Revelore Press on the Magi and Scandinavian Magic, with a Note on Hutton

Some quick updates:

  • Revelore Press is a new publisher that has taken up the mantle – and some of the back catalog – of Rubedo Press, especially their Cyprian-related publications.
  • Revelore also just released the enjoyable new book by the wonderful Al Cummins, A Book of the Magi, dealing with their appearances in folklore, festival, and magic. The only downside to this is that reading it prompted me to start finding  Magi references in all sorts of magical works, which I send to Al, which means he’s probably going to get stuck with writing a sequel. If you’re interested in Christian-themed folk magic or popular religious practices, it’s worth looking at.
  • Revelore has also announced an upcoming book called Svartkönstbocker, a compilation of extracts from the black books of Sweden taken from the work of the late Thomas K. Johnson. The publisher has the rights to his thesis, which is this tremendous translation of many black books that I’ve reviewed previously. I’ll keep an eye on this one, to see how much of those thirty-five grimoires covering five hundred pages they’re going to reprint.
  • Speaking of Swedish magic and folklore… someone here was asking for information on the year walk, or årsgång. I found this article on the topic, for those interested.
  • I’m still working on the Hunter Clavis review, which is delayed due to time constraints. I’m comparing its contents to Sibley – those who want to compare it to Mathers or Skinner and Rankine can do so themselves, because otherwise I won’t have time to work on anything else.
  • Due to an unexpected work-related book review assignment, I have now read all of Hutton’s book The Witch twice, which means that I now have more extensive opinions on it.  I’d stand by my assessment as “pretty good,” but I can see some more of the seams. For example, the subtitle, “A History of Fear from Ancient Times to the Present,” is bound to throw people off, as the period of the witch trials and afterward is given only a short chapter, along with examinations of particular issues during the trials that relate largely to the British Isles. The chapters on elves and familiars are both must-reads if you’re interested in those topics – but finding them in a book on witches isn’t exactly where one might expect to encounter them. There’s certainly nothing more than a brief allusion to modern witchcraft, and certainly no mention of particular figures or critique of doctrines.
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  1. Hello Dan,

    Did you succeed in downloading Thomas Johnson’s pdf file?

    I was trying again today and can not find it when i search the (whole) ProQuest site.

    Best wishes again! Erik.

    ________________________________ Van: Papers Falling from an Attic Window Verzonden: vrijdag 13 april 2018 00:52 Aan: erikdepauw@live.nl Onderwerp: [New post] Revelore Press on the Magi and Scandinavian Magic, with a Note on Hutton

    Dan Harms posted: “Some quick updates: Revelore Press is a new publisher that has taken up the mantle – and some of the back catalog – of Rubedo Press, especially their Cyprian-related publications. Revelore also just released the enjoyable new book by the wonderful Al C”

    • If the plan is indeed to publish the work, it might have been taken out of ProQuest.

  2. Hello,

    I am Dr Thomas Johnson’s widower and I have been in contact with Jenn of Revelore Press to have his dissertation published in its entirety. She told me that you and Tom had email conversations where you recommended revisions of the text to make it better. I believe that Tom wanted to incorporate your recommendations for the published work. Please contact me so I can be made aware of your suggestions to revise the text and be able to incorporate them into the published work.

    Thank you


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