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Popular Witchcraft
Straight from the Witch's Mouth
Second Edition
Jack Fritscher

Popular Press

"What an unsettling, surprising, and scandalous . . . writer!"
—John F. Karr, Bay Area Reporter

This was the first book to be published on popular American witchcraft. Newly revised for twenty-first-century readers, the author—an ordained but fallen exorcist—tells all about the evil eye, the queer eye, women and witch trials, the Old Religion, magic Christianity, Satanism, and New Age self-help.
Jack Fritscher sifts through legends of sorcery and the twisted history of witchcraft, including the casting of spells, with a focus on the growing role of witchcraft in popular culture and its mainstream commercialization. As seriously historical as it is fun to read, there is no other book like it.

Jack Fritscher is the author of fifteen books and many articles on American popular culture. He was ordained an exorcist in 1963 by the Catholic Church, which later excommunicated him after he published his memoir-novel, What They Did to the Kid: Confessions of an Altar Boy. He is the founding San Francisco editor of Drummer magazine, and he has written the memoir-novel Some Dance to Remember and the biography Mapplethorpe: Assault with a Deadly Camera.

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cover of Fritscher has photo of a tree

October 2004
LC: 2004005380 BF
264 pp.   6 x 9

ISBN-10: 0-299-20300-X
ISBN-13: 978-0-299-20300-9
Paper $24.95 t
ISBN-10: 0-299-20304-2
ISBN-13: 978-0-299-20304-7

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