Call of the Horned Piper by Nigel Jackson is a book that I have a love-hate relationship with. On one hand the book is fascinating, full of information that at the time of it’s publication wasn’t widely available. However, the book is in desperate need of an editor as one isn’t credited in the book. The book is full of run-on sentences, random capitalizations, and random spacings in the middle of words. Despite being poorly written, alternating between chunks of information that seem more like compiled research notes juxtapose melodramatic imagery and word choices, this out-of-print book’s information is still amazing. In fact, despite all its flaws, this remains one of my prized books in my library.
The book was written in 1994, and if it wasn’t Jackson’s first book, it was definitely one of his earlier ones. The book is somewhat of a prequel to his book Masks of Misrule, which is a much better written book. The book covers fascinating topics related to Traditional Witchcraft such as ancestral faery teachings, spirit lines, spirit flight, the world tree, the witches’ mark, familiar spirits and much more. The book has a strong focus on the Witches’ Sabbath, the Wild Hunt in its’ various guises and and the forms that the Witch Father and Witch Queen have taken throughout different European cultural myths to lead both.