Witchcraft: The Gay Counterculture
by Arthur Evans
This controversial work, published in 1978 by Fag Rag Press, investigates the historical relationship between homosexuality and paganism with a focus on old Europe and the persecution of pagans by Christians during the early formation of the Christian religion. It compares this history with present-day LGBT culture with an intent to show how the current persecution and mar...more
Paperback, 180 pages
Published June 1st 1978 by Fag Rag Books
(first published January 1st 1978)
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For a book that has been receiving a fair amount of hype lately, I was a little disappointed. A majority of the book gives historical examples of the oppression of queer individuals (at least what today we would most likely call queer) and how their sexuality was a challenge to the State and Capital. Similar to Against His-Story, Against Leviathan, Arthur Evans traces these pockets of resistance and their eventual defeat, abolition, or recuperation. In many ways this narrative comes off as "the...more
I first read this book back when I was in college. The book was an inspiration for the Radical Faeirie movement. The book examines the role of homosexuality in pre-Christian Western Europe. It is mostly idealized more then it is actual historical research, but the book was very inspirational to may gay men who were searching for spiritual answers.
In 1963 Evans discovered gay life in Greenwich Village, and in 1964 became lovers with Arthur Bell (later to become a columnist for the Village Voice). In 1966 Evans was admitted to City College of New York, which accepted all his credits from Brown University. He changed his major from political science to philosophy and became active in the anti-war movement. He participated in his first sit-in...moreMore about Arthur Evans...