Alright. It’s finally time for that post that everyone wonders about and speaks of in hushed tones. It’s time for the post about inhuman, or demonic, spirits.

Can I tell you a story? It’s funny and short. Trust me. About 15 years ago, before our children came along, when my husband and I were still newlyweds, I first started reading about demonology. In fact, I was cutting my teeth on a book called The Demonologist by Gerald Brittle. It’s an account of the lives of Ed and Lorraine Warren, well-known paranormal investigators and demonologists and founders of NESPR. My husband was out of town on business and while reading said book I had managed to freak myself out. Completely. I called a friend, asking if I could stay at her house for the night. She asked if I was afraid of burglars and I replied, “No, I’m afraid of demons.” She still laughs about that to this day.

But I am. Afraid of demons, that is. And you should be afraid as well.

But here’s the thing. Having a demonic oppression/possession going on in your home with you or a loved one being the focus of its inhuman energy? Is about as likely as you winning the lottery. Or being eaten by a great white shark. Or getting struck by lightning, while being eaten by said shark, all while learning you just won a million dollar jackpot. What I’m trying to say is that it’s a very rare occurrence. And not only is it rare, but you had to have invited (purposefully or inadvertently) said spirit into your home for it to wreak havoc.

A typical run-of-the-mill haunting (be it residual or intelligent) may involve one or more of the following:

  • You notice movement of small items
  • You smell cigar smoke or perfume or hairspray, etc.
  • You hear random noises or objects being moved but when you check, the object is in the same place
  • You see a full or partial apparition
  • You feel as if you’re being touched (for example, you feel like someone put their hand on your shoulder)
  • You feel as if you’re being watched

Sometimes, regular run-of-the-mill hauntings can be nasty. Not all people died and came back to our realm shiny, happy people. If a person was mean, nasty, and downright ornery in life, then they will be the same way in death. This means that you could have a haunting where:

  • You get scratched
  • You feel a heaviness in certain areas of the house
  • You are pushed

Even these instances can be attributed to human spirits who just need a good spanking. Seriously.

But, if any of the following are happening:

  • Violent acts against you (being thrown against a wall, being hit, punched, or slapped)
  • Foul odors, as if the sewer has erupted in your home
  • Defilement of holy objects (for example, all the crucifixes in your house are inexplicably found in the toilet)
  • Movement of large items (for example, you come home and your refrigerator in now on its side in the basement)
  • Specific paranormal activity (for example, you have a favorite painting that you find slashed or you hate your husband’s fisherman statue and you keep finding it in the middle of your bed over and over again even though you hide it)

If these types of things are happening, you may have a case for a demonic or inhuman haunting.

Hollywood has done us in the paranormal field a favor and a disservice when it comes to the paranormal. Because of great shows like Ghost Hunters and Paranormal State, the paranormal is now a front-row topic. We don’t talk in hushed tones to trusted confidantes about the shadows seen on the staircase. Talk of ghosts is no longer relegated to campfires and Halloween. We can now talk, over dinner, in a publicly, crowded restaurant, about that ring and how you know you put it in the jewelry bowl in your bathroom before bed and how the heck did it end up on the kitchen counter the next morning?

The one place where Hollywood has done the paranormal field a disservice is sensationalism. To sell tickets and ratings we want BAD and HORRIBLE and AWFUL which translates to portraying hauntings as gory, life-threatening, demonic affairs that leave us under the covers making sure nothing is poking out. This means that every time a lover of the paranormal hears a bump in their home, they may be convinced that it’s the worst that could possibly happen.

Many paranormal groups in the field today advertise a demonologist on their staff. My advice to you is BE WARY. Personally? There are only four people I trust to call themselves “demonologists” and they are:

Lorraine Warren
Ryan Buell
John Zaffis
Bishop James Long

Paranormal Georgia Investigations does not have a demonologist on staff. Several of us in our investigative group know enough about demonic hauntings to see the signs and get the proper help. And in our four years, we’ve never had to use that knowledge. And I hope we never will.

If you truly believe that you are dealing with a demonic oppression or possession, and you have no access to a Catholic priest or some other member of the clergy, then you should contact one of the people and organizations listed above. But don’t expect any regular paranormal group to be able to fix the problem. Demonic oppressions and possessions involve a lot of heavy-hitting experience that 99.9999% of the paranormal groups out there don’t have. And that includes us.

