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Defense Against the Dark
A Field Guide to Protecting Yourself from Predatory Spirits, Energy Vampires and Malevolent Magic
Author Emily Carlin, Illustrator Daniele Serra
ISBN: 9781601631701
Book (Paperback)
Red Wheel Weiser, New Page Books
6 x 9
224 pages
March 15, 2011


When we lie awake at night listening to mysterious sounds, we imagine all the things that could be making those strange noises. The rumbling is the sound of the refrigerator; the knocking is from the old furnace; the creaking is nothing more than the house settling...isn't it? Although the modern world has denied the existence of things that go bump in the night and has taught us that the occult couldn't possibly exist, we know there are things that science has yet to explain.

Defense Against the Dark introduces the reader to many of those unsavory magickal creatures and occult happenings that exist outside of fairytales. Our ancestors knew these threats were real, and took precautions to protect themselves from whatever evil was lurking in the shadows.

Defense Against the Dark will teach you:

  • Common lore and mythology of predatory entities such as goblins, vampires, imps, and ghosts

  • How to identify malevolent spirits and understand how curses actually work

  • How to master different protection methods, including shielding, banishing, and hex breaking

  • Easy, concrete methods for protecting yourself in everyday situations

Emily Carlin has been a magickal practitioner for more than a decade. She is the Grey School of Wizardry's Dean of Dark Arts, specializing in defensive magick and creatures of the night, teaching magickal protection to people of all ages and skill levels. Emily also holds a BA in philosophy from Wellesley College and a JD from Seattle University School of Law, and is a member of the Washington State Bar. Carlin is a lifelong resident of Seattle, Washington.
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Daniele Serra is a professional illustrator. His work has been published in Europe, Australia and the United States, and displayed at various exhibits in U.S. and Europe. He has also worked for DC Comics, Image Comics, Weird Tales magazine, and other publications.
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