Hercules, CA: Three Hands Press, 2018. Limited Cloth Edition of 777 copies only. Item #X-MER
A FINE CLOTH COPY, bound in gilt carmine cloth and embossed two-color dust jacket. Printed on premium stock in traditional red and black. "Even after the practice of witch-hunting and persecution began to wane, the baneful influence of malefic sorcery was greatly feared as a toxic and pernicious influence, particularly in rural areas during the 18th and 19th century. The arsenal of magical armaments against such powers included charms, spells, rituals, sigils, and magical squares, as well as the use of magical herbs and words of power. Many of these practices resembled in method and material the very evil they were meant to combat, embodying in themselves a savor of the sinister and demonic. Accessing a diverse array of historical and folkloric sources, "The Wicked Shall Decay" gathers together a collection of obscure British magic featuring curses, anti-witchcraft spells and malevolent power. Greatly treasured in their day for their efficacy, these rites document a widespread tradition of 'dark folk magic' which are of value to the research of both scholar and esoteric practitioner alike." - from the blurb. 168 pages. Octavo.