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Mike's Library
by Mike Nichols

 
"Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary,
Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore..."
-- Edgar Allen Poe, The Raven
Mike's Library THE INTERNET BOOK OF SHADOWS THE GARDNERIAN BOOK OF SHADOWS THE WITCH CULT IN WESTERN EUROPE by Margaret Murray [1921] THE BOOK OF HALLOWE'EN by Ruth Edna Kelley [1919] THE GOLDEN BOUGH by Sir James Frazer [1922] ARADIA, GOSPEL OF THE WITCHES by C.G. Leland [1899] ETRUSCAN ROMAN REMAINS IN POPULAR TRADITION by C.G. Leland [1893] GYPSY SORCERY AND FORTUNE TELLING by C.G. Leland [1891] DÆMONOLOGIE by King James I [1591] LETTERS ON DEMONOLOGY AND WITCHCRAFT by Sir Walter Scott [1885] THE MALLEUS MALEFICARUM [1486] Summers trans. ENCYLOPEDIA OF THE CELTS MYTHS AND LEGENDS OF THE CELTIC RACE by Thomas Rolleston [1911] THE SECOND BATTLE OF MOY TURA [9TH C.] THE CATTLE-RAID OF COOLEY (Táin Bó Cúailnge) [10TH C.] THE DESTRUCTION OF DÁ DERGA'S HOSTEL [10TH C.] Stokes trans. GODS AND FIGHTING MEN by Lady Gregory [1904] CUCHULAIN OF MUIRTHEMNE by Lady Gregory [1902] THE CROCK OF GOLD by James Stephens [1912] IRISH FAIRY TALES by James Stephens [1920] THE CELTIC TWILIGHT by W.B. Yeats [1893] THE MABINOGION [14th C.] Lady C. Guest trans. THE FATES OF THE PRINCES OF DYFED by Kenneth Morris [1914] CELTIC WONDER TALES by Ella Young [1910] FAIRY FAITH IN CELTIC COUNTRIES by W.Y. Evans Wentz [1911] THE POEMS OF OSSIAN by James Macpherson [1773 ed.] THE SECRET COMMONWEALTH OF ELVES, FAUNS AND FAERIES by Robert Kirk [1690] BULFINCH'S MYTHOLOGY GRIMM'S FAIRY TALES THE BOOK OF WONDER by Lord Dunsany [1912] THE GODODDIN by Aneurin, Skene trans. [1869] BARDDAS [1862] THE COLLECTED WORKS OF FIONA MACLEOD [c.1907]
 
Pause your cursor over each book to the right to see its title.
Then click it to see the full text in a new window. [external link]

I am often asked about the "many quaint and curious volumes of forgotten lore" I have used as resources for crafting my various articles. It is with great pleasure that I have assembled the small full-text reference library you see to the right. Rest assured I own a hard copy of each of these classic texts and have read or consulted them many times. But you need not run out and purchase a copy yourself. You have only to click on a book on the shelves to the right to see the entire text!

How is this possible? Each of these classic books is in the public domain, either because the authors have permitted it, or because they are old enough to be beyond copyright restrictions. There are great riches here, from primary sources of the modern Witchcraft revival, to the pioneering work of the 19th century folklorists. Enough to keep you reading a long while. And I reserve the right to occasionally take a book off the shelf and replace it with another, as etexts become available. Enjoy!
--Mike

I want to mention a special debt of gratitude to the web site that hosts the majority of these texts: The Internet Sacred Text Archive. Once you're done looking at my picks from their bounty, you may want to explore the site further for yourself.
 

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