Jack Fritscher

Popular Witchcraft: Straight from the Witch's Mouth
featuring Interview with High Priest, Anton LaVey
21st-Century edition 2005

by Jack Fritscher, Ph.D.

No longer a silent minority, witches are part of the liberation movements of sex, race, and gender transforming American popular culture. Popular Witchcraft: Straight from the Witch’s Mouth, featuring Anton LaVey, was the first book to be published on popular American witchcraft, and it remains the classic survey of the craft. Newly revised and updated for twenty-first-century readers, the author–an ordained but marvelously fallen exorcist–tells all about the evil eye, the queer eye, women and witch trials, the Old Religion, magic Christianity, Satanism, and New Age self-help. Included is material that was censored out of the first edition.

The first edition of this book, published in 1972, was a pioneering exploration of homosexuality, gender, and the Holocaust of the Inquisition that demonized women’s sexuality. This new edition completely rewritten for the 21st century restores what censorship omitted in 1972, and reveals what could not be told before. Witches lead the liberation movements of sex, race, and gender transforming American culture. Chasing Satan, exorcist Fritscher’s own voice channels witches’ voices through direct interview, secret writings, pop-music, Hollywood plots, Broadway lyrics, and sexual politics. A primer of gender histories within women’s studies and gay studies.

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New second edition for the 21st Century, April 2005
The University of Wisconsin Press / Popular Press

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Researched and written 1968-1971. First edition, first printing, 1972, hardcover, Bowling Green University Popular Press. First edition, second printing, 1973, hardcover with printed dust jacket.
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