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Southern Demonology is a podcast that explores angelology, demonology, ghosts, spirits, and monsters from antiquity to the modern day through an academic lens. Get bonus content on Patreon Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/southerndemonology. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
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Class is back in session! Following up on our Demonology 101 episode, JJ is joined by Chris and Dean from the Wandering Road Podcast yet again to discuss the four stages of demonic influence. They touch on topics such as free will, the influence of demons on human existence, and the role of different religions in understanding demonology. The conve…
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In this episode, JJ discusses two recent horror movies, Late Night with the Devil and You'll Never Find Me. Late Night with the Devil received great reviews and was praised for its interesting plot and lack of predictable twists. On the other hand, You'll Never Find Me was criticized for its forced dialogue and lackluster execution. JJ recommends L…
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Get ready for a truly chilling tale that will make you think twice about taking a nap. On today's episode, our host JJ goes deep into the nightmarish realm of demonic dream invasions. We're talking about visions so vivid and terrifying, they'll make your skin crawl. From a withered demon whisking him away to see the apocalypse up close...to an eigh…
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Join JJ from Southern Demonology and Chris from the Wandering Road Podcast in this inaugural episode of season five as they discuss the basics of demonology, from what it means, what to look out for, what to avoid, and who may have the most to gain from misleading others. Looking for more Southern Demonology? Join JJ in several guest appearances he…
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Welcome to the final episode, lucky number 13, of season 4 of Southern Demonology. Not only does JJ detail some of the goodies that season 5 will offer, but he also presents an interview with the listener Elizabeth who goes over how she was underneath the dominion of demonic oppression for decades and how hearing Father Birdsong's iteration of "God…
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Christians have created numerous artifacts and and icons in order to help ensure that they get into heaven, but none are as mysterious as the Bandlet of Righteousness (lefAfa Sedeq), the Ethiopian Book of Life. In this episode, JJ runs through the tradition and incantations that make up this amazing work, compares it to protection scrolls created b…
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Not only does this episode of Southern Demonology continues with the final part of my conversation with Father Birdsong and his son Deacon Josh on the Do's and Don'ts of Exorcism, but it also comes with the very first EVP (Electronic Voice Phenomena) ever captured on this podcast. And it could not be more chilling or disturbing, especially to me as…
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While recording an episode of the other podcast to which JJ belongs, the Paranormal Rundown, Father Birdsong recommended having a show dedicated to the Do's and Don'ts of Exorcisms, and I could think of nothing better. What follows is the first part of the conversation wherein we discuss a few of the principles that Father Birdsong outlines in addi…
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Dear Southern Demonology listeners: JJ would like to introduce Dr. Bert. He is a medical doctor and psychiatrist from the Netherlands who has been practicing in the field from more than a decade. He agreed to speak to us about several different items. Namely, JJ wanted his input on the movie Nefarious and how was the field of psychiatry was represe…
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Ever wanted JJ's viewpoints on Ouija and its Japanese comparable Kokkuri-san? Tune in to learn about the spirit board's history, iterations, dangers, and even a legend that surrounds the devices in this episode of Southern Demonology. Want further reference? Check out the episode I did with Brandon from Cookeville Ghost Hunters all about Zozo which…
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Join us for the second and final part of the Hail Yourself series with Chris from the Wandering Road Podcast. If you haven't listened to part I, I highly recommend it as otherwise you may not follow the flow of conversation. In this one, we go into detail about the interview Anton Levey's consort gave to Art Bell amongst other related topics. Get a…
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Get ready to delve into the theological twists and turns that a... children's book has to offer? For the first time, Southern Demonology takes a look at two particular religious organizations through the lens of a simple book published by one of them. Forgive the vagueness, but see if you can guess exactly the topic. A huge hint is already in the t…
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Welcome back to part two of our conversation with Father Michael Birdsong and his son Deacon Josh! Last week's episode centered around the hardest exorcism case Father Birdsong has ever encountered. This week we branch out by exploring how one can avoid demonic doorways, a detailed (and spoiler-filled) deep dive into the movie Nefarious, and then a…
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Father Michael Birdsong and his son Deacon Josh join JJ yet again to provide an update on a very troubling case that he introduced in the season finale of season 3 on Southern Demonology, that involving a person codenamed Paula. One of the most eerie aspects of this possession is the infected's penchant to carry around her "friends" and actively pr…
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Join us for this special Halloween episode where the recently released to streaming platforms film When Evil Lurks is reviewed. (Don't read the subtitle if you want to remain surprised!) JJ was recently the guest on two different podcasts for their Halloween episodes: Your Worst Friend and The Wandering Road. Links to both are down below. Please su…
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Sometimes a horror movie may be middling in overall quality, but it still possesses those breakthrough moments that can continue to live rent free in your head for years or decades after. Today we focus on this snippets of horror and how a few have helped to shape me. Get access to all of Southern Demonology's links at https://www.southerndemonolog…
