Artnoose has been self-publishing the letterpress zine Ker-bloom! every other month since the summer of 1996. She’s traveled around North America on DIY literary tours and spent a handful of years living in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, but more recently has been parenting a young child while running her letterpress printing company, Deep Ink Letterpress, near the train tracks in west Berkeley.
“Bigwigs & Pipkins,” FG4
Alexis Berger is an illustrator, painter, and Murano glass artist. Her work is inspired by art and design from the Belle Epoch period and forms found in the natural world, and often incorporates themes from folklore and myth. A Bay Area native and a Rhode Island School of Design graduate, Berger works out of a studio in Berkeley.
Illustration, “Mast,” FG2
Illustration, “On Skepticism,” FG4
Illustration, “Alice,” FG5
Illustration, "Nine Defenses Against the Basilisk," FG1102
F.J. Bergmann edits poetry for Mobius: The Journal of Social Change and imagines tragedies on or near exoplanets. She has competed at National Poetry Slam as a member of the Madison, Wisconsin, Urban Spoken Word team. Her work appears irregularly in Abyss & Apex, Analog, Asimov’s SF, and elsewhere in the alphabet. Her chapbook A Catalogue of the Further Suns won the 2017 Gold Line Press poetry contest and the 2018 SFPA Elgin Chapbook Award.
“Old Growth,” FG6
Dene Carter is the co-creator of the Fable and Dungeon Keeper videogame franchises and is a solo BAFTA nominee. His fascination with myths and magic can be seen in his large-scale works as well as his solo projects Spellrazor and Wardenclyffe. When not working, Dene can be found making unsettling electronic music while twirling an unfeasible waxed mustache.
“Pagan Truths in Moominland,” FG5
Alex CF is an illustrator, author, and sculptor living in Bristol. He is the creator of the novel Seek the Throat from Which We Sing. The book, CF’s first in a series based on his overarching mythology of the Orata, has been described by writer Gary Dalkin as “a pagan environmental animal epic.”
“Gods of the Downs,” FG4
Craig Conley is the author of the dictionaries Magic Words (Weiser Books) and One-Letter Words (HarperCollins), as well as A Field Guide to Identifying Unicorns By Sound, How to Believe in Your Elf, The Care and Feeding of a Spirit Board, and dozens of other titles.
“The Five Norths of the Left-Hand Path,” FG2
“How to Learn a New Magic Word from a Wishing Well,” FG4
“An Anagrammatical Ancestor Spell,” FG5
Lara C. Cory is a freelance writer based in the United Kingdom, specialising in music, film, and food with an interest in folk wisdom, magic, and the mysteries of wild seas and the natural world. The co-author of Animal Music: Sound & Song in the Natural World (Strange Attractor Press), Lara is also the editor of the interview website 15 Questions and enjoys weaving, singing, and writing short stories and plays.
“The Art of Magic,” FG6
Alan Cynic has recorded many albums of folk and psychedelia under the name Kitchen Cynics. He has played live with Tom Rapp and Damo Suzuki, and is in the folk / improv duo Barrett’s Dottled Beauty.
“The Wizard Laird,” FG6
“Kilgour’s Tale,” FG6
David V. D’Andrea is an artist and freelance illustrator based in Portland, Oregon, where he runs the charitable imprint Samaritan Press. His graphics for bands including OM, Sleep, and Godspeed You! Black Emperor have garnered international acclaim. His work is his spiritual path, and he travels the world in search of creative comrades and events.
Illustration, “Doing God a Favour,” FG6
Ivo Dominguez, Jr. has been active in Wicca and the pagan community since 1978. He is one of the Elders and founders of the Assembly of the Sacred Wheel. He is the author of Keys To Perception, Practical Astrology for Witches and Pagans, Casting Sacred Space, Spirit Speak, Beneath the Skins, and numerous shorter works. Ivo lives in Delaware in the woods of Seelie Court.
