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Dr Leo Ruickbie PhD, MA, BA(Hons), Associate of King's College London

Witchcraft, magic, the occult and the paranormal, these are the things that keep me up at night, discussing them, writing about them and sometimes experiencing them.

Books

A Brief Guide to the Supernatural by Leo RuickbieA Brief Guide to the Supernatural: Ghosts, Vampires and the Paranormal explores the world of the paranormal from angels to demons, ghosts to the undead, UFOs to magic, spiritualism to parapsychology. Asks the burning questions: what is the supernatural and why is it important? From Most Haunted to Buffy the Vampire Slayer, from Underworld to Twilight, from Doom to Resident Evil, our imagination is forever drawn to this dark world - and for good reasons. A Brief Guide to the Supernatural goes in search of the unearthly with unexpected results. Combining history, psychology and parapsychology, Dr Leo Ruickbie explores the myths and possible realities of the paranormal - ghosts, the undead, angels, demons and UFOs - as well as the many ways people have tried to contact and record the impossible from magic to spiritualism to science. You may find the results unsettling. Included are several experiments to try at home - be warned!

Highly recommended by leading paranormal experts.



Faustus: The Life and Times of a Renaissance Magician by Leo RuickbieFaustus: The Life and Times of a Renaissance Magician asks do you have to sell your soul to the Devil to master the magic arts? Find out in this true-life account of the secrets of a real Renaissance magician. Set in a time of witchcraft trials and magical adventure, "a work of meticulous scholarship" and "a gripping page-turner".



Witchcraft Out of the Shadows: A History by Leo RuickbieWitchcraft Out of the Shadows: A History covers the history of witchcraft from Ancient Greece to the present day, charting the rise and development of witchcraft and the modern witchcraft religion of Wicca. With new analyses, fresh insights and previously unpublished material drawn from Dr Leo Ruickbie's doctoral research into the mysticism, magic and social meaning of Wicca, this is the first book to fully bring witchcraft out of the shadows.



Articles

‘Dealing with the Devil: The Faustian Pact in Magical Culture’, Aries (forthcoming)

‘The Black Magic Code’, Fortean Times (forthcoming)

‘Christmas or Yule? Pagan Secrets of the Festive Season’, Sierra Sun, 15 December 2011

‘Reinventing the Renaissance Occult in Modern and Postmodern Culture Conference’, Journal of the Western Mystery Tradition, 20.2 (Vernal Equinox 2011)

‘Angels in Space’, Paranormal, 56 (February 2011), pp. 54-57 [Conceptualisations of unknown aerial phenomena, the role of rumour in modern media and the verification of sources]

‘How to Make a Horcrux’, Paranormal, 55 (January 2011), pp. 20-24 [Beliefs and practices concerning the idea of the external soul in folklore and magic]

‘Talk of the Devil, Part 2’, Paranormal, 52 (October 2010), 34-39 [Current beliefs about the Devil, including a firsthand account of the Black Mass]

‘Talk of the Devil, Part 1’, Paranormal, 51 (September 2010), 28-33 [History of the Devil]

‘Sympathy from the Devil’, Paranormal, 49 (July 2010), 56-59 [Explanations of magic]

‘Haiti’s “Devil Pact”’, Paranormal, 46 (April 2010), 10 [Current affairs]

‘Is it Time to Sell Your Soul?’, Pagan Dawn, 171 (Beltane 2009), 22-23 [Faustus]

‘Faustus: The Life and Times of a Renaissance Magician’, Watkins Review, 22 (Summer 2009), 13

‘Weber and the Witches: Sociological Theory and Modern Witchcraft’, Journal of Alternative Spiritualities and New Age Studies, 2 (February, 2006), 116-130

Chapters

‘“Either Must Die at the Hand of the Other’: Religious Reactions to Harry Potter’, in Jennifer Patricia Sims (ed), The Sociology of Harry Potter (Zossima, forthcoming)

‘“Mysteries Wrapped in Enigmas”: Trithemius, Occultism and Cryptography’, in Angela Catalina Ghionea (ed.), Science and the Occult (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, forthcoming)

‘Secret Chiefs: Spirit Communication in the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn’, in Christopher M. Moreman (ed.), The Spiritualist Movement: Speaking with the Dead in America and Around the World (Praeger, forthcoming)

Lectures

‘Vampire Autopsy: Evidence for the Undead’, Vampires: Myths of the Past and the Future, Institute of Germanic and Romance Studies, University of London, 2 November 2011

‘Dealing with the Devil: The Faustian Pact in Magical Culture’, Reinventing the Renaissance Occult, Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, 14 November 2009.

‘Witchcraft: The Naked Truth’, Miller's Academy, London, 22 April 2009.

‘Amongst Witches’, School of Oriental and African Studies, London, 5 March 1997. A seminar presented to post-graduate students on the topic of research methodology and modern Witchcraft.

‘Gerald Gardner and the Great Wild Beast: The Role of Founder in Modern Witchcraft', King's College, London, 23 January 1996.

Interviews

Hallowe’en interview with Kate Whiting, Press Association, 7 October 2008. Original transcript. External links: 'When the boundary between worlds is at its weakest...', The Aberdeen Press and Journal, 30 October 2008.

'Mouzon : Les sorcières s'invitent au colombier', L'Ardennais, 19 juin 2008. [external link]

'C'est pas sorcier...' Les Ardennes en marche, avril 2008. [external link]

The Wiccan Pentagram and the US Military. Stephanie Clary, Gannett News Service, 14th June, 2006.

'... the nature of modern witchcraft/wicca.' Eddie Lawrence, Bizarre Magazine, 25th March, 2006.

Turin and the Gates of Hell. John Torres, Gannett News Service, 10th February, 2006. Published as 'Italian plaza infamous as gate to the otherworld', Gannett News Service, 11th February, 2006.

'Could you describe a typical Yule/Winter Solstice ceremony?' Catherine Boyle, The Irish News, 13th December, 2005.

'Out of the Shadows'. Jerry Bird, Merry Meet, Issue 22, Autumn, 2005, pp. 23-5.

Sarah Lipton, Somers High School, Connecticut, 19th May, 2003.

The Breakfast Club, Radio Jamaica, 21st March, 2001.

Websites

Witchology

Witchcraft Out of the Shadows

Links

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