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#1 Sheperdess

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Posted 14 November 2017 - 04:47 PM

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#2 Lazarus Benedict

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Posted 14 November 2017 - 05:11 PM

An interesting little video. Many of these title I've heard of, a few were new to me.

That being said, a question came into my mind. I wondered what drew people to these kinds of books? What are they looking for? I mean, if you look at the price of many of these books, you'll notice they're not giving them away, far from it. Yet for these books to be published, it means there's a market for them.

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Posted 14 November 2017 - 05:51 PM

View PostLazarus Benedict, on 14 November 2017 - 05:11 PM, said:

I wondered what drew people to these kinds of books?

If these were printed in paperback with no illustrations and no creepy cover art, no one would ever care to even open them.

Mass market paperback occultism introduced so many people to magic that it became a whole subculture unto itself. I don't see these books as having that kind of effect, and I wonder how many people actually use them for something other than decoration.


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Posted 14 November 2017 - 08:10 PM

Most of those are complete New Age rubbish aimed at a gullible market that assumes the format will make them a collectors item worth investing in.History shows you will have a hard job to re-sell them and in some cases you will be stuck with an expensive door stop.

The Black Toad is particularly funny as its not even a modern Grimoire but a collection of English folklore gathered together from tourist type books.A friend loaned me a copy and I quickly de-constructed it showing the source material to be similar to what one could find in local sea-side resort bookshop.It also had some of the crappiest illustrations with the 'sinister' Man in Black looking like an American FBI agent from the 1930s.

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