5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on May 1, 2005
Format: Unknown Binding
Not sure if this is the right book or not. William Seabrook wrote a thick paperback entitled "Witchcraft", which was copyrighted in '42 and published (by Pinnacle?) in '71. Upon glancing at my copy, I did note the subtitle on one of the title pages -- maybe it's a reprint? Anyhow, "Witchcraft" by Seabrook was one of the best investigative (rather than technical or instructive) books on the subject ever written, by anyone. Unbiased and very informative -- perhaps TOO informative, as apparently he was the recipient of a powerful curse which compelled him to commit suicide shortly after this book went into print. The title is a bit misleading, as it focuses primarilly on voodoo and various forms of aboriginal shamanism, with some folklore about shapeshifting and vampirism thrown in. The copy I have has a green cover with a girl holding a candle -- if you can acquire a copy, snatch it up, because apparently it is rather hard to find.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on December 15, 2014
Format: HardcoverVerified Purchase
W. B. Seabrook knew exactly what he was writing about, believed in the truth of his facts and story, and this book is a testament to his mental clarity and exceptional reporting skills.
5 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on December 5, 2006
Exploding a Non Sequitur Perched on the Horns of Dilemma
Although this book may boil and bubble with the dirty doings of modern witches, white and black; with current sorcerers, incantations, human vampires on the Riviera; panther men in Africa and Satanists in Paris; Devil Worshippers in New York; werewolves in Washington Square; witchcraft curses and killings dated 1940 here in the United States-it is going to be a dissapointment to all who believe in the supernatural.
I am addressing it to the rational people only. It is going to show them, if I can, that while witchcraft is not demonic, it is a specific, real, and dangerous force, evil when used for evil, mysterious in some of its manifestations, but always alalyzable, always understandable within the bounds of reason, and compatable in consequence, like crime, snake bite, insanity, and yellow fever.
A thousand books, histories, and treatises were written in the age of superstition, to prove that this deadly snake was a basilisk. Another thousand volumes have been written in our age of so-called reason to prove that since the snake is not a basilisk, it consequently cannot bite you. I am a firm disbeliever in basilisks, but also a disbeliever in nonsequiturs.