But, as Adam Weiner points out, Milton's Satan was not assimilated directly into the demonography of Russian literature, which on the whole has tended to prefer images owing more to the sly and subordinate Mephistopheles in Goethe's Faust, a work more in accord with the Russian preference for the shabby, down-at-heel devil and with which the Russian educated public became familiar only in the 1820s and 1830s.
He also possesses the sensuality that, so Boss argues, formed part of the baggage that the devil acquired in the process of humanization he underwent in Romantic demonography." Because the demon thus depicted was a projection of essentially human qualities and a contemporary human malaise, he ceased to be a ,supernatural' figure lacking credibility and artistic verisimilitude; instead, he became a candidate for inclusion, with only minor amendments, in the portrait gallery of the modern social and psychological novel.
Russian popular 'demonography' (if one may coin such a term to describe how the devil has been represented, rather than what he represents) has always favoured the image of the 'petty demon' (melkii bes).
In Wurming Way, 2016, a massive green worm that plays a central role in Johnson's personal demonography
becomes a grotesque Ouroboros, its colonic form twisted into a figure eight against a ground of pink bodies that swirl in Brownian motion.