Religious Groups in Literature

34,420 citations from literature (mostly science fiction and fantasy) referring to real churches, religious groups, tribes, etc. [This database is for literary research only. It is not intended as a source of information about religion.]


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witch world -445 B.C.E. Vidal, Gore. Creation. New York: Random House (1981); pg. 300. "But whenever I was away from Susa, every Greek hanger-on at court converged upon my house and there was nothing that I could do about it, short of expelling Lais--not the sort of thing one does to a Thracian witch. " [There may be other refs., not in DB.]
witch world -110 B.C.E. Leiber, Fritz. "The Snow Women " in Swords and Deviltry in The Three of Swords. Garden City, NY: Nelson Doubleday (1973; c. 1970); pg. 34. Pg. 34: "'Aye, in the ways of pleasure. Did I tell you that she once became an acolyte of the Wizards of Azorkah?--so that she might be trained by them to become a concubine of the King of Kings and their spy in the court of Horborixen. Aye, and eluded those dread necromancers most cleverly when she had gained the erotic knowledge she desired.' "; Pg. 70: "The walls of the ice womb were closing in. There is a witchy cold that can follow you . . . " [May be other, minimal refs., not in DB.]
witch world -110 B.C.E. Leiber, Fritz. "The Unholy Grail " in Swords and Deviltry in The Three of Swords. Garden City, NY: Nelson Doubleday (1973; c. 1962); pg. 71. Pg. 71: "Three things warned the wizard's apprentice that something was wrong... The great magician . . . (There was something hysterical about the way Mouse insisted on that 'great,' for to the world Glavas Rho was but a hedge-wizard, no better than a Mingol necromancer with his second-sighted spotted dog or a conjurer beggar of Quarmall) . . the great magician and his dwelling were alike protected by strong enchantments no impious outsider could breach--not even (the heart of Mouse skipped a beat) the lord paramount of these forests, Duke Janarrl, who hated all magic, but white worse than black. " [Opening words of story. Many other refs., not in DB.]; Pg. 84: "The other nodded. 'And wizards can change landmarks and make forest paths turn on themselves, so that all searchers are befuddled.' "
witch world -110 B.C.E. Leiber, Fritz. "The Unholy Grail " in Swords and Deviltry in The Three of Swords. Garden City, NY: Nelson Doubleday (1973; c. 1962); pg. vii. [The story "The Unholy Grail " is on pages 71 to 94 in this omnibus volume. It's plot is briefly described on pg. vii, in the Contents section for the volume:] "The Unholy Grail A fictional discourse on the relations of a hedge wizard with acolytes of both sexes, joined with insights on the use of hate as engine, and containing the only true account of how Mouse became the Gray Mouser. "
witch world -109 B.C.E. Leiber, Fritz. "Ill Met in Lankhmar " in Swords and Deviltry in The Three of Swords. Garden City, NY: Nelson Doubleday (1973; c. 1970); pg. 101. Pg. 101: "'Right! When I was a pirate's ship-boy.'

'And I was a wizard's apprentice.'

...'Learn much magic from your wizard?'

Once more the Mouser threw back his head. He flared his nostrils and drew down the corners of his lips, preparing his mouth for boastful, mystifying speech. But once more he found himself twitching his nose and half grinning. What the deuce did this big fellow have that kept him from putting on his usual acts? 'Enough to tell me it's damned dangerous stuff. Though I still fool with it now and then.' "

Pg. 108: "'Ivrian's father was a duke. I slew him, by black magic, I believe, while he was having me done to death on a torture rack...' " [May be some other refs., not in DB.]

