Why half-demons? Two of the four manuscripts I have completed and are out under consideration have either a demon or half-demon. Seems I'm partial to demon stories.
A Cambion is a half-human/half-demon offspring from a succubus/incubus union with a human. A Nephilim is a type of being whose origins have various religious interpretations. One view is that Nephilim are the offspring of fallen angels (daemons) and human women. So, with those definitions in mind, here are some half-demons in fiction/folklore.
- Merlin, a Cambion according to some Arthurian legends.
- Goliath, of David and Goliath fame, has been called a Nephilim.
- Caliban, the son of the witch Sycorax in The Tempest by William Shakespeare, is a cambion
- Hope Adams from Personal Demon by Kelley Armstrong
- Samantha from The Immortals: The Redeeming by Jennifer Ashley
- Roxanne from The Demon's Daughter by Emma Holly
- Tayla in Pleasure Unbound by Larissa Ione
- Mika in Through A Crimson Veil by Patti O'Shea
- Simone in Dream Chaser by Sherrilyn Kenyon
- Nic, in Hunting the Demon by Jaci Burton (she has several more books in her demon hunter series with half-demons)
- Alex Ryan, a cambion in Guardian Seductress by Gracie C. McKeever
- Javed, a half-demon, half-vampire in Nocturne Bite: Mortal Enemy, Immortal Lover by Olivia Gates
- Vedo, my fictional Nephilim from Scenting Cinnamon, a story out under submission.
If you'd like more books with these types of heroes and heroines, check out other books tagged with Nephilim at LibraryThing, or half-demon.
Why do the greater share of half-demons in Romance tend to be the heroine? Is it because a male half-demon may come off as too strong? I'm not sure that's the case, since the hero in most of these books is pretty powerful as well.
Have you read a great story with a half-demon?
Have a great Thursday!