From Library Journal
Don't look for the Blair Witch in these pages; this new edition retains the balanced tone and thorough scholarship of the first. Guiley, author of the previous edition and many other books on occult and New Age topics (e.g., Dreamwork for the Soul; Encyclopedia of Angels), covers both historical witchcraft (particularly the witch trials of Reformation Europe and Colonial America) and contemporary witchcraft and Wiccan and pagan practice in over 500 detailed, clearly written, alphabetically arranged entries of various lengths. The second edition incorporates new historical research on the origins of witchcraft and updates and expands coverage of the modern revival, its most influential leaders, the organizations, and their practices. The bibliography includes many new titles, and most entries list books for further reading. Revised See references and cross references improve access to information, and more than 100 black-and-white illustrations augment the text. General topics or ones tangential to witchcraft such as "Trees" and "Astrology" have been omitted, but entries related to mythology, folk magic, and the occult still appear, giving this book a broader perspective than the more arcane resources on this popular subject. Highly recommended for public and academic libraries.AVivian Reed, Long Beach P.L., CA
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.
"A'must' for the serious collector." -- The Book Report
The Encyclopedia of Witches and Witchcraft is an authoritative, indispensable resource for readers with a desire to learn more about the true nature and history of witchcraft. -- Reviewers Bookwatch, December 1999
This title will appeal to readers who have a casual interest in this subject and to readers who wish to do extensive research. . . . Recommended. -- The Book Report