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Friday, April 23, 2010



I've lately become more interested in the subject of the demonic, but I feel it must be approached with the greatest caution. I might get Amorth's book. Has anyone read Malachi Martin's Hostage to the Devil? Sound?

Brian J. Schuettler

I read the late Father Martin's book about 30 years ago. It is very disturbing but also very insightful in developing the circumstances around several true cases. I have also read the other books mentioned and I would say the Hostage book is by far the most penetrating in terms of the genesis and progression of the demonic influence and on the characters of the victims.

Sandra Miesel

If you're interested in the history of Satan in human culture, Jeffrey Burton Russell's four volume series is excellent. For the impact of the Evil One on evil humans, THE MASKS OF SATAN by Christopher Nugent is a deeply frightening book. (Nugent had met Charles Manson in his hippie days and wrote this book as catharsis.)

Ed Peters

The best book I've seen on an actual (modern) case is Allen's, Possessed (1993). Meanwhile, I'd approach anything by Amorth with cautious reserve.


Hostage to the Devil by Father Martin is extremely well done.

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