witch world -108 B.C.E. Leiber, Fritz. Swords Against Death in The Three of Swords. Garden City, NY: Nelson Doubleday (1973; c. 1970); pg. 161. Pg. 161: "'I told you. I told you. I told you,' but both Sheelba's wizardly hut and voice, if they were those, remained distant as the storms. "; Pg. 321: " that Fafhrd had always to listen patiently to Ningauble's wizardly admonishments and vaunting sorcerous chit-chat... "; Pg. 340: "He would peer at the Mouser more closely and at every person he knew. He would study even his own reflection! But most of all, he would stare Sheelba and Ning to their wizardly cores! " [Some other refs., not in DB.]
witch world -106 B.C.E. Leiber, Fritz. "Their Mistress, the Sea " in Swords in the Mist in The Three of Swords. Garden City, NY: Nelson Doubleday (1973; c. 1968); pg. 393. "They disputed as to who was the world's worst warlock: Fafhrd's Ningauble, or Mouser's Sheelba, or--barely conceivably--some other sorcerer. "
witch world -106 B.C.E. Leiber, Fritz. "When the Sea-King's Away " in Swords in the Mist in The Three of Swords. Garden City, NY: Nelson Doubleday (1973; c. 1960); pg. 395. "All around about, the Inner Sea lay calm as a lake of mercury in the cellar of a wizard's castle. No ripple came from the unbounded horizon to south, east and north... "
witch world -105 B.C.E. Leiber, Fritz. "Adept's Gambit " in Swords in the Mist in The Three of Swords. Garden City, NY: Nelson Doubleday (1973; c. 1947); pg. 427. "For a while Fafhrd stubbornly continued to suspect the Mouser, who was forever dabbling in black magic and carried a gray leather case of bizarre instruments picked from the pockets of wizards and recondite books looted from Chaldean libraries... Moreover, Fafhrd did not really believe in magic, least of all the Mouser's. " [Many other refs., not in DB.]
witch world 333 C.E. Drake, David. "Dragons' Teeth " in Dragon Tales (Isaac Asimov, ed.) New York: Ballantine (1982; c. 1977); pg. 36. "'Have they been disarmed?' the wizard questioned... 'It comes from the east where I get my silk,' Dama explained, speaking directly to the wizard. 'You just drop a bolt into the tall slot on top. That holds it while you pull back on the handle, cocking and firing it all in one motion.' " [More.]
witch world 500 C.E. McKillip, Patricia A. Harpist in the Wind. New York: Atheneum (1984; c. 1979); pg. 259. [Fantasy. Actual year unknown or immaterial.] Book jacket: "There was conflict everywhere, and unrest, stirred up by Morgon's battle with Ohm--the corrupt wizard--by the reappearance of other ancient wizards, and by the activities of the mysterious shape-changers. All of it was tied together somehow, Morgon knew... " [Refs. to wizards, magic, etc. throughout novel, not in DB.]
witch world 500 C.E. Shea, Michael. Nifft the Lean. New York: DAW Books (1982); pg. 21. Pg. 21: "'By the Crack,' he shouted, 'I'd give my life to work just one great feat more--one greater than any I've yet accomplished. My life! I swear it by the Wizard's Key!'

...Have you ever heard anyone but some Kairnish outlander swear by the Wizard's Key? ";

Pg. 26: "It's dumbfounding to consider that some one person actually possesses the Key of the Marmian Wizard's Manse--let alone that he might be standing before you... " [Other refs., not in DB.]

witch world 500 C.E. Shea, Michael. Nifft the Lean. New York: DAW Books (1982); pg. 102. "The swamp witch was no Vulvula. but it was worthwhile having her professional opinion as to what is the fastest thing that wizardry can call to the aid of man. "
witch world 1000 C.E. Baum, L. Frank. "The King's Head and the Purple Dragon " in Dragon Tales (Isaac Asimov, ed.) New York: Ballantine (1982); pg. 169. "A good many years ago the Magical Monarch of Mo became annoyed by the Purple Dragon, which came down from the mountains and ate up a patch of his best chocolate caramels just as they were getting ripe. " [Although described here as 'Magical', there are no apparent refs. to magic in the story, or to monarch being a witch/wizard/etc.]
witch world 1000 C.E. Bishop, Anne. Daughter of the Blood. New York: Penguin (1998); pg. 11. "witch -- a Blood female who wears Jewels but isn't one of the other hierarchical levels; also refers to any Jeweled female

Healer -- a witch who heals physical wounds and illnesses; equal in status to a Priestess or a Prince

Priestess -- a witch who cares for altars, Sanctuaries and Dark Altars; witnesses handfasts and marriages; performs offerings; equal in status to a Healer and a Prince

Black Widow -- a witch who heals the mind; weaves the tangled webs of dreams and visions; is trained in illusions and poisons

Queen -- a witch who rules the Blood; is considered to be the land's heart and the Blood's moral center; as such, she is the focal point of their society " [Extensive refs. throughout novel, not in DB.]

witch world 1000 C.E. Brust, Steven. Dragon. New York: Tor (1998) [Otherworldly fantasy. Actual year indeterminate/immaterial.] Book jacket: "As a human and an Easterner, Vlad Taltos has survived in the decadent, sinister city of Adrilankha by practicing the trade he knows best--killing people for a living. His skill as an assassin, and the timely intervention of his telepathic winged-lizard companion, Loiosh, have won him a relatively safe post in House Jhereg, running the rackets for a section of the great city.

