Beware the Night (2001) – Ralph Sarchie



That’s the only word I can really use to describe this book.

I’ve always been fascinated by the darker edges of existence, and have had my own ghostly experiences over the years. After screening the film, Deliver Us From Evil, I decided it might be fun to read the basis for the film and see what other stories New York Police Officer Ralph Sarchie had to share.

It sure seems like he’s experienced a lot of activity, and if these are true events, then there is some really creepy things out there. But the entire book just seems to go from possible infestations and exorcisms to proclaiming God is great, Christianity this that and the other.

I’m not going to use this post to rant about religion, I tend to be fairly open-minded spiritually, I do believe there may be a higher power, but what I don’t believe is that there is an ultimate good and an ultimate evil, there’s too much grey, and that just makes it sound like a fairy tale.

One could argue that it’s only grey because of the free will God gave us, but like I said, I’m not talking religion in this post.

Unfortunately that tends to be all that Sarchie does, talking about how going to church, praying, and believing in certain things will protect you from demonic possession.

Is there something happening with this people, probably, is it beyond our current understanding, maybe, are there darker forces out there, possibly, but I don’t think anything is completely good or evil… even in my own experiences, though far fewer and completely unlike any Sarchie and his team have encountered, there never seems to be a complete sense of good or evil, there is a lightness or darkness, sure, but I don’t know.

Let’s just leave it at the fact that I was hoping for more from the book, perhaps a deeper sense of investigation, some insight into research… I just wasn’t getting any of that in this, and I walked away from the book disappointed. I started it, so I was going to finish it, but it just didn’t hold my interest.

And while it may have served as a basis for the movie, incidents portrayed in the film don’t even occur in the book. I think most of it was created to tell a ‘good’ story.

Oh well, it’s been a long time since I’ve read a truly scary book, fiction or non, anyone have any suggestions? I will tell you this, you can probably avoid this one…


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