The Demonologist

The Demonologist: The Extraordinary Career of Ed and Lorraine Warren – The True Accounts of the Paranormal Investigators Featured in the film ‘The Conjuring’

‘THE DEMONOLOGIST: THE EXTRAORDINARY CAREER OF ED AND LORRAINE WARREN – THE TRUE ACCOUNTS OF THE PARANORMAL INVESTIGATORS FEATURED IN THE FILM “The Conjuring”‘


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OPENING LINE:

Ed and Lorraine Warren were two of the many individuals who investigated The Amityville Horror case. After reading that book, it seemed only natural for me to follow up with this one.


PUBLISHER’S SUMMARY:

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. 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. The book was expertly written by Gerald Daniel Brittle, a nonfiction writer with advanced degrees in literature and psychology, specializing in mystical theology. Don’t miss the Warrens in the new blockbuster movie The Conjuring.
©1980 Gerald Brittle, Ed Warren, Lorraine Warren (P)2013 Graymalkin Media, LLC


THE PLOT:

How does one go about reviewing a book like the Demonologist? This is a question I’ve been trying to answer since I decided to read this book after finishing the Amityville Horror. How do I balance recounting the facts of the book and my own opinion about what I have read. What percentage of my own desire to editorialize would be too much and make this review more about me than the plot of the story?

The book is a biography of Ed and Lorraine Warren. Ed was a Demonologist and expert on demonic oppression and possession. While the story also talks about his wife Lorraine and the role that she plays in their investigations and partnership, it mostly focuses on Ed’s work. There are definitely times where Lorraine is more of a supporting character than one of action.

The Warrens were the inspiration for the 2013 film ‘The Conjuring’. This book was released in 1980 and focuses on some of the more outstanding cases the Warrens were involved in from the 1960s and 1970s. The cases range from possessed dolls to possessed humans and cover a lot of ground in between.

It is up to the individual reader to determine how they feel about the cases outlined in this book. You may find them all to be works of fantasy. You may come to believe that they are terrifying real life events or you may end up deciding that there is an element of each at work. Regardless, the Warrens do know how to tell an interesting or at least frightening story.

The book reads like a conversation between the author and his subjects that the reader gets to listen in on. A question is asked and then one or the other or both Warrens will answer it. Their answers come from experiences that they have had over the years or from other cases with which they have become familiar. Often a single question will lead to a retelling of an entire case to demonstrate the validity of the point that has just been made.

I tried to take a theoretical approach to the subject matter. I said, assuming that their premise of demonic oppression and possession are real is what they are claiming plausable? In that sense I was satisfied, working under the assumption that what they are saying is true, then the things that they would claim such as the actions and intentions of demonic entities would logically make sense.

As I said, I can’t offer any potential readers of this book any answer about how they are going to feel while reading the book or any conclusion they will reach at the end of it. If you end up walking away from it feeling that everything is a work of fiction, there is a strong chance that you will still enjoy the book in the same way you would enjoy a horror movie.

I found that the 10 hours and 15 minutes flew by while I was reading the book. That was true even though at certain points I felt very uncomfortable with the subject matter being discussed. If you are interested in the subject from an academic standpoint or because you enjoy being frightened then by all means read the book. If you believe that the less spoken about the demonic the better, then you would do well to stay far away from this one.


THE AUTHOR:

I didn’t know much about the author’s background when I was reading the book. Only after reading it did I discover his background in Psychology and Mystical Theology. This goes a long way towards explaining one thing that I did feel while I was reading the book. I felt that Brittle did an outstanding job asking the right questions. It seemed like whenever I had a follow-up question, Brittle would then ask that same question. There were points that I found the Warrens to be a little vague and would have wanted him to press them further but he knew their limits far more than I would.


THE NARRATION:

This is the first book I have ever heard narrated by Todd Haborkorn and on the whole he did a good job. The narration is straight forward and without emotion at times, particularly when the Warrens are answering specific questions. It becomes creepier when some of the stories are playing out and the shift in tone feels natural and appropriate. Haborkorn does a number of voices throughout including the Warrens and some of the people they have interviewed. There are even a few deeper voices for some of the Demons who speak.

Usually, I find that when a man does a woman’s voice it is more of a distraction than anything else. But Haberkorn seems to have a good enough vocal range to pull it off. I never found it unappealing when he would adopt a female voice. So all in all he put forth a good performance.


THE PRODUCTION:

The track was recorded in 2013. It is a stable track with steady levels throughout. It sounds exactly like a track recorded in 2013 should sound. There were no music or sound effects at any point in the track. The audible track contains 16 chapter stops.


FINAL THOUGHTS:

As a Christian myself, I know what Christ said and the bible teaches about demons and the role that they play in our society. So I personally took the subject matter of the book quite seriously. I agree with the Warrens that when it comes to Demons and trying to reach out to them or test them in some manner that you should just let sleeping dogs lie. There is no potential benefit whatsoever to experimentation of this nature.

I found the book to be informative and thought provoking even as I also found myself feeling uncomfortable while reading it. The book satisfied my intellectual curiosity for sure. However, the question is whether or not I am really better off as a result of reading this book? That is a question that will take me awhile to answer.


QUICK FACTS:

Title Author Narrator Publisher Genre Release Date Running Time Score
The Demonologist: The Extraordinary Career of Ed and Lorraine Warren – The True Accounts of the Paranormal Investigators Gerald Brittle Todd Haberkorn Graymalkin Media Biographies & Memoires 07/30/2013 10 hours, 15 minutes 8/10

DISCLAIMER:

A copy of ‘The Demonologist’ was purchased from audible.com for review.

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