The Encyclopedia of Demons and Demonology (Rosemary Ellen Guiley)

A Non-Christian Demonology Source!

  • Rosemary Ellen Guiley
  • Hardcover: 302 pages
  • Checkmark Books; 1 edition (August 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0816073155 | ISBN-13: 978-0816073153
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An excellent book to use in your own personal research is the Encyclopedia of Demons and Demonology. This book explores the dark folklores and religions of the world, with a non-christian view on demons and demonology. Some of the topics covered are demonic histories, cases of possession, demons in popular culture, and demons from religious traditions.

Encyclopedia of Demons and Demonology contains hundreds of entries from a-z with suggested areas of further reading, and 80 black and white photos on demons, reaching from the past into the present. The historical backgrounds are discussed along with their powers and abilities and their roles in our lives. This book also deals with famous cases of possession, discussing various ways to protect from their harm.

As recommended by several readers, it is not the kind of book to get if you are a beginner as the topics that are covered assume that you have some basic occult knowledge to begin with. In all, it is still a good reference to have on hand for your library. I have enjoyed reading this book from time to time throughout the years.

One happy reviewer stated: “This book really goes into fantastic detail about demons, demonology, the devil, and way way more. I love this book and recommend it to anybody looking for information on this topic, this book is exquisite and very well written. I’m looking forward to reading the other books by this author and exploring all the topics they’ve written about. Overall, fantastic!”

You can read more about Rosemary Ellen Guiley and her writings on the occult and paranormal at her
Author Spotlight page.

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Encyclopedia of Demons at Amazon

Encyclopedia of Demons at Amazon

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The Necronomicon (by Simon)

Summoning of the Ancient Ones! Ia! Ia!

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By Simon
Avon; 1st edition (March 1, 1980)
Pages: 288
ISBN-10: 0380751925 | ISBN-13: 978-1470081720

Since its release 31 years ago, The Necronomicon by Simon, as a controversial book, has stood the test of time in the occult as one of the most discussed works on summoning. While it’s true origins may not be known, we are presented with a system of magic and summoning that provides us with a view into the world of Sumerian demons and gods.

The Necronomicon by Simon Blends the flavor of Aleister Crowley, ceremonial magic, and the stories of Lovecraft, a new mythology based on the spirits of the past is presented in this classic text. One reviewer commented on the 31st anniversary hard-bound edition..” Everything about this book screams quality. It is bound in heavy black cloth and the front cover and spine feature deep foil stamping in silver. All 3 previous introductions are also included here as well as the pronunciation guide, additions to the 777 tables..” The Necronomicon by Simon is definitely an Occult classic!

The Necronomicon (by Simon) at Amazon

The Necronomicon (by Simon) at Amazon

The Dictionary of Demons: Names of the Damned (by Michelle Belanger)

Demonic Encyclopedia

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By Michelle Belanger
Llewellyn Publications; First Edition edition (October 8, 2010)
Pages: 384
ISBN-10: 0738723061 | ISBN-13: 978-0738723068

The Dictionary of Demons lists from a-z more than 1,500 demons found throughout the world. For those that are simply curious to those that take demonology as a serious study, this book is a handy reference to finding out more about demons and their histories.

In the Dictionary of Demons, the Demons are described by their histories, cross referenced, and in addition, given an elemental or planetary association. Along with this are a wealth of illustrations, from the classic woodcuts, to paintings of yore. Anyone serious about studying demons will find a wealth of knowledge within.

As one reviewer stated..”Whether you believe, disbelieve or are indifferent to the concept of demons, the spiritual concept and sociological ideology behind the need to identify or create demons in human society is fascinating. In the well-researched book Dictionary of Demons by Michelle Belanger, the reader is introduced to an alphabetized pantheon of demon names, histories, side notes and indices that delve into this spiritually torrid and intellectually intriguing topic.”

A quote about Demon’s names from Michelle Belanger: “Words had power in the ancient world, and few words were viewed with more fear than those that named the forces of evil. Among many ancient people, the names of demons and devils were thought to act as a kind of beacon, calling those beings up from the depths whenever their names were uttered. ”

The Dictionary of Demons at Amazon
The Dictionary of Demons at Amazon

The Black Arts (by Richard Cavendish)

A Concise History of Witchcraft, Demonology, Astrology, and Other Mystical Practices Throughout the Ages

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By Richard Cavendish
TarcherPerigee; 40th Revised ed. edition (January 1, 1983)
Pages: 373
ISBN-10: 0399500359 | ISBN-13: 978-0399500350

The Black Arts By Richard Cavendish catalogs the practices and beliefs found within black magic. It covers summoning and ceremonial magic, Devil Worship and the Black Mass, charms spells and talismans, and other branches of the occult, like alchemy, numerology, astrology and the Tarot. Magicians and occult figures from the past to the present [circa 1950’s] are reviewed, along with descriptions of some of the popular Grimories of magic.

Along with this he delves into the philosophy of past and present magic workers, giving insightful interpretations of their work. This makes a great beginner’s book as it outlines the various branches of the occult, but with a darker flavor.

One reviewer stated: “The Black Arts By Richard Cavendish focuses a lot on Western Esoteric Art. I still have the book in my Library/Den. It is well worth purchasing for the knowledge within, as with most Esoteric Books, those drawn to this area, are explorers, wanting to expand ones consciousness. It has been on my book shelf for over 35 years. Always enjoy coming back to read/study the House of Cavendish, “Black Arts.”

From the introduction by Richard Cavendish: “In occultism the serpent is a symbol of wisdom, and for centuries magicians have devoted themselves to the search for the forbidden fruit which would bring fulfillment of the serpent’s promise. Carried to its furthest extreme, the black magician’s ambition is to wield supreme power over the entire universe, to make himself a god.”

The Black Arts (by Richard Cavendish) at Amazon

The Black Arts (by Richard Cavendish) at Amazon

Grimorium Verum (by Joseph H. Peterson)

Demonic Summoning and Black Magic

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  • By Joseph H. Peterson
  • CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (October 29, 2007)
  • Pages: 256
  • ISBN-10: 1434811166 | ISBN-13: 978-1434811165

Based on a classical and notorious books on ceremonial black magic and summoning, The Grimorium Verum discusses demons, demonology and the dark arts. Containing a catalog of demons and methods of their summoning, it is an up-to date version that is easier to work with. Grimorium Verum by Joseph H. Peterson combines French and Italian texts on this subject, so a more complete interpretation is available in this book. This modernized text includes useful methods of ritual, an outline of demonic theology, and extensive notation on these subjects.

As one reviewer stated: “The Grimorium Verum is one of the more reputable sources of Medieval Christian demonology, specifically drawing from French and Italian heritages. In his translation, Joseph Peterson does not simply choose one text to draw from but rather combines several versions, looking to create a sort of “master version” of the text using the French and even disparate Italian versions. Between these three he not only compiles both nearly lost texts but through diligent sourcing and constant citation manages to create linkages and suggest connections between the text that may be lost on someone who is not prepared to slog through two languages to try and draw those connections him or herself.”

You can read more about Joseph H Peterson and his works on Ceremonial Magick at his Author Spotlight page.