The Devil and Pastor Gus

Middle-aged Pastor Gus Gospello is obsessed with writing a satire ridiculing Satan’s pride. Satan is obsessed with obtaining Gus’s soul. When the two obsessions collide, Satan destroys almost everything Gus holds dear and tricks him into signing a SouledOut contract. Gus isn’t giving up, though. He has a few tricks of his own. But where will he be when the smoke clears?

The Devil and Pastor Gus is a speculative satire that combines elements of the biblical book of Job, C. S. Lewis's Screwtape Letters, and the short story "The Devil and Daniel Webster." It currently has 44 Amazon reviews with a 4.3 star rating.

Roger E. Bruner

About Roger E. Bruner (Washington, DC Author)

Roger E. Bruner

Roger Bruner spent his whole work life trying to figure out what he wanted to do when he grew up. Along the way he taught school, interviewed job seekers, and programmed computers. He retired from a temporary stint at Target to write full-time and wishes he could have done that years earlier.

Samples of his poems, plays, short stories, songs, and novels are available at

A guitarist and songwriter, he’s in the church choir and plays bass in the praise team and guitar at a nursing home ministry. Long interested in missions, he’s gone to Romania, England, Wales, Nicaragua, and Australia on short-term mission trips.

Roger likes spending time with his wife, Kathleen. He enjoys reading, photography, web design, and playing Words with Friends.