Book Launch: 'Embracing The Darkness: A Cultural History of Witchcraft' by John Callow

John Callow is of Manx descent and is a writer, screenwriter, and historian, specialising in Seventeenth Century politics and popular culture. He is the author of a number of books and has appeared in numerous television programmes. On November 4th he will be launching his new book : Embracing the Darkness - A Cultural History of Witchcraft (IB Tauris). The event will take place at the Museum of Witchcraft & Magic in the Cornish fishing port of Boscastle (Cornish: Kastel Boterel). 

Dr John Callow will start the evening with a half-hour talk on the image of the witch, who haunts our history, our films and literature, and our spiritual imaginations. His talk will share highlights and personal insights he gained in the course of a decade of preparation that went into formulating his ideas for the book. The evening starts at 7pm, with the talk at 7.30 and the opportunity, afterwards to have copies of the new book signed, to view the Museum and see some of artefacts and images discussed in the book.

More information is available on the Museum of Witchcraft and Magic website. There will be a reduced ticket price of £4 per person (locals go free!), and wine and nibbles will be available upon entry.  Please send an email to to let them know you are coming.


John Callow visiting the grave of an ancestor at the Manx Quaker Burial Ground at Ballafayle in Maughold, Isle of Man (Manx: Mannin)

Cover of the book: Embracing the Darkness - A Cultural History of Witchcraft (IB Tauris)

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