The Demonologist: The Extraordinary Career of Ed and Lorraine Warren
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The Demonologist: The Extraordinary Career of Ed and Lorraine Warren

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Reprint. Originally published: Englewood Cliffs, N.J.: Prentice-Hall, c1980.
Paperback, 238 pages
Published September 1st 2002 by Backinprint.com (first published 1980)
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Alejandro
Yes, I believe in the paranormal stuff and I am not ashamed of that.

And I don't blame anybody who didn't. I won't start a witch hunt! (pun intended)

I think that if you never have met anything paranormal, it's totally understandable if you don't believe in any of this.

If you believe in God, then you have to accept the existence of demons. There is no light without darkness. Even the Bible mentions about demons and exorcisms.

My family have a couple of ghost stories (just to name some highlights):

F...more
Abigail
I got hold of this book after watching the movie The Conjuring on Dvd and wanted to learn more about Ed and Lorraine Warren. I am a huge horror movie fan and am well versed in movies like The Exorcist and other demonic, paranormal films out there. I approached this book not just to learn about the Warren's but also because I wanted to be scared, which is why I love horror in general. It is fun to be scared! So I didn't take the book too seriously but instead suspended my disbelief just enough so...more
Jeffrey Jensen
Why can't I give a rating of ZERO stars? This is one of the worst books I've read. It was recommended to me as being one of the scariest books ever written, but it turned out to be laughable. For those of us who grew up during the occult scares of the 70's and 80's, this book demonstrates the nonsense people believed in and had children afraid of during that period. The basic message is Don't Play With Ouija Boards: you'll get infested, oppressed, and ultimately possessed by demons (who look lik...more
Michael Garza
I have to say right up front that I am a non-believer in the sense that I give very little weight to Ed and Lorraine Warren’s career. So when I sat down with the Demonologist I expected a great deal of eye rolling and head shakes but what I found was a book that was as terrifying in parts as The Exorcist and as shocking as The Amityville Horror.

Ed and Lorraine Warren are paranormal royalty, seen by many believers as the pair that started everything known today as paranormal investigation. Their...more
Alisi ☆ needs to stop starting new books ☆
I truly tried. I really, really did. I love anything that belongs to the realm of ghosts and ghost stories. They're my favorite horror stories and movies of all time so when I say the advertisements for The Conjuring, I had to read this book.

Incidentally, I did read the book first but I don't feel that whole 'read the book after the movie or else you'll be ruined' really applied to me. The movie wasn't scary at all and that's truly saying something. I mean, cheesy TV series like 'A Haunting' and...more
Felicia
May 20, 2013 Felicia rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone Interested in the Paranormal
Recommended to Felicia by: Another book
Shelves: paranormal-books
This book follows the career of Ed and Lorraine Warren. I first became interested in Lorraine Warren through her appearances on the TV show Paranormal State. Seeing her work on the show, I was interested to know more. I learned of The Demonologist: The Extraordinary Career of Ed and Lorraine Warren from a book written by Ryan Buell. When I saw this title, I knew I needed to read this book, and I wasn't disappointed. Being able to read about the things that they had experienced in their career wa...more
Rachel
I read this book mostly because I think the Warrens are good for a laugh every once in awhile and that some of the stories in it could be creepy if completely unrealistic (and in my opinion, entirely made up).

Instead of being creepy, this book is mostly full of a kind of bizarre and excessive praise of the Warrens and how special and amazing they are and no one else can do what they do. It was pretty disgusting and arrogant (even though I know it wasn't written by one of them, the author was so...more
Christopher
I know, I know. I should have anticipated this. I mean, it is a book about demon hunters. A supposedly nonfiction account of two people who uncover ghosts and exorcise demons for a living.

What I expected was a kind of fun romp through the supernatural world that I don't really believe in but am still at least a little interested in. I wanted to read a book written by a skeptic, like me, who would probe into the lives of the subjects and try to separate the truth from the lies.

