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With more than 400 entries and 80 black-and-white photos, this resource explores what many believe are the sources of evil—demons or devils. Demons, as defined here, are “lower agents of evil,” having many guises and operating under many names with many purposes. The book does a fine job of walking the reader through all the mythology; if readers are looking for a strictly Christian interpretation of demonology, it’s not here. Key topics include the types of demons and history of demonology, possession and historical cases, today’s demonologists and exorcists, forms and means of confronting demons, and demons in popular culture, different cultures, and many religious traditions. Entries are organized A–Z, and most conclude with a short title list of further reading. Additionally, a concise, unannotated bibliography is included at the end of the work. Guiley is a leading authority and author on numerous paranormal topics and has appeared on TV and radio shows. She feels everyone needs to be informed about demons, and with this title, she wants to “open further avenues of inquiry on the subject of the dark side.” The work is a thorough reference on an arcane subject and is valuable for its many historical accounts of demons or devils and their arts. Guiley is sometimes criticized for her lack of skepticism, but she has produced a helpful resource for readers who need an overview. It will be used in public and academic libraries by patrons who are interested in demonology. --Susan Awe --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 302 pages
  • Publisher: Checkmark Books; 1 edition (August 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0816073155
  • ISBN-13: 978-0816073153
  • Product Dimensions: 11.8 x 7.6 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #52,197 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I work full-time in the paranormal and metaphysical fields, which means I lead a most unusual and highly adventurous life. I have written more than 50 books, including single-volume encyclopedias, on a variety of topics, A-Z, angels to zombies and everything in between. I cover the entire spectrum of the paranormal, for everything fits together, even the paranormal and the metaphysical. My work is part of my spiritual journey; probing into the Unknown, the Other Side, and other dimensions is my search for Truth.

I undertake field investigations of ghosts, UFOs, aliens, ultraterrestrials, Shadow People, Bigfoot, mysterious creatures, Djinn, demons, angels, fairies and more. I am frequently out on the road, and I have had plenty of first-hand experiences of many of the things I document in my books. We live on an "Interdimensional Earth" that is increasingly revealing itself as our consciousness expands. My work is devoted to the how and why we have other-reality experiences, and to helping people understand their experiences and integrate the value of them into life. I also deal with problem hauntings and spirit attachments.

On the metaphysical side, my work is devoted to helping people develop their spiritual path for more enlightened and prosperous living. My areas of emphasis are angels; dreams and dreamwork; intuitive, psychic and manifestation skills; the afterlife; spirit communication; meditation and prayer; past lives; and other experiences of an intense spiritual nature. I am a certified hypnotist with the International Hypnosis Federation, and have trained in various energy healing modalities.

In addition to my research and writing, I keep a busy media and lecture schedule, publish a complimentary e-newsletter called "Strange Dimensions," and run my own publishing and productions company, Visionary Living, Inc.

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108 of 112 people found the following review helpful By J. Morse III on February 13, 2010
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I had some trepidations about buying this book, primarily because so many "Encyclopedia" works tend to be extremely limited in scope. Not so with this volume. While no book of this nature can be truly comprehensive, this book offers an extremely broad range of subjects, with decent detail and interesting illustrations throughout. More important, however, is the completeness of the author's annotations; by following the annotations at the end of each entry, I have had an excellent starting point with which to continue my research on any subject that I found intriguing enough to follow up on.

I bought this work as an artist, looking for symbolism and information that I could incorporate into my work (which is largely religious in nature). I also study the paranormal, and much of the content of this book has been illuminating to those studies, as well. If you are looking for a quick, down-and-dirty reference to a broad range of demonic subjects, this book is a solid purchase.
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53 of 57 people found the following review helpful By Michael Phillips on August 31, 2011
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I'm not sure who i bought this from but i got it quickly and it was in great shape, so kudos to them for that. The book itself is a pretty good buy but not for someone just starting out on the topic of demonology as I am. I'd gather that it is better for someone who has studied demonology for a while, and when they get stuck trying to remember how many Aerial Spirits of Solomon there were, or whether Beelzebub looked like a fly or a spider, then this book is a good place to jog the memory. But for someone starting out, you won't get a clear coherent story. You'll start reading at A, encounter your first of Solomon's many demons, and then you'll flip to the section on Solomon. You'll be intrigued and find the whole thing interesting but you'll want more than is available.

From what I've been reading, a lot of the information on a lot of the demons is limited even in the original texts in which they appeared. But still, it's an encyclopedia, so perhaps much of the information was just omitted. If you're looking for a good historical analysis of the origin of a demon, or how a "demon" evolved after its first appearance in the Old Testament, then you should look elsewhere.

The book does have good "further reading" notes at the end of each section. The suggested books are likely the ones you'd want to read first. I'm eager to learn more about the history of the origins of these demons, how their stories evolved and their legends came to be throughout history. If that's what you're looking for, do a little more research and skip this one. But if you're just looking for a demonic freak show of sorts, or you're trying to come up with some baby names that'll piss off your religious parents, this is book is for you.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By M Blankenship on April 1, 2011
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This book is absolutely deserving of a shelf spot in your paranormal or magical library. It is a very detailed enyclopedia about the origin, names, famous people involved, where they come from, and further suggested reading collection. There are great pictures and the writing is fun not bland and boring. I own all of her encylopedias and this is one of my favorites. Plus I love the forward by John Zaffis the nephew of Ed Warren!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By whatupseattle on November 23, 2012
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I have to say up front I know Rosemary and John personally and professionally, they are both extremely knowledgable in their fields, and just nice people, too. Neither of them would put their name on something unless it was a great product, they have a lot of pride in their work. Having said that, this book is an excellent reference source, I am just beginning to study this field for a documentary I'm working on and found it to be just what I needed for a basic working knowledge of demonology with lots of good reference points.
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36 of 47 people found the following review helpful By Daniel E. Cureton on February 19, 2010
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A must for everyone! Goes over many different types of demons, levels of hell, films about demons, demonology and more, books, writers, historians and other all within the context of demons and demonology. I think it's one of the more complete reference books out there on the subject, as they can be hard to come by at such a large size (there are a number of smaller books out there that cover a few basics). Of course she had to cut some short while leaving other entries longer, regardless the most important aspects of the information is there, especially dealing with the actual demons (since there is information and entries about movies, books, plays and so on that deal with demons). Id' recommend for anyone but especially those who are advanced, starting off demonology and who are not frightened by what the text represents.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By JC on June 24, 2015
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Not very extensive, Author spends some 50-60 pages on a demon possessed nun case that was a hoax. About 30 percent of the book is the demons mentioned in Solomanic books. Things that deserve a full page get two lines, things that deserve 2 lines get 50 pages. Some of the listings appear to be no name people whom are friends with the author. There are many images in the book, many of them famous images, but most are listed as coming from the "Author's collection", instead of listing where they really came from. Way too much of the authors opinion all throughout the book, she is obviously a satanic/witchcraft apologist. This is supposed to be an encyclopedia, a lot of it is the author's ignorant opinions. Waste of $17, you can google any of the terms listed and gain much more information.
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