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The Demonologist: The Extraordinary Career of Ed and Lorraine Warren Paperback – September 13, 2002
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My research relied heavily on The Demonologist. It scared the daylights out of me. Profoundly. --Vera Farmiga (Academy Award Nominee), Philstar.com
I watch/read a lot of scary stories. But, The Demonologist, true life account of Ed & Lorraine Warren, is the scariest book I've read. --James Wan, Director of 'The Conjuring' and 'The Conjuring 2: The Enfield Poltergeist' --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
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For over five decades Ed and Loraine Warren have been considered America?s foremost experts on demonology and exorcism. With over 3,000 investigations to their credit, they reveal what actually breaks the peace in haunted houses. Expertly written by Gerald Daniel Brittle, a nonfiction writer with advanced degrees in literature and psychology specializing in mystical theology.
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The history of the Warrens and their work with the paranormal is truly dynamic, so much so that it's easy to see why someone in Hollywood thought that it would make for some compelling flicks. (For the record, I think the films are more popcorn-y than they need to be, but as is often the case ghost and possession tales need to be amped up a bit in order to get butts in the seat, I guess.) Much of the subject matter involving the two investigators might lose something in translation (from reality to print) largely because they're both so affable about the business; it's difficult to imagine the two of them truly frightened by what they encounter mostly because they've encountered it so much over a few decades that the evil is given an almost commonplace packaging.
Still, Gerald Brittle does a solid job in crafting a fairly thorough portrait of two of the most interesting folks in the paranormal trade, and after a few awkward first chapters the book breezes by with relative ease.
To be frank, though, only a few cases are given any in-depth look in The Demonologist. The book serves as a pretty standard overview of their careers -- Ed Warren gets a bit more coverage than Lorraine, perhaps owed to the fact that his approach is arguably the more relatable (Lorraine is a clairvoyant) -- and while I could agree with some that the tome lacks substance in regard to several of the incidents I'm not entirely certain that Brittle could've accomplished anything with greater data; this is owed to the fact that because of their exposure to demoniacal spirits the Warrens are not going to contribute in any effort that reveals too much to the masses. They're out to curtail the expanse of evil, not make it accessible to anyone willing to flip through a few pages.
If I had any strong drawback to the book it's that Brittle structured most of the chapters a bit too similarly: clearly he gathered much of his material by conducting interviews with these two participants, and roughly every other chapter (or so) kinda/sorta reintroduces the whole interviewing approach. It's almost as if Brittle's chapters were conceived individually and published as magazine retrospectives on the Warrens until he had enough of them that he decided to cull them together into one book. The end result is that some of the details about the paranormal gets covered twice if not three times for a reader who's following closely (I generally do), and that made me think this was a cumulative effort of several independent projects all weaved together under one cover.
However, I thought it all made for still some very compelling reading, so much so that I just ordered Book 2 in this series.
The experiences of this husband and wife team are quite extraordinary. I'm not certain that I would have the intestinal fortitude to get involved in what they did as a life's calling.
I remember as a youngster in parochial school a Nun warning the class to never "play" with a Ouija board. I took that warning to heart and never did, but have known people who did and they brought misfortune upon themselves .... or at least it certainly appeared that way.
In many of the Warren's cases the Ouija board seemed to open a portal to misfortune and / or possession.
Generally, a very interesting book.