New Journal: Preternature

This had escaped me, but it seems that the Journal for the Academic Study of Magic has been discontinued and replaced by a new project: Preternature: Critical and Historical Studies on the Preternatural. It sounds promising. The new journal is housed at Pennsylvania State University, but like its predecessor it’s published from Oxford, UK.  They are currently accepting submissions and book review requests.

According to the website, the new journal is:

an interdisciplinary forum for the study of the preternatural as seen in magics, witchcraft, spiritualism, occultism, prophecy, monstrophy, demonology, and folklore. The journal embraces a broad and dynamic definition of the preternatural, since the very categories of magic, religion, and science are open and active registers that the journal strives to explore, contextualize, and challenge.

Preternature publishes scholarly articles, notes, and reviews covering all time periods and geographies, from a variety of historical, literary cultural, and the social scientific approaches. As an English language publication, the Western tradition is inevitably an important focus, but the journal also encourages submissions covering cultural traditions worldwide.

We are in the process of relaunching the journal. You have arrived at Preternature’s temporary journal site. While we transition to the journal’s new web presence, please feel encouraged to look through this site and contact the editors regarding potential submissions.

Submissions should be sent to:

Peter Dendle, Department of English, The Pennsylvania State University, Mont Alto,,
Kirsten C. Uszkalo, English and Digital Humanities, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign,
Richard Raiswell, Department of History, University of Prince Edward Island, Canada,


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  1. […] Dave Evans’ History of British Magick after Crowley is thus a welcome contribution, because it patches some of these substantial holes in current scholarship. The book is a slightly edited version of Evans’ Ph.D. dissertation in History, prepared at Bristol University under the supervision of the specialist of witchcraft and paganism, Ronald Hutton. No stranger to scholars of modern magic, Evans has previously published a short e-book on Aleister Crowley (Aleister Crowley and the 20th Century Synthesis of Magick, 2001) which has been recently released as a paperback by Hidden Publishing, and may be read as a prequel to the book under discussion here. Evans is also a founding editor of the Journal for the Academic Study of Magic, which was established in Bristol in 2002 and has acquired a wide readership since. (Note however that it has been disbanded since this review was first written, as mentioned previously on this blog). […]

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