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The Demonologist

3.3  ·  Rating details ·  7,394 Ratings  ·  1,205 Reviews
The desperate search for his missing daughter will take a father to hell and back...

Professor David Ullman is among the world's leading authorities on demonic literature. Not that he's a believer. He sees what he teaches as a branch of the imagination and nothing more. So when offered a luxury trip to Venice to consult on a 'phenomenon', he accepts, taking his 11-year-old
Paperback, UK Edition, 256 pages
Published April 11th 2013 by Orion (first published January 1st 2013)
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Helen Ροζουλί Εωσφόρος   Vernus Portitor Arcanus Ταμετούρο   Αμούν Arnum
Συγκλονιστικό βιβλίο, το συστήνω ανεπιφύλακτα.
Ειναι γεμάτο από ολα τα -ΑΠΟΛΥΤΑ-στοιχεία-συναισθήματα. Ανθρώπινα,θεϊκά,δαιμονικά.
Πανδαιμόνιο μέσα από μια ιστορία ψυχολογικής έντασης και αγωνίας που δεν σου επιτρέπει να αφήσεις το βιβλίο μέχρι τελευταία σελίδα.
Από τα λίγα "unputdownable" που με καθήλωσαν.

Το ανθρώπινο μυαλό μπορεί να κάνει την ΚΟΛΑΣΗ - ΠΑΡΑΔΕΙΣΟ και τον ΠΑΡΑΔΕΙΣΟ - ΚΟΛΑΣΗ.
Αυτό ακριβώς αποδεικνύεται περίτρανα μέσα απο την ιστορία του καθηγητή δαιμονολόγου και της μονάκριβης κόρη
Amy M
I picked up a proof from the bookstore I worked at thinking it looked interesting and wanting to give more Canadian authors a fair chance, I went for it. I found the author's included letter intriguing: he being of skeptical mind set out to convince fellow skeptical-minded readers of a world full of demons. I figured he'd have his work cut out for him trying to convince me of Christian mythos! Challenged accepted.

David is a man at odds with life, his faith, his own self. He has molded his entire
Jul 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
oh wow. when I first heard about this book, the people discussing it said it was scary. the room got quiet and chills ran down spines. I instantly wanted to read it. I was lucky enough to have been given an early copy and oh my goodness.

the story is very well written. the plot is fluid and understandable. despite its references to Milton's Paradise Lost and the academic protagonist, you don't need to be a scholar to enjoy it.

as for the scare factor, its definitely there. there are moments when
A copy of The Demonologist was provided to me by Simon & Schuster/Edelweiss for review purposes.

'Wandering this darksome desert, as my way
Lies through your spacious empire up to light
Alone, and without giude, half lost, I seek...'

'The Demonologist' is a sophisticated thriller that focuses solely on John Milton's 'Paradise Lost' (and I think it should be noted that it's not a prerequisite to have read Milton before 'The Demonologist' either.) It's not overly steeped in symbolism without suffi
Feb 05, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
“There are things in this world most of us never see,” I find myself saying. “We’ve trained ourselves not to see them, or try to pretend we didn’t if we do. But there’s a reason why, no matter how sophisticated or primitive, every religion has demons. Some faiths may have angels, some may not. A God, gods, Jesus, prophets—the figure of ultimate authority is variable. There’s many different kinds of creators. But the destroyer always takes the same essential form. Man’s progress has, from the beg ...more
Apr 21, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Skip it. This book may work better as a movie, a horror film with lots of creepy music and scary images of twins. But as a book it is not very exciting. I was extremely disappointed on so many levels. One. I thought this was going to be about Heaven and Hell, Good and Evil, God and Satan. I thought it would challenge me to think about my beliefs. Nah. It is about someone who talks to the dead in Milton-speak. Tiresome. Two. This should have been a short story. The characters are just sketched ou ...more
Apr 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ενώ ξεκίνησα απογοητευμένη, κατέληξα γοητευμένη! Δυνατό θρίλερ πολύ καλογραμμένο. Προτεινόμενο!
Taylor Knight
This was definitely more supernatural thriller than horror for me. I was expecting (okay, really, really hoping) that The Demonologist would be really scary and would keep me up at night. The blurbs on the front cover, back and the two and half pages on the inside really got me pumped. Unfortunately, I was more bored than scared.
I think it was mainly the main character. I was super bored with him. Right from the start, I felt really bored with him.
I thought the plot was really manufactured and
Nov 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of my favorite horror reads of the year. Very literate with quite a bit of exploration of the literary source of demonic activity. I particularly enjoyed the discussion of how demonic entities enter into and control a person's life. Whether you attribute these influence to an intelligent entity or individual psychosis, the concept provides much food for thought on how we allow ourselves and our lives to spin out of control.

