Demonology: Influential Individuals and Demon Rankings

When it comes to the study, belief or worship in demons, there are a few influential individuals to take note of. First, you should know that a demon is a hostile entity that is believed to originate from non-human means. Some of these people within this article are occultists, metaphysicians, authors, poets, as well as astrologers. They all have contributed in some way to the subject of demonology.


Edward Alexander Crowley was born in Scotland, who later studied metaphysics, as well as held numerous positions. He was an occultist, sorcerer, poet, as well as an author. He wrote about several manuals regarding the occult. Some dubbed him as the “Wickedest Man in the World.” Why say such a thing? He was known to indulge in excess, as well as take pleasure in amorality.


Doctor John Dee was an alchemist and astrologer, who was often consulted by Queen Elisabeth I of England. He is credited with establishment a way to unlocking the mysteries of angelic communication, which is referred to as the “Enochian Calls.”


Doctor Johann Faustus was a scholar and physician during the 1500s. This alchemist, who came from Germany, gained a reputation of treating those who were stricken with the plague. He himself never contracted the disease. It is said that this man sold his soul to the devil for power, knowledge and the promise of youthfulness.


Anton Szandor LaVey became one of the most well-known figures of the occult during the 60s and 70s. In 1966, LaVey created the First Church of Satan and published a book called The Satanic Bible in 1968. John Dewey Allee is an author of the occult, who founded the Satanic Church, located in Salem, Massachusetts.


Howard Phillips Lovecraft was a horror and fiction writer, who hailed from Providence, Rhode Island. Some of his writings were so powerful that many cults in today’s society conduct rituals that take direction from some of his pieces. He is known for creating the character of C’thulu, which refers to a type of demon-god that comes from another world.


If you are unfamiliar with the names and rankings of demons that you may encounter within literature, you will find a few details on a couple of them in the list below:


Apollyon, also known as Abaddon, is called the King of Demons.

The Horseman, Abigor commands 60 legions.

Adremelech is a Chancellor and High Council of Demons.


Beelzebub, also known as Beelzebuth, is called the Prince of the Demons, Lord of the Flies, which is second only to Satan.

Belial is considered the Prince of Trickery, as well as the Demon of Sodomy.


Eurynomus is a Prince.

Furfur is a Count, who commands 26 legions.


Guarding hell is the giant centaur, Geryon.

Jezebeth is called the Demon of Falsehoods.


Murmur is a Count, as well as the Demon of Music.

Naburus is a Marquis.

Nergal is the Chief of Secret Police, who is also second order demon.

Nysrogh is called the Chief of the House of Princes, who is also second order demon.

Orias is a Marquis, who is the Demon of Diabolic Astrologers and Diviners.

Paymon is considered the Master of Ceremonies.


Succorbenoth is the Chief Eunuch of the House of Princes, Demon of Gates and Jealousy.

The Ambassador of Hell,
Thamuz, is the Creator of the Holy Inquisition, as well as the Inventor of Artillery.

Uphir is considered to be a Demon physician.

Valafar is called a Grand Duke.

The Master of Ceremonies of the House of Princes is Verdelet.


Zagan is the Demon of Deceit, including counterfeiting.