The New Pagans by Frederick Adams
Ladies and Gentlemen, I have returned. There is still a fair bit of stuff in boxes, and the internet connection is cobbled together with cables running the length of the house, but it is time for me to return to my task of exploring—and exposing—the endless variety of truly-awesome witchy art.
And I so I present you this gem: Hans Holzer, The New Pagans (New York: Doubleday, 1972); the artwork is by Frederick Adams.
This is one of the many books that I packed (and unpacked) and—while doing so—thought: “Now that has got to go on my blog!” It has everything going for it: the artwork, the date (1972. What a year), and the author. And it is about wicca and witches. (The first sixty pages are “The Heirs of Wicca”.)
Hans Holzer was a legend. Wikipedia claims that he “wrote well over 100 books on supernatural and occult subjects”. Of these there are five every self-respecting witch should have The Truth about Witchcraft (New York: Doubleday, 1969); The New Pagans (New York: Doubleday, 1972); The Witchcraft Report (New York: Ace, 1973); Confessions of a Witch, as Told By Heather (London: Star Book, 1976) and Witches (New York: Black Dog and Leventhal Publishers, 2002).
In terms of the best cover-art, it would be a near thing choosing between Confessions of a Witch and The New Pagans. You will get to see both, but I am saving Confessions of a Witch for another day.