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The book that nobody remembers reading

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posted on Aug, 10 2016 @ 01:35 PM
So, since I haven't mentioned it before, recently, I moved. I took a certain book with me, out of the hundreds my parents and I had had in the basement of our house, because it caught my eye and I felt like I should probably give it a look-see. It's Hostage to the Devil by Malachi Martin. Who, I know, was discredited due to his apparent deviant romantic and/or sexual behaviors with women. Or so they say.

Regardless, even though I'm only up to page 82, from personal experience I can say that the author is certainly telling the truth about a great deal of things. While I may have a slightly different outlook on things, I can still appreciate the verity of the message thus far in the book.

It was published in 1992--and I assume that's the year we bought it because it looks to be about that age. I, myself, was born in 1991. It looked previously-read, but not un-new. The thing is: neither of my parents recognize it or remember reading it. Neither does my aunt (who lived with us for a period of time when I was younger), nor is she the type of person who would want to read something like this in the first place.

The only person we can think of is my parents' close friend, S. Who they still have to ask about the book.

But so far, it's a mystery.

Despite some misgivings because of the definite strangeness of the situation, as an avid bookworm, I cannot shy away from such an interesting read.
Plus, I have some personal reasons for wanting to know more about this kind of thing. Already, I have read verification of a number of things, which always comes as a relief, of course.

I don't really have a reason for posting this other than to share because I promised to share if anything weird ever happened to me again.

I have a month left until school begins again for me, so I plan on finishing it soon, since I'm horribly bored.
Cool thing, though, is that I'm living in this really fancy and new place. It's the perfect environment for reading something unsettling because it's so tranquil and clean.

Anyway, before I talk your eyes off, I'll be sure to let you know what I end up finding out. In the meantime, your thoughts?
Love you, ATS.
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posted on Aug, 10 2016 @ 01:44 PM
I will not say "Mandela effect". I have had something similar occur to me on occasion. For instance, reading a book and having the feeling that I have read it before, knowing I have not.

I am a bookworm as well, hope it's a good read!

posted on Aug, 10 2016 @ 01:50 PM
a reply to: laughingdog

I think I might know what kind of thing you're talking about. It's like a sense of nostalgia. Very ineffable

I just know that I certainly could not have been the one on this occasion, since I would have been one around the time we (presumably) purchased this. I could have sworn I've seen my father reading it, but he seemed bewildered as to its origins. We have a whole lot of books, so that in and of itself isn't that weird. It's just that it's such a strange book in comparison with the other books that we have. And that's exactly why I took it. I've seen it while rifling through books for years, but never thought to pick it up till the days leading up to the move. I just hope their friend, S, knows what's up so that this mystery can be put to rest.

And yes! I am looking forward to continuing my read! It's very exciting.

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posted on Aug, 10 2016 @ 02:00 PM
a reply to: rukia

Oh, someone else here who was born in the same year! Cool.

So I've never heard of that book, but I'm going to look it up because I also enjoy reading and the title has my interest.

Maybe you got it from one of those book trade things some schools and libraries used to do?

Or perhaps someone left it at your home on accident?

Let us know what their friend says!


posted on Aug, 10 2016 @ 02:03 PM
a reply to: NerdGoddess

Yo! Fellow birth-year sharer! Good year, good year haha

Oh no, if it were a recent thing, I would remember it. It's been with us for a long time. My uncle is a pastor, so if it isn't S, then I know who I'm asking about this, next lol

I just keep hoping they're pulling my leg, but they're honestly clueless. So that's what made me almost make my fiance go dump this sucker down the trash chute.

--But. I'd rather not be a coward lol

So read it I shall.
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posted on Aug, 10 2016 @ 02:05 PM
a reply to: rukia
Good luck with the mystery, hope you solve it. Nothing like lots of books, I have a book I read over and over, it's a collection of John Steinbeck, and I read Cannery Row, and Grapes of wrath, even though I have other note worthy books available, go figure.

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posted on Aug, 10 2016 @ 03:27 PM
a reply to: rukia

I've gone over to friend's places (sometimes to their parent's places) for Holidays and typically bring a book to read not knowing what kind of entertainment they will have.

One I do remember leaving behind is Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Dr. Gonzo, Hunter S. Thompson! One can only imagine what the parental units thought when they found that tome of sex and depravity in search of the failed American Dream and the end of the 1960's ideals! LOL

Perhaps something similar happened? That particular book was featured on Coast to Coast (and if not that specific book, the author was on all the time). Ah analog doom porn! So any friends or family into Art Bell? Just a thought.

posted on Aug, 10 2016 @ 03:31 PM
a reply to: rukia

That was originally printed in the 70s.. I'm thinking 76 or 77. Not that it matters if You get anything from it..

posted on Aug, 10 2016 @ 03:32 PM
Interesting. Had never heard of the book or Author...just looked it up and does sound interesting.

posted on Aug, 10 2016 @ 05:25 PM

I think it's safe to say that my home life wasn't very usual--I have rarely had anyone ever sleep over/gone to a sleepover. Those who did visit my house were constantly under my watch, since we have nice furniture that is made of soft cherry wood. So I'd be standing guard, so to speak lol

Art Bell. The name certainly rings a bell. I need to think about that for a sec

posted on Aug, 10 2016 @ 09:32 PM
I own that book, as well as a few other by Malachi Martin.

Great books, a great priest.

He uncovered many things about demons that were previously unwritten.

There's one in particular where he talks about his most intense exorcisms, there was one man who, when coming across a young girl who had just been raped, raped her again and left her for dead. Very chilling stuff.

He exorcized a fellow priest once as well.

posted on Aug, 10 2016 @ 09:42 PM
I was going to say I never heard of the book but then I saw what you did there.

posted on Aug, 18 2016 @ 08:15 PM
I think the problem has been solved!

Art Bell was the key here.

I knew I remembered my dad reading it! And now I'm almost positive of that.

So, that's good enough for me and I shall continue to enjoy the book in the comfort of knowing that it isn't Voldemort's Horcrux or something

Thanks much, everyone!


posted on Sep, 5 2016 @ 08:30 PM
Heard it is a great book, very insightful about the devil and his tactics. I never read it because I was a bit scared, but the closer you get to the truth about the devil, the closer you get to saving your soul. He doesn't like that and will try to get you back obviously, so that might have something to do with him.

posted on Sep, 5 2016 @ 10:10 PM
Oh my, important topic, bump.

Watching some of his video's now, this man saw the future, that is today.
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posted on Sep, 6 2016 @ 07:02 AM
a reply to: rukia

I don't get it... !?

How was Art Bell the key.. did you ask your father if Coast to Coast made him buy the book?

Didn't seem like you confirmed anything.. empirically?

posted on Sep, 18 2016 @ 07:53 PM
a reply to: TheLaughingGod

It was the key because that links my dad to the book, absolutely. He just must not remember it. He listened to Art Bell. So it makes sense.
Anyway, I'm almost done with the book. It's been a fun read so far.
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posted on Sep, 22 2016 @ 02:39 AM
a reply to: rukia

Oh, I see.. doh! I never heard Coast to Coast in those days with Art Bell, not being an American, I heard it went downstream with George Noory though. Except a few Art Bell episodes I've mostly heard the Noory stuff myself.

That's a deep archive to get into some time.

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