There are many incredible fiction horror novels out there, and some of them dive deep into the world of demonic possession. But how much of these stories are true? What is demonic possession really like? These 5 non-fiction books explore the dark world of demons, and the real, innocent victims they find to possess. Prepare to witness demonic possession at its finest.
1. The Exorcism of Anneliese Michel
Religious Anthropologist Felicitas Goodman recounts and breaks down the possession of Anneliese Michel, a young German woman whose life went on to inspire the 2005 horror film, The Exorcism of Emily Rose. In 1976, Anneliese underwent a series of exorcisms.
She, along with two priests from the Catholic Church, believed that six demons had possessed her, and were slowly taking over her, body and soul. The case was made famous when Anneliese’s parents and both priests were arrested and charged with negligent homicide following the young woman’s death.
In this book, Goodman explores every angle of this case, from extensive interviews with Anneliese’s friends, to analyzing transcripts from the trial. Her cultural and religious background provides a unique perspective on this tragic tale, and speculates about what truly killed Anneliese Michel.
2. Hostage to the Devil
This 1976 book by Malachi Martin continues to terrify readers, decades after its publication. In it, he explores and investigates five real cases of demonic possession, from biographical background about the victims, backgrounds on the priests that helped them, and each stage of their subsequent exorcism. This chilling book provides a fresh, modern take on exorcisms in the United States, and how each victim believes they came to be possessed.
From a dental hygienist, to a man who practically lived as a hermit, this book centers on five victims who truly hailed from all walks of life. Martin managed to tell us of their individual struggles and encounters. He also explains that every possession is different, and must be treated as a unique instance. Described as very chilling, if you do intend to read this book, its suggested that you read it during daylight hours. Many readers have complained of not being able to sleep after reading Hostage to the Devil.
3. Beware the Night
This 2001 nonfiction book was co-authored by Lisa Collier Cool and Ralph Sarchie, the sixteen year NYPD veteran who experienced the contents of the book firsthand. Working the midnight shift in the Bronx, Sarchie began to encounter many terrifying and supernatural things. When he realized that he was dealing with people who were truly possessed by the devil, the police officer made it his mission to assist priests in exorcisms, and fight the devil right beside them.
In the book, Sarchie recounts some of the most extreme cases of demonic possession and devilish encounters he experienced while on the force. His eyewitness accounts and extensive research helped many local priests understand the magnitude of these cases. Sarchie is a devout Catholic, and he felt it was his mission from God to help save the souls of others in any way that he could. While some of Sarchie’s opinions may feel slightly condescending to agnostic readers, the book is still a gripping read, and shows how hope and preservation prevailed when fighting true evil.
4. The Dark Sacrament: True Stories of Modern-Day Demon Possession and Exorcism
This 2008 book, written by David Kiely and Christina McKenna, examine ten Irish, modern day cases of exorcism, and the many intricate details behind each case. Unlike most other books on the topic, Kiely and McKenna profile the lives and work of two active exorcists: Canon William Lendrum, who is a Protestant, and Father Ignatius McCarthy, a Catholic priest. Both holy men give their personal accounts of the exorcisms they have performed, and the history of this ancient practice.
Several other members of the clergy are interviewed, as well as witnesses, family members, and the ten unfortunate victims who fell prey to demons. A majority of the accounts are recent, and provide a modern take on the historic ritual of exorcism. What readers seem to most enjoy about this gripping, well researched read is the fact that authors Kiely and McKenna try to provide the information in a neutral, logical manner. What they feel about the priests or the ten victims is clearly not important to them. What is important is providing a modern glimpse into the world of exorcism, and the many people involved in each case.
5. The Day Satan Called: A True Encounter with Demonic Possession and Exorcism
This gripping nonfiction book was written by Bill Scott in 2011, and recounts a dark period of his life that continues to bother him to this day. Scott and his wife, both devout Christians, met a young lady who was a member of a local Satanic network. Believing herself to be possessed by a demon, the young lady begged for help and sanctuary. Feeling it was there Christian duty, Scott and his wife invited the young woman to temporarily move in with them.
They spent countless hours praying together, hoping that, together, they could combat the evil that the young lady had both seen and experienced. Instead of banishing the demon, they inadvertently let the demon into their home. Scott and his wife began experiencing a plethora of dark occurrences, from strange visitors, to objects falling and moving on their own, to hearing the voice of Satan emanate through the house. Both Scott and his wife were terrified and feared for their lives, but they also knew that they could not abandon the girl in her time of need.
This grisly tales follows the eighteen-month nightmare that Scott and his wife experienced; from the time they first opened their door to the young woman, to the final showdown with the devil. Both proved that with dedication and faith, good could, finally, triumph over evil.