But when a powerful Dragaeran Dragonlord commands him to track down an enchanted weapon of great power--before it has even been stolen--Vlad finds himself inexorably drawn to the last place he wants to be, a total war on an apocalyptic scale between two sorcerous armies, where he must play a crucial role without a clue as to what is expected of him. Only his cunning wit and well-earned distrust of all things magical stand between Vlad and a most unpleasant demise. " [Refs. throughout, not in DB.]

witch world 1000 C.E. Brust, Steven. Dragon. New York: Tor (1998); pg. 18. "He calls his home Castle Black, which is either pretentious to the point of being silly, or a just and reasonable statement of his power; take your pick. He was unusual--perhaps 'unique' would be a better word--in that he was a Dragaeran, and a Dragonlord no less, who studied Eastern witchcraft, which either showed that he did not share his compatriots' attitude toward humans, or showed that he was so contemptuous of us that he could offhandedly learn our secret arts; take your pick. "
witch world 1000 C.E. Brust, Steven. Dragon. New York: Tor (1998); pg. 52. Pg. 52: "...his books. Most of them seemed, predictably, to be either history or sorcery. There were some books about the East that aroused my interest, in particular one called Customs and Superstitions in the Eastern Mountains, and another called The Wars for Independence in the Mountain States, both published in the East... written by... Fekete Szuzi, which I knew to be a Fenarian name. I wasn't sure what I thought about Morrolan having such books. "; Pg. 59: "Sethra Lavode once gave me a brief history of battle-magic... The earliest practical spells were reconnaissance and illusion; both very powerful, but easily countered. Later there were means developed of creating mass destruction, and all sorts of effort went into protecting one's army. Defense eventually outstripped offense to the point where a soldier could usually consider himself safe from any direct sorcerous attack as long as he wasn't carrying too much metal. " [More]
witch world 1000 C.E. Cook, Dawn. First Truth. New York: Ace Books (2002) [Back cover] "Alissa doesn't believe in magic. Her father's stories about the Hold, a legendary fortress where human Keepers learn magic from the enigmatic Masters, are just that--stories. But her mother insists that Alissa has inherited her father's magical ability, and so she must go to the Hold--the only place her talents can be trained.

On her way, she crosses paths with Strell, a wandering musician from the plains. And though Alissa is not sure she can trust a plainsman, Strell has something Alissa needs--one of her father's old maps. Traveling together, they can reach the Hold before the snow sets in.

But they don't know that the Hold is nearly empty. The Keeper Bailic has sent the Masters on a fool's errant and systematically killed the other Keepers in his search for the First Truth, a book of magic that will give him ultimate power. And he believes that Alissa and Strell hold the secret of the book's hiding place . . . " [Extensive refs. throughout.]

witch world 1000 C.E. de Camp, L. Sprague. "Two Yards of Dragon " in Dragon Tales (Isaac Asimov, ed.) New York: Ballantine (1982; c. 1976); pg. 64. "'That filthy, treacherous he-witch! He gets me to sign that power of attorney; then, when he has my property in his grubby paws, he conveniently forgets about us. By the God and Goddess, if ever I catch him--' "
witch world 1000 C.E. Eddings, David & Leigh Eddings. Belgarath the Sorcerer. New York: Ballantine (1995) [Book jacket] "The age-old war was ended at last, and Destiny once again rolled on in its proper course.

Only a single person remained to tell of the near-forgotten times when Gods still walked the lands, giving comfort and counsel to their mortal children. Only one man alive could speak with certain knowledge of how the Dark God Torak stole the Orb of Aldur and broke the very world apart, consigning the Gods themselves to the hell of war, along with hapless humanity... That lone witness to history was known to all the world. He was called the Ancient One, the Old Wolf--Belgarath the Sorcerer. And he had been a part of that history from the beginning.

