"Lesley Bannatyne's fascinating book . . . will be widely appealing to anyone who ever wondered where witches, trick-or-treating, and jack-o-lanterns really came from. It is by far the best book on the history of Halloween available today."--Alison Guss, senior producer,"The Haunted History of Halloween," The History Channel"An excellent resource for research into the history of holidays . . . in the United States . . . Highly Recommended."--The Book Report"Deserves attention as a recommended library acquisition with years of 'life' to its information."--The Midwest Book Review"Overflows with rich and provocative details of ritual, feasts, superstition, and devilment."--North Carolina Historical ReviewHalloween has evolved from the Celtic celebrations of 2,000 years ago to become today the fastest-growing holiday in the country. This, the only book to completely cover All Hallow's Eve, from its beginnings to the present, examines the ancient origins as well as its traditions and celebrations, from costuming to bobbing for apples. Jack-o-lanterns, black cats, and witches are explained. Ghosts, ghouls, and goblins lurk behind every page.The book traces the contributions of America's immigrants to the holiday, documenting the beliefs each ethnic group has added to the mix. Related r...
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A stranger murdered in a gruesome ritual. A prophetess foretelling the return of the ancient gods: the intriguing new Sister Fidelma mystery.Ireland, AD 671. On the eve of the pagan feast of Samhain, Brother Edulf and the warrior, Aidan, discover a man murdered in an unlit pyre in the heart of Cashel. He has been dressed in the robes of a religieux and killed by the ritualistic 'three deaths'.When a strange woman known as Brancheó appears in a raven-feather cloak foretelling of ancient gods returning to exact revenge upon the mortal world, she is quickly branded a suspect. But in their search for the killer, Sister Fidelma and Eadulf will soon discover a darker shadow looming over the fortress. For their investigation is linked to a book stolen from the Papal Secret Archives which could destroy the New Faith in the Five Kingdoms...and Fidelma herself will come up against mortal danger before the case is unravelled
WARNING: An Extreme Horror story. Not intended for sensitive audiencesBronson Sinclair is an award winning documentary filmmaker. When he learns of some young women who vanished after joining a religious cult, he cannot resist the story. He and his team head to the west Texas back country where they meet The Prophet Drake and his followers. On the surface everything at the compound looks like heaven on earth as they are given VIP treatment. Bronson and his crew soon learn, behind the smiles and hospitality lies something more evil than they could have possibly imagined. The team uncovers a trail of human sacrifice, ritual abuse and a whole new definition of human suffering.
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It was 1.31pm on a cool, cloudless February day when Las Vegas police dispatch received a complaint about an overpowering stench coming from a large garbage can inside a rented storage shed.Cops feared the worse and their suspicions were confirmed when they prised open the lid to discover the liquefied remains of a middle-aged woman. She'd been dead for years. The only leads were a box of mysterious books on witchcraft and Satanism next to the makeshift tomb and the name of the person who rented the shed... one Brookey Lee West.West had gone missing and so had her mum Christine... In fact further investigation found that there were a number of people missing from West's shadowy past. A can of worms had been opened in more ways than one...Witch is the horrifying true story of a one woman crime spree that spanned two decades and stretched across America. It's a dark tale, borne out of a family who counted violence and devil worship as pastimes, and culminates in Southern Nevada Women's Correction Center. Written by crime reporter, Glenn Puit, who followed the story from the very beginning, piecing together and analysing the evidence, and even carrying out face-to-face interviews with West herself; this is a bone-chilling, stomach-churning account of one of America's most notorious ...