By (author) John Shirley

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  • Publisher: Ballantine Books Inc.
  • Format: Paperback | 372 pages
  • Dimensions: 140mm x 204mm x 30mm | 322g
  • Publication date: 1 August 2003
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0345446496
  • ISBN 13: 9780345446497
  • Edition: New edition
  • Edition statement: New edition
  • Sales rank: 596,708

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In a post-apocalyptic, near-future world, evil demons roam the earth, delighting in the sadistic torture of any humans they encounter, while Ira, a young San Francisco artist, joins forces with a powerful young seeress and an offbeat group of scientists and philosophers to end the reign of terror. R

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Author information

John Shirley is the author of more than a dozen books including "City Come""A-Walking," "Really Really Really Really Weird Stories" (a collection of short fiction), and the newly reissued classic cyberpunk "A Song Called Youth" trilogy-"Eclipse, Eclipse Corona, "and" Eclipse Penumbra. "He is the recipient of the Horror Writers Association Bram Stoker Award and the International Horror Guild Award for his collection "Black Butterflies. "Shirley has fronted punk bands and written lyrics for his own music, as well as for Blue Oyster Cult and other bands. A principal screenwriter for "The Crow," Shirley now devotes most of his time to writing for television and film. Visit the author's Web site at "From the Hardcover edition."

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"John Shirley is an adventurer, returning from dark and troubled regions with visionary tales to tell. I heartily recommend a journey with John Shirley at your side." "--"--CLIVE BARKER "John Shirley accomplishes things that most writers would not dare to attempt." -BRUCE STERLING Author of "Schismatrix" "John Shirley's prophet-in-the-cyberwilderness voice deserves high billing among the best." "-"ROGER ZELAZNY Author of the "Amber "series "Destined to become a new major voice in science fiction." "-"ROBERT SILVERBERG" " "From the Hardcover edition."

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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. DEMONS In a future uncomfortably close to the present day, the apocalypse has surpassed all expectations. Hideous demons roam the streets in an orgy of terror, drawing pleasure from torturing humans as sadistically as possible. Divided into seven clans, these grisly invaders-gnashing, writhing, bloodthirsty monsters-seem horrifically to "belong in our world. Ira, a young San Francisco artist, becomes involved with a strange group of scientists and philosophers desperately trying to end the bloody siege. Yet through it all, Ira continues to paint-for in his canvasses lie crucial clues to the demons' origins. Yet the demons draw their strength from an all-too-familiar evil-a deadly malevolence supported by some of the greatest powers on earth, concealed beneath the trappings of status, success, and abused power. Ira and his allies- including a compelling young seeress-come to believe these demons didn't just appear. They were summoned. But the most shocking revelation is yet to come . . . EXCLUSIVE TO THIS EDITION: The original novella "Demons was published as an acclaimed, limited edition hardcover which "Publishers Weekly called a "mini-masterpiece." Now the terror continues, as the sequel story, "Undercurrents," takes the reader on a macabre journey into the center of the conspiracy that may lay waste to the Earth. " "From the Hardcover edition.