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Got Demons? Take This Quiz to Find Out
Victory Vaughn, the main character of my Deadtown series, is a shapeshifter who kills other people’s personal demons for a living. Before Vicky can exterminate a client’s demons, she needs to know what kind of demon infestation she’s dealing with. So she gives potential clients a questionnaire, similar to the one below, to help them identify the type of personal demon that’s troubling them. To find out if Vicky’s services could help you, take the quiz.
1. At night, when you turn out the light and you’re ready to sleep, what typically happens?
(a) I toss and turn, thoughts of something I’ve done (or haven’t done) gnawing at me.
(b) I stare into the darkness, trying not to fall asleep because I’m afraid of what my dreams might hold.
(c) I worry that my computer, car, phone, or some other damn piece of technology is going to let me down. Again.
(d) Hideous bird-women burst through the wall and tear out my guts. Or that’s what it feels like, anyway. In the morning, everything looks normal.
(e) What’s the big deal? I close my eyes and fall into a deep, peaceful sleep.
2. Which of the following best describes your biggest fear?
(a) I’ll never be able to set things right—and it’s all my fault.
(b) My second biggest fear (monsters, evil clowns, spiders, my in-laws, my boss) will chase and torment me all night through my dreams.
(c) Some piece of equipment I depend on will fail me at a crucial time: my computer will get a virus or suffer a fatal crash, my car will break down on a busy highway, the autostart on my coffeemaker will leave me coffeeless in the morning, etc.
(d) My enemies will triumph.
(e) Um . . . there’s not really all that much I’m afraid of.
3. Assuming you can afford one, which of the following professionals would you hire to solve your problems?
(a) A hypnotherapist to help me relax.
(b) A psychotherapist to help me deal with my fears.
(c) A repairman (or -woman).
(d) A hit man (or woman).
(e) I don’t know. Maybe an interior decorator? I’ve been thinking of redoing the family room.
4. People who know you would most likely describe you as:
(a) A worrier. You take on too much blame when things go wrong.
(b) Timid. Although you could accomplish a lot, your fears hold you back.
(c) A Luddite. It’s not that you hate technology; it’s just that machines always seem to self-destruct in your presence.
(d) Controversial. You may have lots of friends, but you make enemies just as easily.
(e) Nice, normal, and completely sane.
5. Your favorite way to unwind is:
(a) Reading or watching a movie. I need to lose myself and forget my worries in order to relax.
(b) Playing video games where I can shoot the things that come after me.
(c) Going for a long walk—without my cell phone.
(d) Getting on the Internet and leaving super-snarky comments on other people’s sites. It’s fun being a troll.
(e) I never get all that stressed out, but I do enjoy relaxing: I’ll take a scented bath or sip a glass of wine, for example.
Mostly (a) answers: You’re probably dealing with an Eidolon, a guilt demon. In the demon plane, an Eidolon looks like a giant maggot; in the human plane, it can take on many forms, although it may or may not materialize during an attack. Eidolons gnaw at their victims’ guts, sorting through negative emotions to root out and magnify feelings of guilt. Then the Eidolon feasts on those feelings—the more intense, the more delicious. An Eidolon extermination can be tricky, because the demon entwines itself so thoroughly with the victim’s emotions. Vicky has to tease it out gently, and then strike quickly before it burrows in even deeper.
Mostly (b) answers: Your dreamscape appears to be infested with Drudes. These dream demons, which feed on fear, are a major cause of nightmares. A Drude takes the shape of whatever you fear most and gorges on the fear that results. To fight Drudes, Vicky uses a dream portal to enter the victim’s dreamscape and an InDetect to determine which dream figures are legit and which are Drudes. Most clients love seeing Vicky blast away their fears as they dream.
Mostly (c) answers: Looks like you’ve got a Glitch on your hands. Glitches are anti-technology demons that have battled humans since the Bronze Age. When humans invented bronze, which is lethal to demons, Glitches declared war, doing whatever they could to slow down other technological advances. Modern Glitches can be in either of two forms: their physical form and pure energy. In its energetic form, a Glitch enters a machine and feeds off its energy, causing the machine to malfunction. To exterminate a Glitch, Vicky has to draw it out of the infested machine and fight it in its physical form.
Mostly (d) answers: Watch out for Harpies! Harpies are revenge demons, so people who have a lot of enemies are most likely to have a problem with this kind of demon. Harpies have vulture bodies, snakes for hair, and a beak for a mouth. They smell like rotting garbage and screech worse than banshees. People pay unscrupulous sorcerers a hefty fee to conjure Harpies and send them against their enemies. Night after night, Harpies burst into the bedroom and feed on the victim’s guts. After a night of agony, the Harpies—and the injuries—disappear with the dawn. Vicky kills Harpies by opening her senses to the demon plane and ambushing them there when they attack.
Mostly (e) answers: You’re not currently bothered by any personal demons. You’re psychologically balanced and you haven’t annoyed any enemies lately. (As for the technology, you’ve been lucky there.) Keep living a clean life: get plenty of exercise, eat right, be ethical, be good to your friends and loved ones—and you just might keep the demons at bay. You’ve got no need to hire Vicky, but you might enjoy hanging out with her at Creature Comforts, a monster bar in Boston’s New Combat Zone.
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