The Black Arts A CONCISE HISTORY OF WITCHCRAFT, DEMONOLOGY, ASTROLOGY, ALCHEMY, AND OTHER MYSTICAL PRACTICES THROUGHOUT THE AGES By RICHARD CAVENDISH

The Black Arts A CONCISE HISTORY OF WITCHCRAFT, DEMONOLOGY, ASTROLOGY, ALCHEMY, AND OTHER MYSTICAL PRACTICES THROUGHOUT THE AGES By RICHARD CAVENDISH

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PRAISE

“We are all black magicians in our dreams, in our fantasies, perversions, and phobias… In The Black Arts, Richard Cavendish has not only gathered many fascinating facts from the past and from our own time; he has also presented the philosophy of the black magicians and gives many excellent interpretations of their symbols and rites. He has done all this in such a concise and readable style that the reader is hardly aware of how much effort has gone into this work and how original are many of its ideas and interpretations …Works such as Cavendish’s are a reminder that we are living in an era of amnesia. We have forgotten those vital truths that man once knew and by whose strength he lived.” —Isaac Bashevis Singer, Book Week

“In The Black Arts, Cavendish captures the human striving and universality behind the magical search. He also demonstrates virtuosity for explaining ancient and more recent rituals, rites, and esoteric philosophies with splendid clarity … It stands nearly alone as a simultaneously comprehensive and inviting guide to the world of pre-modern esoterica.”—Mitch Horowitz, from the new introduction