What I got was a bo...more
Benito Jr.
Maybe it’s just me, but there’s nothing like a “Based on a true story” message at the start of a movie that drives a horror fan to Wikipedia afterwards. I’m guessing that I can’t be the only one who came to this book after watching James Wan’s The Conjuring, and the truth is that I picked up the book to be entertained -- more specifically, to be scared. (Ed Warren may argue that this makes me a more inviting candidate for demon visitation, or a more innocent spirit manifestation, but at least I...more
Mallory
This book was surprisingly boring, considering the content. There were a few chapters with interesting/creepy/fascinating stories but they were interspliced with long stretches of repetitive information and repeated cautions. I found this frustrating and disappointing. There was also very little information about the Amityville case, I guess because that story has its own book, The Amityville Horror, and a grand allusion to the "worst case ever" that they won't talk or write about.

Overall this...more
*•.♥.•*Sabrina Rutter*•.♥.•*
If you think the idea of sitting down with a demonologist, and asking questions would be a good time then this book is for you because that's exactly what this author did. He didn't leave anything out! He asked all the right questions, and what better expert in the field of demonology to ask other than Ed Warren! Ed, and Lorraine Warren have spent almost their entire lives devoted to this work, so of course they would have all the right answers, and some interesting tales to demonstrate those an...more
Erika
This book is definitely one of those "did I read the same thing as everyone else?" books.

I'm just going to throw it out there that, according to a search, there are 272(!) exclamation points used. In a book primarily about demoniacal (I will never use demonic again) possession. Suffice it to say, I had some issues with the writing of the book.

But even as frustrating as the writing was, it had nothing Ed Warren. I guess I should have assumed that it was going to focus heavily on the Warrens them...more
Bryn Dunham
An absolutely fascinating book for laymen ghost hunters and anybody interested in this dark topic. The Warrens are probably the most respected, experienced, and well known ghost hunters in the world and in this book, now 30 years old, they describe their trade, experiences, and theories regarding ghosts, demons, and the paranormal in general. What's nice is that it is so straight forward and perfect for the general reader.

It's format can get jumbled at times as it is made up of not only case st...more
C.A.
I too became interested in Ed and Lorraine Warren after watching The Conjuring but I had heard of them previously during the time of The Amityville Horror.

As a horror writer myself, I was primarily interested in this book as research and read it in that capacity. I wasn't frightened so much as enthralled and finished this book in a couple of days. (It would have been sooner except for the holiday and the fact that I wouldn't read it after dark nor when I was alone.)

As someone who has witnessed t...more
Lori Stevenson
I found this book alternately terrifying (the half of me that thinks&sometimes hopes supernatural phenomena is real) and downright hard to swallow (skeptic half of me).

If what Ed and Lorraine Warren are telling us is true, this whole book comes off as incredibly disturbing.

If they made this all up, they have incredible imaginations.

I am not easily spooked. Spooked, I was.

The skeptic half of me reads Ed' s warning signs of a loved one coming under demonic oppression (depression, morbid intere...more
Catherine Scully
This book is a must-read for anyone wanting to write ghosts or learn more about the difference between demonic and ghost possession. It's also for those curious about the Warrens after seeing THE CONJURING movie that released to DVD recently.

FAIR WARNING. It's more about demonic possessions than ghosts. But if you didn't know the Warrens only really handled demonic cases, then you will after reading this book.

It does a basic overview but it doesn't go into detail of a wide variety of cases. It...more
Lisa
While I didn't agree with some of the things in this book, there was a good point that the Warrens were trying to get across to people. There are negative things that happen to people in this world that we can't explain. Some of it, we may find unbelievable. The truth is that one can tell a personal story of what he/she experienced, but no one will believe until they experience or see it for themselves. I can talk until I am blue in the face about past experiences, but it would not do me any goo...more
ʍous ƃuıʞ
Sep 13, 2009 ʍous ƃuıʞ rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anybody interested in demonology.


This is hands down the best book on the subject of demonology that is available to the general public today. I recommend it 5 stars... I know Lorraine in person, and was lucky enough to have gotten to talk to Ed over the phone when I was younger... Do not read this book alone if you are easily shaken up by scary subjects. This book will scare the living hell out of you. But if you have the guts to really read it and think about the things it says... you will thank me for this review.

Shannon Hilson
Like a lot of the people that wound up reading this book, I first became more interested in the Warrens after seeing The Conjuring. However, the paranormal, demonology, and exorcism in general are topics I've found fascinating for many years.

