This study of Ravenwood, the largest open coven in the United States, is the only ethnography of a witches' commune that has been done with the consent and support of the witches themselves, and it is a major contribution to Wiccan studies.
The first two Blood Coven Vampire novels-now in one volume. Boys That Bite When Sunny McDonald's sister drags her to Club Fang, all she expects is a bunch of Goth kids playing at being vampires. But when a tall, handsome stranger mistakes Sunny for her dark-side-loving twin and bites her on the neck, she realizes his fangs are real-and deadly... Stake That Rayne McDonald had it all figured out: become the vampire mate of the Blood Coven master and live the high life for all eternity. But now, not only is Rayne fangless, but she discovers she's destined to be a vampire slayer instead...and sexy vampire bad boy Jareth keeps getting in her way.
"Looming onto the television landscape in 2011, American Horror Story gave viewers a weekly dose of psychological unease and gruesome violence. This collection of new essays examines the series' contribution to television horror, focusing on how the show speaks to social concerns, its use of classic horror tropes and its reinvention of the tale of terror"--
The most comprehensive study available of neo-pagan religious movements in North America and Europe. * Photographs of neo-pagan leaders, practitioners, and rituals, along with maps of areas where various religions are practiced * Contributions from an international team of scholars provides insight into belief systems and cultural influences
He kidnapped three women and held them in his basement. He thought they couldn't fight back. He was wrong... Snatched from the street near her home, Holly Carter is taken to a rural house and thrown down into a stone basement. She meets two other women who have also been kidnapped, and soon Holly learns about the horrific rituals that take place in the house. Eventually, she's called upstairs to take her place in the ice bath. As her nightmare continues, however, Holly learns about a mysterious power that exists in the basement, and which the three women might be able to harness. When they finally manage to get through the metal door, however, the women have no idea that their fight for freedom is going to stretch out for more than a decade, or that it will culminate in a final, devastating demonstration of their new-found powers. American Coven is a horror novel about three women trapped in a nightmare, about the shocking discovery that gives them a chance to escape, and about the price they must pay if they want to be free. Contains violence and adult language.
Okay, so technically she can’t because I’m immortal. Well, not yet. See, due to the worst case of mistaken identity with my dark-side-loving twin sister at a Goth club called Club Fang, Magnus, a vampire hottie, went for my innocent neck instead of hers. Now if I don’t reverse it in time, Magnus will be my blood mate forever and I’m doomed to be a blood-gulping, pasty, daylight-hating vampire. Believe me, it seriously bites. After the unfortunate slaying of the vampire leader, it’s up to me, my sister, and Magnus to find the one thing that can solve my problem—the Holy Grail. No joke. I seriously hope I can get out of this in time, because somehow, I scored the hottest prom date in my school, the mouth-watering Jake Wilder. And I do not want to be a vampire for the prom—let alone the rest of eternity...
American Spiritualities A Reader Edited by Catherine L. Albanese Readings that explore approaches to American spirituality, past and present. This reader explores current interest in spirituality in the United States. It traces the concept and presence of spirituality in the nation's past and explains the strong attraction to spiritual themes in the present, with attention to questions of definition, historical usage, and connection to religion. Twenty-seven selections pursue the difference and diversity among Americans in terms of their spiritual styles, here understood as modes of experiential knowledge. Catherine L. Albanese has organized these selections to reflect four approaches to spirituality: knowing through the body, or ritual-based spiritualities; knowing through the heart, or evangelical and emotionally toned spiritualities; knowing through the will, or prophetic and social-action spiritualities; and knowing through the mind, or metaphysically oriented spiritualities. Taken together, these essays make the argument that the spiritual is human-made, essentially religious, and surely not the same at all American times and places. The anthology includes selections by Catherine L. Albanese, Janet and Robert Aldridge, Daniel Berrigan, Joseph Epes Brown, Charles W. Colson, Annie Dillard, Virgilio Elizondo, Tamar Frankiel, Emma Goldman, Charles E. Hambrick-Stowe, B. K. S. Iyengar, Curtis D. Johnson, Martin Luther King, Jr., Chen Kung, Jerena Lee, Shirley MacLaine, Aimee Semple McPherson, Thomas Merton, Carry A. Nation, E. Burke Rochford, Jr., Jerry Rubin, Molly Rush, Starhawk, Henry David Thoreau, Ralph Waldo Trine, Joachim Wach, B. Alan Wallace, Steven Wilhelm, and Dhyani Ywahoo. Catherine L. Albanese is Professor of Religious Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She is the author of the widely used textbook America: Religions and Religion, now in its third edition, and of numerous other articles and books, including Nature Religion in America: From the Algonkian Indians to the New Age. Albanese is a former president of the American Academy of Religion. April 2001 552 pages, 6 1/8 x 9 1/4, bibl., index cloth 0-253-33839-5 $65.00 L / £50.00 paper 0-253-21432-7 $27.50 s / £21.00 Contents Acknowledgments Introduction Part One: Knowing through the Body: The Path of Ritual 1. "Ritual Sites in the Narrative of American Religion"/Tamar Frankiel 2. "The Ordinances of Public Worship"/Charles E. Hambrick-Stowe 3. "Popular Religion as the Core of Cultural Identity Based on the Mexican American Experience in the United States"/Virgilio Elizondo 4. "Thought, Speech, Action: Rhythms of Jewish Life"/Tamar Frankiel 5. "Wiwanyag Wachipi: The Sun Dance"/Joseph Epes Brown, ed. 6. "The Coven"/Starhawk Part Two: Knowing through the Heart: The Path of Feeling and Emotion 7. "The Second Birth"/Curtis D. Johnson 8. "The Life and Religious Experience of Jarena Lee"/Jarena Lee 9. "Girlhood and Salvation and the Baptism of the Holy Spirit"/Aimee Semple McPherson, 10. "An Unforgettable Night"/Charles W. Colson 11. "est"/Jerry Rubin, 12. "Surrendering to Krishna: Devi's Story"/E. Burke Rochford, Jr. Part Three: Knowing through the Will: The Path of Prophecy and Social Action 13. "The Reformer" and "The Prophet"/Joachim Wach 14. "Resistance to Civil Government"/Henry David Thoreau 15. "The Divine Call"/Carry A. Nation 16. Living My Life (excerpt)/Emma Goldman 17. "Letter from Birmingham Jail"/Martin Luther King, Jr. 18. Testimonies/Janet and Robert Aldridge, Molly Rush, and Daniel Berrigan Part Four: Knowing through the Mind: The Path of Metaphysics 19. "The Subtle Energies of Spirit: Explorations in Metaphysical and New Age Spirituality"/Catherine L. Albanese 20. "Fullness of Life Bodily Health and Vigor"/Ralph Waldo Trine 21. "The Gift of Understanding" a