Demons by John Shirley

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Writers from Clive Barker to Bruce Sterling and Roger Zelazny have praised John Shirley’s searing, apocalyptic visions of postmodern hell on earth. Now this perversely brilliant author, one of the seminal representatives on the cyberpunk movement, unleashes his newest masterpiece.


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.

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About John Shirley

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John Shirley is a critically acclaimed cyberpunk, sci-fi and horror writer, titles include City Come-Walkin' and Dracula In Love. He wrote the first screenplay for The Crow. He has also written many tie-ins including Constantine, Doom and Bioshock: Rapture. His short story collection Black Butterflies won a Bram Stoker, the International Horror Guild Award and was one of the Publisher's Weekly best books of 1998.
Published May 7, 2002 by Del Rey. 384 pages
Genres: Horror, Literature & Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction

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A sequel to Life Among The Savages continues life in that abundant household which includes her husband, Laurie, Sally, Jannie, Barry, the dog and a variable number of cats, and the collective confusion thereof as each pursues their individual interests.

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Humanity's hope to defeat the demons rests in a mysterious Conscious Circle of Humanity made up of those who have achieved wakefulness;

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Little does he know that his company's interest in "psychonomics," the manipulation of the spiritual power of business, is laying the foundation for a demon resurrection, or that his work marketing Dirvane 17, a potent neurotoxic pesticide, is making him the perfect vessel for their second coming.

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The second novella, written much later, takes place nine years after the demon eradication once again features Ira and other characters but also introduces new characters, with Steven Isquerat taking center stage.

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I’m sure that young horror fans today would, by and large, have no place on their shelves for Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House.

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Life Among the Savages ( (1953) and Raising Demons (1957), Jackson's two memoirs on the misadventures of family life there, continue to be held in high regard, especially by other misadventurers.

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Horror News Net

On Halloween night, a blond, a brunette and a redhead enter a house reputed to be the haunt of demon Angela (Amerlia Kinkade), the black wedding dressed tiara wearing star of Night of the Demons 1 and she is back and more gruesome than ever.

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