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These are highly symbolic--often strange and grotesque--stories that take the form of initiation rites, or spiritual quests, or struggles between aspects of the psyche/soul.

Not all titles are pictured here. pb = paperback; hb = hardback

$10 minimum purchase, please. Cash only.

--The Quest of the Holy Grail. pb $4 [Lancelot, Galahad, mystic monks & seductive devils]

-- The Ramayana: Shortened Modern Prose Version...Suggested by Tamil Version of Kamban. pb $3 [Rama struggles with demons to retrieve his abducted wife]

Aidinoff, Elsie V. The Garden. paperback $4 [Feminist retelling of Eden story: the Serpent is your friend]

Amis, Kingsley. The Green Man. pb $4 [tale of horror about boozer tormented by malignant ghost of 17th c. black magician and sex deviant]

Balzac. Seraphita/Louis Lambert/The Exiles. hb $12 [3 novels by great French writer suffused with ideas/visions of Swedish mystic Swedenborg]

Bendixen, Alfred. (ed) Haunted Women: The Best Supernatural Tales by American Women Writers. paperback $4

Bloch. The Golem: Mystical Tales from the Ghetto of Prague. pb $4 [Medieval Jewish legend]

Buber. The Tales of Rabbi Nachman. pb $6 [famous philosopher's retelling of Hasidic parables]

Castaneda. The Teachings of Don Juan: a Yaqui Way of Knowledge. pb $4 [1st in famous series of books about shamanism, peyote, expanded consciousness]

Castaneda. The Second Ring of Power. pb $4 [struggle with sorceress--perhaps the weirdest of all C's books]

Chesterton. The Man Who Was Thursday. hb $10 [Christian allegorical spy story about doubt]

Eco. Foucault's Pendulum. pb $6 ($14.95 cover price) [labyrinthine search provides virtual encyclopedia of esoteric metaphysical tradition]

Fowles. The Magus. hb $15 ["Godgame" involving rationalistic egotist & mercurial trickster]

Gaiman. Fragile Things: Short Fictions and Wonders. pb $7 ($14.95 cover price)

Goethe. Faust. pb $4 [dissatisfied man makes pact with devil]

Haich. Initiation. pb $4 [autobiographical novel about past life as Egyptian priestess]

Hoffmann. The Golden Pot & Other Tales. pb $5 [title story draws on alchemical symbolism; horror story "The Sandman" influenced Freud's thinking about "the Uncanny"]

Jarry. Exploits and Opinions of Dr. Faustroll, Pataphysician. new, unread pb $9 [Surrealist parables about "laws governing exceptions...and the science of imaginary solutions"]

Kafka. The Penal Colony: Stories and Short Pieces. pb $5 [title-story is horrific meditation on sin and retribution]

Kazantzakis. The Last Temptation of Christ. pb $5 [controversial reimagining of Christ by winner of Nobel Prize for Literature]

Lowry. Under the Volcano. pb $8 [would-be black magician descends Kabbalistical Tree of Life into realm of demonic husks]

MacDonald. At the Back of the North Wind. pb $5 [meditation on origins of evil in the guise of fantasy for children]

Meyrink. The Golem. pb $6 [Kabbalistical and Jungian take on Jewish legend about rabbi's creation of servant-turned-monster]

Murakami. The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle. pb $5 ($15 cover price) [Postmodernist quest for wife & cat]

Powys. All or Nothing. pb $12 [hard to find weird fantasy about death by great Welsh earth-mystic]

Pullman. The Subtle Knife. pb $4 [mystic adventures in parallel universe]

Roberts. The Further Education of Oversoul Seven. 1st edition hb $6 [by author of the Seth books that record her channeling of "discarnate entity"]

Schwartz (editor). Gates to the City: A Treasury of Modern Jewish Tales . pb $6 [815-page compilation of mystical tales]

Singer. The Collected Stories. hb $8 [tales of imps and demons by winner of Nobel Prize for Literature]

Thoby-Marcelin. The Beast of Haitian Hills. pb $3 [man becomes object of Voudun curse]

Williams. The Greater Trumps. pb $6 ["theological thriller" based on Tarot symbolism]
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