Maple, Eric (William) (1915– )
British author on witchcraft, demonology, the supernatural,
and folklore. In addition to his books on such subjects, he
also lectured widely and in the late 1960s was a consultant on
the publication Man, Myth, and Magic (1967–70). He gave special
attention to the role of the so-called ‘‘white witch’’ in the
history of witchcraft persecutions and also showed the interrelationship
of witchcraft with ghost lore, Spiritism, and the cult
of the dead. Maple wrote ‘‘Magic is a common bond uniting all
races and creeds and therefore, possibly, the most democratic
principle in the world.’’
Sources
Maple, Eric. The Dark World of Witches. London R. Hale,
1962.
———. Deadly Magic. Wellingborough, England Thursons,
1976.
———. The Domain of Devils. London R. Hale, 1966.
———. Incantations and Words of Power. Wellingborough,
England Aquarian Press, 1974.
Encyclopedia of Occultism & Parapsychology • 5th Ed. Maple, Eric (William)
977
———. Magic, Medicine, and Quakery. London R. Hale,
1968.
———. The Realm of Ghosts. New York A.S. Barnes, 1964.
———. Superstition and the Superstitious. London and New
York W.H. Allen, 1971.
———. Witchcraft The Story of Man’s Quest for Psychic Power.
London Octopus Books, 1973.

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