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Welcome back to season 2 episode 2 of Bite, the limited run series that reanimates in October to cover all things horror. In this chapter, JJ delves into a recent horror anime, what makes it special (especially given its surface level presentation), and how it explores some of the general perceptions of both yurei (ghosts) and the divine in Japanes…
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Today is the second and final part of my interview with The Wandering Road hosts Chris and Dean wherein Chris wraps up some more of the horrifying details of the house he lived in, Dean shares his own dose of the unexplained in the woods, and I share a little of my family’s long history with the paranormal. You can find The Wandering Road's episode…
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Horror movies are hard enough to get right. However, when the producers focus on only one aspect and leave the rest horribly underdeveloped, then what's made is a gimmick film. Or perhaps a little more elegantly put, a macguffin movie. In this much longer than normal SD Bite!, JJ looks at two very popular horror movies and why they are exactly gimm…
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Season 4 starts off with a blast with not only part 1 of a haunting interview with the two amazing gentlemen from The Wandering Road Podcast, but Southern Demonology also got a bit of a face lift with brand new intro and outro sequences! If you have strong feelings about the new music, then please be sure to contact me at southerndemonology.com. Yo…
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Welcome to the final installment of season 3! There's a few treats awaiting! First is the continuation of the interview with the exorcist duo the Birdsongs. They go over the hardest case Father Birdsong has dealt with in his time in the ministry, that of Paula who goes around with a bag of dolls. He also goes into detail of some of the demons that …
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Welcome to the second to last episode of season 3! In this episode, I not only share a listener submitted story that answers the question of what constitutes a positive paranormal experience much better than I ever could, but we also have a dual guest interview with the Birdsongs, the father and son exorcist duo that have been on more than twenty c…
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Gather around as JJ shares a paranormal question, a listener's experience, why Shudder should NOT raise any prices, and finally a review of Evil Dead Rise. Yeah, the last two go about as well as you might think! JJ will be a guest on Vestiges after Dark on Tuesday, August 29th. You can find their YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/@Nicholea…
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Southern Demonology is back after a family emergency in Tennessee, and this time JJ shares not only a at once funny albeit heartbreaking story that really puts the "Southern" in Southern Demonology, but he also goes over what can happen when a horror lover gets what one truly wants and finds something that's truly scary. Southern Demonology was lis…
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Looking for a movie to watch that features demons and exorcisms? Southern Demonology has you covered! In this episode, JJ reviews Prey to the Devil, The Pope's Exorcist, and Drag me to Hell. Two of these are very recent films yet only one is deemed worth watching with copious reasons listed as to why. Also, Southern Demonology was recently listed i…
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Come on a journey through time as I take a look at the Dead Sea Scrolls, their importance, the effect they had on academia as a whole, and their overall importance. I then embark on an analysis of my favorite scroll, 4Q510-11, and how it helps determine not just the mindset of the Essenes but also perhaps the Second Temple period itself. Get bonus …
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Welcome to the first interview of season 3! In this special episode, we welcome back Brandon from Cookeville Ghost Hunters who shares some more paranormal cases he has investigated, a new piece of equipment he uses in the field, and some of the more idiotic remnants of Satanic panic he's encountered over the years. Check out the joint episode we di…
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In this episode, we begin with a review of the movie Skinamarink from Shudder, trace the decline of the streaming service's originals, and cross-apply that to the current state of generative AI and how all of that is a race to the bottom unfortunately. For an entertaining examination of generative AI (or ML), watch Adam Conover's entertaining video…
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As a thank you to Apple Podcast and Patreon subscribers, Southern Demonology will be producing new monthly episodes. The content will be a little different as these bonus episodes will focus on anime and doramas (non-animated). As a preview of that type of content, this episode is all about what's best for the mostly closed out winter anime season.…
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I have a hot take on demonology as a field. It may be unpopular, especially with so many books out there that claim to provide ALL the knowledge about the hierarchy of hell and what foods and leisure activities demons enjoy, but I make my argument using the limitations on human knowledge of the preternatural, historical anachronisms, and the troubl…
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I've explained before how the research behind the movie The Prophecy propelled me into hunting down the origins of the angelic script it depicted. However, did the cheap knock-off sequels to this movie get anything right at all? To answer, we delve into the actual text of 1 Enoch and along the way find out not only how dangerous the Nephilim are to…
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As promised in last episode, tune in to listen to the tales and tribulations of a month long excursion to Japan, including but not limited to hot springs, varying interpretations of societal rights, the latest urban legends from the land of the rising sun, and much more. There's even a story of JJ's run-in with a bicycle mounted police officer! Get…
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Welcome to Season 3 Episode 1 of the Southern Demonology Podcast! Wondering where your elusive host JJ has been? Curious about paranormal anime? Or simply want to know how the new movie Mean Spirited was? Tune in for all of that and more! In this episode, JJ reviews three paranormal-related anime that are simply awesome (plus one bonus) in addition…
