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review 2017-04-20 21:20
Too Spooky
The Demonologist: The Extraordinary Career of Ed and Lorraine Warren - Gerald Brittle

So we all know I am fascinated by the warrens. When this book came off the conveyor belt at work, I couldn't resist checking it out and read it during my lunch breaks. It wasn't what I expected but interesting none the less. 


The Demonologist discusses the work of the Warrens, the nature of the supernatural, and how paranormal investigations and exorcisms really work. Apparently it is the main work the cast and crew of The Conjuring films used for research, which makes sense. The book does discuss the Annabelle case, Amityville, and the Enfield Poltergeist, all of which are famous cases that are brought up in the movie. Also briefly discussed is the history of how exorcisms, ghosts and demons were viewed in the past. 


I expected this book to be a collection of stories about their different investigations, like Ghost Hunters was. Instead what I got was more of a text book on paranormal investigations and demonic activity. That's not exactly the right term, text book, but a lot of the book was dedicated to simply explaining how demons can be recognized, the different types of spirits, etc., with anecdotes used to prove the points. That kind of disappointed me, because I wanted less of their religious philosophies and more stories of spooky ghosts, but it was interesting to read none the less. 


The biggest drawback to the book is the Warren's opinions themselves. I'm a big believe in the paranormal - ghosts, possession, the whole shebang. I won't touch a Ouija board and firmly believe I captured an EVP. But there were times during the book where I couldn't help but go, "Do you seriously expect me to believe this?" And everything was demons with them, which could get frustrating, especially in the case of Annalise Michel.


It wasn't just the stories they told, like of ghost cars. What was more frustrating was the fact that frequently the Warrens claim to have captured entities on film, but refused to put the pictures in the book. That was just teasing and I didn't like it. I understand their philosophy is, "If we show you these images it can put you at risk", and I do honestly believe they 100% believe that and aren't just saying that to get people of their backs. But if you're not going to show the things you mention, then why bring them up in the first place, especially in a book that's supposed to educate? It was frustrating and irritated me on more than one occasion. 


Final rating: 3.5 out of 5. It's a good book for those interested in the Warrens and the Paranormal. Definitely helps you to understand their methods more. I'll stick to the collections of spooky encounters though.

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review 2017-01-18 02:46
The Conjuring 3
The Haunted: The True Story of One Family's Nightmare - Robert Curran,Lorraine Warren,Ed Warren

Fun fact: After reading a particularly creepy chapter in this book, I had to go to the bathroom which required a walk down my house's spooky hallway. Just as I passed my sister's bedroom door, she opened it which caused me to scream which caused her to scream which caused me to scream again and then bust out laughing. She got mad at me because she thought I did it on purpose and I was laughing to hard to tell her the truth. 


Moral of the story: Don't read this book if your bathroom is at the end of a spooky hallway and next to your jumpy sister's room. 


The Haunted tells the account of Jack and Janet Smurl, the victims of one of the worst documented and publicized hauntings in America. The book doesn't mention this but apparently a TV movie was made about the haunting in the 90's and I strongly hope they use it as the source material for The Conjuring 3 because I love those movies. In the book, we learn about the Smurl family and how they cope with the haunting, the terrifying things that happen to them, and their involvement with Ed and Lorraine Warren, the famous demonologists in the fight against the demon that haunts the house. 


As I mentioned before, I love paranormal stuff and I'm particularly a fan of Ed and Lorraine Warren's stories. This one proved to be a really good and creepy story. I had fun reading it. It moved quickly with fairly short chapters and the events happening to the Smurl's was definitely interesting. It was also intriguing to see how the Warrens conducted their investigation into the haunting and how things progressed. It also had some really creepy parts, such as the voice in the basement and the beast at the edge of the bed (the latter is what I read during the comedic event with my sister). I wanted a spooky, nonfiction ghost story to read and this one definitely delivered. 


There are some downsides to this book. From a narrative standpoint, the sections about the demonologist in training didn't really fit well with the story. They were odd little add ons and in the end they didn't have much impact on the story. It was a great way to show how the Warrens recruit new members to their team and how they've turned skeptics into believers, I just wish it was integrated better. 


Another issue with the book is it definitely has it's biases, namely religious ones. As a former Catholic, there were definitely parts that had me rolling my eyes a tad because they reminded me of my grandparents and how they fit faith into everything. If you're a devout Catholic you probably won't mind these aspects but if you're not, it can come across a little corny. Additionally there wasn't a lot said about the ways the Warrens tried to debunk things or if they did at all. I appreciate that the author included a lot of different accounts to add to the Smurls' credibility, but I would like to know how they determined the knockings weren't just coming from rusty pipes or the chill wasn't just a fluke AC. If the Warrens did do these things, it's really a shame Curran didn't include them in the account because that would have added greatly to their credibility. 


Do I believe the Smurls? Sure, why not. There's not much said in this one account to make me think they were faking it, and not just because Curran and the Warrens said it was legit. It was more so the fact that people were noticing these events long before the Smurls went to the media and the fact they insisted their first media appearance be an anonymous one that makes me believe that, at the very least, they believe they were telling the truth. Plus it's more fun to believe anyway. If they came out tomorrow and said, "Just kidding!" I wouldn't be heart broken. They still tell a fascinating tale. And if you want a creepy, fascinating tale, I think you'll like this book regardless of whether you believe or not. 


Final rating: 3.5 out of 5. Could have used some work to make a more well rounded story, but it's fun and it accomplished what I expected it to. 


Final thought: Started my job at the library today. I love it. Being around all those books will be so distracting though. 

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review 2014-07-14 00:50
House of Darkness House of Light: The True Story Volume One (Volume 1) - Andrea Perron

This is the story that made the film “The conjuring” I'm sure most of you have heard about it. If you have heard of Ed and Lorraine Warren. You will know about this case This was one of the most terrifying real Life Paranormal cases they had to deal with.....


I overall wasn't too keen on this book It sometimes played out like a walton's story. And it was over 500 pages long and didn't even get to the point were all hell really breaks loose.


I guess have to read book two for that. But its an independent Published book and I overall love that Fact The author who is a daughter of Roger and Carolyn Perron Took the time to write her accounts and those of her Mother and father and family's as well as friend's.

All in all I found it very Fascinating and a bit spooky. Well worth a read if your in to “Real paranormal book's and Case's

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