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About Heather Scarbro Dobson

I wish I was Wonder Woman, but I'm actually a wife, mother of three, author, paranormal investigator, and a stay-at-home astronaut. When I'm not terrorizing the Bible Belt PTA with my purple hair and "Hail Satan" shirt, you can find me at home, binge-watching "Charlie's Angels."
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13 Responses to Demonology

  1. Pingback: » Demonology | Paranormal Georgia Investigations

  2. Sarah Harris says:

    I have pictures and things that are occurring in my home that I can’t discribe at to the point I’ve had enough. Please help me in figuring out what it is I need to do. Please also feel free to contact me on my cell: 760-895-8138. Thanks

  3. Troubled says:

    Please help me. I get attacked by an unseen entity almost daily. This has been going on now for 8 years. I have seen lots of people that have claimed they can help me, but they only took my money, took advantage of my situation, and made it worse. Please help me or put me in contact with someone that can rid me of this horror.

  4. jamie birdsong says:

    Hello. My name is Jamie and my sister is having problems with her house. I am asking for any contact information on anyone that can help. She lives in swifton Arkansas. Please email be back soon. I am really scared for her and her husband. Any help would be gratefully appreciated. Thank you

  5. jamie birdsong says:

    Please help as soon as possible

  6. Johnson says:

    My name is Tristan Johnson about 2 months ago I was walking in the woods with a friend it was really a road in the country where we live at in a walk down a little further than him and I turned around and I saw something dark taller than him and my friends 6 1 in I walk down a little further than him and I turned around and I saw something dark taller than him at my friends 61 I would say he would be you know 6 6 in the things step aside to where I can see it and it was red it has small horns and six arms in six swords I did not say anything to me but it was so violent it lunged at me with its sword and started pounding like a MMA fighter I backed up a yelled hey I was scared it was going to kill me and my friend my friend did not see it but he has never seen me act so bizarre in his life. It got down really close to me almost like an acrobat and it sword got really close to my thigh and I was looking down at it saying if you gonna kill me kill me. It also look like not he was drawn he didnt look from this dimension if you could callme at

  7. Hello,
    I wish I was wrong but I do believe we are being tortured by a demon, its my fault for using a Ouija board, I was very naive. The thing we have has attacked me everyday and night causing physical pain, I have many evp recordings but every time a paranormal team comes, it hides. I’ve tried hotel rooms, it follows. I don’t know what to do or where to turn, I’m desperate for help

  8. Ted H Reed says:

    I have had experience as an exorcist and will try to help if you have legitimate issues. I can be reached and

  9. Alfee says:

    I have something that happened to me that still haunts me to this day.
    This relationship that I was in was a very violent one to no end. At times i only saw death as a way out. One night the toy I had bought my daughter was talking by itself and was on my desk in the room and me and my friend at the time had just started arguing the room was dark and he began to choke me and at the same time the doll was talking and I looked into this guys eyes and they turned a bright red glowing. I freaked out. Later that night it happened again when he asked me if I wanted to see something I sat up in the bed and there were those glowing eyes again. I left him, later found out that he asked a guy to kill me the guy told me he couldn’t do that to me. Then two more things happened he shot his sister in the leg because she wouldn’t him hold her car then he beat his girlfriend so bad that the baby she was carting had a broken collar bone among other issues. The girlfriend some passed 2 years later. I would love to know was I dealing with a possessed man or just someone evil?

  10. Ash Mattson says:

    My boyfriend and I have been experiencing strange happenings lately. I’m going to name the first time something was wrong, my boyfriend used to go to a church called hells church, its in canton georgia. but ever since he started going his basement has had a sudden heaviness to it. the moment i walked in i felt pressure on my chest. moving on with what has been occuring, we were at my house one night and i keep a cross on my door, it started shaking, i belived i had opened the door but now that i look back on it i was in my room with him for about 15 minutes. The other night at my house while i was sleeping, he said that my closest door had opened all the way. He said he felt as if someone was watching him. After he told me i went to go grab him one of my crosses to wear and i felt a sharp pain on my lower back, there were only two scratches in the area. This morning he texted me at 7 am saying that he had a night terror, explaining that in the nightmare that he couldn’t breathe and that he had been scratched, saying there had been three in the night terror. he also told me that he looked in the area but it just burned in the same spot he was scratched in his dream. He has been growing sick and his mental state has been growing weaker and weaker. please contact me if you can, im afraid its going to get worse.
    i forgot to add that he mentioned seeing shadows in the corners of his eyes when he is walking through his home

  11. Harold Scott says:

    I consider myself a demonologist I’ve worked with it for a long time I even took some classes from the Bishop aforementioned by you.

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