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Demons: A Novel Paperback – 15 April 2003
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"Demons is funny, outrageous, and frightening, and, as a metaphor for our times, it works frighteningly well."--Rocky Mountain News
"Barely street-legal, Shirley's Bosch-like visions mark him out as perhaps the closest thing contemporary American fantasy has to a genuine 'outsider artist.'"--William Gibson
"John Shirley is an adventurer, returning from dark and troubled regions with visionary tales to tell. I heartily recommend a journey with John Shirley at your side."--Clive Barker
"John Shirley writes like a runaway train. . . . Intensely suspenseful, visionary, surreal, and every bit as gritty and immediate and believable as a police report, this book will scare you, dazzle you, and delight you."--Tim Powers
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In a future uncomfortably close to the present day, the apocalypse has surpassed all expectations. Hideous demons roam the streets in an orgy of terror, drawing pleasure from torturing humans as sadistically as possible. Divided into seven clans, these grisly invaders-gnashing, writhing, bloodthirsty monsters-seem horrifically to "belong in our world.
Ira, a young San Francisco artist, becomes involved with a strange group of scientists and philosophers desperately trying to end the bloody siege. Yet through it all, Ira continues to paint-for in his canvasses lie crucial clues to the demons' origins.
Yet the demons draw their strength from an all-too-familiar evil-a deadly malevolence supported by some of the greatest powers on earth, concealed beneath the trappings of status, success, and abused power. Ira and his allies- including a compelling young seeress-come to believe these demons didn't just appear. They were summoned. But the most shocking revelation is yet to come . . .
EXCLUSIVE TO THIS EDITION: The original novella "Demons was published as an acclaimed, limited edition hardcover which "Publishers Weekly called a "mini-masterpiece." Now the terror continues, as the sequel story, "Undercurrents," takes the reader on a macabre journey into the center of the conspiracy that may lay waste to the Earth. "
"From the Hardcover edition.
- ASIN : 0345446496
- Publisher : BALLANTINE; 1st edition (15 April 2003)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 1 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9780345446497
- ISBN-13 : 978-0345446497
- Dimensions : 13.84 x 2.03 x 20.83 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 509,588 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This novel is two books bound together. The second part takes place nine years after the first one, with most everyone in denial about what happened around the world. Unfortunately, another group is making a new attempt to allow the demons back into our world, using pesticides to induce a mass murder as a form of sacrifice. Some of the details are quite similar to real life events, giving Shirley's story the appearance of a prophetic warning.
If you enjoy horror movies such as Lord of Illusions or Hellraiser, you should give this novel a chance.
In this most imaginative premise (though I sense some inspiration from John Ostrander's DEMON WARS arc in the GRIMJACK comics), unstoppable, murderous demons have suddenly appeared on Earth. They can make their presence known anywhere and anytime. With no defenses, humans must make their way through this hell on earth as best they can (this is Shirley's most interesting facet in the book--how John and Mary Sixpack continue about their daily business in this new dystopia).
It was a pleasure to read DEMONS, and I look forward to Mr. Shirley's next work.