“Methods of the Skryer,” FG5
Sean Fitzgerald is an illustrator who lives in a remote area of the northwest of Ireland, a place with ancient forbidding mythology as well as foregone ritualistic ceremonies. His art investigates these and the darker elements from mythology, folk magic, and pre-Christian Ireland.
“Megalithic Donegal,” FG6
Folklore Tapes encompasses a diverse group of artists who are united by their exploration and interpretation of tales, heritage, and myths that previously have laid obscured by religion, the Industrial Revolution, and, more recently, our digital lives, to build a new record of lore and legend. The act of exploring our shared history as a process of self-identification has become an important ethos of the collective and projects emerge through spontaneous encounters with landscape and archive. They manifest their processes through film, sound, projection, installation, and performance.
“The Art of Magic,” FG6
Gerhard worked for twenty years as background artist, environmental designer, and cover colorist on the Cerebus graphic novel, hailed by The Comics Journal as “one of the most sprawling pieces of visual fiction ever created.” Since completing Cerebus in 2004, he has been exploring other creative endeavors including commissioned work.
Illustration, “Armchair Demonology,” FG1104
Illustration, “The Confederacy of the Green Door,” FG6
Matthew Glover is the artist behind Sin Eater Illustration. He lives deep in the heart of Herefordshire in the English countryside. Glover’s work reflects his fascination with animal forms and is produced by hand. Detached from the contemporary, the art of Sin Eater is a call into the echoing chasms of the past.
Cover and interior illustration, FG6
Ken Henson is a Curtis G. Lloyd Fellow of the Lloyd Library and Museum and the author and illustrator of Alchemy and Astral Projection: Ecstatic Trance in the Hermetic Tradition. In 2013, he restored Manly P. Hall and John Augustus Knapp’s historic 1929 tarot deck for the Philosophical Research Society. He is currently working on the republication of John Uri Lloyd’s classic occult novel Etidorhpa, also illustrated by Knapp.
“Where Art Meets the Occult,” FG1SE
Tom Hirons is a writer and storyteller based in Devon, England. He is also co-founder and ringmaster of Hedgespoken, a travelling off-grid storytelling theatre based on the back of a vintage lorry, in which he lives with his partner, Rima Staines, and their young son.
“The Lapwing Stars,” FG4
Jeff Hoke is the award-winning author and illustrator of The Museum of Lost Wonder (Weiser Books) and has designed environments for museums in the United States, the Czech Republic, India, and Japan.
“Landscapes of the Imagination,” FG3
Illustration, “Our Bogeys, Our Shelves,” FG1301
Mitch Horowitz is a PEN Award–winning historian who has written for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and Salon. The Washington Post says Horowitz “treats esoteric ideas and movements with an even-handed intellectual studiousness that is too often lost in today’s raised-voice discussions.” Horowitz is a Science of Mind columnist and the author of Occult America (Bantam) and One Simple Idea (Crown), a history of New Thought.
“Mind Power: A Manifesto,” FG3
Meredith Howe is a solitary witch, herbalist, poet, and occasional teacher who has devoted her life and work to lighting the paths between the worlds of plants, animals, and humankind. Her current studies include plant-based protection magic and the death traditions of the indigenous tribes of Northern California.
“The Mirror as Muse,” FG5
Nataša Ilinčić is an artist and illustrator living in Edinburgh, Scotland. Her work is inspired by mythology and the dark corners of history and folklore. In 2017 Ilinčić was shortlisted for the Folio Society Book Illustration Competition, and in 2018 for the World Illustration Awards.
“A Compendium of Witches,” FG6
William Kiesel is an independent scholar researching occultism and western esotericism in practical and historical contexts. He is particularly interested in esoteric symbol-systems and their use as manifested in alchemical, hermetic, and occult traditions. He is the founder of Ouroboros Press and the proprietor of Mortlake & Company.
“Beauty in Union, Genius in Solitude,” FG2SE
Virginia Lee is an illustrator of several children’s books, and recently illustrated a set of cards for The Enchanted Lenormand Oracle. She has sculpted for film as well as numerous of her own surreal characters. In her personal work, Virginia uses her own visual language to explore themes of transformation and connection to nature, creating realms where deep aspects of the psyche are embodied in folkloric characters and revealed in the mythic landscape.
