Samuel Johnson vs. The Devil

6 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 931 ratings

The Gates Publisher's Summary

Young Samuel Johnson and his dachshund, Boswell, are trying to show initiative by trick-or-treating a full three days before Halloween - which is how they come to witness strange goings-on at 666 Crowley Road.

The Abernathys don't mean any harm by their flirtation with the underworld, but when they unknowingly call forth Satan himself, they create a gap in the universe. A gap in which a pair of enormous gates is visible. The gates to Hell. And there are some pretty terrifying beings just itching to get out....

Can one small boy defeat evil? Can he harness the power of science, faith, and love to save the world as we know it?

Bursting with imagination, The Gates is about the pull between good and evil, physics and fantasy. It is about a quirky and eccentric boy who is impossible not to love, and the unlikely cast of characters who give him the strength to stand up to a demonic power.

John Connolly manages to re-create the magical and scary world of childhood that we've all left behind but so love to visit. And for those of you who thought you knew everything you could about particle physics and the universe, think again. This novel makes anything seem possible.

©2009 John Connolly (P)2009 Simon & Schuster
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  • Book 1

    • The Gates

    • A Novel
    • By: John Connolly
    • Narrated by: Jonathan Cake
    • Length: 7 hrs and 1 min
    • Unabridged
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    Young Samuel Johnson and his dachshund, Boswell, are trying to show initiative by trick-or-treating a full three days before Halloween which is how they come to witness strange goings-on at 666 Crowley Road. The Abernathys don't mean any harm by their flirtation with the underworld, but when they unknowingly call forth Satan himself, they create a gap in the universe.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Paging Tim Burton

    • By Jeanne on 12-18-09

    Regular price: $23.93

    • The Gates

    • By: John Connolly
    • Narrated by: Nick Rawlinson
    • Length: 7 hrs and 27 mins
    • Unabridged
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    A strange novel for strange young people. Young Samuel Johnson and his dachshund Boswell are trying to show initiative by trick-or-treating a full three days before Hallowe'en. Which is how they come to witness strange goings-on at 666 Crowley Avenue. The Abernathys don't mean any harm by their flirtation with Satanism. But it just happens to coincide with a malfunction in the Large Hadron Collider that creates a gap in the universe. A gap in which there is a pair of enormous gates. The gates to Hell.

    Regular price: $18.11

  • Book 2

    • Hell's Bells

    • Samuel Johnson vs the Devil, Round II
    • By: John Connolly
    • Narrated by: Nick Rawlinson
    • Length: 8 hrs and 58 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Samuel Johnson - with a little help from his dachshund, Boswell, and a very unlucky demon named Nurd - has sent the demons back to Hell. But the diabolical Mrs Abernathy is not one to take defeat lying down.When she reopens the portal and sucks Samuel and Boswell down into the underworld, she brings an ice-cream van full of dwarfs as well. And two policemen. Can this eccentric gang defeat the forces of Evil? And is there life after Hell for Nurd?

    Regular price: $18.54

    • The Infernals

    • A Novel
    • By: John Connolly
    • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
    • Length: 9 hrs and 18 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
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    Young Samuel Johnson is in trouble. Not only is his eyesight so poor that he mistakenly asks out a letter box on a date, but an angry demon is seeking revenge for Samuel’s part in foiling the invasion of Earth by the forces of evil. It wants to get its claws on Samuel, and when Samuel and his faithful dachshund, Boswell, are pulled through a portal into the dark realm, the home of the Infernals, it gets its chance.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Wonderful for Children and Adults

    • By Bob on 10-24-11

    Regular price: $16.96

  • Book 3

    • The Creeps

    • A Samuel Johnson Tale
    • By: John Connolly
    • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
    • Length: 8 hrs and 38 mins
    • Unabridged
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    In this clever and quirky follow-up to The Gates and The Infernals, Samuel Johnson's life seems to have finally settled down - after all, he's still got the company of his faithful dachshund Boswell and his bumbling demon friend Nurd; he has foiled the dreaded forces of darkness not once but twice; and he's now dating the lovely Lucy Highmore.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Hilarious!

    • By Twikkers on 08-02-17

    Regular price: $16.96

    • The Creeps

    • By: John Connolly
    • Narrated by: Luke Thompson
    • Length: 7 hrs and 35 mins
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    Samuel Johnson is not in a happy place. He is dating the wrong girl, demons are occupying his spare room, and the town in which he lives appears to be cursed. But there is some good news on the horizon. After years of neglect, the grand old building that once housed Wreckit & Sons is about to reopen as the greatest toyshop that Biddlecombe has ever seen, and Samuel and his faithful dachshund Boswell are to be guests of honour at the big event.

    Regular price: $17.55