Witchcraft-Magic: An Adventure in Demonology

Vincent Price

In 1969, Vincent Price released a spoken-word recording of lectures on witchcraft, magick, and demonology. While this double-album is probably hard to find for purchase, you can now listen to it online. Obviously there’s no guarantee that the material is accurate; still, listening to Price’s silky voice alone is worth the time.

Contents of the recording:

  1. Prologue – The Tale of Master Seth
  2. Hitler and Witchcraft – Witchcraft in History
  3. Women as Witches – Witch Burning
  4. Witch Tortures
  5. Witch Tortures (continued) – The World of Spirits and Demons
  6. Preparation for Magic – Instruments of Magic
  7. How to Invoke Spirits, Demons, Unseen Forces – The Magic Bloodstone
  8. The Witches’ Cauldron – How to Communicate with the Spirits
  9. How to Communicate with the Spirits (continued) – Gerald Yorke and Necromancy
  10. How to Make a Pact with the Devil – How to Become a Witch
  11. Curses, Spells, Charms
  12. Curses, Spells, Charms (continued) – Potions
  13. The Hand of Glory – The Witches’ Sabbat
  14. Witchcraft Today – Epilogue

Turner Classic Movies describes our star thus:

A cultured and debonair star with a mellifluous voice, actor Vincent Price developed a reputation for his menacing portrayals of campy villains in a number of horror films. Though he began his career on the British stage, Price made his name as a supporting character player in noirs like “Laura” (1944), “The Long Night” (1947) and “The Bribe” (1949) before becoming inextricably tied to horror, thanks to his turn as the vengeance seeking wax sculptor in the classic “House of Wax” (1953). From there, he solidified his standing with “The Mad Magician” (1954) before appearing in mainstream studio fare like “While the City Sleeps” (1956) and “The Ten Commandments” (1956). After earning cult status with “The Fly” (1958) and its sequel “Return of the Fly” (1959), Price began a collaboration with low-budget producer Roger Corman on a series of Edgar Allen Poe adaptations, including “House of Usher” (1960), “The Pit and the Pendulum” (1961), and “The Raven” (1963). He also played the arch villain Egghead on “Batman” (ABC, 1966-68). Price wound down his career in the next decades using his distinctive voice in a number of projects, most notably Tim Burton’s stop-motion short “Vincent” (1982) and Michael Jackson’s seminal music video, “Thriller” (1983). Price made his final film appearance in Burton’s fantastical “Edward Scissorhands” (1990), before succumbing to lung cancer in 1993 and leaving behind a legacy forever entwined with the horror genre.


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