A Discourse of Fire and Salt

A most curious and mystical alchemical tract originally published in 1608. The edition for the Kindle is based on the English edition of 1649.

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The Book of Witches

In this remarkable work, O.M. Hueffer casts both a searching and sympathetic eye upon witchcraft through the ages. “I have attempted nothing so ambitious as a large-scale Ordnance Map of Witchland,” he writes, “rather I have endeavoured to produce a picture from which a general impression may be gained. I have chosen, that is to say, from the enormous mass of material only so much as seemed necessary for my immediate purpose, and on my lack of judgment be the blame for any undesirable hiatus. I have sought, again, to show whence the witch came and why, as well as what she was and is; to point out, further, how necessary she is and must be to the happiness of mankind, and how great the responsibility of those who, disbelieving in her themselves, seek to infect others with their scepticism. We have few picturesque excrescences left upon this age of smoothly-running machine-wheels, certainly we cannot spare one of the most time-honoured and romantic of any.”

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The sixteen chapters are as follows:

I. On a Possible Revival of Witchcraft
II. A Sabbath-General
III. The Origins of the Witch
IV. The Half-Way Worlds
V. The Witch’s Attributes
VI. Some Representative English Witches
VII. The Witch of Antiquity
VIII. The Witch in Greece and Rome
IX. The From Paganism to Christianity
X. The Witch-Bull and Its Effects
XI. The Later Persecutions in England
XII. Persecutions in Scotland
XIII. Other Persecutions
XIV. Philtres, Charms and Potions
XV. The Witch in Fiction
XVI. Some Witches of To-Day

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Thirteen Tales

Of science-fiction, that is. Tales that are strange, thoughtful, speculative, and humorous, by a largely-forgotten man from the golden age of the genre.

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The thirteen tales are:

Fee of the Frontier
Manners of the Age
Exile
Satellite System
This World Must Die!
Outbreak of Peace
The Transmutation of Muddles
The Envoy, Her
Irresistible Weapon
Let There be Light
The Talkative Tree
Flamedown
The Wedge

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In the Sweet Dry and Dry

“Dunraven Bleak, the managing editor of The Evening Balloon, sat at his desk in the center of the local-room, under a furious cone of electric light. It was six o’clock of a warm summer afternoon: he was filling his pipe and turning over the pages of the Final edition of the paper, which had just come up from the press-room. After the turmoil of the day the room had quieted, most of the reporters had left, and the shaded lamps shone upon empty tables and a floor strewn ankle-deep with papers. Nearby sat the city editor, checking over the list of assignments for the next morning. From an adjoining kennel issued occasional deep groans and a strong whiff of savage shag tobacco, blown outward by the droning gust of an electric fan. These proved that the cartoonist (a man whose sprightly drawings were born to an obbligato of vehement blasphemy) was at work within.”

So begins this droll, scathing, fantastic, and charming satire of prohibition and do-gooding tyranny. The Pan-Antis seem bent on banning everything. Even fermentable fruit and vegetables. It is enough for a man to be dragged off to the asylum if he is suspected of even thinking about having a drink. Against this, an underground movement foments unrest—and ferments not a little wine too.

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The edition from Owlfoot Press includes prohibition-era illustrations by James Montgomery Flagg, as exemplified above.

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Speculum Gothicum: Four Dark Tales

The four dark tales here gathered represent Gothic at its literary high-point. Inexorable doom, cursed life, a grim setting, and nameless horror all find their place. The crown of these stories is perhaps the first, “The Headsman”, a long and well-woven tale of life gone awry. The second, “The Iron Shroud”, shows a Romantic-Gothic fascination with the medieval, and has its own take on the motif of time ticking away and walls closing in. The third, “Horror: A True Tale”, is the epitome of Gothic fiction: an old mansion, a hideous visitation, and a blighted life. The fourth, called “The Thirteenth”, is set, like the first, in Germany, and imparts in the reader the dread sense that, whatever may ensue, a happy ending is not to be found.

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Sixty Slavonic Folktales

A charming set of folktales gathered from Bohemia to the Russian Steppes, beautifully translated by A.H. Wratislaw.

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A full list of contents is as follows:

WESTERN SLAVONIANS

Bohemian Stories
I.—Long, Broad, and Sharpsight
II.—‘The Three Golden Hairs of Grandfather Allknow’
III.—Goldenhair
IV.—Intelligence and Luck
V.—The Jezinkas
VI.—The Wood-Lady
VII.—George With the Goat

Moravian Stories
VIII.—Godmother Death
IX.—The Four Brothers

Hungarian-Slovenish Stories
X.—The Three Lemons
XI.—The Sun-Horse
XII.—The Golden Spinster
XIII.—Are You Angry?

Upper and Lower Lusatian Stories
XIV.—Right Always Remains Right
XV.—Little Red Hood

Kashubian Story
XVI.—Cudgel, Bestir Yourself!

Polish Stories
XVII.—Prince Unexpected
XVIII.—The Spirit of a Buried Man
XIX.—The Pale Maiden
XX.—The Plague-Swarm

EASTERN SLAVONIANS

White Russian Stories
XXI.—The Frost, the Sun, and the Wind
XXII.—Little Rolling-Pea
XXIII.—The Wonderful Boys

Little Russian Stories (From Galicia)
XXIV.—God Knows How to Punish Man
XXV.—The Good Children
XXVI.—The Devil and the Gipsy
XXVII.—God and the Devil

Little Russian Stories (From South Russia)
XXVIII.—The Beautiful Damsel and the Wicked Old Woman
XXIX.—The Snake and the Princess
XXX.—Transformation Into a Nightingale and a Cuckoo
XXXI.—Transmigration of the Soul
XXXII.—The Wizard

Great Russian Stories
XXXIII.—The Lime-Tree
XXXIV.—Ilya of Murom and Nightingale the Robber

SOUTHERN SLAVONIANS

Bulgarian Stories
XXXV.—The Lord God as an Old Man
XXXVI.—Bulgarian Hospitality
XXXVII.—Cinderella
XXXVIII.—The Golden Apples and the Nine Peahens
XXXIX.—The Language of Animals

Serbian Stories
XL.—The Lame Fox
XLI.—The Sons’ Oath to Their Dying Father
XLII.—The Wonderful Hair
XLIII.—The Dragon and the Prince
XLIV.—Fate

Serbian Stories From Bosnia
XLV.—The Birdcatcher
XLVI.—The Two Brothers

Serbian Stories From Carniola
XLVII.—The Origin of Man
XLVIII.—God’s Cock
XLIX.—Kurent the Preserver
L.—Kurent and Man
LI.—The Hundred-Leaved Rose

Croatian Stories
LII.—Kraljevitch Marko
LIII.—The Daughter of the King of the Vilas
LIV.—The Wonder-Working Lock
LV.—The She-Wolf
LVI.—Milutin

Illyrian-Slovenish Stories
LVII.—The Friendship of a Vila and of the Months
LVIII.—The Fisherman’s Son
LIX.—The White Snake
LX.—The Vila

Dynamic Thought and Psychic Self-Defence

This book brings together two works. The first, by Henry Thomas Hamblin, consists of a twelve-week course aimed at developing will-power, mental and spiritual awareness, optimism, success, prosperity, harmony, and peace of mind through techniques of meditation, visualisation, and willed affirmation and denial. The second, by Dion Fortune, gives valuable instruction on how to understand the signs of psychic attack, and how to protect against and overcome it. Together these works provide a rounded course in self-mastery that will transform and strengthen one’s life, mind, and soul.

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