He who would come to be called the sorcerer was born in the tiny village of Gara, long before the epic struggle for the Orb ever began... " [Refs. throughout novel, not in DB. As the title indicates, the main character is a sorcerer.]

witch world 1000 C.E. Eddings, David & Leigh Eddings. Polgara the Sorceress. New York: Ballantine (1997) [Other-worldly fantasy. Actual year indeterminate and immaterial.] [As the title indicates, the main character is a sorceress. Refs. throughout.]
witch world 1000 C.E. Lee, Tanith. Red Unicorn. New York: Tor (1998; c. 1997) [Novel is an otherwordly fantasy. Actual year/place irrelevant.] Book jacket: "The young wanderer Tanaquil can mend anything that is broken--except her own heart. With her beloved engaged to another, she sadly returns home to her sorcerous mother. But life never stops for a broken heart. Soon, caught up in her mother's magic, Tanaquil and her mischievous familiar--a literal pet peeve--find themselves in a parallel world where she meets Tanakil, a mirror-image princess with murder on her mind.

Finally Tanith Lee returns to her epic fantasy of magical alternate worlds and the enchanting unicorns that travel between them. "

witch world 1000 C.E. Lee, Tanith. Red Unicorn. New York: Tor (1998; c. 1997); pg. 39. "Tanaquil braced herself. She knew he was going to speak about her mother. But at last he looked her directly in the eyes. He said, flatly, 'I understand your sorcery is in mending, madam. Well, you always could mend things beautifully.'...

'...Now I'm as much use as the cannon. The fortress is sorcerously guarded. If a friend approaches, up goes a pink firework. And a red one for an enemy. Then the demons get ready. Or so he says.' " [Many refs., not in DB.]

witch world 1000 C.E. Lucas, George & Chris Claremont. Shadow Moon. New York: Bantam (1995); pg. 4. [Fantasy novel] Pg. 4: "A year ago they'd been farmer's hands, and he a proper Nelwyn with improper dreams of becoming a sorcerer's apprentice. Now he was a wizard, true, and felt the power crackle within him at every beat of his heart. It was part of the fabric of his being, it reached through him and from him to everything he touched.

'Some power,' he muttered in asperity, 'some wizard, who can't even persuade a pig to pull a plow.' ";

Pg. 7: "'Sorcerers . . .' The dragon sighed, with a bemuse dismay that was altogether genuine. 'The power to shape worlds and not the slightest sense in some of 'em how to use it.'

'I've been learning!' Another protest.

'Parlor tricks. As you are more sensitive to the world, little magus, so is the world more sensitive to you...' " [Many other refs. throughout novel, other refs. not in DB.]

witch world 1000 C.E. Lucas, George & Chris Claremont. Shadow Moon. New York: Bantam (1995); pg. 9. "'A Magus--a true sorcerer, of true power--is driven to know all there is to know. From that quest comes power. There are Worlds Within and World Beyond, Willow. What you behold with your five physical senses is but one among a multitude.' "
witch world 1000 C.E. Norton, Andre. Scent of Magic. New York: Avon (1999; c. 1998) [Otherworldly fantasy. Actual time/place indeterminate or immaterial.] Back cover: "An orphaned child and captive scullery maid, young Willadene possesses an uncanny ability to sense and understand the magical odors that pervade her world. It is this remarkable talent--or curse--that carries her far from the fetid kitchen into an apprenticeship with a revered herbalist and ultimately to the highest circles of the Ducal court. But there is depravity lurking within the castle's walls, inspiring brazen treacheries and usurpations--and a fouled abduction as unthinkable as it is unexpected. Something horribly strange and forbidden has struck at the dawn of a new day of corruption and terror. And an innocent girl finds the heightened sense that has been her fortune is now drawing her down into a maelstrom of evil. " [Refs. throughout, not in DB.]
witch world 1000 C.E. Williams, Tad. To Green Angel Tower: Part 1. New York: DAW Books (1993); pg. 606. "'No, you demon! you witch!' "
witch world 1002 C.E. Eddings, David. The Ruby Knight. New York: Ballantine (1990); pg. 270. "'The witch probably sought me ought because she knew that I'd be susceptible.' "
witch world 1002 C.E. Lucas, George & Chris Claremont. Shadow Dawn. New York: Bantam (1997); pg. 34. Pg. 34: "The only way she could approach unseen would be to enshroud herself in a magical Cloak, a basic spell that made the mind ignore whatever its senses perceived. People might see her, smell her, even touch her... the silver-skinned Daikini Sacred Princess, a scullery maid, as good as forgotten the moment she passed by. It was one of the first bits of magic Thorn tried to teach her before realizing it was no use.

