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Books by Cory
The Art & Folklore of Fortune-telling with Playing Cards
This brief-but-richly drawn book explores the practice of divination by playing cards—known as cartomancy. It reveals the “secrets in plain sight” which hide within the pips, kings, queens, and jokers of a standard deck. Explore one method of divination in-depth as you meet the “fifty-four devils”—the symbolic spirits of each card—and learn about invoking ancestral blessings for card readings, the folklore of playing cards, and how to relate fairy tales to a spread along the way.
The Oxford Handbook of American Folklore and Folklife Studies
Edited by Simon J. Broner
The Oxford Handbook series is one of the best-known and most highly-renowned series of scholarly handbooks available. This collection, edited by Cory’s folklore mentor, features several dozen scholarly-but-accessible entries that survey the broad field of American folklore studies. Cory’s chapter on “Home and Automotive Folklore” is joined by truly standout contributions from holiday scholar Jack Santino, medical folklorist Andrea Kitta, legends scholar Elizabeth Tucker, and many more.
Hands of Apostasy:
Essays on Traditional Witchcraft
Three Hands Press has assembled a collection of essays exploring the various forms, methods, symbols, and meanings of Traditional Witchcraft. Featuring entries from Gemma Gary, Mike Howard, Daniel Schulke (and Cory, who wrote a piece on Appalachian witchcraft initiations), Hands of Apostasy looks at a number of diverse and thoughtful perspectives on non-Wiccan witchcraft, its theory, and its praxis.
American Myths, Legends, & Tall Tales: An Encyclopedia of American Folklore (3 Vols.)
This expansive, three-volume encyclopedia contains hundreds of well-known and lesser-known pieces of American folklore. The publisher sourced many of its entries from well-known scholars in the field of folklore studies and each entry provides not only summary information about the legend or figure in question, but also information about the culture where the folklore is found, plus a solid list of references for additional research. Cory’s contributions include nearly a half-dozen articles, including several witch-figures like Betty Booker and Old Granny Tucker.
Etched Offerings: Voices from the Cauldron of Story
Featuring stories from great authors like H.D. Grogan, Inanna Gabriel, & Jason White, as well as many others (including Cory). Etched Offerings explores Pagan themes through the lens of short stories, often with a speculative-fiction or eerie vision guiding the narrative. (Misanthrope Press, 2011, currently out-of-print).
A Rustle of Dark Leaves: Tales from the Shadows of the Forest
This collection of tales explores the world of the dark forest, often with horrific glee. Step among the trees and discover the tales that lurk within the shadows that fall across the forest floor. From the words of the Forest himself to the ancient gods who defend him, from those who dwell within to those who merely wander, these fifteen tales of the forest will intrigue, inspire, terrify, and enchant. Includes stories by Alexis A. Hunter, Gerri Leen, LaShawn M. Wanak, Jenni Wiltz, Seth Drake, and many more, with an introduction by Cory Thomas Hutcheson (Misanthrope Press, 2012, currently out-of-print).
Audiobooks Narrated by Cory
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Books by New World Witchery Guests
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Recommended Reading & Frequently Referenced Works
[I’ll be attempting to add thumbnail images for these books eventually, but thought at least having the list would make sense for now]
- Boyer, Paul, and Stephen Nissenbaum. Salem Possessed: The Social Origins of Witchcraft. Harvard UP, 1974.
- Games, Alison. Witchcraft in Early North America. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2012.
- Davies, Owen. America Bewitched: The Story of Witchcraft After Salem. Oxford UP, 2013.
- —. Grimoires: A History of Magic Books, Oxford UP, 2010.
- —. Popular Magic: Cunning-folk in English History, Oxford UP, 2007.
- Davis, Hubert J. The Silver Bullet, and Other American Witch Stories. Middle Village, NY: Jonathan Davis Pub., 1975.
- Dorson, Richard M. Buying the Wind: Regional Folklore in the United States. Chicago: Univ. of Chicago Press, 1964.
- Gainer, Patrick W. Witches, Ghosts, & Signs. Morgantown, WV: West Virginia Univ. Press, 2008.
- Gandee, Lee R. Strange Experience: Secrets of a Hexenmeister. Prentice-Hall, 1971.
- García, Nasario. Brujerías: Stories of Witchcraft and the Supernatural in the American Southwest and Beyond. Lubbock, TX: Texas Tech Univ. Press, 2007.
- Hohman, John George, and Daniel Harms, ed. The Long-Lost Friend: A 19th-Century American Grimoire, Llewellyn, 2012.
- Horwitz, Mitch. Occult America: White House Seances, Ouija Circles, Masons, and the Secret History of Our Nation. Bantam, 2010.
- Hurston, Zora Neale. Mules and Men. Harper Perennial Modern Classics, 2008 (Reprint).
- Hutton, Ronald. The Triumph of the Moon: A History of Modern Pagan Witchcraft. Oxford UP, 2001.
- —. The Witch: A History of Fear from Ancient Times to the Present. Oxford UP, 2017.
- Hyatt, Harry M. The Folklore of Adams County, Illinois.
- Kittredge, George Lyman. Witchcraft in Old and New England. New York: Russell & Russell., 1956.
- Kriebel, David W. Powwowing Among the Pennsylvania Dutch. University Park, PA: Pennsylvania State Univ. Press, 2007.
- Milnes, Gerald C. Signs, Cures, & Witchery. Knoxville, Univ. of Tennessee Press, 2007.
- Mooney, James. Myths of the Cherokee and Sacred Formulas of the Cherokee. Charles and Randy Elder-Booksellers, 1982 (Reproduction).
- Randolph, Vance. Ozark Magic and Folklore. Dover Publications, 1964.
- Schlosser, S. E. Spooky North Carolina. Globe Pequot Press, 2009.
- —. Spooky Pennsylvania. Globe Pequot Press, 2006.
- —. Spooky South. Globe Pequot Press, 2016 (2nd ed.).
- Simmons, Marc. Witchcraft in the Southwest. Lincoln, NE: Bison Books, 1980.
- Thomas, Daniel, and Lindsey Thomas. Kentucky Superstitions.
- Thomas, Keith. Religion and the Decline of Magic. Penguin UK, 2003.
- West, John O. Mexican-American Folklore. Little Rock: August House, 1989.
- Wilby, Emma. Cunning-Folk and Familiar Spirits. Sussex Academic Press, 2006.