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Sister of Darkness: The Chronicles of a Modern Exorcist

3.41  ·  Rating details ·  293 ratings  ·  65 reviews
The world’s only non-denominational exorcist—the subject of a forthcoming major motion picture—tells her astonishing true story: a riveting chronicle of wrestling entities from infected souls, showing how pain and trauma opens us to attachment from forces that drain our energy . . . and can even destroy our humanity.

As a secular exorcist, Rachel H. Stavis has cleansed thou
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published February 6th 2018 by Dey Street Books
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Steve Wiggins
May 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Warning! Rachel Stavis will drop you into a strange world in this book. Known as a horror writer and screenwriter, R. H. Stavis is also a secular exorcist. This memoirish book recounts how Stavis came to see entities. It's a talent she has had from a young age. She sees demons although she's not religious. And she taught herself how to expel them without use of the Roman Ritual or the Bible. Her techniques are much more New Age.

This is an engrossing book. It's clear Stavis believes sincerely in
A book about a self-taught, self-proclaimed Goth Barbie exorcist who allegedly services some of the biggest names in Hollywood - what's not to love? I'm a sarcastic cynic, but I also love a good spooky story; I went in prepared to suspend disbelief and enjoy the read. Sadly, this book is a flaming garbage pile with toxic fumes.

Rachel Stavis grew up seeing the kind of midnight terrors that I also saw as a child (as did my best friend, my husband...). She was raised by a mother she describes as a
Nickole H
Mar 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Oh where do I begin about this book. I loved this book, this book also scared the hell out of me. The experiences that she writes about kept me wanting to know more and also makes me hope to god that I'm not walking around with something attached to me. I will also never enjoy waking up in the middle of the night out of nowhere and enjoy the quiet calmness of my house while everyone but me is asleep, I'll be looking at those shadows in my room a lot different from now on.
Dec 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
I received this book via Edelweiss+ to give an honest review.

What pulled me to request this book was the word exorcist I love movies that have possession in them just because that is a world that is really unknown. For me this was a quick read; all I really remember is I started with chapter 1 and within 30 minutes I was on chapter 12. I felt as though I was flying by with the reading of what this author was going through and what she has saw.

This story is told by the author she is someone who
Grace Troxel
Feb 13, 2019 rated it liked it
This review originally appeared on my blog, Books Without Any Pictures:

Have you ever found yourself in an airport with nothing to read and a dead battery on your e-reader? A couple months ago I was traveling home from my friends’ wedding and found myself in exactly this situation. I ducked into an airport bookstore and saw Sister of Darkness: Chronicles of a Modern Exorcist by R.H. Stavis. Airport bookstores tend to have slim pickings aside from bestselle
May 15, 2018 rated it did not like it
I expected an interesting take on a controversial and wide-ranging topic, instead I got what felt like a plug for the author’s business with a healthy side of victim blaming. The tone is reminiscent of the kind of person who corners you at a party to talk at length about how empathic they are. Lame.
Kelly Hager
As a caveat, I love religious horror; it always freaks me out. But I don't believe in demons or possession or the devil or any of the typical premises. So it's both super obvious and very weird that I would want to read this book, right? And yet here we are.

This is a very interesting book, and Rachel Stavis tells it well. She is obviously more of an expert in this than I am, and if she says it's real, who am I to be like, ", I don't think there are entities everywhere and that almost li
Sarah -  All The Book Blog Names Are Taken
I keep alternating between one star and two, because the stories themselves were super interesting, but it is just hard for me personally to take someone seriously who claims to be the only person in the world who can do something.

I am always interested in books about paranormal activities, mainly experiences with ghosts/hauntings, but the sub title about a modern exorcist hooked me. Unfortunately the rest of the book was sub-par from what I was expecting, and the writing was not all that great
Heather Zehnder
Apr 27, 2018 rated it did not like it
got to page 65 before giving up. first she says she not into Reiki because it deals in "invisible" energy. then she goes on to explain how she works with invisible energy. she also says she has a 100% success rate with exorcisms. not having a single mistake during the learning of a craft is unprecedented. finally I gave up on page 65 because that author states she can see Clives in pictures. that would mean these entities reflect light. it then follows that the existence of these entities would ...more
Chelsea Bohner
Mar 23, 2018 rated it did not like it
I didn’t actually finish this book, because I couldn’t, because it was garbage. I didn’t actually expect to believe the accounts of a real life exorcist, but if you’re going to make shit up for attention, at least try to make it interesting/scary. Fluffy gray blobs with eyes that you call “furbys” are not very convincing “demons”.
Apr 08, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018
Hmmmm. . .I don't know where to begin, so I don't think I will.
Lesia Schnur
Feb 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Sister of Darkness: The Chronicles of a Modern Exorcist
“I’m just Rachel Stavis, the exorcist next door.”
Self-professed “Goth Barbie” is not your stereotypical exorcist. She’s not a Catholic priest. In fact, she’s non-denominational. She’s incredibly likeable. But most importantly: She’s genuine.
Exorcists need not be Catholic priests. Hollywood likes portraying exorcists as male priests. It’s an oversimplification yet one that audiences expect. Peruse any motion picture listing of movies on exo
Joe Crowe
Feb 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book about a real-life exorcist includes way-out stories about way-out stuff.

It's also inspirational and moving,and the author ties in her personal story with culture and society.

