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A cynical demon writing annotations into the book for puny human readers

You're looking for the Bartimaeus Sequence by Jonathan Stroud, the first book of which is "The Amulet of Samarkand" A brief summary of the trilogy from the wiki (spoilered for those who haven't read ...
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Demons sealed in WWII Sherman tanks are released years later

This has to be The Devils of D-Day (1978) by Graham Masterton. Quoting the blurb: At the bridge of Le Vey in July 1944, thirteen black tanks smashed through the German lines in an unstoppable, all-...
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Fantasy novel about summoning demons

Black Easter by James Blish, also known as Faust Aleph-Null. Black Easter is a fantasy novel by American writer James Blish, in which an arms dealer hires a black magician to unleash all the demons ...
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Story with a 3-layered world

This looks like Triplet by Timothy Zahn. As described, there are three worlds (versions of the planet), ours, another level centered around hexes (the theory, towards the end, was that 6 was important ...
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Short story fantasy elections in Hell

This is "Pact" by Poul Anderson (writing as Winston P. Sanders). You can read the full story online here "Ah," said Ashmadai, relaxing. He went behind his desk, sat down, and ...
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Boy has to defeat supernatural demon, modern setting

Prince Ombra by Roderick MacLeish. 1982. The boy is Bentley Ellicott; he is a warrior of the borrowed heart. He also has a twisted leg. ...This is why we have a cleft on our upper lips and ...
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Short video of insurance salesman summoning a demon who also is into insurance

As noted by Stanley Webb, this might be the 32nd episode of Monsters (Episode 8 of Season 2), "The Demons", which is an adaptation of a Robert Sheckley short story of the same name. A ...
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Horror novel with demons or monsters living in the walls of a house

Could this be Graham Masterton's Walkers (1989)? It involves violent ghosts dragging people into the walls. See a summary here: Goodreads
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Why do demons in Supernatural show the true colour of their eyes?

Simply put, we know that demons tend to flash their 'evil eyes' in a few situations: They are working to terrify a 'normal' person They are using or preparing to use a significant amount of power ...
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Scientist makes a deal with a demon

As noted by Lorendiac, this does match with "Pact", by Poul Anderson (under the pen name of Winston P. Sanders), available here. This was the answer to Short story fantasy elections in Hell, ...
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A fantasy saga with big bad trees that suddenly appear, and make demons appear

This sounds like a segment from the 4th book of James Clemmens' The Banned and The Banished series. The series was published between 1999 and 2003. The series is a five book epic centred around the ...
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Story about a demon trying to make a man insane

This sounds like Clive Barker's "The Yattering and Jack", a short story from his 1984 anthology "Books of Blood". Summary from Wikipedia follows: Jack's catchphrase (and, if I recall, the last line ...
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Manga about a powerful demon who kills other demon kings to make him weaker

Pretty sure this is Naraku no Adu (AKA Adu of Hades). Adu is no ordinary human being. He is actually one of the 12 most powerful Demon Kings who, after making a pact with an angel, has been allowed ...
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Horror novel with demons or monsters living in the walls of a house

One possibility from the correct timeframe is Walkers (1989) by Graham Masterton. The cover blurb reads: An idyllic retreat? Or a madhouse soaked in blood? Only the Walkers can tell you... The Oaks ...
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Children's book about a boy making a deal with a demonic piece of software

The Temptation of Wilfred Malachey by William Buckley (yes, that William Buckley). From the Publisher's Weekly review: Buckley has written his first book for young readers, an original and ...
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Book series with humans vs. Demons and dragon bone ships

I believe this is The Shattered World by Michael Reaves. The story takes place 1,000 years after a spell fragmented the world and survivors rely on ships of dragon skin to travel between the remains. ...
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Webcomic about small red demon and human woman in fantasy world working as police officer

Sounds like On the Edge - features Alice Little working in law enforcement, and her demon roommate Mr Negative (Negs). On The Edge is many things; An Alice in Wonderland inspired tale where Alice ...
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Looking for a fantasy novel from the late 80s or 90s

The book I was looking for is Wind in the Stone by Andre Norton. Once the Wind united the Valley with the Forest, enveloping them in the strongest of magics which protected the land and banished ...
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Online fiction (originally prose fiction, later had a partial webcomic adaptation) about a boy and a succubus

Well, that's embarrassing. I wrote a TV Tropes entry for this one several years ago. Kumiko The Demon Girl is the webfiction I was looking for. "Hi, there! I'm here to kill you!" Ken ...
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Stand alone book where a prince battled demons in his land and castle lost an eye and became an axeman

Blue Moon Rising by Simon R. Green. It's the first of the Forest Kingdom series, and is linked to the Hawk And Fisher series. All his life, Prince Rupert thrilled in the glorious exploits of his ...
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Mid 90s fantasy novel. Main character is similar to a brownie, has a skeleton companion

You say the animated skeleton is not Marrow from the Piers Anthony Xanth books, but this sounds awfully like Harpy Thyme. The main character is Gloha who is half harpy and half goblin. The demoness is ...
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Webtoon where the world is full of demons, and the MC takes refuge in a bunker where he meets other kids and a professor

This is Tomorrow's Disaster. From Anime-Planet: Due to a monster invasion, humans have become in danger. In this era a prodigy was born. The prodigy said don’t! Don’t pull me up! I’m telling you the ...
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Multiple-book Series regarding Runewords and Elemental Demons from 2000's-ish

Is this the Demon Cycle series by Peter V. Brett...? The series is comprised of five main books, with the first having been published in 2008 and the fifth in 2017. Here's the Goodreads synopsis for ...
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First use of 'demonic invasion of Earth' in science fiction or fantasy, as opposed to mythology

To make this focused, we could say that "demons" has to mean the creatures from popular Christian mythology, and that the story where they appear is doing something other than a straight ...
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Does the idea of a human being tricking demons (a bit like Constantine) come from folklore or some particular story predating Hellblazer?

Inspired by a comment from @shawn, I looked for references to tricking demons in the Ballad of Gilgamesh, and was able to find: The lord to the Living One's Mountain and Ho, hurrah! correspond to the ...
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Book: main character is a half-blood working as a mage's servant, eventually becomes the leader of a werewolf pack

You may be thinking of Prince of Wolves by Dave Gross. It is a Pathfinder role-playing tie-in novel. Summary from publisher: For elven Pathfinder Varian Jeggare and his devil-blooded assistant ...
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Manga about a guy about to suicide making a deal with a demon, he gets rich but one of the demon's daughters will eat his heart after a year

Onihime VS (2007), probably. It's 26 chapters long. From MyAnimeList: Weak, bullied and pessimistic about life, that's Setsuna Kashiwagi. On the verge of jumping off a bridge, a mysterious man ...
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Time-travelling demonslayers?

Bit of a longshot, but could it possibly be Constantine? It came out in 2005, stars Keanu Reeves with Shia LaBeouf as his plucky sidekick, and they spend a fair bit of time fighting demons. The time ...
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Young Adult novel, young man fights with spear, becomes a gladiator at some point in a demon arena

This is The Tapestry Series by Henry Neff. The Hound of Rowan Bit "Harry Potter"-ish. With the set-up of the Rowan School and his adventures there. The Second Siege Where the demons take over. The ...
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I'm looking for a short story/novella about a plague through genetics that infects the world

I found it. It was called Mara's Shadow by Darci Stone in the Writers of the Future Volume 34 anthology. The science behind the story forms around a group of scientists working on solving an unknown ...
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