Thought for Thursday – Demons: Real or Fantasy?

Each week on the Romance Writer’s Weekly blog we feature one of the RWW authors. Today is the turn of A.S. Fenichel, author of the Demon Hunter Series. Take a look below for her fun blog about where our concepts of demons come from, and whether they may just be more real than we think!

Carrie Pink


A.S. Fenichel here! I’m excited because it’s my day on Romance Writers Blog and I’ve got some great stuff for you.

Being an author who constantly delves into the paranormal world, you can imagine I have spent a good amount of time searching for the answer to this question. Are demons real? In The Demon Hunter series, demons are the spawn of hell and they are trying to take over the world and make it their own. A war wages on, not that different from any other war where each side finds the other hideous and wrong.

In the End of Days Trilogy, the Lord of the Dead has used the apocalypse to invade while humanity is at its weakest point. He turns humans who are weak and faithless into his personal army and brings demons from the underworld to destroy the good that remains in the world. Rulers have been praying on the weak from the beginning of time. You could make the argument that demons are all around us.

I thought we might look at a few mythological demons and maybe that would bring us closer to an answer.

Origin: Jewish mythology
This female demon responsible for miscarriages, still-births, and infant mortality. Abyzou was infertile, so these heinous acts were likely derived from her jealousy. She is often depicted a bit like a snake.
So this demon is a scapegoat for tragedy. Something to blame at the worst possible time and she is described as a snake, a creature that most people fear to begin with. Interesting?

Origin: Christian demonology
This male demon makes “those who run stand still”. I don’t know about you, but I’ve had that dream a hundred times. Also, I imagine it’s pretty hard to run during a tornado, hurricane or earthquake. Agares creates natural disasters and then makes it impossible to escape. This demon uses and teaches a lot of profanities. (Hmmm. I was wondering where I got those from.) Oh and he’s the ruler of the eastern region of Hell. All that said, he’s an old man riding a crocodile and carrying a hawk.

Pretty strange image for a devastating demon. Perhaps a way of saying that evil can come in any package.

Origin: Sumerian mythology
Asag is one of the many demons who causes sickness. He also had sex with all the mountains in the world, and had gave birth to rock-demons, that defends him in any battle. Asag is so ugly his presence causes fish to be boiled alive in rivers and lakes within viewing-distance! Man, that’s ugly.

Not sure about this one, but I thought it was pretty fun, what with the mountain sex and all!

Origin: Japanese Buddhist mythology
Jikininki are the spirits of selfish, greedy, or ungodly people. They are cursed to eat the flesh of corpses and steal valuables from the corpses. Sounds like a grave robber to me. I might think of those horrible people as demons, what about you? Jikininki can take the form of normal human beings and are self-haters. Hmmm…

I’m going with my grave robber theory on this one. Very creative though.

Lady Midday
Origin: Slavic Mythology
I love this one! She is a female demon who converses with field laborers during the hottest part of the day. If she’s not

The war against evil

Unsatisfied with what they say, she might decapitate them with a scythe, cause insanity or heat-sickness.

Sure, blame a woman for a an accident at work. Isn’t that always the way. She appears as an old woman, girl of about twelve or a beautiful woman. This is a good one.

There are thousands more, but I can’t leave without talking about The Devil.
Origin: Judeo-Christian Mythology
In Christianity, the title Satan (Hebrew: הַשָּׂטָן ha-Satan), “the opposer”, is a title of various entities, both human and divine, who challenge the faith of humans in the Jewish Bible. Satan is what we think of as all forms of evil. Christians often believe that God sent Satan to test our faith. He authors lies and promotes evil.

His first appearance, as the serpent in the Garden of Eden.
So are demons real? I think so. I haven’t seen any of the creatures that traverse the pages of my books, but I have certainly been in contact with some of their human counterparts.

Some demons are from our imagination, created to take the blame for the horrors in our life. Does that make them any less real? We each carry our own demons. We live with them and we struggle to keep them at bay. Are they real?

What do you think?