I love demons and The Devil.
Okay, not in a Hail Satan kinda way, but thematically! Not only is my current series about demons, but the very first book I ever wrote also focused on minions of Lucifer. I will unapologetically tell you that my favorite character on Supernatural is Crowley (Sam and Dean who?). And I mean, angels have cool wings, but who doesn't love a bad boy?
Not only that, but the plight of Lucifer and his minions is such an interesting one that I can't help but want to explore it in my own writing.
Today, I wanted to share with you my 5 favorite books about or featuring Hell, demons and even The Devil himself. Prepare yourself--it may get warm in here.
1. Good Omens by Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman
I cannot think of a single book that has had more influence on me than this one. Crowley (different one this time) has influenced just about every demon I've ever written. The idea that demons and angels are so interested in human culture and mankind is a concept that--I think, correct me if I'm wrong--was unique when the book came out almost 30 years ago, but it's a theme that thrives in the genre now. If you somehow have never read this book, it's about a boy, his dog, and an angel/demon team who aren't so keen on the idea of the Apocalypse.
And you should probably stop reading this post and go read the book now. Now. Even if you've read it before--read it again. I'll wait.
2. I, Lucifer by Glen Duncan
What if Lucifer came back to Earth to mingle with humans? If you're thinking about the TV show on Fox right now, you aren't even close. Duncan paints an extraordinarily sympathetic but brutal portrait of Hell's showrunner. Here, Luci inhabits the body of a recently-deceased author. Then, he runs amok. This is a pretty uncompromising book, but it's one of my favorites.
3. The Johannes Cabal Series by Jonathan L. Howard
I love this series more than life itself, and while Herr Cabal is often seen battling demons and even Satan (and his rather unimpressive replacement), one of my favorite characters in the series is a devil by the name of Madame Zareniya. She's a massive spider woman. She wears angora. She's just the cutest thing, and oh--did I mention she just loves murder? The entire series is worth your time, so please give it a look.
4. Paradise Lost by John Milton
Warning: this one is dense. All the same, I think this is an incredibly important piece of literature when considering the representation of Lucifer and demons in media. Lucifer here is depicted in the manner typically reserved for epic heroes. This work really shaped the way we view ol' Luci today, and I highly recommend giving it a look at least once.
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5. Lucifer's Odyssey by Rex Jameson
Similarly, there's Lucifer's Odyssey, a complex and well-written look at Lucifer and Jehovah that really breathes new life into Luci's story. It definitely draws from the themes in Paradise Lost, but is a very quick-paced and exciting read. I read this one a few years ago, and I really enjoyed it. I'm now discovering (as I poke around on Amazon) that it spawned a series! Apparently, Lucifer's Odyssey is Book 1 in the Primal Patterns series, so you better believe I'll be checking those out, as well.
There you have it! Five of my favorite books involving Hell, demons and Lucifer himself. What are your favorite books that feature Hellish themes?
Until next time!