Quirky and likeable short story featuring a host of gods and divine creatures who frequent a working class pub. Meet Lucifer, who is misunderstood and would rather not preside over hell and Death, as you gain sympathy for his dating problems. John the Barman combines oddball comedy and political satire, with a little dig at religion. This short also has scope for a longer novella or sequel, and I'd love to see a bar room brawl with this cast of characters! My only criticism is that although the story is entitled 'John the Barman', this character often seems secondary.