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John Shirley gives us a taste of what can happen when we live as if our actions are inconsequential. Through the eyes of one of the main characters, an artist named Ira, we see the future: a world where demons are everywhere. As is the case with humanity, good and evil aren't easily discerned, and so the folks one would normally count on have failed us, and, like the Bible says, the meek do inherit the earth…
So it is that we see the Gnashers, Spiders, Grindums, and Dishrags all doing what demons do best -- torturing humanity. Shirley does a great job giving dimensions and personalities to each of the demon clans, which makes the story that much more enjoyable to read. The Bugsys, for example, are galactic gamblers and love the thrill of laying down a bet -- I'd love to see some Vegas croupier catch them cheating and try to throw them out!
Although Demons is a lot of fun to read, it is also a very deep and profound story. (S.V.)