This is a really good book if you are in to travel literature type stuff. The book covers a long trip to Haiti by Mr. Seabrook and his various adventures upon the island. In the first part of the book

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This is a really good book if you are in to travel literature type stuff. The book covers a long trip to Haiti by Mr. Seabrook and his various adventures upon the island. In the first part of the book Journalist and explorer William Seabrook — possessed a fascination with the occult that led him across the globe to study magic rituals, train as a witch doctor, and sample human flesh. The Magic Island. William Seabrook. Of Mr. Seabrook a much finer thing may be said — he has traveled deeply.

He relates his experiences with the voodoo priestess who initiated him into the religion's rituals, from soul transference to resurrection. In addition to twenty evocative line drawings by Alexander King, this edition features a new Foreword by cartoonist and graphic novelist Joe Ollmann, a new Introduction by George A.

Dort Dessiles who was a papaloi. The mamaloi in a scarlet robe. Bloodmaddened sexmaddened godmaddened. At the left of the altar were the Rada drums. And as she sang she was a daughter doomed to die. The Altar of Skulls. Croyance leading the nine dead men and women. A Blind Man Walking on Eggs.

A Nymph in Bronze. The Truth Is a Beautiful Thing. Face mat gold like a Byzantine polychrome. He had to whip her once or twice a year. From the Authors Notebook. Dead Men Working in the Cane Fields. Strange tales are told of Voodoo in the boudoir. No one dared to stop them for they were corpses. Antoine Simone president of the republic was active.

The Magic Island W. Foreword to the Edition. Part Four.


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In a travelogue was released that would, through the chain reaction it set off, have a profound effect on American popular culture and by extension the American collective consciousness. It was written by a fellow with a questionable resume of personal traits said to include alcoholism, occultism, sensory deprivation, and sadism, who would ultimately commit suicide by pill-overdose. His is not a household name, and is rarely spoken, yet it is through the continued fascinated invocation of another name altogether that we unknowingly evoke his legacy: Zombie! He was William Buehler Seabrook , a reporter and Lost Generation writer claiming the minor distinction of having written the first celebrity rehab tell-all and it was his book, The Magic Island , a sensationalized account of his voodoo-mad travels throughout Haiti, that first ushered our beloved un-dead bugaboo, the zombie, onto American shores. The result of which was an immediate pop-cultural embrace, bringing this new terror into our stable of more veteran ghouls like Dracula and Frankenstein without so much as a second interview.


William Buehler Seabrook February 22, — September 20, was an American occultist , explorer , traveler, cannibal , and journalist, born in Westminster, Maryland. He began his career as a reporter and City Editor of the Augusta Chronicle in Georgia and later became a partner in an advertising agency in Atlanta. Seabrook graduated from Mercersburg Academy. He then attended Roanoke College, received a masters from Newberry College, and studied philosophy at the University of Geneva, located in Switzerland.

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