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message 1: by J.A. (new)

J.A. Beard (jabeard) I do blog posts on Mondays that explore historical magical traditions.

Not a huge number of paranormal/fantasy-type writers in Robust from what I've seen, but I've tried to make these interesting from a historical standpoint as well and could be interesting to historical fiction types as even if we don't believe in this stuff, the people in the past did.

Here are the ones I've posted thus far:

Magical Mondays #1: The Imperfect Creation of Man: The Golem (

Magical Mondays #2: Divining the Future: Chinese Oracle Bones (

Magical Mondays #3: Poisonous Immortality: Taoist Alchemy (

Magical Mondays #4: Ikiryō, Haunting by the Living (

Magical Mondays #5: Blemmyes, the headless threat (

Magical Mondays #6: Cihuateteo, The Duality of Suffering Mother Spirits (

Magical Mondays #7: Courtship's for losers, just use a spell: Ancient Greek Love Magic (

message 2: by Andre Jute (new)

Andre Jute (andrejute) | 4851 comments Mod
Thanks, Jeremy! This is a RESOURCE.

You know, one doesn't have to be a paranormal/fantasy writer to be interested in the golem. Such things are in the folk semi-consciousness. Several of my books have more or less explicit remarks about the golem, and in one Gog and Magog constitute a recurring image of the Imperfect Creation of Man, not to mention treacherous.

By the way, I apprenticed under a Zulu witchdoctor. I know how to make a love potion, or a death potion of course (just add the venom of a green mamba) for the rival who currently has the intended lover. Not too expensive. See my Amazon ad.

message 3: by James (new)

James Everington | 187 comments Wow that's great. Some reading there. I mainly write weird fiction/horror (without believing in it all) so this is, as Andre says, a great resource.

Have you read The Golem by Gustav Meyrink? Very odd book.

message 4: by Mhairi (new)

Mhairi Simpson (mhairisimpson) | 21 comments Sounds like a great idea! I've been casting around for ideas for my blog lately. Want to do more fantasy stuff but not sure what. Will probably go in the creature direction. Not sure yet. These all look wonderful!

message 5: by J.A. (new)

J.A. Beard (jabeard) Yeah, I got the idea originally as an offshoot of some of my Heian research.

I was reading a book (really a thesis) Superstitions, magic and mantic practices in the Heian period when I thought, "Hrmm. I bet people might find historical magic interesting in general." Been trying to hit lots of different traditions in case people aren't interested in one subset.

No, James. I'll have to check it out. I came upon the reference to it when doing golem research, but never got around to reading it.


Always a handy skill to have!

message 6: by James (new)

James Everington | 187 comments It's good, although... odd. Takes a bit of patience.

message 7: by J.A. (new)

J.A. Beard (jabeard) The Cards Don't Quite Tell All: The History of the Tarot

message 8: by J.A. (new)

J.A. Beard (jabeard) No lions, no wardrobes, but some witches: A brief history of European witch hunts

message 9: by Matt (new)

Matt Posner (mattposner) | 276 comments Good material, J.A.

message 10: by J.A. (new)

J.A. Beard (jabeard) Thank, Matt.

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J.A. Beard (jabeard) I am most certainly not number four, East Asian fear of the number four

message 12: by K.A. (new)

K.A. Jordan (kajordan) | 3042 comments I read all these today - had some time on my hands.

Good stuff!

message 13: by Andre Jute (new)

Andre Jute (andrejute) | 4851 comments Mod
They were even better hot off the press. Don't you know that sorts (the actual lead on which printer's letters are engraved or cast) try to creep away and take knowledge with them as hostages.

message 14: by J.A. (new)

J.A. Beard (jabeard) I may revisit this series someday, though I'm just now getting back into regularly writing historical entries.

I keep forgetting to post links over here to Robust when I do stuff, need to be better about that.

message 15: by Andre Jute (new)

Andre Jute (andrejute) | 4851 comments Mod
Definitely. You don't want to upset us. We sulk real good.

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