Right then, Elora thought, rising to the challenge, since spells are out, what's the alternative? ";

Pg. 182: "Here own fault, she knew. A sorcerer formidable enough to capture a soul as cantankerously independent as Ryn's would have set layers of trip wires to protect his handiwork. ";

Pg. 414: "...brought to life in part by the sacrifice of the twelve Maizani sorcerers who'd opened the Sandeni Gate. " [Many other refs., not in DB.]

witch world 1004 C.E. Lucas, George & Chris Claremont. Shadow Star. New York: Bantam (1999) [Book jacket:] "Elora Danaan has done the unthinkable. She has slain the dragons that were the embodiment of the soul of Creation. It was a desperate act--the only way to save the dragons from the Deceiver, who would have used them to rule the Realms. yet in Elora's possession are two last dragon eggs. To protect them, Elora spellbinds herself to her faithful companions Thorn Drumheller, the Nelwyn sorcerer and her sworn guardian, and Khory Bannefin, the long-dead woman warrior whose body is inhabited by a demon's offspring. It is a dire spell that ensures none of them will betray their cause . . . even at the cost of their lives. And if one of them dies, the magic of the eggs is lost forever. " [Fantasy novel: Many refs. to sorcerers, magic, etc. throughout novel, not in DB. Actual year/place indeterminate or immaterial.]
witch world 1200 C.E. Beagle, Peter S. The Innkeeper's Song. New York: Penguin Books (1993); pg. 35. [A fantasy novel. Year unknown.] "Live long enough with a magician, and you cannot help acquiring that sense, exactly as you'd feel just where a stranger's shoe pinched if you lived with a cobbler. It wasn't her own magic--she was no wizard, whatever else she was--but there was surely some sort of spell on her, though what it might be I could not say. I am no wizard either. " [Some ether refs., not in DB.]
witch world 1200 C.E. Hines, Jim. "Blade of the Bunny " in Writers of the Future: Volume XV (Algis Budrys, ed.). Los Angeles: Bridge Publications (1999); pg. 15. [Year estimated, but essentially irrelevant, as this is an otherworldly fantasy.] Pg. 14: "'You want me to steal from a wizard?' I started to rise. 'Sorry, I never steal from anyone who can turn me into a frog.' "; Pg. 15: "Steal a magic dagger and an unknown item from a wizard. There's a term for that sort of job. It's called a noose-walk, because it's the same as walking to the gallows... " [This is a traditional Tolkienesque fantasy, in which magic and wizards are reality. Many other refs. throughout story, not in DB. Also, characters' membership in the Guild of Thieves is significant (see pg. 10).]
witch world 1347 C.E. Tepper, Sheri S. Beauty. New York: Doubleday (1991); pg. 312. Pg. 312: "'...He had no trouble believing Galantha had been wickedly enchanted by a witch. He believed in witches. In those times, everyone believed in witches.' "; Pg. 323: "He talked with the archbishop, and formal charges of witchcraft are being considered. "
witch world 1500 C.E. Vance, Jack. "The Dragon Masters " in The Hugo Winners: Volumes One and Two. (Isaac Asimov, ed.) Garden City, NY: Nelson Doubleday (1971; story copyright 1962); pg. 283. [Year estimated.] "He climbed the stairs, investigated the sleeping-parlor, returned to the study. Unless magic were indeed involved, the sacerdote had provided himself a secret entrance. " [Other refs. to magic, not in DB. This appears to be a fantasy story.]
witch world 1800 Thatcher, Franklin. "By Other Windings " in Writers of the Future: Volume XV (Algis Budrys, ed.). Los Angeles: Bridge Publications (1999); pg. 239. [Year of story indeterminate.] "In a burst of flame, shower of dust, and clap of thunder, I stand, cold air rushing over me. My pebbled skin hisses and steams. I choke and vomit on the icy stone. The black and bloody detritus sets flame to mortar between the stones. Vaulted stone hangs above my head. At my feet, five points of light, each atop a peg of wax, burn my eyes, each peg atop the chalked point of a five-sided star...


...My captor--tormenter--stands... painted and leering, emerald eyes blazing in candlelight...

I roar and lash out, but my claws rend only the air, sparking and scraping against the boundaries of the circle... 'Mortal,' I say...

