Here’s the dope. Denise Alvarado is a true hoodoo mamba home girl who burned hi-octane conjure in New Orleans where she grew up, and on visits to relatives on the Mississippi bayous, where she was formally introduced to the Voodoo/hoodoo path. Called by the spirits and taught conjuration by family members, she was working the goofer from five years old. That’s some serious heat. Denise is no pretender. She’s for real. She fixes the formulas, raises the spirits, calculates the mathematics, and works wonders at the old dirt track crossroads. 

Crucially, she’s also an academic. What this means is that she personifies the Law of Balance. She combines left-brain, logical thinking with right-brain, creative thinking (unsurprisingly, she’s also a great artist). In other words, Denise tempers her magic with good sense and critical thinking—not something you see often in the world of spirituality and the occult. 

 This healthy duality shines through in The Voodoo Hoodoo Spellbook. The book is not only written in a lively compelling style, but its reliability—in terms of exacting research—is simply not found elsewhere. Denise cites all her sources and covers just about everything you could ever want to know about Voodoo, Santería, hoodoo, the saints and psalms, the cult of Black Hawk, and more.

Plus, Denise spills the beans on the mechanics of working conjuration. She shows you how to create your own magical oils, formulas, floor washes, and pow¬ders. You’ll learn everything from how to make African Juju Oil and Boss Fix Oil (a very handy formulation!) to fixing up Amor Oil and Four Thieve Vinegar. She lists all the spells you are ever likely to need in life—from love and money spells to courtwork and protection spells. 

Anyone who has read my writings will know that I’m Voodoo’s wild card—a mix of the Joker (trickster) and the Ace of Spades. I ride the hoodoo highway down to the crossroads to pump out the groove with the Graveyard Snake and Ole Satan. 

But you can guarantee that whereever it is I’m heading—whatever it is I’m doing—I’ve got a copy of Denise’s The Voodoo Hoodoo Spellbook on hand. On every level, this book is worth its weight in gold—and some! 

 —Doktor Snake

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