Black Magic Code

 “It began with a letter to a dead man…” My article ‘The Black Magic Code’ on Trithemius, cryptography and nigromancy published in Abraxas Journal. For more details see http://fulgur.co.uk/shop/abraxas/abraxas-journal-issue-6/

Ghost Club Book Club

A Brief Guide to the Supernatural featured on The Ghost Club website. The perfect introduction to the world of all things eerie, inexplicable and otherworldly. http://www.ghostclub.org.uk/Books.html

Wanted: Old Gods

Preternature Volume 3:2. Old Gods and Ancient Ones [Call for Papers] Call them pagan or ancient, earth-based or demonic, or by names like Hekate, Isis, Poseidon, Ereshkigal, Loki, and Anath, the Old Gods have been topics of energetic scholarly discussion, literary recreation, and artistic depiction for decades. As supplanted as they might seem to historians,…

The International Gothic Association

Yes, there is an International Gothic Association! It’s an academic society for the study of everything Gothic with a peer-reviewed journal Gothic Studies. According to their website: The International Gothic Association unites teachers, scholars, students, artists, writers and performers from around the world who are interested in any aspect of gothic culture: fiction, drama, poetry,…

Monsters Need Your Help

Call for Papers for Preternature 2.2: Monstrophy: The Academic Study of Monsters ”Monstrophy” is a term referring to the academic study of monsters as representational and conceptual categories, which has gained recent currency in several related fields of study (literary and cultural history, sociological theories of identity and difference, et al.), as well as in…

Harry Potter and Witchcraft

Satanist to some, saint to others, why have the religious reactions to Harry Potter been so contradictory? Plus, just how do you make a Horcrux? New pages on the website exploring my recent work on Harry Potter from fundamentalism to the concept of the external soul. Read it all here http://www.witchology.com/contents/harrypotter/articles.php

Magic, Witches and Parapsychology

Books received for review: Butler, Alison, Victorian Occultism and the Making of Modern Magic: Invoking Tradition (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011) Description In the midst of increasing secularization and the birth of scientific naturalism, a curious group emerged in Victorian Britain. From 1888-1900, hundreds of men and women were initiated into the Hermetic Order of the Golden…

Spiritualism and the Golden Dawn

The Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, the most important magical society of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, was established on the basis of spirit communication with supernatural entities. Known as the ‘Secret Chiefs’, these entities provided the source of authority for the leaders of the Order as well as later becoming the…

‘Magic is Might 2012’: Call for Papers

Harry Potter conference in Ireland. Call for papers just announced: 'Magic is Might 2012': Call for Papers: “The Harry Potter series has become a publishing phenomenon that has captured the imagination of children and adults all over the world. The …” This two-day event will feature twenty 15-20 minute presentations on papers relating to popular…

Vampire Conference Paper Accepted

‘Vampires: Myths of the Past and the Future’ – An interdisciplinary conference organised by Simon Bacon, The London Consortium in collaboration with the Centre for the Study of Cultural Memory, Institute of Germanic & Romance Studies, University of London From the conference description: Myths of vampires and the undead are as old as civilisation itself,…

Reinventing the Renaissance Occult

Review of ‘Reinventing the Renaissance Occult in Modern and Postmodern Culture’ now available at http://jwmt.org/v2n20/reinventing.html Five hundred years ago the occult – what we think of as ‘the occult’ – was taught in university and practised by many of the foremost personalities of the age. Still it was persecuted. Dangerous. Between the Church and the…

Reinventing the Renaissance Occult

Review of the ‘Reinventing the Renaissance Occult in Modern and Postmodern Culture’ conference accepted by the Journal of the Western Mystery Tradition (JWMT) for the forthcoming edition, vol. 2, no. 20. Will post link when the journal is published.

“How to cure a witch…”

A guide on how to convert witches to Christianity has been published by the Roman Catholic Church in Britain. The move comes in response to fears that growing numbers of teenagers are being lured into Wicca, occult practices and paganism by the heroic depiction of witches in entertainment including the Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s…

Tonight we are going to invoke Satan – just for fun

Did I ever tell you about the time I went to a Black Mass? No? Pick up this month’s copy of Paranormal magazine and read ‘Talk of the Devil, Part 2’ – all will be revealed. From the contents page: Continuing the history of the Prince of Evil, the Devil is brought in to the…

At the Mountains of Madness

Just heard about this new exhibition, thought I would pass it on. From the press release: Gallery Nucleus PresentsAT THE MOUNTAINS OF MADNESS: H.P. LOVECRAFT TRIBUTE EXHIBITOctober 16, 2010 – November 8, 2010Opening Reception: October 16, 2010 (7 pm – 11 pm) Alhambra, CA – Gallery Nucleus presents an art exhibit tributing H. P. Lovecraft…

Remember The Exorcist?

The priest approaches the bed, a smile on his face. His words are kindly as he addresses the girl bound to the bed frame… Leo Ruickbie, ‘Talk of the Devil’, Paranormal, 51, September 2010.

Witchcraft Out of the Shadows 2nd Edition

A second edition of Witchcraft Out of the Shadows is now in the works. First published in hardback in 2004, the last copies of the first edition of Witchcraft Out of the Shadows left the warehouse some months ago. There are now only four copies being sold through Amazon.co.uk. There are more Stateside with ten…

History of the Devil

New two-part history of the Devil to be published in Paranormal magazine. In the first of a two-part feature Leo Ruickbie reveals the history of the force of evil known in the Western tradition as variously Satan, Lucifer, the Enemy, the Adversary, and most commonly the Devil. In part one Leo reveals the Devil’s origins…