In these posts, I will provide a list of books I think anyone interested in the paranormal would benefit from reading. Each list will be arranged by topic and will be accompanied by some notes of my own. Enjoy!
- Cristiani, Leon. Evidence of Satan in the Modern World. Rockford: Tan Books, 1961, 1974.
- Martin, Malachi. Hostage to the Devil: The Possession and Exorcism of Five Contemporary Americans. San Francisco: HarperSanFrancisco, 1976, 1992.
- Palagruto, Anne. Deliver Us From Evil: A Guide to Spiritual Warfare and Exorcism. Philadelphia: TPA Publishing, 2004.
- Russell, Jeffrey Burton. The Prince of Darkness: Radical Evil and the Power of Good in History. New York: Cornell University Press, 1988, 1992.
- Wilkinson, Tracy. The Vatican’s Exorcists: Driving Out the Devil in the 21st Century. New York: Warner Books, 2007.
- Wray, T.J. The Birth of Satan: Tracing the Devil’s Biblical Roots. New York: Palgrave MacMillan, 2005.
A study of the supernatural and the occult wouldn’t be complete without including a course on the dark prince himself. For thousands of years, the Devil has represented absolute evil in Christendom. Even today, a few Catholic priests devote themselves to expelling demons and the devil from those allegedly possessed by them. But where did the Devil come from? What is the evidence for his existence? The books above give a good overview of the literature on the subject, including recent scholarship. Volumes have been written on exorcism; its reality and its fiction. Now you can decide its validity for yourself.
Interested in the ghostly legends and lore of Illinois? Check out Michael Kleen’s book Paranormal Illinois. Paranormal Illinois presents in-depth and original research on some of Illinois’ most unusual tales, including the phantom lady of Kennedy Hill Road, the headless horseman of Lakey’s Creek, and the ghost of Ange Milner. Chapters on Archer Avenue, Manteno State Hospital, Ashmore Estates, Airtight Bridge, Devil’s Gate, and other infamous places present information and interviews never before seen in print. Fun, informative, and greatly entertaining, this painstakingly researched book leaves no ghost unturned.