Books About the Occult

Books about the occult, magick, and witchcraft

Explore the shadowy realm of archaic, forbidden knowledge passed down through the ages with this selection of books about the occult, magick, and witchcraft.

The Witch: A History of Fear, from Ancient Times to the Present
The witch came to prominence—and often a painful death—in early modern Europe, yet her origins are much more geographically diverse and historically deep. In this landmark book, Ronald Hutton traces witchcraft from the ancient world to the early-modern stake.
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The Perfect Medium: Photography and the Occult
In the early days of photography, many believed and hoped that the camera would prove more efficient than the human eye in capturing the unseen. Spiritualists and animists of the nineteenth century seized on the new technology as a method of substantiating the existence of supernatural beings and happenings. This fascinating book assembles more than 250 photographic images from the Victorian era to the 1960s, each purporting to document an occult phenomenon: levitations, apparitions, transfigurations, ectoplasms, spectres, ghosts, and auras. Drawn from the archives of European and American occult societies and private and public collections, the photographs in many cases have never before been published.
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The Language of the Corpse: The Power of the Cadaver in Germanic and Icelandic Sorcery
Among the ancient Germanic peoples there existed a highly developed stream of magical belief and practice devoted to, and stemming directly from, the dead.
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As Above, So Below

As Above, So Below: Art of the American Fraternal Society, 1850-1930
The Freemasons, Odd Fellows, and other fraternal societies formed bonds and developed values which they portrayed through enigmatic symbols of all-seeing eyes, skulls, crossbones, beehives, and more. As Above, So Below is packed with fraternal history and the photos of the secret works of art they used to keep closely guarded within the walls of private lodges and temples across America.
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The Occult, Witchcraft, & Magic

The Occult, Witchcraft and Magic: An Illustrated History
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Occult America

Occult America: White House Seances, Ouija Circles, Masons, and the Secret Mystic History of Our Nation
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