It includes an incredible quote that is probably a massive understatement. "Unfortunately, not all dead people come to me with good news."
Feb 25, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 stars.
Alan D.D.
Such an amazing book. It kills everything I initially thought about exorcisms, how they worked, performed and even helps the reader to have a base if interested in doing them if they are able to read between the lines.
Sister of Darkness is filled with a lot of stories and examples that make it easier to have a better understanding of what the authors explains and tells, making it even a more dynamic experience in all of its pages.
Totally waiting for a new book by Stavis!
Lindsay Munroe
Apr 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Clives, Wraiths, Tricksters, Collectors, Furbies, Realm Walkers, Poofs, and Sandman....these are just some of the entities that Rachel Stavis says are plaguing 99% of the world’s population. As a secular exorcist (think the complete opposite of the masculine robed priest brandishing crosses and distributing holy water showers), Stavis claims that she’s been able to see these entities her entire life. And about a decade ago, she also claims that she unlocked the power to remove them.
Now, Hollywo
Mar 19, 2018 rated it did not like it
Wasn't worth my time
Leah Andrews
May 02, 2018 rated it it was ok
When I read the title and description, I was interested. R.H. Stavis is a non-denominational excorcist for celebrities and I was hoping for some juicy stories of her exorcism experiences. While I am definitely a skeptic, I love a good demonic possession story. Instead of telling a lot of these stories, it's mostly a woo-woo kind of self-help book about purging the evil spirits causing your depression or anger issues or whatnot by using magical crystals and essential oils to "raise your vibration ...more
Syd Wachs
Dec 05, 2018 rated it liked it
This was an interesting book, and I have a lot of feels about it. I read it in 4 days, processing everything she shared, and as much as the paranormal excites me (also finding someone who encounters entities on a regular basis), I had a couple of turn-offs.

I loved Rachel's humor. She had me giggling more than once, and I love how she puts her personality into the book. It seems a lot of people don't like how she talks about herself as "Goth Barbie" but I dig it. It makes her stand out. It create
Katie Heflin
Jan 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Thank you to Brianna At Wunderkind PR for the free book, in exchange of an honest review. All opinions are my own.

I rate this book a 3 out of 5 Stars. 

Okay, so this book is interesting, and the concept of it was so intriguing, it was a must read for me. I don't know how to adequately review this one. Memoirs and the like are so hard for me to review, because how do I give my opinion on someone's life? 

I guess it boils down to this, if you believe in demons, entities, afterlife, possession, exorc
Jun 20, 2018 rated it did not like it
It's so hard for me to bomb a book, but this one is a bomb. I don't even know where to begin with what bothered me most. I read to page 200, wanting to finish. But after the chapter on the Cecil hotel--which was clearly a promotion for an upcoming documentary--I'd had it. To tell me all this stuff and then NOT tell me how it ended? WHAT?!?!?

And the ego. I'm the only one...there's no one like me...I'm the only one that can help... It occurred to me several times to count up the number of personal
Jane Manns
Oct 17, 2018 rated it liked it
To politely put it I don’t think I was the target audience for this book. While I do believe in the power of positivity and doing things that stimulate ur Vegal nerve such as singing, chanting, and meditating I don’t fully believe in god or as the author likes to call it spirit. Perhaps these entities to exist but I don’t see them so perhaps this “scared knowledge” just wasn’t meant for me. If they do exist then I’m happy that there is a person out there that can pull these negative forces out o ...more
Oct 26, 2018 rated it liked it
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Jul 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Easy enough read, I started to read it at Barnes and Noble and I was hooked on her writing style and banter about how she goes about life and treats religion. Her religious background mirrors mine which made me more curious about Rachel Stavis and her route to not only being Spiritual but an Exorcist as well. Although Some cases I pause to think cause she said first one she stumbled through and still out the entity. She hasn't had a case where she wasn't able to pull an entity out which causes m ...more
Feb 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: memoir, metaphysical
I listened to the audiobook version of this, which the author does a great job narrating (although we may disagree on the pronunciation of star anise and cumin). It's really interesting to hear a new take on different types of entities that aren't really canon for mythology or individual religions. As a horror movie fan, I was really excited about the frequent appearances of the Soska sisters and would pay to see their documentary about her attempt to exorcise the Cecil Hotel. As someone who wor ...more
Apr 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I would have read this book in one sitting because I was hooked right from the start, but because I started at night, I knew I'd be afraid to turn the lights out if I kept going. That said, the first half is dark and scary because it covers the dark entities and the exorcisms, but Rachel has a great sense of humor and knows when to lighten things up. The second half of the book is what I needed. The past two years have been not the best years for me and many people I know, and I love that Rachel ...more
Jul 23, 2018 rated it it was ok
While reading the introduction to this book I had a bad feeling. The feeling you get when you get your hands on a delicious looking desert, only to bite into it and discover it to be bland and kinda icky.
I wanted to finish this out of some masochistic completionist compulsion but has to give up.
My advice to you is to do the same, only before you’ve picked up this book.
While I am not a skeptic and am actually likely to believe that what the author claims is true I couldn’t not get past the horri
Mar 13, 2018 rated it liked it
The writing of the book is incredibly repetitional, as if the author doesn't trust you enough to remember details that she mentioned a chapter or even a page ago (doesn't adhere to a specific religion, she just does what she does and doesn't force it on anyone, etc, etc) and whole paragraphs were sometimes made up or different ways of phrasing stuff she'd said before. So the writing felt very juvenile. However, the book itself was really interesting. The way she described what she did and what s ...more
Oct 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good read with some good ideas

Overall I think this book was a good read and really presented some good ideas and theories. The only thing that really kept this book from 5 stars and almost getting a 3 was a lack of humility and having to mention how famous the clients were in every chapter.
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