Book Review: The Demonologist by Gerald Brittle

June 24, 2016 Demons, Horror 0

Book Review: The Demonologist by Gerald BrittleThe Demonologist: The Extraordinary Career of Ed and Lorraine Warren by Gerald Brittle
Published by iUniverse on September 13th 2002
Genres: Horror
Pages: 238
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Reprint. Originally published: Englewood Cliffs, N.J.: Prentice-Hall, c1980.

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. Used as a text in seminaries and classrooms, this is one book you can't put down. Illustrated with photos of phenomena in progress from the Warrens' private collection. For over five decades Ed and Lorraine Warren have been known as the world's most renowned paranormal investigators. Lorraine is a gifted clairvoyant, while Ed is the only non-ordained demonologist recognized by the Catholic Church. Together they have investigated thousands of hauntings in their career.

 

My thoughts

Excited about the movie, The Conjuring 2, I decided to also get The Demonologist to find out a bit more about the case in Enfield but the book gave much, much more.

Horror:

There is so much horror in this that I wound up having nightmares. I even had to put the book down for a couple of days. There is a lot in this about many of the cases that Ed and Lorraine had to deal with over the years. The book is done in interview form and much of it is Ed discussing what happens when he and Lorraine choose to help a family. He talks about what happens before and after meeting each family and what they both go through. He as a demonologist but not a priest, and Lorraine as a gifted psychic.

The stories are brilliantly told and leave little to the imagination but what is left to the imagination is just as horrifying as the stories themselves.

Ed and Lorraine:

I read much of the book prior to seeing the movie so I had a bit of knowledge going in. The book talks a lot about their relationship and how they need each other to deal with the pain that they come across when they deal with these things. This is in the movie quite a bit so getting to know them and their relationship prior to seeing the movie was great. They were artists prior to dealing in this work and they are artists still. This was shown greatly in the movie although only talked about a bit here.

The anecdotes:

There are many stories in this that are brought to life through the interviews. Some I have heard of like their dealings with Amityville but many I had no idea about. It is worth reading just to learn about all that they have seen and done. Some are quite scary while others are a bit more on the funny side. If that’s possible. The movie also showed this side, a bit of humor to go with the horror.

In short:

Much like the movie, this was great. The book added so much more to the plot of the movie. It also gave insights into the Enfield case. The ending is quite fascinating a positive, surprisingly. The humor and the positivity that Ed brings to the stories are what makes this worth reading.

 

Rating Report
Plot
4 / 5
Character Development
5 / 5
Writing Style
4 / 5
Personal enjoyment
5 / 5
Overall: 4.5 / 5

 

 

 

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