Author: Natasha Mostert
Publisher: Portable Magic Ltd.
In her award-winning novel, Mostert blends alchemy, the art of memory, high magic and murder to create a highly original psychological thriller. Gabriel Blackstone is a cool, hip, thoroughly twenty-first century Londoner with an unusual talent. A computer hacker by trade, he is also a remote viewer: able to ‘slam a ride’ through the minds of others. But he uses his gift only reluctantly -- until he is contacted by an ex-lover who begs him to find her step-son, last seen months earlier in the company of two sisters. And so Gabriel visits Monk House, a place where time seems to stand still, and where the rooms are dominated by the coded symbol of a cross and circle.Gabriel becomes increasingly bewitched by the house, and by its owners, the beautiful and mysterious Monk sisters. But even as he falls in love, he knows that one of them is a killer. But which one? And what is the secret they are so determined to protect?
Enchantment, Terror, and Deliverance in the City of Love
Author: David Talbot
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Traces the story of San Francisco in the latter half of the twentieth century, covering topics ranging from the civil rights movement and pop culture to the 49ers and famous crime cases.
Author: Jean Marie Stine
She was the first woman he had ever been An SF transgender classic Chosen one of the "Thirty Most Important Science Fiction Novels of the 1960s," Season of the Witch tells the story of Andre, a man who rapes and murders a woman in a post-apocalyptic future. A dangerously low population has resulted in an end to capital punishment. Instead of execution, Andre has his brain transplanted into his victim's body, while his own body is given to an aging, brilliant scientist. Andre's search for his original male body takes him through a series of physically and spiritually disorienting sexual encounters to an unexpected denouement during an Agape ceremony in the temple of a strange, hedonistic cult. No wonder Foundation called the book, "A powerful tale of biological transformation and sexual identity." Or, that 20th Century Science Fiction Writers hailed it as, "A special combination of science fiction and pornographic detail and rhetoric. The quality of the novel artistically justifies this radical strategy." In 1995 the book was filmed as Synapse (U.K. as Memory Run), introducing its unique mix of transgender and science fiction to a whole new audience. This paperback edition contains a new Afterword and s Filmograpy listing cast, crew, production credits. Here is what other critics say about this classic work: "Razorblade fiction " -The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction "Where science fiction is often male chauvinist this might raise male consciousness." Worlds Beyond: A Critical History of Science Fiction "A good SF book and a rather better novel qua novel. Stine never offers an explicit sexual scene in standard cliche pornographical terms - each description brings a personal and original observation into play. Many of these observations are not erotic - they may even strike some readers as anti-erotic - but they ring with truth. A genuine work of erotic realism, written far above the standards of pornography. The body of the novel lies in the male protagonist's response to biological and physical constraints and the transformation of his personality forced upon him by his female body. Effective...rich...rewarding...engrossing and unusual... littered with genuine insights." Ted White, editor, Heavy Metal "What happens to a man's mind in a woman's body? Stine makes you inhabit that mind and slowly, imperceptibly, absorbs you into the existence of a woman until you as a man no longer exist. You become a woman, different from the one you raped and killed, and a better woman, at the end. Stine is a remarkable writer both for style, which is turgid with evocative detail and intense psychological insight, and for use of the second-person technique, which in fiction is used very infrequently, but which is required for the Punishment and Retribution parts in this book. There is eroticism in the book. The sex act is the most important sphere of life for this book, for Stine, for you, in the working out of the changes of psyche involved. ...and it is there that Stine takes you to show the subtle altering of man to woman in the body of Josette Kovacs, deceased." Science Fiction Review "Passion, pain, real pluck ... a good eye for physical detail and a strong feeling for the human predicament." Fritz Leiber, Fantastic Jean Marie Stine has been editor of Galaxy SF and Starblaze Books, and is currently editor of Futures-Past Editions. Her short stories have appeared in numerous publications including Amazing Stories, Galaxy, Pegasus, and SF Sagas, and are collected in Herstory & Other Science Fictions. During the late 1960s she served as personal assistant to Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry, working on special projects; and in the 1970s she wrote the now classic, The Prisoner: A Day in the Life, based on the cult television series starring Patrick McGoohan. Cover image and book design: Frankie Hill
How the Occult Saved Rock and Roll
Author: Peter Bebergal
Category: Biography & Autobiography
This epic cultural and historical odyssey unearths the full influence of occult traditions on rock and roll -- from the Beatles to Black Sabbath -- and shows how the marriage between mysticism and music changed our world. From the hoodoo-inspired sounds of Elvis Presley to the Eastern odysseys of George Harrison, from the dark dalliances of Led Zeppelin to the Masonic imagery of today’s hip-hop scene, the occult has long breathed life into rock and hip-hop—and, indeed, esoteric and supernatural traditions are a key ingredient behind the emergence and development of rock and roll. With vivid storytelling and laser-sharp analysis, writer and critic Peter Bebergal illuminates this web of influences to produce the definitive work on how the occult shaped -- and saved -- popular music. As Bebergal explains, occult and mystical ideals gave rock and roll its heart and purpose, making rock into more than just backbeat music, but into a cultural revolution of political, spiritual, sexual, and social liberation.
