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Demons: Encounters with the Devil and His Minions, Fallen Angels, and the Possessed Paperback – September 21, 2011
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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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Top Customer Reviews
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."
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I highly recommend this very good anthology. A great selection of stories! A must have for your your personal library.Published on April 4, 2013 by Norman Griffin
i was not happy with this book,but i was looking for information on fighting against demons not fighting for demonsPublished on February 13, 2013 by Kindle Customer
This would be rated higher but the editor John Skipp chose several stories that were sexually graphic and a departure from his demonic theme. Read morePublished on January 10, 2013 by J. Guier