Illustration, “Bigwigs & Pipkins,” FG4
Sylvia V. Linsteadt is a writer, animal tracker, textile artist, and naturalist. Her fiction and nonfiction explore the tenets of deep ecology and wild myth. She is the creatrix of Elk Lines, The Gray Fox Epistles, The Leveret Letters, and all projects associated with Wild Talewort.
Melissa Madara is a folk witch, poet, storyteller, and community programmer living in New York City. She is an owner at Catland Books, and focuses her work on making witchcraft accessible, inclusive, intersectional, and radical. She has been featured in exclusives with Refinery29, Teen Vogue, and Slutist, and also manages her own blog, Gemini & Moon.
“Gettin’ On Okay,” FG4
Grey Malkin is a folk/psych veteran formerly of The Hare and The Moon. Malkin has worked with Kitchen Cynics, Sourdeline, Timothy Renner (Stone Breath), and David Colohan (United Bible Studies).
“Kilgour’s Tale,” FG6
Kenneth MacKriell is a dad, veteran martial artist, archer, fletcher, teacher, railwayman, Classicist, and proud geek. His first novel is Hunting Party. He lives in East Sussex.
“England, My Lionheart,” FG4
Clint Marsh is the editor of Fiddler’s Green Peculiar Parish Magazine. His books include The Mentalist’s Handbook and (with Karima Cammell) The Troll Cookbook.
Caitlin Mattisson is an illustrator, artist and CCA(C) alum. Born in San Francisco, she currently lives and works in the Oakland hills with her German Shepherd, Trebuchet. Her work is influenced by women, animals, ancient symbolism, and magic. She works primarily for musicians and fashion projects that inspire her.
Illustration, “The Mirror as Muse,” FG5
Mink and Mann are an artistic duo operating in the San Francisco Bay Area, where they work to document and preserve the legacy of the Ladies of Happenstance.
“Anti-Nightmare Wallpaper (and the Ladies Behind It),” FG3
Johnny Decker Miller is a writer and illustrator inspired by folklore, comparative religion, magic, myth, and witchcraft. His writing and artwork have appeared in the occult journals Wyrd (Three Hands Press), Clavis (Ouroboros/Three Hands Press), and the anthology Pillars: The Scalding of Sapientia (Anathema Publishing). He has exhibited widely, creating public artworks for the Lollapalooza music festival and contributing to the set design of television series including The Exorcist. He lives in Chicago.
“Musings of an Urban Herb Hunter,” FG6
Muz Murray is the founder of Gandalf’s Garden, a mystical center and magazine in 1960s London. After later wandering all India as a sadhu, Muz returned to London to co-found the Open Centre. For the last half-century he has taught Mantra and Advaita Vedanta workshops in many countries around the world, earning him the honorific “the Indiana Jones of Yoga.” Muz is the author of five spiritual books and an esoteric fantasy.
“Doing God a Favour,” FG6
Ray Nelson is a science-fiction author and cartoonist who began his ongoing career in the 1940s. He published his first novel, The Ganymede Takeover, with Philip K. Dick in 1967, and his short story “8 O’Clock in the Morning” was made into the paranoid cult classic They Live, directed by John Carpenter. Nelson is also the inventor of the propeller beanie.
Martin Newell is an English pop musician, writer, and performer. He is also known by the name Cleaners from Venus. His most famous solo record is The Greatest Living Englishman. Having been poet-in-residence for one or other British national newspaper for nearly three decades he’s also Britain’s most published living poet. He lives in Essex, where he divides his time.
“Cutting Hedge,” FG5
“The Old Woods,” FG5
Kelly Patton is a freelance artist and musician living in the Pacific Northwest. Her personal work portrays magical folkloric creatures on missions to discover the secret mysteries of the world. In her free time she loves to hunt for antiques, visit tea shops, and spend time with her husband, daughter, and two cats.