I'm also a staunch believer in all of those things, in part because of personal experiences I've had in these arenas throughout my life. In other words, I half picked up this book because I knew it would be a good read and half because I legitimately wanted...more
Michael
I decided I wanted to read 'The Demonologist' after watching 'The Conjuring' a couple of weeks ago. Even though I haven't totally made up my mind regarding the existence of supernatural entities, I figured the story of Ed & Lorraine Warren would be interesting.

For the most part, 'The Demonologist' was worth it, although it seemed about half of the book was more a "How To" in differentiating between ghosts/inhuman spirits or the processes involved in an exorcism rather than examining the nume...more
Joe
Phenomenal. If you do not believe in paranormal activity, you won't find this book at all to your liking. If, however, you give supernatural powers the benefit of the doubt, this is one of the best nonfiction books you'll read on the subject of paranormal investigators, or demonologists as the Warrens referred to themselves.

The book is divided into specific demons the Warrens help exorcise. There is also information on infestation, oppression, and possession, and while these terms may sound too...more
Tobin Elliott
While I have never believed in possession, and this book does nothing to change my mind, it was a fun book. The cases they highlight are creepy as hell. In fact, listening to this on audiobook while vacationing at a cottage, I found I couldn't not listen to parts of it when I was out walking at night. Listening to the narrator recreate some conversations with the demonic completely creeped me out and had be scrambling for the pause button.

So, for me, I treated the book as a work of brilliant fic...more
Will Jackson
First off I will say I'm still not sure how much of this book is worth believing, after finishing it. It's billed as being 100% true, but I have my doubts. However, whichever way you choose to take it, it's a fascinating story of two people who have lived very interesting lives. The cases of demons and ghosts that are explored left a shiver down my spine, and in some cases definitely flicked the fear switch in me, because there was always that niggling feeling of 'what if this true'?

At the end o...more
Tanya
Life’s too short to finish shitty books.

I love ghost stories. I really do. I love them enough that I’ll sit through awful movies and tv shows – Paranormal State level awful. It was actually that show where I first became aware of Lorraine Warren – a sweet, elderly woman who senses paranormal entities and such. The name slid into my mental file cabinet, and I never thought about her again. Then I saw The Conjuring (which I found highly entertaining) and Ed and Lorraine Warren were a pretty centr...more
David Church
I rushed out and bought this after watching the Conjuring, which was a fantastic movie inspired by the real events of demonologist Ed & Lorraine Warren. I really wanted to enjoy this book, but it was just boring and so repetitive. It did have some interesting aspects but it seemed to drone on and on really about the same thing over and over. The way it was written kind of annoyed me also almost every paragraph always started with Ed said, Lorraine said, then Ed said, then Lorraine said, the...more
Alix Reyna
Chetos, los Warren le dedicaron su vida a lo paranormal y las historias cada vez se ponían más intensas... Al cabo que no iba a dormir hoy como quiera?
Kate
I'm giving this one 4 stars because it was unintentionally hilarious. It mostly consists of Ed Warren (who is/was obviously a liar) telling ridiculous stories; the rest is largely warnings not to tamper with Ouija boards. If you read it as a mockumentary (along the lines of World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War), it's really engaging. Unfortunately, the author seems to take his subject seriously.

Joann
I was lucky enough to meet Ed and Lorraine Warren when I was in high school; they provided me with a wealth of information for a term paper, and were overall two of the kindest, most positive people I'd ever met. Re-reading this after many years, it struck me again just how remarkable they were. This is a truly horrifying look at the preternatural phenomenon that the Warrens dealt with during a career that spanned half a century. While it's fascinating even on the third read, don't expect to sle...more
Tammy
The Demonologist is written much like an expanded interview with Ed Warren.

The book begins by briefly touching on how Ed Warren and his wife, Lorraine Warren, came to be so famous. It then moves onto a summary of their career, tells of some of the situations they've been in and uses these events to explain the basics of what a demonologist knows. Events described in the book often include transcripts or descriptions of recordings taken at the time of the actual events. The author indicates that...more
Christian Engler
In 2004 when I became a baptized Catholic, I had befriended a priest from my local parish. He was a gentle man with a real depth and a genuine appreciation for a good laugh. In truth, he was one of the funniest guys I knew. One day, after Mass, I decided to have breakfast with him in the rectory, and we talked about everything and anything but nothing in particular. Out of the blue, I started talking about a movie that I had seen the previous night, and I lamented that I wanted my two hours back...more
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