This novel was great in every way, in my opinion. I would class it al
Apr 17, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: demonz, read-in-2017
2 stars--it was okay.

I was expecting a horror novel, but this is more like supernatural fiction about a road trip. It reminded me a bit of Between Two Fires or Company of Liars--but not as well written or suspenseful as either of those two novels, just a similar structure. Not bad, but not what I wanted to read, and compared with the two mentioned books, it fell flat.

This book had real promise, but somehow just missed. It may have been that it took far too long to figure out why the demon was interested in Ullman, or what in his history led him here, or how the Pursuer and the Thin Woman were related to everything... or it may have been the exaggerated conceit of using John Milton's Paradise Lost as a roadmap. Whatever it was, I liked this less than I'd expected. And the comparisons to The Historian don't help, as Kostova fleshed out the story far more than ...more
Vicky Ziliaskopoulou
Δεν με ενθουσίασε. Η ιδέα είναι καλή, από τη μια μεριά ένας δαίμονας ο οποίος καταλαμβάνει ζωντανά άτομα ή εμφανίζεται με τη μορφή πεθαμένων και από την άλλη μεριά ο ακαδημαϊκός καθηγητής ο οποίος ψάχνει να βρει την κόρη του και να τη σώσει από το δαίμονα. Υπάρχουν επίσης πολύ ωραίες περιγραφές μέσα στο βιβλίο όσον αφορά την εξωτερική εμφάνιση και τα τοπία, όπως και καλή μεταφορά συναισθημάτων αλλά κάπου εδώ τελειώνουν όσα μου άρεσαν.
Φαίνεται ότι ο συγγραφέας έχει βασίσει τεράστιο μέρος της πλο
Maxine Marsh
Mar 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Rounded up from 4.5*

This book was thoroughly engrossing--I read it in 2 big spurts in 2 days. Things have never been quite right for David, having always suffered from 'melancholy' and his marriage is falling apart. He teaches demonology and literature and is an expert on Milton's Paradise Lost and related ancient dark texts. After receiving a mysterious offer to go to Venice, tragedy strikes and he looks the vague darkness that's always followed him through life square in the face.

David sets ou
Δεν μπορώ να πω ότι με ενθουσίασε. Πρωτότυπη ιστορία, αλλά δοσμένη πολύ ρηχά. Κάποιες φορές μπερδευόμουν να καταλάβω τι θέλει να πει ο συγγραφέας. Το όλο θέμα είναι η πάλη μεταξύ του καλού και του κακού, του Σατανά με το Θεό. Και η αγάπη ενός πατέρα που τους νικάει όλους προκειμένου να σώσει την κόρη του. Παρ όλο που κάπου με έχανε, δεν ήθελα να το αφήσω. Ήθελα να μάθω τι στο καλό θα γίνει και που το πάει. Το βιβλίο αυτό σώζεται από την ατμόσφαιρα που δημιουργεί ο συγγραφέας και σε κρατάει εγκλω ...more
Abhinav Agarwal
Makes me question the devil's competence, the author's grasp on storytelling, and David Ullman's hold on sanity.

David's marriage is a mess. The protagonist has to have little going right for him in such novels. Except his daughter Tess who is the only ray of light in his otherwise dismal existence. And truth be told, the one thing that this book gets somewhat right are the bits about the father and daughter interactions. When his wife informs him of her decision to move out of their house, David
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i really wanted to rate this higher than i did. i'm not sure what went wrong -- alright, i lie. i know exactly where it went wrong. i'm not a fan of dan brown or books in his area, and the demonologist turned out a little too dan brown for my liking.

there were far too many coincidences, deux-ex-machinas going on to get the plot moving forward, and much of the narrative somehow took the sense of urgency and action away from what should have been emotionally thrilling scenes. i did enjoy a few sce
Ashish Iyer
Jul 08, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, read-2015
Poor story, poorly written.
Christine H
I can think of no higher compliment to give Andrew Pyper and his masterful work than this: I was much too entranced by his story to be scared by it. Pyper, himself calls his story “an unapologetic, full-fledged horror novel”, and early reviews had billed it as a book that would cause readers sleepless, terror-filled nights, so I prepared myself to crawl out of my skin, keeping the lights on and the doors locked as I traversed Pyper’s landscape. As it turns out, I was kept awake for two consecuti ...more
First of all I have to say THANKS for the opportunity of winning this book by the Goodreads Giveaway contest… Thank you.

Well… my thoughts about the book:

A “Demonologist” professor should know a little more about the subject of demons than what is written in the pages of this book. Lack of research from the writer? The need to publish an unfinished book, fast and in a short notice in the middle of the creative process? …Perhaps.

A very good start I must say. A puzzling trip to Venice was a very g
Paula Cappa
Mar 15, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One fine supernatural thriller.

