Books: Mumble-Jumble

WITCHCRAFT — William Seabrook —Harcourt, Brace ($3).

Willie Seabrook is the Richard Halliburton of the occult. The Magic Island credulously expounded Haitian voodoo, introduced "zombi" into U. S. speech. Adventures in Arabia found Seabrook among the whirling dervishes, learning to become a trance mystic. Jungle Ways presented him studying magic on the Ivory Coast, photographing phallic monuments, eating human flesh ("like good, fully developed veal"). Asylum was a frank account of another weird region: a New York insane asylum where he was cured of dipsomania.

Last week Willie Seabrook, 54, announced: "I...

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