'Demon,' she answers. " [The story is about the demon main character who is conjured by a mortal witch. Many references to the witch/sorceress character and her magicks in story. Other refs. not in DB.]

witch world 1800 Thatcher, Franklin. "By Other Windings " in Writers of the Future: Volume XV (Algis Budrys, ed.). Los Angeles: Bridge Publications (1999); pg. 243-244. [A witch, Lo'Elenora, has conjured and controls a demon.] Pg. 243-244: "Floating in the air, I follow the emerald-eyed woman through the cobble streets. The ethereal thread tugs insistently... She is cloaked now in purple silk, gold and ruby...

Obey! The woman's thoughts blow through me like cold wind off the mountain face. Her emerald eyes hold me, draw me... I stare at the emerald-eyed witch, hiding my hate... ";

Pg. 252: "From my own eyes, I look across Elenora's hidden cellar. The five candles burn brightly, two tall and new, and wax just beginning to run. Elenora labors over a low table strewn with jars of dark liquid and bundles of dried herbs, the scraping of mortar and pestle following the movement of her shoulders. ";

Pg. 253: "Elenora sleeps... What do you dream of, witch? What are your unfulfilled desires? "

witch world 1887 Anthony, Piers. God of Tarot. New York: Berkley (1982; c. 1977); pg. 163. "...Aleister Crowley, said to be the wickedest man in the world, who created the Thoth Tarot deck under the name Master Therion. Crowley was a highly intelligent and literate man, the author of a number of thoughtful books, but he had strong passions, indulged in drugs like cocaine and heroin, practiced black magic (one episode left one man dead and Crowley in a mental hospital for several months; they had summoned Satan), and had homosexual tendencies that led him to degrade women. "
witch world 1900 Leiber, Fritz. Our Lady of Darkness. New York: Berkley Publishing Corp. (1977); pg. 98. "The Scottish Astronomer-Royal Piazzi Smith had discovered the history of the wold and its ominous future in the Grand Gallery of the Great Pyramid of Egypt. While in the law courts, Mary Baker Eddy and her chief female acolytes were hurling accusations of witchcraft and black magic at each other. "
witch world 1941 Turtledove, Harry. Worldwar: Tilting the Balance. New York: Del Rey (1995); pg. 129. "Then, after Mussorgsky, he thought of the Baba Yaga, the witch's hut that ran on chicken's legs. "
witch world 1952 Knight, Damon. "The Analogues " in The Best of Damon Knight. Garden City, NY: Nelson Doubleday (1976; c. 1952); pg. 49. "And the alcohol content of the whisky in his drink was twenty-four point five per cent.

But men still got drunk, and men still reached for a weapon to kill.

And incredibly, there were worse things that could happen. The cure was sometimes worse than the disease. We're witch doctors, he thought. We don't realize it yet, most of us, but that's what we are. " [A story about the dangers of alcohol.]

witch world 1957 Knight, Damon. "The Night of Lies " in Turning On. Garden City, NY: Doubleday (1966; c. 1957); pg. 101. "Down the long twisting streets the purple lights began to glow, like soft witchfires in the evening. They bathed the weathered false fronts with a magical radiance, filled the empty windows and the dusty silent rooms. "
witch world 1960 Simmons, Dan. Summer of Night. New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons (1991); pg. 229. "In 1455, when a number of that ancient family of sorcerers became pope, a great irony since his political rise had occurred due to the Dark Powers in this pre-Christian symbol, his first act was to commission the construction of a great bell. "
witch world 1964 Knight, Damon. "Maid to Measure " in Turning On. Garden City, NY: Doubleday (1966; c. 1964); pg. 107. "'Mother would have known what to do with you. She was a witch.'

The young man clucked his tongue disapprovingly, without looking up. 'Shouldn't talk about your old mother that way,' he said.

'She was a witch,' the girl said. 'She could turn herself into a wolf, or a tiger, or anything she liked.' "

witch world 1967 Panshin, Alexei. "The Destiny of Milton Gomrath " in Farewell To Yesterday's Tomorrow. New York: Berkley Publishing Corp. (1975; c. 1967); pg. 52. "'Well, what sort of world is it?' Milton asked. 'Is it like this?' he waved at the street and [garbage] truck.

