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About the Author

Michelle Belanger (Ohio) is a popular author best known for her writings on psychic vampirism and the modern vampire subculture. A self-professed energy vampire, she has appeared on the British documentary American Vampires, Peter Anthony Holder’s Soul Call, Coast to Coast, the X-Zone, as well on the History Channel, WE!, and A&E. She has lectured at colleges across the United States and occasionally tours with her Chicago-based dark metal band URN. More information can be found at www.michellebelanger.com and www.twilightpath.com.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Llewellyn Publications (October 8, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0738723061
  • ISBN-13: 978-0738723068
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 8.2 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,627 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Michelle Belanger is an occult author, energy worker, and self-identified psychic vampire. A magna cum laude graduate of Cleveland's John Carroll University, she is best known as the author of The Psychic Vampire Codex (Weiser 2004). She is also a regular guest on A&E's hit series, "Paranormal State." An expert on the modern vampire subculture, Michelle writes on a wide variety of topics, including energy work, shamanism, and hauntings. In recent years, she has branched out into fiction. Her first novel, "This Heart of Flame" debuts from Stonegarden Press November 2009, and her short stories can be found in anthologies like "The Sweetest Kiss" (Cleis Press, 2009). Belanger's other books include Sacred Hunger (Dark Moon 2005), Psychic Dreamwalking (Weiser, 2006) The Psychic Energy Codex (Weiser 2007), Vampires in Their Own Words (Llewellyn, 2007), Walking the Twilight Path (Llewellyn 2008), Haunting Experiences (Llewellyn 2009) and The Ghost Hunter's Survival Guide (Llewellyn 2009). Michelle resides in NE Ohio and continues to do work in both print and television. She is also a talented musician, and her vocals can be heard on albums like Nox Arcana's "Blood of Angels" and URN's "Dancing with the Demigods."

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The book utilizes original source texts and contemporary translations.
Robert A. Crook
It also provides good background information on the belief in demons throughout the ages and the grimoires in which their names have been recorded.
iceangel13
I highly recommend this book as one of the best to be written on the subject!
Corvis Nocturnum

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77 of 79 people found the following review helpful By Robert A. Crook on September 25, 2010
Format: Paperback
The Dictionary of Demons: Names of the Damned is the latest, much-anticipated book from Michelle Belanger. This sizeable, extraordinarily thorough work records over 1500 demons and their attributes in concisely-worded entries. The book contains numerous cross-references for each demonic name to others with similar attributes. It also easily cross-references the various Medieval and Renaissance books from which Belanger draws these names and descriptions.

The compilation's theme is that names hold power. In our modern view' the concept seems obvious in that trademarks, tradenames, and logos hold power to direct our economy. However, Belanger points out that power of these demonic names were not for the masses, but were disclosed in ancient times to only a privileged few who were deemed worthy enough to use the powerful names and symbols for God's glory. That perceived power is underscored by the fact that a mere 300 years ago - a flash in history - the volumes, from which The Dictionary of Demons draws upon, often found themselves, their writers, and their readership put to the flames.

The book utilizes original source texts and contemporary translations. Where there is a discrepancy between original and subsequent versions of a text, Belanger explains the discrepancy and how the two sources differ. Variations within particular texts and misprintings of names are occasionally noted.

In addition to the names listed, Belanger explains how these original grimoires and books of ceremonial magick were used to summon and control angels, demons, and spirits. This information is both intriguing and useful in understanding the context in which these demonic names were used.

The Dictionary of Demons is not simply a morbid curiosity.
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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Deborah S. Rogers on October 6, 2010
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"In all chaos there is a cosmos, in all disorder a secret order." - Carl Jung

And demons have names.

Whether you believe, disbelieve or are indifferent to the concept of demons, the spiritual concept and sociological ideology behind the need to identify or create demons in human society is fascinating. In the well-researched book Dictionary of Demons by Michelle Belanger, the reader is introduced to an alphabetized pantheon of demon names, histories, side notes and indices that delve into this spiritually torrid and intellectually intriguing topic.

Most impressively, Belanger largely limits the scope of the catalogue to major Western demons and demon concepts, and she explains the criteria for who "makes the list" and why in the introduction. This immediately becomes important when you realize the amount of research that was needed to facilitate this collection, and the source material is key.

Do not let Belanger's easy-going style belie the scholarly research and investigation put into this book. A quick look at the bibliography shows investigations looking at and citing original source material whenever possible, even to the point of cross-checking editions. For example, both the 1564 and 1566 editions of Johannes Wierus' De Praestigiis Daemonum are cited and compared against each other to obtain any variations in the text.

Buy the book for the rich content, but enjoy the book for the art work. Containing the original work of artist Jackie Williams, as well as copies of original prints and other contributors, both the essence and history of this demonic chronicle comes alive.

Dictionary of Demons can be fun to flip through, but it also can a satisfying solid read.
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful By iceangel13 on February 14, 2011
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If you are interested in demons/demonic spirits and fallen angels then this is a great book! Not only does it give a list of their names but it also provides information on the origin/meaning of the name and where they were first mentioned/recorded. It also provides good background information on the belief in demons throughout the ages and the grimoires in which their names have been recorded. If you are looking for a good/informative guide then I recommend this. However if you are looking for a guide on summoning demons then this might not be your best choice since it doesnt cover summoning and banishment (though it does give the purposes the demons were usually summoned for). My only problem with this book is that there is no index in the back, many times now I've found a demon that highly interests me but later when I wish to read about it again I have a hard time finding it. Oh and I recommend you purchase this book from Amazon.com, I bought this book in a local bookstore and paid twice as much for it.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Goat-Willow on November 12, 2013
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At times this book took me on a merry chase. On more than one occasion, an entry would end with a recommendation to SEE RELATED DEMON. However, when I would try to look up the related demon's name there would be no such entry. The Lilith entry recommending further reading about Naamah is one good example of this. In another example of poor editing, a specific demon was said to be associated with Azael, but I could find no corresponding reference to this in Azael's entry. I was able to find reference to that demon in Azazel's entry, though. In the two weeks that I've had the book, I've come across this enough times that I've come to think of it as a starter text. If I find anything in here I make sure to cross reference it somewhere else. I'm also quite disappointed in how little mention there is in feminine demons in this text. Not only is Naamah missing through poor editing, but Eisheth and the other brides of Samael are also lacking entries, as is Gyllou. I'm surprised at this, as all are easily found on Wikipedia of all places!
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