Publisher: Cemetery Dance Publications, US
Publication Date: 2000
Illustrator: Erik Wilson
Book Condition: Near Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine
Edition: First Edition.
Limited Edition, signed by author on title page. Pages are clean, no markings from previous owners. Boards are clean. Binding is tight. Faint wear to cloth at spine ends and corners. Dust jacket is clean, bright, and unmarked with slight edgewear. Dust jacket is in a protective mylar cover. Pictures provided upon request. Bookseller Inventory # 20823
Synopsis: 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 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.
Review: Nightmarish demons terrorize the world in this sharp-edged tale of horror and humanity from award-winner John Shirley. A young artist from San Francisco witnesses the demons' arrival and the world's response--panic, denial, and even cooperation in the slaughter. He joins a group of people who believe that human action brought the demons into the world and that the power of human consciousness--awareness of one's true self--is the only defense against them. Then nine years later, in the face of a new threat, the group must overcome conspiracy and the world's disbelief to battle demons once again.
Themes of wakefulness and sleep--the struggle for self-awareness against the deliberate denial of what's happening around us--form the counterpoint for the terrifying and often brutal events of the story. This is a fast-paced, finely told horror tale combined with a pointed examination of the ways in which people so often conspire in their own destruction. --Roz Genessee
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