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''Demon: A Memoir'' (sometimes referred to as simply ''Demon'') is a 2010 Christian supernatural novel by Tosca Lee.

Failed writer Clay is struggling through depression from his recent divorce and the lackluster of his editing job at a tiny Boston publishing house. One night he meets a mysterious stranger called Lucian, who has only one thing to say: “I’m going to tell you everything. I’m going to tell you my story … and you’re going to write it down and publish it.”

At first Clay refuses, but then Lucian begins showing up everywhere he goes, in [[VoluntaryShapeshifting many different forms]], eventually convincing Clay that the story he has to tell is worth putting up with Lucian’s…oddities.

So what is Lucian’s story? The [[Literature/TheBible Biblical]] account of humanity, from the other side’s point of view.

Clay quickly becomes riveted by this new understanding of the world’s most well-known epic. Dragged into a story that quickly becomes an obsession, he gradually finds himself facing the fallout on a philosophical, practical, and even legal level—and the understanding that Lucian, despite revitalizing Clay’s life, is very definitely not benign.

The novel’s page on the author’s official website can be found [[http://www.toscalee.com/portfolio/demon-a-memoir/ here.]]

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!! ''Demon: A Memoir'' contains examples of:

* AdaptationExpansion: In-universe: Lucian’s story is much more vivid and fleshed-out than the corresponding portions of [[Literature/TheBible Biblical]] narrative.
* AllFirstPersonNarratorsWriteLikeNovelists: [[JustifiedTrope Justified]], since [[MostWritersAreWriters Clay is an editor and an (albeit failed) novelist]]. Justified again with Lucian, since he’s had several thousand years with the help of a [[PhotographicMemory perfect memory]] to compose his narrative. Both of them are extremely poetic in their narration.
* AttentionDeficitOohShiny: Lucian sometime invokes this ''intentionally'', for the purpose of irritating Clay when Lucian feels like his curiosity is being too pleasantly satisfied.
* AuthorTract: Rather subtly (aside from the blunt assumption that the Bible is literally true on many counts)—avoids being {{Anvilicious}}.
* BlackAndWhiteMorality: Clay thinks is how the spiritual world works; Lucian [[AvertedTrope begs to differ]]:
--> '''Lucian''': This is not your classic so-called human tale of the struggle between good and evil. Hades, you humans always have a way of distorting the truth into something utterly simplistic and banal.
** Because it deals with a literal interpretation of the religious history currently adhered by billions of people, the [[MoralityKitchenSink morality of the story is largely dependent on the reader’s interpretation]].
* DesignatedVillain: In-universe: Lucian feels that the demons were put into this place by God—that God set Himself against them for what was, in their eyes, a very minor sin. In reality Lucian is demonstrated to be completely selfish and harm others just for the sake of making humanity miserable.
* DrivenByEnvy: The demons wreak havoc on humanity because they can’t stand that humans got not only divine forgiveness, but were brought to life with the literal breath of God.
* [[spoiler:DownerEnding / BittersweetEnding: Depending on your interpretation of the last paragraph. It’s left rather vague whether Clay actually has the sort of life-changing epiphany one might be expected to get after hearing the story behind the universe, or, if he does, what he intends to do about it. In any case, he’s also left with a fatal heart condition, courtesy of Lucian.]]
* EvilCannotComprehendGood: Clay comes to realize this is the case.
* FallenAngel: Lucian and his fellows, in keeping with Abrahamic interpretation of Literature/TheBible.
* GodIsGood: Though Clay remains vaguely ambivalent on the topic, this is the logical counter-conclusion of “demons are evil” which the book clearly presents.
* GoodHurtsEvil: Both played straight and subverted in the same scene: Clay goes into a church, hoping Lucian won’t be able to follow him on; Lucian [[LampshadeHanging laughs at the idea]], but does comment that the prayers of people inside the church give him a headache.
* HistoryMarchesOn: Inverted. Lucian is constantly correcting Clay’s modern assumptions about the Biblical narrative.
* HowTheMightyHaveFallen: Lucifer.
* MostWritersAreWriters: Clay is an editor and (failed) novelist.
* NestedStory: The narration alternates between Clay’s life and the story Lucian is telling him.
* OlderThanDirt: In-universe: Lucian’s story, if taken literally.
* RageAgainstTheHeavens: The demons basically spend their existence continually rebelling against God one way or another, again consistent with their usual Biblical interpretation.
* TheResenter: All of the demons resent God for rejecting them and humans for not being similarly rejected, despite their flaws.
* SeekingSanctuary: For one of their “appointments”, Clay chooses to meet in church, hoping the demon won’t be able to follow him inside. It doesn’t work.
* ShownTheirWork: The author adheres to a narrative that draws on dozens of fairly obscure Biblical details, various commentaries by Abrahamic scholars, ancient Middle Eastern history, and the Hebraic language.
* UnreliableNarrator: Lucian, arguably.
* TheWatson: Clay.
* {{Workaholic}}: Clay begins the novel as one of these, trying to fill the void left in his life by his recent divorce. As the novel progresses, his workaholism shifts; he begins neglecting his real job to spend all his time obsessively documenting Lucian’s story.
* WorldHalfEmpty: Clay feels like this is the world. The demons like to go on making it worse.
* VillainProtagonist: Not of the novel itself, but of the novel-within-the-novel, since Lucian is the protagonist of his story and a villain of everyone else’s.
* VoluntaryShapeshifting: This is a feature of being a spiritual being. Lucian looks like a different person every time he/she meets Clay.
* YourCheatingHeart: Much of Clay’s depression is fueled by his wife’s unfaithfulness.
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