By Lewis Spence

The main well-known compendium of data at the occult and the 1st complete paintings of its sort, this quantity initially seemed in 1920. Subtitled "A Compendium of data at the Occult Sciences, Occult Personalities, Psychic technology, Magic, Demonology, Spiritism, Mysticism and Metaphysics," it was once compiled through Lewis Spence, the writer of various books on folklore, mythology and occult-related topics. Its 2,500 dictionary-style entries (many of which run to a number of pages) variety from famous phrases ("abracadabra," "poltergeist," "spells," "vampire") to extra arcane subject matters, and contain listings for ancient figures with ties to the occult corresponding to Nostradamus, John Dee, Mary Baker Eddy, and Catherine de Medici. An oft-cited source and a vintage of its style, this version provides to take pleasure in an quick and lasting attractiveness.

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No, no. That’s fine. ” “Yes,” he said, and I could imagine him nodding. ” I asked Father, my voice little more than a whisper. ” “As sure as I can be without Abaddon himself speaking his name. ” “Cardinal fire,” he said, as if that explained everything. To him, it probably did. To me, not so much. “The ash that Eric tossed into the burning oil,” he explained after I expressed my cluelessness. “It created cardinal fire. ” “I figured out the escape part,” I said. ” After we’d raced unscathed through the fire, Eric confessed that he’d had no idea what the ash would do, or whether we could survive.

Even the painful ones. I would not have you—” He cut off abruptly, and I heard the rattle of the phone as he shifted the handset in his hand, then muffled voices in the distance. “Katherine,” he said, his voice sharp and curt as he came back on the line. “Forgive me. ” “Yes, of course. ” I drew in a breath, not certain I wanted to be quite so alone with my memories, but not willing to ask him to stay with me on the phone. I was no longer six, after all, and Father no longer tucked me in and promised I would be safe in my bed.

That view was juxtaposed against the view of the San Diablo cemetery over which the house seemed to protrude. I looked down, saw the familiar Monroe family mausoleum, and found my breath catching in my throat. Eric was buried right next to Alexander Monroe, famous as the town’s founder. Actually, the whole family was famous, from the patriarch Alexander to the freakish great-great-great et cetera grandson, Theophilus Monroe, who in the nineteen twenties had dabbled with psychics and ouija boards and ultimately left for Hollywood, where he set up a dubious career advising starlets out of their net worth.

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