Three Hands Press, the publishing arm of the Cultus Sabbatai have announced the upcoming publication of a new title, A.D. Mercer’s The Wicked Shall Decay. Their site states:
“Even after the practice of witch-hunting and persecution began to wane, malefic sorcery was greatly feared as a baneful and pernicious influence, particularly in rural areas during the 18th and 19th century. The arsenal of folk-magical armaments against such powers included charms, spells, rituals, sigils, and magical squares, as well as the use of magical herbs and words of power. Many such practices resembled in method and materiel the very evil they were meant to combat, embodying in themselves a savour of the sinister and demonic.
“Accessing a diverse array of historical and folkloric sources, A.D. Mercer’s The Wicked Shall Decay gathers a collection of obscure British folk-sorcery featuring curses, anti-witchcraft spells and hedges against malevolent power. Greatly treasured in their day for their efficacy, these rites document a widespread tradition of ‘dark folk magic’ prevalent in Britain. A recent interview with author-editor A.D. Mercer (https://threehandspress.com/elements-british-folk-magic/?mc_cid=00aa49fb24&mc_eid=[UNIQID]) sheds additional light on the origin and purpose of some of these these rustic spells and charms. The book is part of Three Hands Press’ ever-expanding catalogue of historical magical texts, of value to the research of both scholar and esoteric practitioner alike.
“The Wicked Shall Decay is 168 pages, printed offset litho in red and black inks on heavy stock, with 31 woodcut illustrations throughout. It is available in trade paper, standard hardcover in gilt carmine cloth with two-colour embossed wraps, and a deluxe edition fine binding in full earthen leather with marbled endpapers and slipcase, limited to 44 copies in total.
“Standard hardcover and trade paper copies are now in stock and shipping worldwide. The deluxe edition is available for pre-order, limit one copy per customer. Order at:”