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“Exorcist” author reflects on Halloween, demonic possession, and faith via Patrick Madrid

31 October 2011

I have had the distinct pleasure of knowing the late Father Malachi Martin. One of the books he authored is titled, “Hostage to the Devil”. I won’t elaborate at this time concerning how I met him, got to know him & actually was mentored by him during a summer quite a few years ago.

What I will tell you is that this book completely convinced me that spiritual warfare was something we must believe and address in this modern world.I read Patrick Madrid’s blog the other day, and of course because the title of this piece, it catches one’s eye. As I read it, I was pleased to see that Patrick wrote about Father Martin’s book.

I totally believe in Divine Providence and that is the reason I am crossposting this piece today. After you read this very profound blogpost, I ask you to get a copy of “Hostage to the Devil”. If you don’t believe completely but understand there is evil in the world, this is the evidence you need. If you believe, this confirms your suspicions and prepares you for spiritual warfare. Either way, it’s a win win…


“Exorcist” author reflects on Halloween, demonic possession, and faith

October 28, 2011 by Patrick Madrid

I vividly recall my father warning me not to watch “The Exorcist” movie when it came out in 1973. Not that I was old enough, at just 13, to trundle down to the cinema and see it, but he wanted me to avoid it when I got old enough to go to movies on my own and without parental supervision.

My father hadn’t even seen the movie himself, but he had read the novel by the same title upon which the movie was based, and he told me that the book was truly frightening. He didn’t want my imagination to have to cope with the residue of horrifying mental images he said the book had permanently lodged in his mind.

Roger that, Dad. I followed your advice to the letter. Thank you. Nearly 40 years later, I can report to you that I not only never saw the movie, I never read the book, and I’m glad of it.

I did, however, make the mistake of reading Malachi Martin’s Hostage to the Devil — or, at least, three quarters of it, before I had to put it down.

Martin’s true-story accounts of demonic possession were simply too disturbing for me to continue reading. This is in part due to the fact that, like many people, I just don’t want or need scenes from such accounts playing themselves out in my imagination at the wrong moments, such as when I am trying to get to sleep in an unfamiliar house or hotel when I am traveling.

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