Killers and Demons

Rated 4.14/5 based on 7 reviews
Warning! Not for the faint of heart!

Craving a little blood or perhaps some horrific death? Slake your gruesome thirst for vicarious thrills with five chilling stories that go inside the twisted world of serial killers and beyond to the dark, disturbing world of demons. More
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About A. F. Stewart

A steadfast and proud sci-fi and fantasy geek, A. F. Stewart was born and raised in Nova Scotia, Canada and still calls it home. The youngest in a family of seven children, she always had an overly creative mind and an active imagination. She favours the dark and deadly when writing—her genres of choice being fantasy and horror—but she has been known to venture into the light on occasion. As an indie author, she’s published novels, novellas and story collections, with a few side trips into poetry.

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Reviews of Killers and Demons by A. F. Stewart

Fee Roberts reviewed on July 2, 2016

I received this book in exchange for an honest review. I really enjoyed Killers and Demons. The short stories grabbed you and took you into dark places where the characters were intense. I was looking around the room, while reading, just to make sure I was not being watched. These stories definitely made the hair on the back of my neck stand up. This is one book not to be miss.
(reviewed 9 months after purchase)
Carol reviewed on March 17, 2013

Five tightly written little horror stories.
(reviewed 14 days after purchase)
Sheila Deeth reviewed on April 29, 2012

Short scary tales hook you from the first page in A. F. Stewart’s Killers and Demons. In classic short horror tradition, the tales evoke darkness with beautiful use of language, and twist the reader’s emotions onto a slippery, slithery slope. Reminding me of Ray Bradbury, the author sets up simple scenes—a dinner table perhaps, laid out for a gourmet meal, a faithful knight at prayer, or the haunting fog of Victorian London. Each tale is perfectly seasoned with surprising stings, leaving the reader haunted by the sort of questions horror is meant to leave. And the author wisely doesn’t give the background—who knows, this killer or demon just might live next door.

Delicious, perfectly fitting the scary book cover, ideal for a haunting evening’s read… but keep the lights on and play the music loudly.

Disclosure: I was lucky enough to get a free ecopy of this book, and I already knew I enjoy the author’s writing.
(reviewed 50 days after purchase)
lfsims reviewed on April 24, 2012

It is a very good set of short stories. They are worth the money.
(reviewed 47 days after purchase)
Cassie reviewed on July 26, 2011

If you are all about sweet little love stories and happy endings, Killers and Demons is not for you. But, if you want some gruesome, spine-chilling murders and merciless demons, look no further!

Killers and Demons is a collection of five short stories about, you guessed it, twisted serial killers and disturbing demons. From Valentine’s slayings to callous, vindictive soul-hunters, A.F. Stewart gets it right!

I was absolutely hooked from page one. Actually, make that the cover! Right away, you know what this book is all about, and you know it is going to be remarkable. Stewart has a fantastic writing style that gives the reader the haunting feel of the story immediately and portrays the terror of a full-length horror novel in just a few enthralling pages. Her characters are spot on, from the abrupt and heartless murderers of “Devoid,” “You Got to have Heart,” and “London, 1888” (which reminded me very much of Sweeny Todd) to her humanized yet pitiless demons in “Victorian Shadows” and “Advent of Night” (the latter two being my favorites).

I highly recommend this collection of stories as a quick and entertaining piece—for more mature readers!
(reviewed 21 days after purchase)
JoseEM reviewed on July 7, 2011

Extremely enjoyable short stories. Two of the five stories deal with demons and it is my opinion that those are the best. The "Killers," stories were by no means bad, it just seems that the author is probably more at home with the supernatural stories.

Wish the author would publish her other books on Smashwords (there's a list in the last pages,) and, at that, I'm gonna have to pick up her only other Smashwords book pretty soon.

(Please? Put up your other books on Smashwords?...)
(reviewed 2 days after purchase)
Angela Yuriko Smith reviewed on June 10, 2011

If I thought I enjoyed A.F. Stewart’s book, Once Upon a Dark and Eerie, let me say I adored Killers & Demons. Comprised of five separate tales, Killers & Demons is a deliciously dark read that will have you glancing at the shadows between tales.

Where Dark and Eerie consisted of shorter vignettes that left me craving more, Killers was a more satisfying meal with plenty of old world flavor. Stewart’s writing is descriptive and reminds me of a Poe crossed Dickens.

My very favorite of the five tales was easily Victorian Shadows. The heroine, Sally, is an escape artist with a demonic hunter hot on her trail. I admired her clever, resilient nature and hope that her tale can travel on to more stories. Her hunter was impressively ominous down to the details; an alluring nightmare. Here’s a brief taste from Victorian Shadows:

“Sulphurous wind gusted in his wake; The dust of the street swirled and the folds of his black coat flapped against his thin body. He sauntered into the world with purpose, angry and proud.”

I read through Killers & Demons rather quickly, and that might be my only real critique of Stewart’s work, both Dark & Eerie and Killers. She plays with words elegantly, weaving them together into brilliant tapestry, but I want to know more. Does Sally try her old tricks again, giving Balthazar a new trail to follow? Why did the polite host from You’ve Got to Have Heart have such a grisly holiday tradition? Does Mr. Peter’s have a new hobby and career to add to his story?

Ms. Stewart has a beautiful sense of wordplay that I enjoy, and I find myself wanting more. I’ll be looking through her website looking for more of her works and hoping to find continuations of some of the tantalizing stories she has lit up in my mind.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
Amy Eye reviewed on May 29, 2011
(no rating)
Five short stories to chill your bones and feel blessed that you are not living the story unfolding before your eyes. Killers and Demons is an apt name for this book, every story centers around one or the other, and in many cases, they are one in the same.

Although not appropriate for anyone younger that high school age, I think this would still qualify as a great YA horror short story book. The tales are brief enough to capture their interest; short enough for them to learn to tell during sleepovers and over campfires.

Victorian shadows has the best feel to me, and I feel that one could easily be stretched into a novella at the very least, learning how one escapes Hell and lives on the run from a demon. The rest of the stories are sure to make your YA reader think twice before turning off the light or walking down a dark alley. For .99 cents on SmashWords, it is a great start to your high schooler's summer reading list! (flashlight and scary sound effects not included!!)
(reviewed the day of purchase)
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