International columnist Alan D.D. reviews two recent books, In Focus Reiki by Des Hynes and The Illustrated Bestiary by Maia Toll.
Eric O. Scott reviews Ari Aster’s new film, “Midsommar,” and examines how it compares to other examples of “Pagan horror.”
Storm Faerywolf reviews the book “Queer Magic: LGBT+ Spirituality and Culture from Around the World” by Tomás Prower.
Manny Tejeda-Moreno reviews the role of the Orisha and Afro-Cuban spirituality in the new film starring Donald Glover and Rihanna, “Guava Island.”
Our guest reviewer Noelle K. Bowles reviews BBC’s The Living and the Dead (2016) now available on streaming services.
“It beings with an absence of desire
It begins with blood and fear
It begins with
a discovery of witches.”
Based on the All Souls trilogy by Deborah Harkness, A Discovery of Witches is a new television series is about “daemons,” vampires, and witches that co-inhabit the world alongside ordinary humans. Each group distrusts the others. in the first episode, one of the characters notes that the world has become a time of “men,” echoing the progression of Tolkien’s Middle-Earth. The other groups have faded into the background, but still exist – vampires, daemons, and witches – oh, and a regulation board. Sky’s new series hits the screen with two important backstage successes.