Dr Leo Ruickbie, PhD, MA, BA (Hons), AKC (Associate of King’s College), has a PhD from King’s College, London, for his thesis on the sociology of modern witchcraft, building on his research into re-enchantment that won him an MA with distinction from Lancaster University. He is the author of several books on witchcraft, magic and the supernatural. His published articles, covering such subjects as theories of magic, the historical development of personalised conceptions of evil, folk beliefs in the external soul and the representation of angels in modern media, show his broad interest in the history and sociology of belief and anomalous phenomena. His work has been mentioned in the media fromThe Guardian to Radio Jamaica. He is also a member of several other professional and special interest groups and is on the committee of the Gesellschaft für Anomalistik (Society for Anomalistics). In 2014 he was appointed editor of theParanormal Review, the magazine of the Society for Psychical Research.
- Editor of the Paranormal Review, the magazine of the Society for Psychical Research
- Book Editor for the Römisch-Germanisches Zentralmuseum, Mainz, Germany
- Peer Reviewer for the Journal of Alternative Spiritualities and New Age Studies
- Book Reviewer for the Fortean Times and other publications
- Journalist for the Daily Express and other publications
- Committee Member of the Gesellschaft für Anomalistik
- Exhibition Curator, ‘La Sorcellerie en France’
- With Antje Bosselmann-Ruickbie, The Material Culture of Magic (in preparation)
- With Simon Bacon, Little Horrors: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Anomalous Children and the Construction of Monstrosity (Interdisciplinary Press, 2016)
Chapters in Books
- ‘Magical Bodies, Cursed Corpses and Medical Knowledge During the Witch Trials’, in Francesco Paolo de Ceglia (ed.), The Corpse of Evidence: Cadavers and Proofs in Early Modern European Forensic Medicine (in preparation).
- ‘I was a Teenage Werewolf: The Seventeenth Century Witchcraft Trial of Jean Grenier’, in Leo Ruickbie and Simon Bacon (eds),Little Horrors: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Anomalous Children and the Construction of Monstrosity (in preparation)
- ‘Bell Witch, The’, ‘Hunkeler, Ronald E.’ and ‘Taylor, Michael’, in Joseph Laycock (ed.),Spirit Possession Around the World: Possession, Communion, and Demon Expulsion across Cultures (Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger/ABC-CLIO, forthcoming).
- ‘Magic’ and ‘Spells’, in Patrick Hayes (ed.), Miracles Through History: An Encyclopedia of Supernatural and Divine Events (Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger/ABC-CLIO, forthcoming).
- ‘“Mysteries Wrapped in Enigmas”: Trithemius, Occultism and Cryptography’, in Angela Catalina Ghionea (ed.),Medicine, Alchemy, Science and the Occult in European Thought(Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, forthcoming)
- ‘Memento (Non)Mori: Memory, Discourse and Transmission during the Eighteenth Century Vampire Epidemic and After’, in Simon Bacon and Katarzyna Bronk (eds),Undead Memory: Vampires and Human Memory in Popular Culture (Bern: Peter Lang, 2014).
- ‘Evidence for the Undead: The Role of Medical Investigation in the Eighteenth Century Vampire Epidemic’, in James Doan and Barbara Brodman (eds),The Universal Vampire: Origins and Evolution of a Legend,vol. 1 (Lanham, MD: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press/Rowman & Littlefield, 2013)
- ‘“So Terrible a Force”: Spirit Communication in the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn’, in Christopher M. Moreman (ed.),The Spiritualist Movement: Speaking with the Dead in America and Around the World, vol. 3 (Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger/ABC-CLIO, 2013)
- ‘“Either Must Die at the Hand of the Other”: Religious Reactions to Harry Potter’, in Jennifer Sims (ed.),The Sociology of Harry Potter, (Cheshire, CT: Zossima, 2012)
Most Recent Articles
- ‘The Blood of Satan: The Exorcism of Michael Taylor’, Fortean Times, 313 (April 2014)
- ‘What Possessed Us? Forty Years After Its UK Release, Is The Exorcist Still the Scariest Movie of All Time?’,Fortean Times, 313 (April 2014)
- ‘Friday the 13th’, Daily Express (12 September 2013)
- ‘Britain’s Spookiest Places’, Daily Express (23 August 2013)
- ‘Child Witches: Imaginary Cannibalism and Ritual Abuse in London’, Paranthropology, 3.3 (July 2012)
- ‘Vampire Autopsies’, Fortean Times, 288 (Special, 2012)
- ‘Faith Factor: Hallowe’en Then and Now’, Sierra Sun (27 October 2011)
- European Society for the Study of Western Esotericism
- Gesellschaft für Anomalistik (Committee Member)
- Societas Magica
- Society for Psychical Research
- The Ghost Club