'Oh, not at all,' the man said. 'It is a world of magic, dragons, knights, castles, and that sort of thing...' " [There are no witches in the story, but magic is mentioned. This story is only two pages long. Milton is a garbage man who was found in a strange wicker basket on the steps of an orphanage when he was a baby. He dreamed of being in a much better, more beautiful place. One day a Field Agent from Probability Central appears and explains that Milton is in the wrong place, and offers to take him to where he should be. Milton agrees to be taken to a magical, fantastic other world, where he is promptly put to work hauling manure in a wheelbarrow.]

witch world 1968 Gardner, Craig Shaw. Dragon Waking. New York: Ace Books (1995) [Book jacket.] "The people of Chestnut Circle know what it means to fight. The wizard brothers, Nunn and Obar, have brought them from their quiet suburban homes into a world of magnificent magic and devastating war... " [Many refs. throughout novel, not in DB.]
witch world 1970 Zelazny, Roger. Nine Princes of Amber in The Chronicles of Amber, vol. 1. Garden City, NY: Nelson Doubleday (c. 1970); pg. 106. "They had been so designed, at the command of Oberon, by the hand of the mad artist Dworkin Barimen, that wild-eyed hunchback who had been a sorcerer, priest, or psychiatrist--the stories conflicted on this point--that some distant Shadow where Dad had saved him from a disastrous fate he had brought upon himself. "
witch world 1973 Sagan, Carl. Cosmic Connection: An Extraterrestrial Perspective. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press (2000; c. 1973); pg. 77. "I receive a great deal of mail, all kinds of mail... and some from advocates of various arcane disciplines such as astrology, ESP, UFO-contact stories, the speculative fiction of von Danniken, witchcraft, palmistry, phrenology, tea-leaf reading, Tarot cards, the I-Ching, transcendental meditation, and the psychedelic drug experience. "
witch world 1975 Shea, Robert & Robert Anton Wilson. Illuminatus, Vol. III: Leviathan. New York: Dell (1975); pg. 12. "According to History of Magic, by Eliphas Levi, the Illuminati are black magicians... According to the Libertarian American, the Illuminati taught black magic and psycho-politics to Adoloph Hitler and J. Edgar Hoover. " [Many other refs., not in DB.]
witch world 1975 Shea, Robert & Robert Anton Wilson. Illuminatus, Vol. III: Leviathan. New York: Dell (1975); pg. 37. "'...going around the South Side preaching that the greatest of the White Magicians had just died recently in England and now the age of the Black Magicians was beginning...' "
witch world 1975 Shea, Robert & Robert Anton Wilson. Illuminatus, Vol. III: Leviathan. New York: Dell (1975); pg. 42. "...and Goddess only knows what karate or yoga or magic would be the response. "
witch world 1975 Shea, Robert & Robert Anton Wilson. Illuminatus, Vol. III: Leviathan. New York: Dell (1975); pg. 57. "Rhoda Chief, vocalist and apprentice witch, sampled some of her own Kool-Aid early in the evening. She wore... "
witch world 1979 Delany, Samuel R. "The Tale of Gorgik " in Return to Neveryon. Hanover, NH: Wesleyan University Press (1994; c. 1979); pg. 219. "Sometimes it was '. . . for all the Mad witch's warning . . .' which didn't fit the rhythm; sometimes it was '. . . for all Mad Olin's warning . . .' which did... "
witch world 1980 Zelazny, Roger. Changeling. New York: Ace (1980); pg. 112. Pg. 112: "'I hate them,' he said... 'Perhaps my father was an evil man--a black magician. I do not know. But I cannot learn of his death by violence and be unmoved...' "; Pg. 228: "'The figurines of the seven sorcerers I stole from your father. As you gained sections of that scepter, they grew in power until finally they were able to control me...' " [Other refs., not in DB.]
witch world 1983 Powers, Tim. The Anubis Gates. New York: Ace (1983) [Back cover] "An ancient Egyptian sorcerer whose powerful magic can change the history of the entire world! " [Refs. throughout novel, not in DB.]
witch world 1984 Claremont, Chris. New Mutants, Vol. 1, No. 20: "Badlands ". New York: Marvel Comics Group (Oct. 1984); pg. 3. Sam: "In that globe--ah can see Dani! "; Illyana: "It's a bridge, Sam, between this world and our own, so far, the magickal wards I placed around the operating room are keeping the bear at bay, but I don't know how long they'll last! "; Roberto: "The creature has Officer Corsi and Nurse Friedlander as its prisoners, Illyana--is there nothing you can do?! "; Illyana: "My sorcerous powers are limited back home, 'Berto--but this seems to be a mostly magickal realm. I'll try my best--! "; Rahne's thoughts: "No, 'Berto--tha's na' right! how dare we trust Illyana--when she's as much a demon as yon bear?! " [Other refs., not in DB, e.g., pg. 12-14.]
witch world 1984 Claremont, Chris. New Mutants, Vol. 1, No. 20: "Badlands ". New York: Marvel Comics Group (Oct. 1984); pg. 13. Sam: "You killed her!! Rahne had you pegged from the start, witch--Lord forgive me for not list'nin' to her! "
witch world 1986 Bear, Greg. The Serpent Mage. New York: Ace Books (1987; 1st ed. 1986); pg. 20. "Magic like that worked by the Sidhe was more difficult on Earth; humans could not work Sidhe magic. This much Michael had gleaned from his training in the Realm, Sidhedark. But were these facts or merely superstitions? Breeds--part human and part Sidhe--could work magic; the Crane Women and Eleuth had demonstrated that much. Clarkham, a Breed born on Earth, had nearly bested the Sidhe at their own game.

