In Ancient Near Eastern religions as well as in the derived Abrahamic traditions, including ancient and medieval Christian demonology, a demon is considered an "unclean spirit" which may cause demonic possession, to be addressed with an act of exorcism. In Western occultism and Renaissance magic, which grew out of an amalgamation of Greco-Roman magic, Jewish demonology and Christian tradition, a demon is a spiritual entity that may be conjured and controlled. Many of the demons in literature were once fallen angels.

In general fiction, demons tend to be creatures from Hell, often Satan's minion

The Desert Prince
The Devil Makes Three
A Terrible Fall of Angels
Paper & Blood (Ink & Sigil, #2)
The Bound Witch (The Osseous Chronicles, #3)
The Sinner
The Price of Exorcism (Pizza Shop Exorcist, #2)
City of Thorns (The Demon Queen Trials, #1)
Into the Dark
Long Shadows (Elizabeth Cage #3)
The Hellbeast King (The HellBeast King Book 1)
When Hell Freezes Over (Sin Demons #5)
Six Crimson Cranes (Six Crimson Cranes, #1)
What We Devour
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Dead Lands (Savage Lands, #3)
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Broken Moon (Kait Silver, #1)
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Warrior Fae Princess (Warrior Fae, #2) (Demon Days, Vampire Nights, #8)
Devilish Deal (Demons After Dark: Covenant, #1)
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Midlife Fairy Hunter (Forty Proof, #2)
Midlife Demon Hunter (Forty Proof, #3)
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I suddenly realized. The zebra. It is not something outside of us. The zebra is something inside of us. Our fears. Our own self-destructive nature. The zebra is the worst part of us when we are face-to-face with our worst times. The demon is us!
Garth Stein, The Art of Racing in the Rain

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If I got rid of my demons, I’d lose my angels.
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