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The Demonologist

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  5,041 ratings  ·  599 reviews
If you think ghosts are only responsible for hauntings, think again. The Demonologist reveals the grave religious process behind supernatural events and how it can happen to you. Over twenty years in print, here is the original uncut version of this classic text. Illustrated with photographs of phenomena in progress, every sentence in the book is true. Used as a text in se ...more
Paperback, 253 pages
Published September 13th 1981 by Berkley (first published September 13th 1980)
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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.

So, it's normal that you won't believe in the paranormal until...

...something unexplainable would happen to you.

If you believe in God, then you have to accept the existence of demons. There is no light wi
Jeffrey Jensen
Sep 20, 2010 rated it did not like it
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
Nov 01, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Another book about fake demon hunting charlatans. Ugh. Tried to read this. DNF.
Alisi ☆ wants to read too many 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
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
Danielle (The Blonde Likes Books)
The Demonologist had been on my TBR for a while, and I felt like this Halloween season was the perfect time to pick it up! I'm really in the mood for some creepy books about hauntings and possessions at the moment, so naturally this one fit the bill!

I'm a huge fan of horror movies, and The Conjuring and it's spinoffs are some of my favorites. For those of you who are unaware, that series of movies (including the Annabelle franchise) are all based on cases that Ed and Lorraine Warren handled thr
Aug 05, 2013 rated it it was ok
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
Jan 04, 2014 rated it did not like it
UPDATE 12/14/17: What a great opportunity to revisit this sorry excuse for a book. Basically, Gerald Brittle sued Warner Bros. because he claimed to have rights to the story of The Conjuring and its sequels. Warner Bros. said no you don't, because they are true events that really happened. Brittle retorts, nuh uh, these stories can't possibly be true because they involve ghosts and demons and stuff. Give me $900 million dollars or else prove that ghosts and demons are real. Instead of proving th ...more
Marianna Neal

A reader's enjoyment of this book is going to depend entirely on how they feel about possession, exorcisms, and he supernatural in general. It's not going to convince anyone one way or another, so the skeptics are likely to find it ridiculous, and the believers will likely find this interesting and at least slightly terrifying.

Personally, I found myself somewhere in the middle, since I'm a big fan of The Conjuring films, and was really looking forward to learning more about Ed and Lorraine. I
Kimberly Antill
There has always been a bit of controversy that follows some of the cases of Ed and Lorraine Warren. Some people have gone as far as to say cases such as the Amityville House was hoaxes. Whichever way a person thinks about the cases they may still find this book to be interesting. However, one shouldn't read this book thinking they will get an in-depth look at the Amityville case or any of the other movie inspiring cases. This is more a study of how they investigate than where they have investig ...more
Benito Vergara
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
Cat Scully
Oct 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Danni The Girl
It is hard to rate this book as it’s all meant to be true.
You won’t believe in the paranormal until you’ve experienced it first hand.
When I was younger a lot of things happened, which I won’t forget.
But this is just beyond. I can’t believe any of this myself it just seems so unbelievable.
However I liked the style of writing and it’s well structured. There’s a lot of repeating of how the demoniac works. I would still recommend.
✨Brithanie Faith✨
3/5 stars ⭐⭐⭐

While I enjoyed my time reading this- I don't think I have enough to say about it for a full review! I got what I wanted out of it, and learned a few things along way, but I started losing interest towards the end, and the repetition of certain facts really started to do my head in! 😅
Olga Kowalska (WielkiBuk)
Dec 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
If you believe in paranormal dimension, if you believe in ghosts, demons and the endless war between good and evil you must be warned - the story of Ed and Lorraine Warren might deepen your fears. If you don't believe - you might change your point of view. Whatever is the outcome, one is certain after reading "The Demonologist" - remember that not looking into the abbyss does not mean that the abbyss is not looking back, from the darkest corners of evil.
If you're a fan of horror - it is a must,
May 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Dec 11, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Aric Cushing
This book falls on its face..
And recovers itself. But Regan thinks most of it is fabricated
so that the Warrens could make money during the time of 'The Satanist' and 'Cult' waves of fear. Due to the debates, it's worth a read just to see how much you believe.
Oct 13, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ok, so I will admit it....I was fascinated by this book. A bit of background on me....I grew up in a family in which Catholicism was a very central focus. I was warned as a teenager not to play with Ouija boards for many of the same reasons that the Warrens discuss in this book. I was interested in the idea of "The Exorcist" in high school. The priest of our parish was teaching our religious class one year and we actually watched the movie in class. He also discussed how he knew one of the pries ...more
Jun 11, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: no, paranormal
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
Jun 22, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf
35% into the book
Nothing is happening
Nothing major is described
The Conjuring along with Annabelle were the only cases in details
A lot of reputation in the narrative and nothing about the lives of the Warrens
I had to DNF
May 13, 2008 rated it it was ok
This book is one star for content and five for entertainment value because it's such a hoot.

