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How to Recognize a Demon Has Become Your Friend: Necon Contemporary Horror [Paperback]

Linda Addison , Jill Bauman

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31 Oct 2011 Necon Contemporary Horror
Who doesn't need to know How To Recognize A Demon Has Become Your Friend? From the first African-American to receive the HWA Bram Stoker award, this collection of both horror and science fiction short stories and poetry reveals demons in the most likely people (like a jealous ghost across the street) or in unlikely places (like the dimension-shifting dreams of an American Indian). Recognition is the first step, what you do with your friends/demons after that is up to you.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Demons Galore.... 26 Oct 2011
By Michael - Published on Amazon.com
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In HOW TO RECOGNIZE A DEMON HAS BECOME YOUR FRIEND, the idea of `demon' is given free rein, the result being tales that embrace and explore an extraordinary range of possibilities. Above all, Addison's stories offer unexpected extremes. They range from depictions of hard-edged, open-mawed, tentacled monstrosities to rapid-fire sketches of whimsical, at times comic aliens (I'm thinking here of the story about the barkeeper's hair!). From external demons that must be destroyed to internal ones so deeply ingrained in the secrets of the human heart that it takes decades for the victim to realize how completely she has been possessed, and makes the reader consider things carefully before discovering where in the story the demon hides.

Here you will find a zombie perplexed by the sudden awareness of a same-sex attraction...to a living being; and the zombie's agonizing, contradictory desires to consume and to consummate. A corpse whose only wish is to become disenfleshed...and who faces the horrifying possibility of resurrection. A group of scientists who confront the most alien beings of all...or at least a distinctive artifact from that alien culture. A child whose concept of the devil is frighteningly literal and terrifyingly concrete.

Here you will travel page-by-page from vaguely-limned, visionary landscapes to the gritty realism (if that's the proper word for such rich fantasies) of a seedy bar. From the direct narratives of "The Power" and "Milez to Go"--companion tales that that help to bracket the collection--to exercises in alternative possibilities: computer reports, e-mails, pages from tourist guides.

Throughout, Addison never loses her way, whether conjuring a poem-vignette in a dozen or so finely crafted lines, or spinning a tale over multiple pages. As befits her status as an award-winning author--two Bram Stoker Awards from the Horror Writers of America--HOW TO RECOGNIZE A DEMON HAS BECOME YOUR FRIEND showcases a fine writer at ease in her medium. Words seem to flow effortlessly, in precisely the correct style for the story being told. Lines of verse give structure and form to far-reaching, emotionally intensive evocations of time and space.

The first poem in the collection is "How to Recognize a Demon Has Become Your Friend"; the final entry is "How to Recognize Your Friend Has Become a Demon." With that seemingly-simple play on word order and ambiguity, Addison provides an architectonic for her work--each story, each poem continues the transformation of human into other-than-human, of demon into other-than-demon.

Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Fine Blend 16 May 2012
By Alan M. Clark - Published on Amazon.com
This is a unique collection of poetry and short fiction. The poetry is both lighthearted and dark, full of exquisite imagery, and the stories are emotionally driven expeditions into fantasy, horror and science fiction. The mix is eclectic and delightful.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dreams and Escapes! 26 Oct 2011
By JAZZY62 - Published on Amazon.com
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A collection of both horror and science fiction short stories and poetry. Just finished reading a forth of the book and as expected it took me on a journey into the outer reaches of my imagination. The words and tales are very colorful and tasty. If you're open to a different ride down a lightly lit dark road then this is the book for you. An enjoyable pleasure for you fellow ghouls and SCIFI; poetry buffs :)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Linda Can do it All.... 22 Jan 2012
By TimothyFlynn - Published on Amazon.com
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Linda D. Addison's newest collection is an excellant way for newcomers to read her overall talents in fiction and poetry. The mix of poems and stories vary in delivery from horror, sci-fi, and fantasy and are executed with a master's touch. When she writes, you want to read. I look forward to more work from this talented jack of all trades. Highly recommended!!!!

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5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful 21 Jan 2013
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Wide range of stories, genres, and myths, including references to Lovecraft and other gothic horror authors; playful and menacing at the same time. Highly recommended.
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