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Bestselling horror legend John Skipp has released his latest: an epic 632-page anthology entitled DEMONS: Encounters With the Devil and his Minions, Fallen Angels, and the Possessed. "And if you think the title is long," says Skipp, "you should see the table of contents!"

Ranging from certified classics to certifiable classics-in-the-making, each story wreaks havoc. Skipp provides fascinating and absurdly keen insights in two essays that examine the history and details of demon lore, as well as its role in pop culture. Resources at the end of the book include lists of the best long-form fiction, movies, websites and writers.

This collection of bone-chilling tales explores demons in their myriad forms: from spirit possession of the human soul to fallen angels to the devil.

About the Author

John Skipp is a New York Times bestselling author and editor, whose 18 books have sold millions of copies in a dozen languages worldwide.  His first anthology, Book of the Dead, laid the foundation in 1989 for modern zombie literature, bringing George Romero's vision of the dead next door to new levels of scope and intensity.  He later edited three more zombie anthologies, including Mondo Zombie, which won the Bram Stoker Award for best anthology, and Zombies: Encounters with the Hungry Dead and Werewolves & Shapeshifters: Encounters with the Beast Within, both published by Black Dog & Leventhal. Skipp is recognized as splatterpunk's founding father and the elder statesman of the genre. His own legendary horror works include The Light at the End, the Scream, Jake's Wake and the Long Last Call. He lives in Los Angeles.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 640 pages
  • Publisher: Black Dog & Leventhal (September 21, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1579128793
  • ISBN-13: 978-1579128791
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1.6 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #340,489 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By artgoddess on December 16, 2013
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I am an avid and serious reader of the macabre, and horror fiction; and I can tell you without hesitation that Demons is one of the best anthologies I have ever read. The stories are among some of the most imaginative and disturbing of current literature. Others are beautifully evocative, making one reexamine what is perceived as evil. This book now has a spot in the "Don't sell these when I'm dead" bookcase: the collection of books I want handed down to the next generation and not at a yard sale! In fact, this purchase is my second copy, as I plan on giving it to my attorney son, with whom I have had many a discussion about the cultural relativity of evil! Buy the book, turn off the phone, and find yourself a comfy chair and begin reading. Just ignore the little hairs on the back of your neck, rising up in alarm. I'm sure that noise you hear outside is just the cat. Enjoy!
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Sama on November 2, 2011
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This is the kind of book that boggles someone. Its a vast collection though is DEFINATLY rated R. I wouldn't recomend it for anyone under a decent age as theres a lot of sex, sexual referances and in general a tone of violence, swearing a defilement of the human character...which is WHY the book is labeled demons, just warning anyone whose silly enough to think otherwise. However, if you can move past all that its a great collection of stories and excripts that delve waaaay deep into the whole demon business, and even makes one think about the true human nature. Awesome read.
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This anthology gives a great range of stories, both by well-known authors and not so well known, that gives both metaphorical and literal versions of the demonic. In the horror industry there is a lot of blatant, gory evil associated with demons and the demonic, but what some people forget is that demons are much more insidious than that and lot more real than one would think. John Skipp presents the anthology with the simple truth that demons, out of all the monsters in horror, are more "real" to humanity because of what they represent, sin and the fear of God still prevalent in society. Even with or without religion one can see that there is a distinct duality in human nature that is constantly at war. We see that war being fought literally in an excerpt of The Exorcist and in Best Friends, and then in Skipp's own short story Empathy one get's a glimpse of the invisible war inside a person. From the first story Cherub I was hooked by the imagination and realization of the manifestations of human flaws and sin through the supernatural or by delusion and guilt of the unconscious mind. I have yet to encounter an anthology this well-rounded on this topic, and I have enjoyed it immensely for it has showed me a thing or two about the developing perception of the demonic and human nature.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Eric J. Guignard on March 6, 2012
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REVIEWED: DEMONS
EDITED BY: John Skipp
PUBLISHED: September, 2011

L-O-V-E-D this anthology! IMMENSE collection of both classic literary tales and wild new fiction exploring the lore of Demons in culture. Violent, Funny, Provocative, this collection really has something for everybody. Of course, with so many stories and ideas, not all of them hit the mark, although that may be perceived as a matter of taste. I had read all the classics previously, but was nice to see them intermixed with the new fiction - including, "The Monkey's Paw," by W.W. Jacobs, "The Black Cat," by Edgar Allen Poe, and "The Howling Man," by Charles Beaumont. Some of my favorite new fiction included "Cherub," by Adam-Troy Castro, "Consuela Hates a Vacuum," by Cody Goodfellow, "Best Friends," by Robert R. McCammon, "Stupid Reason to Sell Your Soul," by Carlton Mellick III, and "Other People," by Neil Gaimon. My absolute favorite was "Mom" by Bentley Little! With 37 stories plus articles, this collection is a complete sampler of the theme of "Demons."
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Very good compilation of stories, each dealing with the demonic in its own way. For the price, you cannot go wrong. 30+ stories about the evil ones we all fear (and sometimes secretly love).

The writers within are talented. You will definitely find a few stories to love here. The variety of tales in this tome is devilishly good! A few classics await you, like Poe's The Black Cat and W.W. Jacobs' The Monkey's Paw. An excerpt from The Exorcist by Blatty is included. Alongside these are stories by modern masters like Matheson, McCammon, Little, and Gaiman. Then there are the little-known gems by writers like James Steele (The Empty Church). A pastor gets a congregation of demons. Very weird.

Great book. BUY IT.
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By SulphurBlue on December 24, 2014
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Only have read the preview so far; but the story had me so engaged I HAD to have this book. Just for that reason. Can't wait to have this one in my hands; I can tell it's gonna be on all my friend's shelves soon, too . . .
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By Karen Salazar on July 31, 2014
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I love it!!!
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