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Goth Craft
Goth Craft
The Magickal Side of Dark Culture

By: Raven Digitalis
Imprint: Llewellyn
Specs: Trade Paperback | 9780738711041
English  |  316 pages | 8 x 9 x 1 IN
Pub Date: September 2007
Price: $16.95 US,  $19.50 CAN
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"With Goth Craft, Raven Digitalis pierces the melancholy skin of the dark culture and unveils the beating heart of Goth. More than a fad, more than a romantic fashion statement, more than a global cultural phenomenon, Goth is a living art form whose canvas is the human body, and whose inspiration is Magick."

- Lon Milo DuQuette, author of The Magick of Aleister Crowley

"Goth Craft is a sexy and serious A-Z of dark culture's collective tribal identity. More than just a demented 'Preppy Handbook' for a different era, Goth Craft goes beyond  mere fashion, taking readers deep into the magickal currents of this emerging subculture. Fascinating."
-Richard Metzger, host of Disinformation and editor of Book of Lies: The Disinformation Guide To Magick & The Occult

"Raven intelligently addresses and explores the Goth's personal lifestyle choices and expression of their Craft. Non-Goths can enjoy this volume too; it is a fascinating insight into a very colorful and creative community."
- Fiona Horne, author of Bewitch a Man and L.A. Witch

"Don't let your assumptions fool you¾Goth Craft is a lovingly written and carefully researched piece of work. It covers the intersection of Gothic subculture and Pagan spirituality from every conceivable angle, and manages to be both fun and eye-catching along the way."
-Michelle Belanger, author of The Psychic Vampire Codex and editor of Vampires in Their Own Words

"An insightful, honest, and spiritual exploration of the intersection of Witchcraft and Goth culture not only for those who have a foot in each of these worlds, but also for those explorers on one side, seeking to know the ways of the other."
-Christopher Penczak, author of the Temple of Witchcraft series

"Raven Digitalis' book deserves to be on the bookshelf of anyone interested or involved with magick, ritual, and the Goth subculture. Goth Craft not only brings the reader the complete history of both subcultures but weaves together a fascinating dark Pagan tome that will inspire the reader to rediscover themselves by bringing their inner selves out into the open. My highest recommendations!"
-Corvis Nocturnum, author of Embracing theDarkness: Understanding Dark Subcultures

"For a great many magickal folks, Hallowe'en has always been our favorite holiday; indeed, we often say that we're the kind of people who like to leave our Hallowe'en decorations up all year long! We love the dark spooky stuff, and Raven's Goth Craft is a book many of us have always longed for."
-Oberon Zell-Ravenheart, co-founder of the Church of All Worlds and author of Creating Circles & Ceremonies: Rituals for All Seasons and Reasons

"Maybe not all Witches are Goths, and vice versa, but for those who are, Goth Craft is a wonderful guide to combining these two subcultures. Even those who are a part of only one of these subcultures, or none at all, will come away with a better understanding of both. Rather than shying away from controversy, he covers sex, drugs, and gender identity with a thoughtful open mind, and reminds the reader subtly throughout the book of such issues as animal rights and sweatshop labor. I have no doubt that this book will fill a popular niche in both subcultures, and I heartily congratulate Raven on an excellent first publication."
-Lupa, author of A Field Guide to Otherkin and co-author of Kink Magick: Sex Magick Beyond Vanilla

"Raven provides an intriguing cross-cultural representation of Goth and Witchcraft. He shows how elements from the Goth subculture can be successfully incorporated into everyday magickal practice, while at the same time managing to be stylish. Raven also recommends some excellent sources for further reading and listening which will help the neophyte and advanced practitioner learn more about this exciting new approach to magick."
-Taylor Ellwood, author of Inner Alchemy and co-author of Kink Magick: Sex Magick Beyond Vanilla

"I applaud Raven for tackling such a challenging topic and doing so in such an eloquent manner. Goth Craft will make a fine addition to the libraries of those of us who go bump in the night or are just curious to know what does!"
-John J. Coughlin, author of Out of the Shadows: An Exploration of Dark Paganism and Magick

"For far too long, our modern magickal systems have avoided the darker aspects of occultism.  If it wasn't sweetness and light, then it simply did not exist; and students were taught that anything that makes them "uncomfortable" is not for them.  Thankfully, this is beginning to change as a new generation of 21st Century occultists come of age.  Goth Craft by Raven Digitalis is an important addition to this new generation, whether or not you consider yourself a Goth."
-Aaron Leitch, author of Secrets of the Magickal Grimoires

"Written with practical insight and ingenious flair, Goth Craft is a darkly illuminating guidebook that will be at home on any seeker's shelf, especially if that seeker happens to have a penchant for black eyeliner, nocturnal cloaks, fishnet and dramatic jewelry. Seeded with anthropological anecdotes and humorous asides, Goth Craft enlightens and entertains as well as offering up everything you'll ever need to know about Gothic culture today, and its ongoing love affair with the mysterious and magickal. I cannot recommend this book highly enough."
- Kala Trobe, author of The Witch's Guide to Life and Magick in the West End

"At once a field guide to the Goth scene and a cutting-edge approach to Neopagan spirituality, Goth Craft offers a practical guide to magick for fans of contemporary dark culture as well as a glimpse of an unfamiliar subculture for those who think the word 'Goth' means the guys who sacked Rome. Highly recommended."
- John Michael Greer, Archdruid and author of The New Encyclopedia of the Occult

"Although many searchers seek the light, there is an increasing understanding that there is no light without shadow. More and more, people are looking into that shadow, not in search of evil, but seeking the deepest levels of self-understanding. Two subcultures that have been doing this-the Goth community and parts of the Pagan world-have danced around each other for the past few decades. Here, a member of both communities shows how they can combine, forming a more powerful whole. Raven Digitalis' book is sociologically fascinating and personally involving, informative and practical. It reveals everything from magickal techniques and different traditions in these communities to preferred music and dress. It is ideal for those who want to study and know more about the burgeoning Goth and Pagan communities as well as those who want to incorporate these beliefs and concepts into every aspect of their daily lives. Goth Craft is a groundbreaking and unique contribution that fulfills what had been a crying need in both communities, showing how they can unite to the advantage of all."
- Donald Michael Kraig, author of Modern Magick

"Goth Craft expertly dispels common misunderstandings and brings us to the shadows' edge, revealing the beauty of what dwells within the sacred night.
- Raven Grimassi & Stephanie Taylor, authors of The Well Worn Path and The Hidden Path






"Perhaps most fun for the uninitiated is Digitalis's thorough guide to obtaining Goth style with advice on clothing, the all-important makeup and piercings, among other things. Primarily, Digitalis wants readers to understand that contrary to popular belief, doom and gloom does not penetrate every aspect of Goth culture." Publishers Weekly




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