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Demons: Encounters with the Devil and His Minions, Fallen Angels, and the Possessed Paperback – 1 Nov 2011

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  • Paperback: 640 pages
  • Publisher: Black Dog & Leventhal (1 Nov. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1579128793
  • ISBN-13: 978-1579128791
  • Product Dimensions: 18.7 x 4.1 x 23.5 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,510,969 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best anthologies ever! 16 Dec. 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!
5.0 out of 5 stars A well-rounded collection of short stories. 2 Feb. 2015
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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.
5.0 out of 5 stars You Should POSSESS This Book 31 Mar. 2014
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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.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 28 Nov. 2015
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One of the best horror collections i have read in a really long time, riveting!
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 21 Oct. 2014
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Great Item.
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