Illustration, “Enchantment Dismantled,” FG1202
“Little Black Cat,” FG6
John Polselli is a poet in Henderson, Nevada.
“The Warlock’s Rubric,” FG2
Andrew M. Reichart is the author of the City of the Watcher trilogy. His other works include the novel Wallflower Assassin, the zine Weird Luck Tales, the webcomic Weird Luck (with Nick Walker and Mike Bennewitz), and its prequel novel Insurgent Otherworld. He lives in California with his wife and a couple of dogs.
“On Skepticism,” FG4
Reviewer, FG4, FG6
Timothy Renner makes strange illustrations, plays strange music, writes books about strange things, and co-hosts a podcast covering all manner of strangeness. His first book is called Beyond the Seventh Gate, his band is called Stone Breath, and the podcast is called Strange Familiars.
Cover illustration, FG3
Cover illustration, FG4
Illustration, “England, My Lionheart,” FG4
Illustration, “The Place of the Song-Dream,” FG1103
“The Witch Tree,” FG5
Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche was a meditation master, teacher, and artist. He founded the Naropa Institute in Boulder, Colorado, the Shambhala Training program, and an association of meditation centers known as Shambhala International. He is the author of several books including Shambhala: The Sacred Path of the Warrior and Cutting through Spiritual Materialism. Trungpa is credited with coining the term “crazy wisdom,” and his hedonistic approach to spirituality made him a controversial figure for much of his short life.
“On the Meaning of Life,” FG4
Adrienne Rozzi is an illustrator, printmaker, art historian, and hedge witch based in western Pennsylvania. She is the owner and creative force behind Poison Apple Printshop, a small one-woman printery showcasing the old-world nostalgia of Rozzi’s immersive illustrations. Through themes of historical witchcraft, alchemy, and folk magic, her artwork focuses on transcribing a wide range of arcane knowledge and preserving the mystic sacredness inherent in such understandings.
Illustration, “Gettin’ On Okay,” FG4
Illustration, “Methods of the Skryer,” FG5
Illustration, “The Art of Magic,” FG6
Daniel A. Schulke is an herbalist and writer on subjects of comparative religion, folklore, and ethnobotany. He is a founding publisher of Three Hands Press and is the author of Veneficium: Magic, Witchcraft, and the Poison Path.
“Where Wood Meets Flesh,” FG2
“Remembering Michael Howard,” FG3
Glyn Smyth is an illustrator, designer and printmaker from Ireland. His work is chiefly informed by interests within the fields of folklore, myth, and magick. His artwork has been featured in several books on illustration as well as on record covers and posters and in various art, music, and esoteric journals. He has exhibited and sold prints in the UK, Ireland, Europe, and the United States.
Cover illustration, FG5
Rima Staines is an artist living in Dartmoor, England. She is a founder, with her husband Tom Hirons, of Hedgespoken, a travelling off-grid storytelling theatre based on the back of a vintage lorry.
“Rise & Root,” FG1
Benjamin A. Vierling is a California-based painter and illustrator working in traditional media. His imagery has embellished publications by Three Hands Press, Ouroboros Press, and Red Wheel Weiser Books. He has exhibited at the 2011 and 2016 Esoteric Book Conferences, and lectured at the Gage Academy of Art in Seattle, where a Decennary Retrospective of his work was shown in 2014.
Illustration, “Where Wood Meets Flesh,” FG2
Anthony Walent is a writer living in Tucson, Arizona, and the publisher of the journal Communicating Vessels.
“Blindfolded & Straying,” FG3
Eldred Hieronymus Wormwood is a folklorist, antiquarian, folkwitch, and book collector living in London. He is the editor of The Skeptical Occultist, proprietor of Alkahest Press, and author of the book Wyrdwood: Essays Toward an Understanding of the Folkwitch. When not haunting the shelves of various bookshops and private libraries, he can be found digging among ruins for clues to mankind’s forgotten past. His is currently available from Alkahest Press at alkahest.press.
“The Confederacy of the Green Door,” FG6