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The Definition of Demons

The word demon was originated from the Greek term “daimon” which means spirit or divine power and full of wisdom.  They can assume human shape and were reported to visit humans while they slept.

Demons are usually associated with evil, but pre-Christian and non-Christian cultures state that they are not necessarily good or evil.  There are good demons and bad demons, and there are those that are both good and bad. Good demons were called eudemons and acted as guardian spirits to guide and protect humans.  They were considered lucky to have.  Evil demons, that would lead a human astray, were called cacodemons. Christian demonology has come to associate demons with evil since they are the agents of the devil, and the good spirits belong in the ranks of angels of the Lord.

Demonology is the study and classification of demons.  The earliest cataloguing and ranking of demons has been documented since A.D. 100-400.  The 16th & 17th century Christian demonologists catalogued demons into hierarchies of hell. They recognized demon characteristics and duties, including ambassadorships to different nations.   Johann Weyer devised a complex hierarchy of demons in 1577 with an estimated 7,405,926 demons and 72 princes. 

According to the Bible, when Lucifer was cast out of heaven by God, demons were the fallen angels who followed him.  The demons only purpose was to tempt humans into wicked acts and estrange their relationships with God.

Amon, the demon who terrified me, is one of those demons.


Encounter with Hell Available for Pre-Order

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“The events in this story are true, but the names and locations have been changed to protect the reader.  Alexis is a psychic who never believed in demons until she came face to face with pure evil.  This is her true story of battling a terrifying entity that was so powerful it turned her life upside down and put her in mortal danger . . .

Her nightmare begins shortly after she and her husband relocate to a small lakeside community.  After hearing rumors about the nearby Matthews residence, Alexis investigates the nineteenth century house and its spirit inhabitants. She soon finds herself caught in a demon’s snare of violent fury—subjecting her to deep growls, a malevolent force attacking her in bed, and phantom apparitions, ultimately leading to a horrific spiritual battle with a demon hell-bent on her destruction.”

About Alexis McQuillan

My name is Alexis McQuillan, and I currently reside in a small town in the Pacific Northwest with my husband.  I am not your typical mom, as my grown children will tell you.  I am a paranormal consultant, researcher, and author, and I have been actively involved with ghost hunting since college; which was approximately twenty years ago.

Some people call me a psychic, medium, “spirit walker,” or a sensitive.  Whatever it may be, my brain is able to interpret the energy around me differently than the average person.  Sometimes, this energy appears as a vapor taking human form, other times I hear sounds, voices and see pictures that ghosts are trying to communicate to me.  My most recent, and unfortunate, interpretation of energy came to me in the form of a demon.

I struggled to write Encounter with Hell.  Mainly, it was because I did not want to relive those experiences.  However, the more I worked on this book an opportunity presented itself to me; an opportunity to warn others who may unknowingly (or willingly) release pure evil into our world.  Take heed in the warnings I have laid out for you.  Demons lurk in the shadows just waiting for an opportunity to come into your life!

Hello world!

My name is Alexis McQuillian.  I am new to the blogosphere and excited to begin the journey with my fellow bloggers. 

My first book is called Encounter With Hell.  It is all about my terrifying experiences with a demon.  It is going to press in June with  Llewellyn , and it will appear at your local bookstores in the Fall of 2012. 

I will be updating this blog on a regular basis and look forward to comments or questions.  Check back often for these weekly updates and more!