The Ultimate Battle
Whether you’re a devout Christian or Catholic or a staunch agnostic, these five accounts of demons will have you on the edge of your seat, shocked that real people had to encounter such extraordinary suffering. Follow their chilling stories, and those of the priests who helped them, as they face the ultimate evil and attempt to save their own souls. Countless accounts of possession have been glamorized by Hollywood films, but these are real people, facing real life struggles against supernatural forces.
Can just by reading these true stories actually possess people? I am true with my faith in God but am just curious about the other side and admire the ones with such strength in these stories to make it through such horror. I was reading a review about the demon who called the radio station and some people actually said it could and did cause issues with some readers. I bought the book, but haven’t read it yet. Will I be safe? Thanks for any responses or advice.
Reading any of these books shouldn’t have an effect, except to frighten and bring awareness. I’ve ordered and read the book ‘Hostage to the devil’ 2 separate times. When it came to the story of the Priest, which was witnessed by several people – including doctors, I ended up throwing it away. That story was especially disturbing. I’ve also bought and read ‘The day Satan called’. That book didn’t bother me at all. I’ve had worse personal experiences than what I found it that one. Personally, if you’re strong in your belief, I’d just be happy with that. Really. I grew up with different entities and some things are better left alone.
I’ve always wondered the same thing. I have a curiousity, but also a wariness. I would never knowingly “invite” evil in, but have always worried if satisfying my curiousity by reading these books is cracking a door open. I’ve had dreams where there is a battle over me between good and evil and these dreams scare me….but then I keep coming back to these stories as my favorite genre.
The demonic are bound by legalistic rules. They must be invited. They must also have permission from God. If one doesn’t live as an immoral pervert, or doesn’t dabble with Black Masses, desecrated communion wafers, spells, conjuring, any type of witch craft, blood sacrifices, tarot, fortune tellers, astrology, numerology, certain TM, hypnosis, eastern occultism and/or religious practices one probably wouldn’t be troubled. Curses from ones enemies could cause a whole lot of problems. If you go on paranormal adventures and hope to get EVP’s when asking questions you are inviting a spirit into your life. Look. Christ came to destroy the work of the devil in addition to paying our ransom. Stick with Him. And stay away from new age Wicca nonsense. You should be okay.
I’ve read a couple of these books got scared(ESPECIALLY by Hostage To The Devil)but NEVER possessed. I don’t think a book about possession can possess you. I too am strong in my faith but these things do interest me. I have been trying to find the Annelise Michel book but come up empty.
The More books you read on Demonic Possession, the more it makes you aware of the evil one.
I mostly read titles by actual Catholic Exorcists, but I do have some others by authors who have researched the subject.
The ANnelise Michel book is available just search the internet. Probably even Amazon will have copies.
Demonic presence most always occur after having been invited by an individual. Some occur only after God gives them permission, and almost always after securing the consent of the posessed individual prior to the onset. Many Catholic Saints were tormented by Satan, to demonstrate the torment of Satan after they arrived at victory over the demon. God has His reasons.
Opening doors to the supernatural is a double edged sword. On one hand we CAN give permission via simply opening that door to entitys via tv, books, physical doors yet if we are strong in faith and washed by the blood of the lamb we know we are protected but ones heart must be right and true or the demons will know and take advantage of your self deception. Tred carefully for God — the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, says we must “flee the mere presence of evil”. There’s a reason WHY He says this and it shouldn’t be ignored. Curiosity DID kill the cat.
If u are right with god and have faith armor a demon should not be able to possess you. Thats what i believe anyway.
I think the more evil is exposed, demistified, and studied, the less frightening it becomes. I’ve started studying the demonic and exorcisms, and for it, I find my faith stronger, I have more gratitude for Christ’s sacrifice, and I’m no longer afraid of evil. It’s probably more afraid of me. That said, my confidence is in God’s protection of me, predicated on my active relationship with Him. And PEOPLE still scare the hell out of me. Lol.
How about if you protect yourself first with prayers to keep you safe like most if the ghost hunters on tv do. I feel the power of prayer really works! That said, I still don’t believe I will read these books. I’ve read two “supposedly” real stories and they freaked me out!
I have read 2 of these books, Hostage to the Devil and the Exorcism of Annalise Michele and they were both truly terrifying. My interest in them were because I feel that if the devil and demons 😈 are real then God ✝️🔯 must be real too.
I am not a religious person, however my mom was I guess you could say, loosely religious. Her and I, my father and my son have had run ins with “supernatural” occurences.
I didn’t really believe my mom when I was young when she would say, stay away from anything that speaks or sounds demonic or satanic, because it can open the door for them. They can see you when you have such an interest in them. I believe her now…