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Barrie 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.

A Barrie writer will have some of his work included in a compilation of short stories that explores the history of demonology.

The Book of Demons is a series of 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.

"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 some answers in the introduction.

Learn how the practice of exorcism is increasing in the U.S. and UK, 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 I 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, the 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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