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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Serpent's Tail (15 Jan. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1852428481
  • ISBN-13: 978-1852428488
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 2 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,428,348 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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?Fowler hides a powerful narrative in a slyly experimental text to superb effect? Time Out

Gothic stories in a realist vein...Ian McEwan used to mine a similar seam. Fowler does it better (Arena ?These deadly funny stories are like short sharp shocks of adrenalin administered to the unsuspecting in the dead of night? Metro)

About the Author

Director of film promotion company The Creative Partnership, Christopher Fowler is the author of twelve novels, as well as numerous screenplays and collections of short stories. His first novel, the bestseller Roofworld, has been developed as a film. One of his short stories, The Master Builder, became a CBS movie starring Tippi Hedren. Another, Left Hand Drive, won Best British Short Film in 1993. The short story 'American Waitress' in Demonized won the British Fantasy Society's Best Short Fiction Prize 2004.


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t's starting to get me worried about how undervalued Fowler is - his full-length books are some of the best, paciest horror novels written in the past decade, and his collections of short stories never fail to impress. Yet, he isn't recognised for his genius outside the select few.
Rant aside, once again we have a fine collection of short stories on offer, although lacking the edge of the Uncut selection, they also show that Fowler has branched out into different forms of storywriting. This is clear from the first tale, We;re Going Where The Sun Shines Brightly, which is an idyllic look back to a trip around France on a double decker. OK, so it's still pretty dark in the final third, yet you don't see it coming - let alone expect something like it.
Of course, there are some classic Fowleresque stories on offer, such as Seven Feet (in my opinion, the best story in the book - although not for those with rat allergies), The Green Man and Hop are all great horror tales that conjour up lurid images of the events. Other stories also stick with the urban paranoia Fowler usually exhibits, such as American Waitress and Above the Glass Ceiling, which work very well in drawing the reader in.
Yet the departures from his usual style make this book memorable. The most notable of these are One Night Out, which is a well-written story involving a man's father returning from the dead for, you guessed it, one night, while Emotional Response is a fantastic story of two women jilted in love, plotting their revenge (no, not involving weapons, just a broken heart), that conveys the main character's spite and heartbreak so well.
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I can only say "WOW !" - I have serveral books by C. Fowler now, also several short-story-collections by him, but these stories are certainly OUTSTANDING... gripping you forcefully. Don't miss this - you'll thank me ;-). This man can WRITE, oh my !!!
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I can't begin to say how glad I am that Christopher Fowler's short stories are back on track after the disappointing 'Personal Demons'. 'Demonized' is a totally brilliant compendium of dark stories which will leave you feeling both emotional and gratified. From Fowler's opening introduction into how some of the stories were written to the very closing pages you will not be disappointed. Each story gets better and better with the turn of a page, my personal favourites are 'Hop' about a man who believes the soul of a dead murderess out for revenge is hopping into the bodies of children including his own daughter and 'Personal Space' about an 80 something old lady whose house gets taken over by drug addicts. These are just two examples of superbly written dark fiction demonstrating a different type of horror, the horror of mankind; what we do to ourselves and each other. Nothing is better than the feeling you get after reading a really excellent book, and this is no exception. The stories are not all full of hardship and sorrow, as Fowler says in his intro, some have a happy ending, some a sad one, and others are left open. A well deserved 5 stars! Welcome back Fowler!
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Yet another great read from Christopher Fowler. I have yet to be disappointed by any of the books so far
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Amazon.com: 2.8 out of 5 stars 4 reviews
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fowler is Back on Form 22 July 2004
By B. Hotchkies - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This short story collection puts Fowler back on the map. Strange and quirky little stories. What a warped mind this guy must have. Monkeys falling in love? Where did that come from? I read this book over a weekend, and I don't think I have ever read a book that fast.
3.0 out of 5 stars Such good ideas, but the execution (har har)... 12 April 2013
By ReasonableGoatPerson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Fowler's stories tend to be of the "punchline" variety. That is to say, the endings make them worth the reading. The sentiment behind the conclusions of these Demonic stories, in just about every case, is something that sends a tingle up my spine; and as a certain Russian author once said, "Let us worship the spine and its tingle."

The problem with Demonized is that the rest of the joke doesn't measure up to the punchline. I don't know what goes on. Christopher Fowler is usually an on-point storyteller. Here, though, it's like someone of low to middling talent stole a notebook of story outlines off of a creative genius, and then produced this collection as a result. Baffling.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not Free SF Reader 4 Nov. 2007
By average - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is just an average collection of stories, perhaps another case of a collection because they can, not because they should.

Overall, it is of horror stories, with the odd fantasy or even sf story (which actually you can call horror, too) and even something mainstream chick-lit 'Wives Club' type story like Emotional Response, so a little bit of variety to be found.

Demonized : We're Going Where the Sun Shines Brightly - Christopher Fowler
Demonized : H1tler's Houseguest - Christopher Fowler
Demonized : Dealing with the Situation - Christopher Fowler
Demonized : The Green Man - Christopher Fowler
Demonized : Breaking Heart - Christopher Fowler
Demonized : Where They Went Wrong - Christopher Fowler
Demonized : In Safe Hands - Christopher Fowler
Demonized : Seven Feet - Christopher Fowler
Demonized : American Waitress - Christopher Fowler
Demonized : Above the Glass Ceiling - Christopher Fowler
Demonized : Personal Space - Christopher Fowler
Demonized : Hop - Christopher Fowler
Demonized : The Scorpion Jacket - Christopher Fowler
Demonized : Feral - Christopher Fowler
Demonized : One Night Out - Christopher Fowler
Demonized : Emotional Response - Christopher Fowler
Demonized : Cairo 6.1 - Christopher Fowler

Bad bus trip.

3 out of 5

Journo scare.

3 out of 5

Panhandled.

2.5 out of 5

Monkey murder match.

3.5 out of 5

Female predator.

2.5 out of 5

Killer match.

3.5 out of 5

Conspiracy reality.

3 out of 5

Rattus rattus terminus.

3.5 out of 5

Strong stalker slaying.

4 out of 5

Executive removal club.

3.5 out of 5

Drug boarder retreat.

3 out of 5

Child avenger.

2.5 out of 5

Ugly revenge really stings.

3.5 out of 5

Pests, however many legs.

2.5 out of 5

Ghost dad visit.

3.5 out of 5

Altar revenge.

3.5 out of 5

Death flight program mess.

3.5 out of 5
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Demonized by Christopher Fowler 2 Nov. 2009
By Richard R. Sefi - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Disappointing short stories, not to be confused with the absorbing "Peculiar Crimes Unit" books which are a joy.
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