Episode 14: I Have Exorcised the Demons!

“Gliding spider-like, rapidly, close behind Sharon, her body arched backward in a bow with her head almost touching her feet, was Regan, her tongue flicking quickly in and out of her mouth while she hissed sibilantly like a serpent. Sharon stopped then screamed as she felt Regan’s tongue snaking out at her ankle. That day, everywhere Sharon went, Regan followed.”- William Peter Blatty, The Exorcist


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The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty

download (14)This classic of exorcism and possession horror absolutely had to be mentioned in this discussion.  Stephanie suggests the audiobook (40th Anniversary edition), narrated by the late author

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The Merciless by Danielle Vega

download (11)Rachel talked about this freezer book from the YA episode. The Merciless might have a bubblegum pink cover, but the contents are anything but innocent.

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My Best Friend’s Exorcism by Grady Hendrix

download (15)Stephanie brought up her current favorite Grady Hendrix book, My Best Friend’s Exorcism. The physical copies are wonderful! The hardcover (left) is set up like an 1980’s yearbook, while the paperback plays on some VHS themes! Hendrix always has amazing physical books!

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Come Closer by Sara Gran

download (19)Rachel talked about one of her favorite possession stories that stands out because it is told in first person. If you’re looking for a female-centric and female narrated possession story, look no further!

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The Last Days of Jack Sparks

download (17)Stephanie’s next book was a bit humorous, but wasn’t afraid to dark every now and then. The Last Days of Jack Sparks follows doomed protagonist Jack Sparks is an arrogant internet star who finds himself in the crosshairs of something dark while researching his book on the occult.

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Sorrow’s Point by Danielle DeVor

download (16)Rachel read Sorrow’s Point by Danielle DeVor that follows an ex-priest and a girl that is apparently possessed. The girl in the story could have been included in our last episode on evil children.

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Outcast vol. 1 by Robert Kirkman and Paul Azaceta

download (18)The start of this graphic novel series follows a man who was possessed as a young boy and how those events have left him a haunted man. He realizes that he might be able to do something with it to help other people, but also learns of an encroaching darkness.

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2 thoughts

  1. There are some great books in this list, but I actually wanted to reply to your question about whether or not you need to have a Judeo-Christian background in order to really enjoy possession stories.

    I enjoy any story that has been well written and that holds true for stories containing aliens, monsters, ghosts, dragons, or anything else mythical and scary. There’s no difference between these and a possession story featuring a demon, from a Christian background or not. The defining factor for me is how well written the story is, and not if I believe in the evil thing that it’s about. If I had to believe in order to be scared I wouldn’t be scared by the overwhelming majority of horror books. The same holds true for horror movies; it’s the quality of the film that attracts me and allows me to suspend belief, and not my belief in a fictional ‘monster’.

    Thank you for a great podcast!


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