Top 5 Scariest Demons From Literature

Top 5 Scariest Demons From Literature

October 25, 2019 99 By William Hollis


Ever since William Peter Blatty blessed us
with his 1971 novel The Exorcist, there has been a perpetual fear of the supernatural,
a demonic force seeking to control us, possess our bodies and destroy us from the inside
out. However, Blatty wasn’t the only author to
nail this concept, there are some extraordinary books out there that bring to life demons
that will haunt your dreams for years to come. So today on Top 5 Scary Videos, I’m going
to be counting down our list of the Top 5 Scariest Demons From Literature. Of course, honourable mention goes out to
The Exorcist, a book that is far too good to appear on our list. Let’s jump in. 5 My Best Friend’s Exorcism – Grady Hendrix
My Best Friend’s Exorcism is perhaps one of the best horror novels I have read in a
very long time, and I definitely purchased it on a whim. I mean, the cover itself is an old VHS tape,
donned with iconic 80’s imagery. What’s not to love, but, thankfully the
book was just as good as its artwork. Now, the story is set in 1988 and follows
Abby who has just started her junior year of high school in South Carolina. Her best friend Gretchen is by her side, and
the pair have been inseparable ever since they met during Abby’s 10th birthday. However, things descend into madness one night
when a group of them take LSD, and Gretchen disappears into the woods and returns a few
hours later, claiming nothing happened. However, her behavior changes, and Gretchen
becomes more erratic, resulting in Abby believing she has been possessed by a demon. Now, this book is a rare exorcism story that
will make you hide and cry. It’s a truly terrifying tale but also a
loving tribute to a high school friendship, proving that the strength of a bond between
women is never more intense than during the throes of adolescence. Now, the book is called My Best Friend’s
Exorcism, so you can expect that things get pretty dark pretty fast, with a showdown between
Abby and her possessed friend forming the climax of the book. It’s gory, intense, and at times disgusting,
which is jarring considering it feels at points like a young adult story, before reminding
us very quickly that this is a story about a demonic presence destroying the innocence
of a young girl. Now, what makes this nameless demon truly
terrifying is that it cripples a young friendship, leaving us in a puddle of tears craving more. It shows us a young girl thrown into a world
of evil and destruction, with Abby never once giving up in order to save her friend. And, the exorcism that occurs is one that
will linger with you for a while to come. The Demon in My Best Friend’s Exorcism is
not to be messed with and will leave you clinging to your nearest and dearest in hopes that
it won’t take them next. It is quite honestly the perfect book. 4 The Present Darkness – Frank E Peretti
The Present Darkness is a book that expertly shows contemporary views on angles, demons
prayer, and spiritual warfare as demons struggle for control of the citizens of a small town
of Ashton. Ashton is a typical small town, however, when
a skeptical reporter and a pastor begin to investigate mysterious events, they suddenly
find themselves caught up in a hideous New Age plot to enslave the townspeople, and eventually
all of mankind. The Present Darkness brings together the physical
world and the spiritual realm, pitting the forces of good and evil up against one another,
as some of the darkest and most terrifying demons seek to destroy all that is living. The demons are depicted as bat-winged, almost
like something out of a painting, with them lurking around every corner, on college campuses,
in arcades, whispering in the ears of the weak, telling lies and bringing about evil
to the innocent. The book is essentially a direct product of
the Satanic Panic of the 1980s which troubles the US — most will have heard of this due
to Satanic Ritual Abuse, which was essentially a rash of false allegations made against daycare
centers in the 90s. Whether you have faith or not, The Present
Darkness is perhaps one of the most terrifying books ever written, simply because it is built
upon demonic conspiracy, a paranoia that spreads like wildfire. The Present Darkness. Read it. Not just for the demons, but for the lingering
paranoia that will remain within you. 3 Demon Camp: A Soldier’s Exorcism – Jen Percy
Demon Camp is set in 2005 and follows a Chinook helicopter that crashes carrying sixteen Special
Ops soldiers during a rescue mission in a remote part of Afghanistan, killing everyone
on board. Following the incident, machine gunner, Caleb
Daniels, who lost his best friend Kip in the crash, begins to see the deceased souls everywhere
— their burned bodies constantly watching him. However, they aren’t the only thing haunting
Caleb, there’s a dark presence that has returned with him too, a demonic entity that
calls itself the Black Think, or the Destroyer, a paralyzing horror that Caleb believes is
a demon. Caleb seeks out a minister in rural Georgia
who is dedicated to casting demons from the afflicted. The book successfully nails the terror and
wildness of living amongst spirits, and the rush and paranoia of seeing monsters in every
shadow and around every corner. Demon Damp, is terrifying, yet emotional,
and will have you checking every shadow for the Black Think seeking to possess your body. 2 Come Closer – Sara Gran
Come Closer tells the story of a woman named Amanda, as she begins making a series of baffling
decisions without understanding why she’s making them, and without clear recollection
of doing so. Amanda quickly loses control of her life,
and begins to wonder if there are outside forces at play, perhaps a demon driving her
towards self-destruction, or if it’s only herself. Now, the book primarily focuses on loneliness
and isolation and the fear that comes with that, with the supernatural happenings almost
being a second thought. It’s also perhaps one of the first books
that primarily dabbles in the experiences of the possessed persons over that of the
exorcist. Now, this is one book on our list that I truly
don’t want to spoil for you. However, I will say that Sara Gran expertly
ground the demonic story that it becomes a work of sympathy and love. If you love horror, spooky and character-based
novels, you will adore Come Closer — a book which houses perhaps one of the scariest and
heartbreaking demons in literature. 1 Mister B. Gone – Clive Barker
Mister B. Gone is a short metafiction novel by Clive Barker, the author who blessed us
the Hellraiser series, so going in expectations are high. The book immediately kicks off with the narrator
attempting to convince the reader to burn the book they’re currently reading, before
reluctantly agreeing to tell their story and introducing them to a demon named Jakabok
Botch, who lived a traumatised life in Hell, especially due to his physically abusive demon
of a father. To prevent himself from losing his mind, Jakabok
decides to write violent, hate-filled papers in which he commits torture and patricide. Yeah, it’s rough. Mister B. Gone is a book that you will wish
you had heeded the advice of the narrator before delving in. However, it’s too late now, we’re in too
deep. So, let’s proceed. As previously stated, the novel kicks off
in Hell, where we’re introduced to this sadistic family comprised of demons.Jakabok
wants to ingratiate himself with his mother by inventing “the first mechanical disemboweler”,
and shortly after he is horribly disfigured in a fire, resulting in him losing his nose
and lips. Ultimately, Botch winds up in the Upper World
after traveling through the nine layers of hell, barely making it out alive. He links up with an elder demon, even more
adept at evil, and for 38 years they travel around the countryside, doing repulsive things
like burning people, and even taking baths in the blood of infants. Yeah, this book is a tough read, but is exactly
what you would expect from the mind of Clive Barker. Jakabok Botch, you don’t want to encounter
him on a dark, cold night, or any night for that matter. Well, there we have it! Do you guys agree with our list? Are there any demons that we missed? Remember this is all personal opinion. Leave us all your thoughts and feelings in
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