It was announced yesterday that author, publisher, editor and folklorist Michael Howard had died after battling a difficult illness. The announcement read, “The Craft suffers a great loss at his departure.” Michael Howard was born in London in 1948, but spent most of his life living in the countryside. In his youth, he worked on several farms. It was through this experience that he first encountered Witchcraft. As Michael explained in an interview with Three Hands Press,”I was studying at an agricultural college in Somerset in the early 1960s.