The Best Demonology Books
'The Encyclopaedia Of Demons & Demonology' by Rosemary Ellen Guiley
You might be surprised by how big, thick and packed full of interesting information and amazing illustrations this is. The book is very detailed, it is written by a leading expert on the paranormal. She conducts original field investigations of haunted and mysterious sites, and researches entity contact experiences and spirit communications.
The book delves into the conflict between good and evil can be found in every culture, mythical tradition, and religion throughout history and explores this dark aspect of folklore and religion and the role that demons play in the modern world. This comprehensive resource presents more than 400 entries and more than 80 black-and-white photographs documenting beliefs about demons and demonology from ancient history to the present.
The key topics covered include, demons in different cultural and religious traditions, demons in folklore and popular culture, exorcism and other means of confronting demons, historical cases of possession and demon activity, the history of demonology, magic and witchcraft, possession and other demonic phenomena, modern-day demonologists and exorcists, strange creatures and entities related to demons, and types of demons.
'The Demonologist' by Gerald Brittle
This book is an extraordinary first account of evidence of demonic supernatural events and exorcisms taken from the career of husband and wife demonology duo Ed and Lorraine Warren. With thousands of investigations to their credit and over five decades of experience, they reveal what you can expect from a demonic haunting. The book is an interesting read in terms of the symptoms of a haunting, but the book doesn't delve into summoning, controlling or classifying demons.
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 specialising in mystical theology.
'A Course In Demonology For Paranormal Investigators' by Dr. Lynne Campbell
Dr. Lynne Campbell has produced more than just a book. Her course in demonology includes 13 with homework assignments and a final exam with answers. It is a comprehensive study in demonology covering the things most professionals don't know about the demonic, as well as the stages of possession, ranks of the Infernal Realm, and much more.
The author says that the purpose of this course, is to keep those of us who have been called to help battle the darkness, wiser and safer.
'Satanic Bible' by Anton Szandor LaVey
Originally published in 1969, this interesting book is a great alternative to the usual organised religions. It's not a bible as you'd expect, it's LaVey's teachings which represent his way of living. LaVey's was the founder and High Priest of the Church of Satan as well as a writer, occultist, and musician.
He was the author of The Satanic Bible and the founder of LaVeyan Satanism, a synthesized system of his understanding of human nature and the insights of philosophers who advocated materialism and individualism, for which he claimed no supernatural, metaphysical, or theistic inspiration.
There's a look of stigma attached to Satanist, people often fear what they don't understand. Contrary to popular belief, Satanists don't sacrifice people or animals, this book is more to do with philosophy than its actual religion. It contains a collection of essays, observations, and rituals.
'The Dictionary Of Demons' by Michelle Belanger
This book comes highly recommend for any occultist, demonologist, horror fiction writer or apprentice wizard. Michelle Belanger, an expert and scholar in the paranormal community and the author of several books, brings us the most complete compendium of demons with detailed description of each, based on the simple premise: names have power. Throughout medieval and Renaissance Europe, it was believed that a demon's true name could summon it, compel it, and bind it.
This beautifully packaged book, which includes short articles on many facets of demonology, is destined to become a classic reference work. The content comes from various grimoires and provides just enough information to allow a basic understanding of the different entities.
'Witchcraft: A Very Short Introduction' by Malcolm Gaskill
This pocket-book may call itself a 'very short introduction', but it has more quality information than most books on the subject. It takes you through how witchcraft came about and does this in an easy to understand way. It eloquently and clearly introduces and summaries the theories and theorists of the historical study of witchcraft.
Malcolm Gaskill is Professor of Early Modern History at the University of East Anglia, and is an expert in witch-beliefs and witchcraft trials. Telling stories, delving into court records, and challenging myths, Gaskill examines the witch-hunts of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, and explores the reinvention of witchcraft as history, religion, fiction, and metaphor.
Taking a historical perspective from the ancient world to contemporary paganism, Gaskill reveals how witchcraft has meant different things to different people and that in every age it has raised questions about the distinction between fantasy and reality, faith and proof.
'The Black Arts' by Richard Cavendish
'The Black Arts' is a concise history of witchcraft, demonology, astrology, and other mystical practices throughout the ages. Unlike many books on demonology, Richard Cavendish tackles the subject from the standpoint of an atheist. His take on rituals is that they are a way to focus energy through the use of symbolic representations, and not in any alleged supernatural powers.
This text describes the practice, theory, and underlying rationale of black magic in all its branches - the summoning and control of evil spirits, necromancy, psychic attack, devil worship, witchcraft, evil charms and spells - as well as other branches of occult theory.
Cavedish presents a good overview of occultism in general and this is an excellent text for beginners. However, the material is somewhat dated, though the scholarship, insofar as a brief overview goes, is superlative, but if you're looking for a book that will provide understanding of witchcraft through the ages, the whys and hows, then I would recommend this book.