Though himself a psychic of no little renown (The Reluctant Prophet; Your Eastern Star) and a good friend of Sybil Leek,...

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AMERICA BEWITCHED: The Rise of Black Magic and Spiritualism

Though himself a psychic of no little renown (The Reluctant Prophet; Your Eastern Star) and a good friend of Sybil Leek, Logan takes a shocked, appalled view of America rapidly becoming ""a hotbed of sorcery,"" voodoo and black magic cults. Telltale evidence is everywhere: not only Charlie Manson and Anton La Vey and the Process Church but such depravities as marijuana, Alice Cooper the rock band, Rosemary's Baby (the movie) and even the current trend in children's books to discuss such matters as death, suicide, premarital sex, abortion, etc. In fact during the 1960's all of America ""incurred vast karmic damage"" -- viz. the assassinations of JFK, RFK and Martin Luther King, the Vietnam War and those ""senseless ego trips to the moon."" There are plenty of scarifying stories of once-sane people who succumbed to the Powers of Darkness, which Logan -- a true Manichean if ever there was one -- believes to be absolutely real, potent and quite distinct from benign ""White Magic."" Hmmm. Satanism and its bloodthirsty rites from the Middle Ages on is briefly sketched; some personal testimony is gleaned from the freak-outs of his cat Mia II and his dog Yuki and he reports that he sustained many personal, financial and medical disasters while writing this book which is meant to be a warning to us all. Certainly Logan can't afford to take any of this lightly: a Ouija board once revealed to him that in one of his own prior incarnations in Salem, Mass., he incinerated his own sister following some unspeakable incestuous sexual rites. No wonder he's scared; that's a lot of lousy karma to atone for.

Pub Date: Jan. 18, 1973

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Publisher: Morrow

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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 1, 1973