A Great Lakes Shipwreck Tale
Author: Mark Veum
Season Of The Witch is an unconventional and different tale about men, women, the sea, a storm, a shipwreck and a myth that became reality. It is a tale that takes one into the life of a mariner as his ship heads on a one way voyage to eternity. It is the tale of a ferocious autumn storm and the ordeals a man and his wife are subjected to. It is the tale of survival as a man clings to a lifeboat and stares death in the face as he rides the tempests. It is the tale of a Great Lakes Shipwreck that will lead one to wonder if it really had happened.
Author: Mariah Fredericks
Publisher: Schwartz & Wade
Category: Young Adult Fiction
Like Fredericks's The Girl in the Park, here is a page-turner that perfectly captures the world of New York City private schools, as it explores the notion of power among teenage girls. Publisher's Weekly, in a starred review, raves, "Fredericks again proves her gift for conveying the intensity of adolescence, while exploring the ways girls’ sexuality is used against them and asking why 'we all have to be predators and prey.'" Queen Bee Chloe is going to make Toni suffer for whatever transpired between Toni and Chloe's boyfriend, Oliver, over the summer. From day one of eleventh grade, she has Toni branded as a super slut, and it isn't long before things get so ugly that Toni fears for her safety. What's a scared, powerless, and fed-up teenager to do? Guided by Cassandra—a girl with some serious problems of her own—Toni decides to stop playing the victim and take control. Cassandra has been experimenting with witchcraft, and together they cast a spell on Chloe that may actually cause her death. Could Toni have really made such an awful thing happen? From the Hardcover edition.
Border Lines, Marginal Notes
Author: Gail B. Griffin
Publisher: Trilogy Publications
In Season of the Witch, feminist professor Gail Griffin explores the landscape of the late 20th century as she examines subjects ranging from the significance of the Beatles, Motown and the Wizard of Oz, to defenses of feminism, multiculturalism and political correctness. She also reflects deeply throughout on the art and philosophy of teaching. With penetrating insight she dives into the treacherous waters of teaching African American literature to white students, looking for places where real contact might be made. In recounting classroom dramas, both tension-filled and triumphant, she paints a picture of a woman willing to take risks to transcend differences, and open her students' minds to new possibilities.
Poetry and Songs to the Goddess
Author: Patricia Monaghan
Publisher: Llewellyn Worldwide Limited
Listen to the Voices of Goddesses With poetry and prose, litany and song, Seasons of the Witch measures the turning of a year, the cycles of the natural world, and the seasons of a woman's life. Lyrical and literate, much- loved and sought-after, the award-winning Seasons of the Witch is back in print. Written by Patricia Monaghan, one of the founding mothers of the women's spirituality movement, the original version of this classic book received the Friends of Literature award for poetry. Its poems and music are frequently used in both private and public rituals, and the poem "Burials" was selected as the invocation for the Worldwide Goddess 2000 Project. This edition features twenty-eight pieces of prose and poetry for each of the four seasons. While the original drew heavily from Greek mythology, this revised and expanded edition includes many new pieces from Celtic mythology. Each section features a song for the goddess of light, a litany for the associated elemental creature, poems inspired by tarot cards, and love spells in the ancient poetic form of the charm. A four-part Goddess Instruction Manual is woven throughout the book, with lessons drawn from each season. Twenty-five of the poems have been set to music in an evocative and powerful CD that accompanies this book.
Author: Gail Simone
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
Category: Comics & Graphic Novels
Superstar writer Gail Simone picks up Lara Croft's story where the smash hit Tomb Raider game left off in this collection of Tomb Raider #1-#6! Lara and the other survivors of the Endurance are experiencing horrific visions after their ordeal in the Lost Kingdom of Yamatai. But the visions lead to a darker fate . . . can Lara survive the calamities that await her as she struggles to piece this new mystery, and her life, back together?
A Celestra Companion Novel
Author: Addison Moore
Publisher: Addison Moore
Category: Juvenile Fiction
*Standalone novel. From the New York Times, USA TODAY and Wall Street Journal bestselling author Addison Moore comes Ezrina's Story... 1692 Salem, Massachusetts Heathcliff O’Hare has always had a heart for Ezrina MacHatter. When hundreds of young girls from the Celestra faction are snatched up by the magistrate as witches, Ezrina realizes that the Nephilim are in grave danger. Someone, or some other faction, is bent on destroying her people. As obnoxious as Ezrina finds Heathcliff, his help is needed to infiltrate the wicked Counts to uncover their sinister plans. But when Ezrina starts having feelings for him, she realizes that giving her heart to Heathcliff could put her family in peril in ways that she could never imagine. Ezrina is determined to put her people, her faction, and her heart first. This is the season of her retribution. This is the season of the witch.
