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Local writer's work included in new tome, The Book of Demons

Compilation of short stories sees researchers work with prize-winning writers from UK, USA and Canada, including Barrie’s J. McDonald
2021-08-18 The Book of Demons Cover
The cover of the recently released The Book of Demons, which includes the work of local writer J. McDonald.

The Book of Demons is a compilation of short stories by a group of researchers from Middlesex University, working with prize-winning creative writers from the UK, the USA and Canada, including Barrie’s own J. McDonald.

Together, they have produced this exciting new book that explores the history of demonology, and what it is to be part of marginalized groups in today’s world.

"Why is it that, in recent years, there has been a dramatic surge in the number of exorcisms being performed by the Catholic Church throughout the world, including in the U.S.? Could it be that there are actually demons among us?" 

Dr. Adam Dalton-West provides us with answers in a gripping introduction.

Learn how the practice of exorcism is only increasing in the U.S. and UK today, find out the truth behind Queen Elizabeth the First’s notorious court magician John Dee, consider the arcane rituals of the occultist Aleister Crowley, discover what inspired King James the First to author his treatise Daemonologie and shake your head as you learn about the horrific witch-hunts which were conducted in the King’s name.

With contributions from Gollancz author A.J. Dalton, prize-winner Nadine West, established writers Elyn Joy, Michael Conroy, Isabella Hunter, Gabriel Wisdom and introducing J. McDonald and others, this collection explores the history of demonology, as well as contemporary examples of demonic possession, examines how particular groups in society are persecuted, and shows how society and relationships might still be magically transformed.

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