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What happens when you throw in JJ (the host of the Southern Demonology podcast), Vic (host of Trailer Trash Terrors podcast), and David (an extremely experienced paranormal researcher) into a virtual space and allow an Excel spreadsheet filled with thousands of paranormal, mystical, and philosophical topics to decide what will be discussed? You get…
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Welcome back to the final part of our Halloween conversation with the amazing Christy where she shares two final spooky tales, the first involving a cursed object that's been in her family's possession since the 1950s and the second involving an ancestor from the Salem Witch Trials. Along the way we also discuss other cursed objects such as Robert …
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The long wait is over, and Halloween is once again upon us! To commemorate, I have invited Christy--the phenomenally awesome academic who taught us all about Aramaic Incantation Bowls in Episodes 38 & 39 and one of my besties from online--to share some of her favorite true ghost stories. We also delve a good bit into lucid dreaming and the nature o…
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Here we are with the very last Bites! episode for October 2022. This one is all about some of my favorite horror movies and shorts. If you enjoyed this little limited run series, then please let me know! You can contact me at my website https://www.southerndemonology.com To find the YouTube short horror movie playlist I mentioned, you can find it h…
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Beyond two pieces of huge news, this episode offers another great entry to our listener inbox feature (share your own at https://southerndemonology.com). Yet the main topic for today's episode is a direct contrast to the Bites! limited run series. While the latter is meant to help you get into the Halloween spirit, episode 73 is all about those thi…
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In this penultimate episode of Bites! for this lovely October, let's examine Zombie films and why they are near and dear to my heart! We look at One Cut of the Dead, Zombie for Sale, Pontypool, the Girl with All the Gifts, and I Am a Hero! I even sneak in a reference to my long abandoned novel the Eating Apology. Join our discord server and enjoy W…
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Welcome to this very special joint episode ran with Trailer Trash Terrors where Victor, David, and I allow an Excel spreadsheet to determine which set of topics we discuss! In this episode, we talk about everything from Ouija Boards, epistemology, ontology, Art Bell, Hollow Earth, Satanic Panic, and so much more! Get bonus content on Patreon Suppor…
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Welcome to the second episode of Southern Demonology Bites!, the limited run series that explores horror movies to help you get in the spooky season mood! Today we explore Deadstream, a new horror comedy from Shudder. And while we are at it, we also briefly look at Shudder Originals as a whole. Get access to all of Southern Demonology's links at ht…
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Today we continue our conversation with Father Michael Birdsong. In this episode, we go over some of the specifics around exorcism along with some of his experiences over the years. We also touch on a pretty controversial topic which is the “unforgivable sin” in Christianity. Last Friday, Oct 7, was the release of the very first episode of the mini…
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Welcome to the inaugural episode of Southern Demonology Bites!, a limited run series airing in the month of October that takes a look at horror movies that will help you get in the mood for spooky season! In this episode, I bring for your consideration the horror series Yamidouga or "Dark Videos" (also badly called Tokyo Videos of Horror in English…
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We’re kicking off October with a bang with the first of a two part interview with Father Michael Birdsong, a long time exorcist, on his perspectives on spiritual warfare, the nature of the demonic, and exorcism. Father Birdsong is also an author and has released the book Becoming a House of Prayer. Find it on Amazon at https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09…
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If I was ever going to have a fanboy moment, then this episode would be it. None other than Hospice Nurse Julie joins us for an in-depth conversation about her experiences while working as a hospice nurse, how her rise in social media has impacted her life, and some of the paranormal experiences she has had both on and outside her job. I'm proud of…
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What happens when your family home, a place where laughter and love is meant to reign supreme, is instead darkened by the presence of a malign entity that leaves only darkness and hatred in its wake? Join us this week as we interview Josh, an apprencite exorcist and seminarian, as he walks us through a very recent case he undertook that involved th…
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Join us as we conclude David's incredible and terrifying encounter with a demonic entity. In the last episode he revealed one night in a camping trailer that brought about three separate events. In this conclusion, he goes over the continued attacks he endured for months. He then wraps up with a very eerie tale of a spirit attachment he experienced…
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What if an act of kindness introduced the demonic into your life? Join us for part I of our interview with David, a paranormal researcher, who shares not only his extensive field experience but also how one frightening night brought three separate encounters. Also included is a review of the "film" Horror in the High Desert and why it along with ot…
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In this episode, JBird delves deep into his experience of falling into the role of performing cleansings of people’s homes. He relates three of these, the last of which was so chilling that he even began exploring Christian Demonology to attempt to explain what he might have encountered. Before we resume that, I do want to welcome our two new Patre…
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Ever wanted to know more about Buddhism? How about its views on ghosts, hell, and the implications that may have on awakening or reincarnation? Then look no further. I was able to get a practicing Indo-Tibetan Buddhist who is also a member of our discord server to sit down for what turned into a very lengthy and highly informative conversation! The…
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