Yes, I believe in the paranormal stuff and I am not ashamed of that. PERSONAL EXPERIENCES My family have a couple of ghost stories (just to name some highlights): First, my paternal grandfather died when I was a kid and some time later many stuff starting to get lost in my home and reappearing again later. Some night, my dad was out working, I was slept and my mom was the only one awake (my brother hadn't born yet), so she "talks" to the air and she said to my grandpa that she knows that he love us very much but the thing about dissapearing stuff was scaring her too much, so she pleaded him to stop doing that. While the cases that the book does cover are quite interesting and I didn't know about some of them. Certainly not matter if you believe or not in those things, there isn't any excuse to start playing with dangerous stuff like that. Quite interesting enough, besides civilian families (in most cases), in the book is detailed a paranormal case on the West Point Academy and the military command there, asked for the Warrens to help them. On the book too, they detailed various cases of hauntings and demonic possessions presenting the transcripts of recordings while talking with the possessed people. So, while I expected that the book would cover all the major cases of the Warrens, still the book is well written, quite entertained and highly recommended to any interested on the real deal of the paranormal phenomena.
The basic message is Don't Play With Ouija Boards: you'll get infested, oppressed, and ultimately possessed by demons (who look like giant lizards if you were to see their actual form). This book reads like a 1980 made-for-TV movie-of-the-week novelization.
They're my favorite horror stories and movies of all time so when I say the advertisements for The Conjuring, I had to read this book. The movie wasn't scary at all and that's truly saying something. I mean, cheesy TV series like 'A Haunting' and 'Haunted' terrify me. It was diabolical how many times it was used. The examples of diabolical demonic things in peoples life just wasn't concrete enough. 1. The worst, though, was his assertion that demons steal money to teleport into the bank accounts of satanic wizards. Famous cases like the Amity Horror were the brother in law lost 1500 for his wedding was teleport into an EEEEBIL wizard's bank account.
I got hold of this book after watching the movie The Conjuring on Dvd and wanted to learn more about Ed and Lorraine Warren. I "wanted" to be scared listening to the audio book in the dark, as I was reading it during the week of Halloween and getting into the spirit of things. But this book, if anything, did make me consider that perhaps it isn't right to play around with dark things like that even just for fun or entertainment.
This book is definitely going to be hit or miss for people, depending on your beliefs and whether or not you're a fan of horror - I won't get into this in depth, because it's not the place, but I'll say that I don't believe in the supernatural, but I LOVE horror movies, so even though this book is classified as nonfiction, I read it like it was fiction and enjoyed it regardless. I think fans of horror movies, or who want to hear "true" accounts of exorcisms will enjoy this one!
And then there were the times when more than anything it was just kind of sad, such as the story about the homeless man in an alley who was "completely repulsive" and whom Ed Warren thought was "obviously possessed" when in fact, he was more likely just mentally ill.
As for whether or not this is fabricatedthere are still a lot of questions when it comes to the validity of the testimony, and the extent of Warrens' involvement in certain cases.
Brittle retorts, nuh uh, these stories can't possibly be true because they involve ghosts and demons and stuff. Give me $900 million dollars or else prove that ghosts and demons are real. A supposedly nonfiction account of two people who uncover ghosts and exorcise demons for a living.
(Ed Warren may argue that this makes me a more inviting candidate for demon visitation, or a more innocent spirit manifestation, but at least I have better weapons now.) The Demonologist is touted as a reference book for exorcists-in-training, and you cant get more authoritative than that -- provided, of course, you give credence to the preternatural in the first place. And by believer I dont necessarily mean a devout and practicing Catholics like Ed Warren, I mean anyone who concedes even the slight possibility of people lingering on -- whether as spirits or as mere energy -- after death. (Note that Lorraine Warren, clairvoyant and Eds wife, is as much a part of the interviews, but theres only one demonologist in the title.) At certain points one wishes Brittle -- and indeed, theres not much of him in the book, which is why The Demonologist reads more like dictation -- would interject with questions of his own. Or Warren would expound at length on the demonic realm, for instance, then glibly provide the caveat Im a practicing demonologist, not a theologian.