Toil and Trouble: A Women's History of the Occult

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$19.99  $18.59
Quirk Books
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5.4 X 8.1 X 1.0 inches | 1.15 pounds

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About the Author
Lisa Kröger is the coauthor of the Bram Stoker and Locus Award winning Monster, She Wrote. She holds a PhD in English and her short fiction has appeared in Cemetery Dance magazine and Lost Highways: Dark Fictions from the Road (Crystal Lake Publishing, 2018). She cohosts the Know Fear podcast (

Melanie R. Anderson is the coauthor of the Bram Stoker and Locus Award winning Monster, She Wrote. She is an assistant professor of English at Delta State University in Cleveland, Mississippi. Her book Spectrality in the Novels of Toni Morrison (Tennessee Press, 2013) was a winner of the 2014 South Central MLA Book Prize. She cohosts the Know Fear podcast (
A The Mary Sue Book Club Pick

"A charming book full of fascinating historical figures."--BoingBoing

"A rich collection of short biographies of women and nonbinary people who were involved with an influence in the occult."--The Feminist Book Club

"A fascinating and at times infuriating look at the ways in which women have gained power through the occult, been persecuted by it, and forged relationships with one another through it."--GeekMom

"Anyone who has dabbled in the craft by way of #witchtok will deepen their knowledge immensely by reading this book. And with a final chapter titled "100% That Witch," you know you're going to learn a lot and have some fun."--BookPage

"Does an excellent job of exploring the cultural and racial differences concerning occult practices between women and nonbinary people"--Book Riot

"Reclaims and celebrates forgotten foremothers..enjoyable, re-readable references."--Horror DNA

"A fun and informative read for anyone with an interest in women's history, supernatural topics, or anyone who likes witchy romance and wants to go a little deeper into the world of witchy women."--Smart Bitches Trashy Books

"A thorough and efficient study of those who have come before."--Chapter 16