We all know the conscious mind can sometimes become so devastated with life’s depressions that it can create hallucinatory events. And we also know that the subconscious mind can sometimes create our very own demons. Or maybe these demons are truly among us in this world. The Demonologist will keep you guessing about these options. This novel is a page-turning supernatural thriller, full of darkness and psychological horror. Andrew Pyper's style of writing is calm
Jan 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was lucky enough to get my hands on an ARC of this book so I could eagerly consume this latest work by an author I have been a fan of since his first novel, LOST GIRLS. Pyper never disappoints, and this latest thriller is no exception.

From the very first page, Pyper draws the reader in to a character and situation that begs the reader to keep turning pages - and he doesn't let up throughout the entire book. He plays upon a parent's special love and deepest fears and insecurities beautifully, d
Leah Polcar
I am surprised I didn't like this a bit more, but I found most of the mystery -- which meant almost the entire text -- tedious. Maybe it simply does not translate well into audiobook form where you can't really skim the plodding plot? However, what was quite remarkable about The Demonologist were the "scary" bits: when Pyper decides to bring on the horror, he brings on the horror (and in the creepy, not gore-splatter, way). So, overall, I give The Demonologist a so-so. Interesting concept, many ...more
Mar 01, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A terrific horror story/thriller from Pyper involving one man's struggle with demons, both real and imagined, in his quest to find out whether his daughter died in a rooftop leap or has been imprisoned in a demonic world. The writing, as always with Pyper, is top-notch and the dark subject matter makes for a truly creepy experience. My only real qualm would be with the ending, which was a bit underwhelming considering the intense build-up. Overall, though, this is a wonderful book that takes a m ...more
Jul 13, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017, demons, horror
I love demon stories but there were too few frightening demon scenes in this cat-and-mouse story that seems to chase it's tail round in a circle to a very anti-climactic end.
Life Between Coffee Spoons
David Ullman is a Columbia scholar who has devoted his life to studying Milton's Paradise Lost despite being an atheist (two facts he seems to find in opposition). When he is approached by a mysterious woman to jet off on an all-expense-paid trip to Italy to play witness to an event, he jumps on the chance to flee his failing marriage and get away with his daughter, Tess. But things don't go as planned, and when Tess seemingly commits suicide, David is off on a whirlwind adventure to get her bac ...more
Elliot A
Jul 21, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
What a disappointment! I was intrigued to read a paranormal mystery that includes Milton's Paradise Lost, but I would have never expected such a bad outcome.
I will keep this review short, because I really do not feel like wasting any more time on this than absolutely necessary.
The main character was flat, one dimensional. He did not possess any depth or could hold the reader's interest regardless of the fact that this story was narrated from his point of view in the first person singular. It is
Mar 21, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Squire by: James Campbell
A sophisticated and literate supernatural thriller. But, for me, it was more successful as an idea than an a novel.

David Ullman, a professor of demonic literature, particularly Paradise Lost, at Columbia University initially refuses an offer to travel to Venice to witness a "phenomenon"; but when his wife leaves him, he decides to take his daughter on a vacation to Italy. There he witnesses a case of real demonic possession; however, the trip ends with the disappearance of his daughter and the k
Here is a much-hyped book that simply did not meet expectations. Some of the scenes were disturbing and frightening, but far too often I felt the main character, Professor David Ullman, rambled on about nothing or was able to miraculously figure out the next step in his adversary's plan by coincidence if not sheer luck. For instance, and without trying to ruin it for anyone, Professor Ullman is able to figure out where the book's antagonist is by using a line from "Paradise Lost" that reads "Smi ...more
Mar 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I can't believe some of the poor reviews of this book. It was very well-written, the characters were well-developed, and it was one hell of a story. Pun intended. I was genuinely creeped out so many times. I even felt some spine-tingling going on. I guess you either love this book or hate it.
Ivz Andonova
Не е кой знае какво, но става за четене преди сън.
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Andrew Pyper is the author of eight novels, including the forthcoming THE ONLY CHILD (to be published June, 2017 by S&S in the US and Canada, and by Orion in the UK). Among his previous books, THE DEMONOLOGIST won the International Thriller Writers award for Best Hardcover Novel and was selected for the Globe and Mail’s Best 100 Books of 2013 and Amazon’s 20 Best Books of 2013. LOST GIRLS won ...more
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“Sometimes people close a door because they’re trying to figure out a way to get you to knock.” 18 likes
“Your melancholy. Or depression. Along with nine-tenths of the afflictions I’ve studied, diagnosed, attempted to treat. Call them whatever you like, but they’re just different names for loneliness. That’s what lets the darkness in. That’s what you have to fight.” 6 likes
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