Michael himself had done things in the Realm that had no other name in his vocabulary but magic. He had even channeled the energies of a Song of Power to destroy Clarkham. " [More.]

witch world 1987 Zelazny, Roger. Sign of Chaos. New York: Arbor House (1987); pg. 6. "I--Merlin, son of Corwin--am a sorcerer, of a variety seldom encountered in the areas I have frequented in recent years. Lucas Raynard--also known as Prince Rinaldo of Kashfa--is himself a sorcerer, albeit of a style different than my own. And the Cat, who seemed somewhat sophisticated in these matters, could well have been correct in assessing our situation as the interior of a spell. " [Other refs., not in DB.]
witch world 1988 Anthony, Piers & Robert E. Margroff. Serpent's Silver. New York: Tor (1988); pg. 2. "He could even communicate with her while her spirit traveled, freed by the magic that had once been the secret of the golden dragons. " [Much about magic in this novel.]
witch world 1988 Anthony, Piers & Robert E. Margroff. Serpent's Silver. New York: Tor (1988); pg. 9. [Year indeterminate.] "The birds sang just as they did at home. There was no difference, so far, in anything. He found himself surprised, even though he knew this was the nature of the frame worlds. His grandfather Zatanas had tried instructing him on the nature of reality and what he called the magic art: worlds might differ, but not the fundamentals of nature and magic. " [Much about magic in this novel. Other refs. not in DB.]
witch world 1988 Anthony, Piers & Robert E. Margroff. Serpent's Silver. New York: Tor (1988); pg. 52. Pg. 52: "Melbah, pudgy and squat and so wrinkled of face that it resembled a badly cured animal pelt, looked up. Her rheumy eyes seemed to focus not on the board...

'Well?' Blastmore demanded... 'You concede?'

'Oh, King,' the witch inquired in her creaky, wispy voice, 'do you wish to win this game, or do you prefer for Melbah to demonstrate her strategy?' ";

Pg. 54: "'Good! Game pieces not needed here. Melbah can direct forces without.'

'I'm sure that you can, and have.' Poor Melbah must think chess an aid to magic warfare. Not that her magic was of the sympathetic kind. Or maybe it was. He had seen her cheeks puff out and a great wind arise. He had seen her eyes glow like coals before there was a fire. Perhaps if one understood it correctly, all magic used similar principles. " [More with this witch character, not in DB.]

witch world 1990 Rice, Anne. The Witching Hour. New York: Ballantine (1993; c. 1990); pg. -9. [Description of novel] "...Anne Rice makes real for us a great dynasty of witches--a family given to poetry and incest, to murder and philosophy, a family that over the ages is itself haunted by a powerful, dangerous, and seductive being. A hypnotic novel of witchcraft and the occult through four centuries... " [Refs. throughout novel, not in DB.]
witch world 1990 Rice, Anne. The Witching Hour. New York: Ballantine (1993; c. 1990); pg. 252. "'Then there is the house outside of London, and our largest house, and our most secret perhaps, in Rome. Of course the catholic Church doesn't like us. It doesn't understand us. It puts us with the devil, just as it did the witches, and the sorcerers, and the Knights Templar, but we have nothing to do with the devil. If the devil exists, he is no friend to us . . .' "
witch world 1994 Williams, Walter Jon. "Feeding Frenzy " in Wild Cards: Book II of a New Cycle: Marked Cards (George R. R. Martin, ed.) New York: Baen (1994); pg. 197. "Most were following Witchy, who had promised them that the Twisted Fists would help smuggle them to one of the Jokertown havens, Jerusalem or Guatemala or Saigon . . . "

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