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Voodoo . . . . The very word conjures shadowy and sinister images of black magic and primitive rites and rituals: crudely fashioned dolls stuck with pins, mojos, animal sacrifices, wild dancing to savage drumbeats, venomous snakes, and bones charged with lethal supernatural powers that can make a person drop dead for no apparent reason.

Then there are zombies, the soulless...more
Hardcover, 331 pages
Published May 22nd 2010 by Fall River Press
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Joel Trout
Having lived on the Gulf Coast for several years, my awareness of voodoo/hoodoo was slowly piqued; first by a few trips to New Orleans, and then by my supervisor at work who was raised around voodoo growing up and somewhat still a participant.

It became apparent to me there were two kinds of voodoo: the authentic kind, (mostly originating in Africa, strange and superstitious but not particularly scary), and the fake, sensational kind that lures tourists into shops in the French Quarter expecting...more
This is the kinda book that you need to read with the lights on in your room......and no wind outside otherwise you'll have the the heebie-jeebies....
This is a book of folk tales. Some of them are older and by classic authors like H.G. Wells and Robert Louis Stephenson. I really didn't know much about voodoo but wanted to find out what it is. Some of the stories about the New Orleans area are fascinating from a cultural and historical point of view.
Hit and miss, like most anthologies. Some stories I skimmed, some were interesting glimpses into the attitudes of their day (several were "news" reports from the 1800s that were more melodrama than fact), and a handful I found really compelling.
This was an interesting collection of voodoo-related short stories and news articles. The selections covered a variety of strange, and sometimes creepy, tales in different areas where voodoo, or various forms of, are practiced.
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