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Jake Richards

Jake Richards holds his Appala­chian-Melungeon heritage close to his blood and bones. His fam­ily heritage in Appalachia goes back generations; they have lived in southwest Virginia, east Ten­nessee, and the western Carolinas for a good four hundred years. He spent most of his childhood at his great-grandmother’s house on Big Ridge in North Carolina, wading the waters of the Watauga and traipsing the moun­tains by his ancestral home on the ridge. “My family,” Jake writes, “always spoke of the old wives’ tales and folk rem­edies. They were mountain people to the bone; hunters, farmers, faith healers, preachers, and root-diggers.” Jake has practiced Appalachian folk magic for over a decade. Aside from being an author and practitioner, Jake is a member of the Melungeon Heritage Association, holds a seat on the board of WAM: We Are Melungeons, and is the creator of HOM: House of Malungia, Melungeon cultural society. You can find him on Instagram @jake_richards13

Backwoods Witchcraft (Paperback)
         Conjure & Folk Magic from Appalachia

Conjure Cards (Paperback)
         Fortune-Telling Card Deck and Guidebook

Doctoring the Devil (Paperback)
         "Notebooks of an Appalachian Conjure Man "

Ossman & Steel's Classic Household Guide to Appalachian Folk Healing (Paperback)
         A Collection of Old-Time Remedies, Charms, and Spells