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Banned Book Review: Curses, Hexes and Spells

September 6, 2006

73. Curses, Hexes and Spells by Daniel Cohen

Reason: descriptions of Witchcraft, Satanism, Blessing and Cursing.

Given how hard it was to find this book, I was eager to learn exactly what it was that caused it to be so difficult to obtain.  If you click through to the Amazon.com link, you’ll see that there are used versions available for $90-$125.  Half.com occasionally had it listed, but never for less than $25.  Finally, I had to have my university library borrow the book for me from another library within the system.  It arrived from Dallas bound in a thick plastic cover, blazed across the front with a yellow band of paper declaring that there were RULES to using this book.  It would only be allowed to me for a few weeks, I had to return it directly to someone at the desk rather than put it in a book return, and I was not to remove the piece of paper enumerating the other RULES.  With all of this pomp and circumstance, you would think that this book was Something Special.

Every time I see that this book is considered a children’s book, I want to laugh.  It is more like a book written by a child with little to no knowledge of the occult world, who wandered into his local occult shop, found the local Crazy Pagan (and every shop has one, believe me), and diligently wrote down all of the fanciful stories that he happened to be spouting off that day.  Sometimes it is well researched, sometimes it takes myth for fact, and if you ever have the opportunity to see someone do the Super Sekret Grand Master Awful Badness Spell at the end of the book, you will either be howling in laughter, or calling for the men in the white coats.  Recommended only if you’re looking for a good laugh.

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