- Paperback: 284 pages
- Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press/Popular Press; 2nd edition (December 22, 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0299203042
- ISBN-13: 978-0299203047
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
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Popular Witchcraft: Straight from the Witch's Mouth Paperback – December 22, 2004
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"Jack Fritscher reads gloriously!" —San Francisco Chronicle
"Jack Fritscher writes wonderful books." —Geoff Mains, author of Urban Aborginals, The Advocate,Los Angeles
"What an unsettling, surprising, and scandalous . . . writer!" —John F. Karr, Bay Area Reporter, Manifest Reader, San Francisco
"Fritscher’s highly perceptive and witty survey contains one of the finest interviews with Anton Szandor LaVey ever published. LaVey’s uncensored perspectives on Christianity, feminism, drug use, homosexuality, tattooing, and racism, as well as his tart evaluations of certain ‘occult superstars,’ are crowned by his most revelatory discussion of the nature of Satan."—Magus Peter H. Gilmore, High Priest of the Church of Satan, New York
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Then, towards the end of the book. Dr Fritscher prints out the text of interviews he'd conducted with other witches during the course of researching "Popular Witchcraft." These offer the most insight, as each of the interview subjects touch on topics most pertinent to them (and their thoughts on other witches, who, in LaVey's terms, are almost like rock stars). Out of the remaining interviews, the most interesting is Sabaean Pontifex Maximus Frederic De Arechaga. (Who, in Firstcher's terms, is a 'handful.')
In the book's meaty midsection, the topic of how witchcraft and all things mystic have infiltrated the modern world is laid out with a dizzying array of interconnecting pop cultural circumstances and historical facts. The main interlocking premise of which seems to state that gays and witches are primarily in the same boat. As oppressed minorities, both groups find themselves banished, censored and otherwise oppressed and scapegoated. Be they new agers, Satanists, Old Religion or QueerEvil eyes for the straight guys, you can always count on the eventual fear factor to come in with the censor scissors.
To that end, "Popular Witchcraft" is both important historically and seriously fun. After all, where else are you going to read about how witchcraft touches everyone from Andy Warhol to William Shatner?