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Writers from Clive Barker to Bruce Sterling and Roger Zelazny have praised John Shirley’s searing, apocalyptic visions of postmodern hell on earth. Now this perversely brilliant author, one of the seminal representatives on the cyberpunk movement, unleashes his newest masterpiece.


In a future uncomfortably close to the present day, the apocalypse has surpassed all exp...more
Paperback, 372 pages
Published April 2003 by Del Rey (first published 2000)
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Oct 01, 2008 Mark rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: No one
Recommended to Mark by: Jeff Tatum
This was my first delve into Shelly's work and I wont be going back anytime soon. This started out strong with a bang that proceeded to fizzle out with a series of foreseeable "plot twists" and an ending that showed an absence of originality. It was a cliche ending that was an utter letdown and was very undeserving of all of its reviews (at least the ones they decided to publish) especially the one claiming that it is "barely street legal."

If you are a true horror fan you will stay away from thi...more
Barks & Bites
Ira, an artist, has just had his world ripped apart. Demons have invaded and are gleefully ripping humans to shreds one by one.

Apparently, this book is two books in one. Book 1 tells Ira's story and his battle with the Demons. It began with a rip-roaring start but petered out somewhere mid-way when Ira, the woman he's in love with and a group of men who belong to a secret society attempt to figure out how to defeat the demons and reclaim their world. I lost interest midway as the story got bogge...more
On the one hand, Shirley is a talented writer, original and often clever. On the other hand, you need to have a high tolerance for descriptions of people being choked to death on steaming green demon penis. The horror here is revolting but not frightening, and it is really the social commentary that Shirley is best at, particularly when poking fun at the artistic and intellectual establishments:

"The lava lamp is protosociety's purely unconscious expression of the primeval ooze on one level, shap...more
Matt Daly
The book is a collection of 2 stories, neither of which could stand on its own. The first story was fast-paced and in-your-face, leaving all of your guilty pleasures fulfilled. However, the story was over as soon as it began, and it left a lot of questions unanswered. The second book had a much more developed plot as well as detailing both the new and old characters in greater depth. While it was decidedly slower-paced, I didn't seem to care and all of the building suspense was worth it to me. T...more
Well Well, we got em a particular type of Nastiness this time in
CyberPuke Maestro John Shirleys Quikulator SF/Horror book Demons.

This baby is well Written with Eye SHockers to boot.
Wait no Further Yon YE Christians. As Hell has Runnith Over.
and a quick exit is indeed the best route to take in this scenerio.
Look out for the President getting Face Fucked by a demon after he
tries to get mercy from a unconditional Surrender to the DemonKind.
Yep Nasty like I said.

Science IS called in on this Sick Pup...more
Allyson Shaw
Nov 22, 2011 Allyson Shaw rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Allyson by: Michael Row
I loved this book. What sets out to be a strange, PKD satire spins out into a suspenseful, truly horrifying morality tale full of incredibly creepy visions rendered in deliciously precise language. You've got to admire what this book achieves in it's brevity, especially in the days of obligatory door-stop genre novels. I had a hard time putting it down, but it clearly pushed some subconscious buttons, giving me nightmares for a while, so I had to reluctantly stop reading it for a week. Given Shi...more
Michael Cable
Well, I read this as a part of my Master's Thesis and it was OK. It was actually perfect for the work as it explores the interconnectedness of demonic creatures (metaphorical and actual)and the humans who encounter them. Are they supernatural entities or are they just projections of our monstrous selves? You know, man's inhumanity to man and all that. There is some action, some pull no punches gore and killing, kids, animals, etc. (felt forced, 'see how hard core I am?')and quite a bit of spirit...more
Jorge Garcia
A wholly uninteresting book that prides itself on nothing more than that John Shirley can write about creepy things. I feel that the plot wasn't nearly as interesting as it could have been and it's as if Shirley sat down, saw a few creepy creatures in his head and said "I am going to structure a plot around these and it's going to suck." I can't say exactly why I picked this up but the first few pages were very interesting, coming to the center of the book was like coming to the end of a decent...more
Dave Moore
I'm extremely reluctant to label any book as 'amateurish', since someone obviously published it, and someone did take the time and expend the effort to create it.
That having been said, I've read comic books with more plot and character development than this. This book is the written equivalent to those movies made by the Sy-Fy Channel that become insipid once you're out of middle school.
From the man who wrote the screenplay for The Crow (an excellent film), comes this book, a compilation of 2 novellas. I personally prefer the first one - they're both about demons attempting to take over, and I found the first novella way creepier (hence, my preference). Shirley is very intelligent and will throw all kinds of ideas at you in this book. Thought-provoking.
Matt Piechocinski
I dunno, I picked this up because it was on one of the bookseller employee's best of apocalypto books ... it's really not that good, but it IS page turning. It reminded me a lot of those Evangelical books ... the Left Behind series, and This Present (Coming) Darkness.

Ultimately, I thought it would be better than what it was. It's mediocre at best.
David Agranoff
Mar 27, 2009 David Agranoff rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Horror fans, sci-fi fans
This book is two novellas, the first is a little better than the second. The first half is beyond amazing and worth the cover price alone.

Great environmental horror in the same veins as the sheep look up by John Brunner.
Feb 12, 2012 Melissa marked it as abandoned
Shelves: donated-gaveaway
I started listening to this and I could not get into it. I didn't like the narration and the story seemed to drag. I hope the rest of you have better luck!

Audiobook BookRay from bookcrossing... passed on
Walt O'Hara
Pretty good so far.. the Demons of the title are of course real attention grabbers but I enjoyed the metaphysical element of this book tremendously.
Apr 25, 2013 Matt rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: horror
I read this one a while ago. I remember it to be rather comic bookish, but it had a quick moving story line and was fairly entertaining.
Conrad Zero
My review of Demons by John Shirley can be found here:

-Conrad Zero
Ross Buffa
Yes creepy and weird! Loved it.
A fun read with some substance, but very standard. Not quite at the level of Heironymus Bosch...yet.
This was a really interesting book about demons manifesting. It is one of Shirley's better books.
I wrote that I thought it was good, but I have no memory of this book at all.
it was kind of confusing but pretty interesting at the same time
Sep 27, 2009 Ladiibbug marked it as to-read

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Dan Sharber
not bad; just ok.
What a fantastic set of ideas, what interesting commentary... what a bummer that it flattens out so much as we move from the first to the second book.
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John Shirley is the author of more than a dozen books, including Demons; Crawlers; City Come A-Walkin’; Really, Really, Really, Really, Weird Stories; and the classic cyberpunk trilogy A Song Called Youth: Eclipse, Eclipse Penumbra, and Eclipse Corona. He is the recipient of the Horror Writers Association’s Bram Stoker Award and won the International Horror Guild Award for his collection Black But...more
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