Author: Deborah Harkness
Publisher: Blanvalet Verlag
Eine Liebe, stärker als das Leben selbst ... Diana Bishop ist Historikerin mit Leib und Seele. Dass in ihr zudem das Blut eines uralten Hexengeschlechts fließt, versucht sie im Alltag mit aller Kraft zu ignorieren. Doch als Diana in der altehrwürdigen Bodleian-Bibliothek in Oxford ein magisches Manuskript in die Hände fällt, kann sie ihre Herkunft nicht länger verleugnen: Hexen, Dämonen und Vampire heften sich an ihre Fersen, um ihr das geheime Wissen zu entlocken – wenn nötig mit Gewalt. Hilfe erfährt Diana ausgerechnet von Matthew Clairmont, Naturwissenschaftler, 1500 Jahre alter Vampir – und der Mann, der Diana bald schon mehr bedeuten wird als ihr eigenes Leben ... Ein mitreißender, wundervoll erzählter Roman über Magie, Abenteuer und Romantik.
Le Couer Dechire
Author: Etienne De Mendes
So what's the matter with you?! why are you still single? why are you single again? why are you married again? where are the kids? & uh... uh... that's not your wife... There's no exception to the rule: we're all idiots. We've fallen in love; we finally talk the correct name in our sleep; so we get hitched, though this is probably a good time to scream Out of the frying pan & into the fire! Marriage is scary, awe-producing, holy, but mostly scary. Desi Hunt, of Misbehavior of the Would-Be Wife, is a housewife but behaves like a typographical error against the backdrop of all traditions: the almost-always-there-but-not-like-really-there-housewife kind of deal. It's like a curse: no one knows what's wrong with her. Apparently, not everyone can do marriage. Desi is completely unmarriageable at the moment: not cool with God right now, being sort of clinically allergic to relationships & stuff. She's been forced [seriously] to crave chastity as a side effect of banging her head on the wall for some bloody answers to Why Marry? Her married life has been an anecdote of the shaggy dog: long, rambling, irrational behavior, & finally an irrelevant conclusion. So what is up with Desi & marriage? For everyone else who's relatively normal compared to her, before marriage equals going to bed with your wife from day number one, just so that you know: marriage is a way of life. True we're only human, we all make mistakes: we can count them by the number of crushed hearts, cold tears, severed relationships, forgotten prayers... Just maybe, for crying out loud, we're willing to fail that many times to understand, & that's huge.
Season of the Witch
Author: Gail Simone
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
Category: Comics & Graphic Novels
Collecting issues #1-6 of Tomb Raider, this first volume picks up Lara Croft's adventures where the most recent game left off. Lara and her fellow survivors of the Endurance are experiencing horrific visions after their ordeal in the Lost Kingdom of Yamatai. However, it soon becomes apparent that these visions may be more real than they first appeared. Can Lara survive the calamities that await her as she struggles to piece this new mystery, and her life, back together?
Celebrating the Sabbats with the Garden Witch
Author: Ellen Dugan
Publisher: Llewellyn Worldwide
Category: Body, Mind & Spirit
In this charming book, award-winning author Ellen Dugan offers an intimate look at her personal practices and magickal life throughout the wheel of the year. Written with humor, warmth, and practicality, Ellen offers a fresh twist on ways to honor each season, along with insightful journal notes about her enchanted gardens. Her magickal lessons and stories about her own coven—how they celebrated, changed, and grew over the course of the year—will inspire you. Enjoy sabbat-themed spells, rituals, herbal magick, and holiday recipes that will motivate you to make your own seasons of witchery more unique and meaningful. Midsummer Faery Garden Blessing Butterfly Magick Jack-o'-Lantern Spell The Wild Hunt at Yuletide An Imbolc Spell to Celebrate the Goddess Brigid Perfect Eggs for Ostara Herbal Bouquets and Tussie-Mussies
Author: Constance M. Burge
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Limited
Category: Horror tales, American
Discover three of the seasons in a witch's calendar in this great Charmed story collection. Samhain: 31/10 ∼ traditionally known as Halloween. A time to reflect, a time of divination, and most of all a time to honour the ancients. This is Phoebe's season. Yule: 22/12 ∼ the winter solstice. The longest night of the year brings a time of great darkness that looks towards the celebration of the returning sun. This is Paige's season. Imbolc: 1/2 ∼ A time when the earliest hopes for spring are fostered and seeds of dreams are planted for the coming summer months. This is Piper's season.