuart summons a demon for help, discovers a fallen angel is the culprit behind everybody being against pleasing yourself, and learns of the impending doom of a horde of demons ready to be let loose in order to terrorize the town. Carter makes a satire out of the fear of all things sexual and provides the reader with a new view to think about, as well as, a new set of vocabulary, all related to masturbation, sure to create loads of entertainment for teen readers. Carter does a great job of showing how some people go a little overboard when it comes to things that are natural and healthy to do.

Reader’s Annotation:

Who ever thought the act of self pleasure would set an entire town against you and unleash a horde of demons? Stuart never thought so, but he couldn’t be more wrong.


Timothy Carter was born in England.  He is not a spy for her Majesty’s government, he’s never attended any schools for witchcraft and wizardry, and he doesn’t travel through time and space in a blue box.  However, he’d like to do all of the above at the first available opportunity.  He did turn 13 on Friday the 13th, and that makes him kind of cool, right? Timothy Carter lives in Toronto, Canada, with his wife and cats.

He is a writer of Young Adult Fantasy. You could call them tall tales, or even speculative fiction. His favourite term for what he writes is Far Fetched Fiction, coined by fellow author Robert Rankin to describe his own work.  His stories are far-fetched, often humorous, and have a fantastical element to them (like aliens, monsters, demons or angels). Occasionally he tries to SAY SOMETHING.  Basically, though, he just likes to have fun.  That, to him, is what storytelling is all about. (



Curriculum Ties:


Booktalking Ideas:

The act of self gratification. Is it so wrong?

Fallen angels, hordes of demons, and one gay, self pleasing guy named Stuart.

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Why I included this book:

Carter is a hilarious author. I loved this book and though I should share it with young adult readers.

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Posted by on December 4, 2011 in LIBR 265-10 Database Project/Blog


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