A Dictionary Of Demons!

The Dictionary of Demons starts with a simple premise: names have power. In medieval and Renaissance Europe, it was believed that speaking a demon’s true name could summon it, compel it, and bind it.

Occult scholar Michelle Belanger has compiled the most complete compendium of demonic names available anywhere, using both notorious and obscure sources from the Western grimoiric tradition. Presented alphabetically from Aariel to Zynextyur, more than 1,500 demons are introduced, explored, and cross-referenced by theme and elemental or planetary correspondence. This meticulously researched reference work features fascinating short articles on demonology and a wealth of woodcuts, etchings, and paintings depicting demons through the ages.

About the Author
Michelle Belanger (Ohio) is a popular author best known for her writings on psychic vampirism and the modern vampire subculture. A self-professed energy vampire, she has appeared on the British documentary American Vampires, Peter Anthony Holder’s Soul Call, Coast to Coast, the X-Zone, as well on the History Channel, WE!, and A&E. She has lectured at colleges across the United States and occasionally tours with her Chicago-based dark metal band URN. More information can be found at www.michellebelanger.com and www.twilightpath.com.


This review is from: The Dictionary of Demons: Names of the Damned (Paperback)
The Dictionary of Demons: Names of the Damned is the latest, much-anticipated book from Michelle Belanger. This sizeable, extraordinarily thorough work records over 1500 demons and their attributes in concisely-worded entries. The book contains numerous cross-references for each demonic name to others with similar attributes. It also easily cross-references the various Medieval and Renaissance books from which Belanger draws these names and descriptions.

The compilation’s theme is that names hold power. In our modern view’ the concept seems obvious in that trademarks, tradenames, and logos hold power to direct our economy. However, Belanger points out that power of these demonic names were not for the masses, but were disclosed in ancient times to only a privileged few who were deemed worthy enough to use the powerful names and symbols for God’s glory. That perceived power is underscored by the fact that a mere 300 years ago – a flash in history – the volumes, from which The Dictionary of Demons draws upon, often found themselves, their writers, and their readership put to the flames.

The book utilizes original source texts and contemporary translations. Where there is a discrepancy between original and subsequent versions of a text, Belanger explains the discrepancy and how the two sources differ. Variations within particular texts and misprintings of names are occasionally noted.

In addition to the names listed, Belanger explains how these original grimoires and books of ceremonial magick were used to summon and control angels, demons, and spirits. This information is both intriguing and useful in understanding the context in which these demonic names were used.

The Dictionary of Demons is not simply a morbid curiosity. Readers interested in cultural anthropology, western religion, and psychology may find the reference useful where their studies turn to western demonology. Persons working in deliverance ministries will find the work useful in their practice.

Overall, the The Dictionary of Demons is an impressive work of study and compilation. However, Belanger points out that the work is limited to works derived from Christian sources (which often drew upon the esoteric beliefs and practices of Jewish Qabbalah). Demons outside this tradition are not included. Moreover, in order to be included in the listing, a demon must have a proper name (as opposed to a general category or class) and must be considered “infernal” within the original source (as either a demon or fallen angel). For example, spirits listed in the Heptameron grimoire were not included in the listing, although they presented similar qualities to demons listed in the Sworn Book of Honorius. While most readers would find the omissions to be inconsequential, they are noted for those using the work for research purposes.

In spite of its self-imposed limitations, The Dictionary of Demons is an exceptional achievement that cries out to be an organic document with subsequent editions compiling the demons of Asia, Africa, the Middle East, and the Americas. This is an impressive work that deserves a space in any library that concerns itself with the unknown.


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Co-founder & lead investigator of Paranormal Encounters. I've experienced the paranormal all my life, having encountered ghosts, angels and demons. I live in a haunted house and when not exploring and researching the unknown, I enjoy single malt Scotch whisky & potato chips (though not necessarily at the same time).