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1Dario_de_Giacomo
Sep 2, 2011, 7:07am

my searches have as object the occultism and the magic in the stories; now I would want to widen this study to the non western world.
can I ask you a list of authors that has written stories of magic and occultism?
and even some extract of story in western language, if someone of it has you of available (pdf or word)?
Many thanks

2Spoonbridge
Edited: Oct 7, 2011, 9:40am

There is the work of Lafcadio Hearn, specifically "In Ghostly Japan" and "Kwaidan." While a Westerner (Irish/Greek), he became very interested in Japan, especially Japanese foklore, and became a Japanese citizen in the 1890s. His work on Japanese ghost stories and folklore (including occult beliefs) is still highly regarded in Japan when it has been largely forgotten in the US and the UK. As they are in the public domain, you can find Hearn's work at Project Gutenberg and Google Books. There is also the short stories and poetry of the Bengali author Rabindranath Tagore which often included mystical themes, especially his ghost story, "The Hungry Stone" (which also can be read online). Hope this helps!

3PhilOPosia
Edited: Nov 9, 2011, 3:22pm

Here are a few to consider:

Japan:

The collections of ghost stories by Izumi Kyoka.

Ryunosuke Akutagawa's story, "The Hell Screen".

The two volumes of Uncanny Tales from Japan.

From the Middle East, The Blind Owl and the tales of The Thousand Nights and a Night.

Of course, there are the "oriental" novels of western authors involving magic and occultism: The Arabian Nightmare and Vathek are two that come to mind ... Sax Rohmer's novels of Fu Manchu, etc.

Hanns Heinz Ewers, particularly in the collection called "Blood", has several tales of Vodoun - or Voodoo - and African diabolism.

There are interesting works of non-fiction on the topic as well: Idries Shah's Oriental Magic, M.P. Dare's The Indian Underworld, Edward Westermarck's Ritual and Belief in Morocco, Adventures in Arabia, among the Bedouins, Druses, Whirling Dervishes and Yezidee Devil-worshippers, (by William Seabrook, an American associate of Aleister Crowley), there at least two works available in English on the Djinn.