Richard Cavendish (1930-2016) was a highly regarded and widely published British historian of magic, myth, and the occult. Educated at Oxford, Cavendish is best remembered for The Black Arts (1967) and for editing the acclaimed 24-volume Man, Myth & Magic- An Illustrated Encyclopedia of the Supernatural, published from 1970 to 1972.
"We are all black magicians in our dreams, in our fantasies,
perversions, and phobias... In The Black Arts, Richard
Cavendish has not only gathered many fascinating facts from the
past and from our own time; he has also presented the philosophy of
the black magicians and gives many excellent interpretations of
their symbols and rites. He has done all this in such a concise and
readable style that the reader is hardly aware of how much effort
has gone into this work and how original are many of its ideas and
interpretations ...Works such as Cavendish's are a reminder that we
are living in an era of amnesia. We have forgotten those vital
truths that man once knew and by whose strength he lived."
-Isaac Bashevis Singer, Book Week
"In The Black Arts, Cavendish captures the human striving and universality behind the magical search. He also demonstrates virtuosity for explaining ancient and more recent rituals, rites, and esoteric philosophies with splendid clarity ... It stands nearly alone as a simultaneously comprehensive and inviting guide to the world of pre-modern esoterica."-Mitch Horowitz, from the new introduction