Ed and Lorraine are charlatans without peer. I love these guys!
Jim Dooley
Aug 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I decided to read THE DEMONOLOGIST for two reasons. First, I'd recently rewatched the movie, THE CONJURING, and this book contained the "true life" versions of the main cases mentioned in the show. The second reason was that Vera Farmiga, who played Lorraine Warren in the movie, indicated that this was the book she used to prepare her for the role. ... She also said that it scared the Hell out of her and she wouldn't have it anywhere in her home to keep anything from gaining admittance.

Well, tha
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
Tobin Elliott
Aug 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 5-stars, audiobook
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 could 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 me scrambling for the pause button.

So, for me, I treated the book as a work of brilliant fictio
Jul 19, 2013 rated it it was ok
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
Aug 19, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed, own
Total garbage. Fake as the Fox Sisters (but the Fox girls had consciences and confessed they were frauds). So ludicrous I laughed out loud many times, most of all at the stupid doll story. Oh well, I enjoyed The Conjuring and most of the Annabelle movies. Patrick Wilson is so easy on the eyes. Ed Warren didn't look a thing like him. As if.
Sep 16, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: non-fiction
I normally would not review anything I have not completely read through but I read a good deal of this book and found it interesting and enjoyable but the religious overtones just got to be too much for me and it started to feel like propaganda. I have seen Lorraine Warren speak on a few occasions in documentaries and I really enjoyed her speaking and information and I found her very credible. I felt that despite the fact that she was quite devout, she still had an open mind. Since most of this ...more
Sabrina Rutter
May 28, 2009 rated it really liked it
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
Jen from Quebec :0)
Sep 02, 2017 marked it as to-read
Switched to BOTH reading the ebook WHILST listening to the Audio!
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Gerald Brittle is the author of 1980’s “The Demonologist,” It’s the definitive Ed and Lorraine biography. Brittle also wrote 1983’s notorious, out of print “The Devil in Connecticut,” both which deal with Ed and Lorraine’s "courageous fights against Satan and his minions."
“I remember about the inside of the house,” Joel went on, “was that the radio wasn’t playing—it was buzzing, like it was picking up static. Anyway, we got out of the house and decided to run up to the university campus to call somebody. I’ll never forget that. There were dogs outside, and when they saw us running, they started to run with us too. But when they got close, they ran backwards! And the birds—as we ran along, the whole woods were full of screeching birds!” 3 likes
“The best way to get a handle on the subject would be to ask the experts, but one does not simply walk into a church or synagogue and ask to speak with a demonologist. There are not that many of them; their names are confidential, and they are obliged to report their experiences only to their superiors. Even Ed Warren will not tell all about these horrendous black spirits that come in the night bearing messages and proclamations of blasphemy. When pressed on the matter, in fact, Ed’s reply is: “There are things known to priests and myself that are best left unsaid.” Upon what, then, does Ed Warren base his opinions? Is there proper evidence or corroboration to substantiate his claims? “People who aren’t familiar with the phenomenon sometimes ask me if I’m not involved in a sort of ultrarealistic hallucination, like Don Quixote jousting with windmills. Well, hallucinations are visionary experiences. This, on the other hand, is a phenomenon that hits back. My knowledge of the subject is no different than that of learned clergymen, and they’ll tell you as plainly as I will that this isn’t something to be easily checked off as a bad dream. “I can support everything I say with bona fide evidence,” Ed goes on, “and testimony by credible witnesses and blue-ribbon professionals. There is no conjecture involved here. My statements about the nature of the demonic spirit are based on my own firsthand experiences over thirty years in this work, backed up by the experiences of other recognized demonologists, plus the experiences of the exorcist clergy, plus the testimony of hundreds of witnesses who’ve been these spirits’ victims, plus the full weight of hard physical evidence. Theological dogma about the demonic simply proves consistent with my own findings about these spirits in real life. But let me be more specific. “The inhuman spirit often identifies itself as the devil and then—through physical or psychological means—proves itself to be just that. Again speaking from my own personal experiences, I have been burned by these invisible forces of pandemonium. I have been slashed and cut; these spirits have gouged marks and symbols on my body. I’ve been thrown around the room like a toy. My arms have been twisted up behind me until they’ve ached for a week. I’ve incurred sudden illnesses to knock me out of an investigation. Physicalized monstrosities have manifested before me, threatening death,” 1 likes
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