About The Author

Dr. Leo Martello has an extensive and varied background as a professional handwriting analyst, lecturer, writer, occultist, hypnotist and civil rights activist. Despite the fact that he was born into a family of strege he became an ordained minister and then resigned to devote himself to his researches into philosophy, psychology, parapsychology and the Old Religion.

As both a theorist and activist Dr. Martello's views have often been controversial. He is Founder of the Witches International Craft Associates (WICA) and the Witches Liberation Movement, Editor of The Wica Newsletter and Witchcraft Digest: The Voice of the Old Religion. On October 31, 1971 he sponsored the first Halloween Witch-In in New York's Central Park. At first refused a permit by the City Parks Administration he took his case to the New York Civil Liberties Union, and threatened to file suit for discrimination against a minority religion, backed by the ACLU. He got the Permit and won the first legal civil rights victory for witches in history. A documentary movie of the Witch-In was filmed and shown by Global Village, New York City. It was also later re-broadcast on National Educational Television.

Dr. Martello is known as "The Guru of American Graphology" and has lectured extensively on the subject besides appearing on many radio-TV shows such as David Susskind, Play Your Hunch, Mike Douglas, Allan Burke, Barry Farber, Helluva Town, etc. He has been a member of the Author's League of America, International Platform Association and the American Graphological Society (and past Treasurer). He once directed the American Hypnotism Academy, graphological consultant to the Unifonic Corp. of America and the Associated Special Investigators International, has edited the Journal of Social Psychology and his writings have been published over 300 magazines in both the U.S. and abroad. He's listed in Who's Who In The Psychic World.

Among Dr. Martello's published books are the following: How To Prevent Psychic Blackmail: The Philosophy of Psychoselfism; It's In The Cards; It's In The Stars; Your Pen Personality; Scriptips; The Weird Ways of Witchcraft; The Hidden World of Hypnotism; Curses In Verses: Spelltime In Rhyme, Black Magic, Satanism & Voodoo, etc. He has also been written up in many books and disguised as a fiction character in three novels.

The Wica Newsletter, Witchcraft Digest and Curses In Verses are all available from Hero Press. For information send a self-addressed stamped envelope to Dr. Leo Martello, c/o HERO PRESS, Suite 1B, 153 West 80th St., New York, N.Y. 10024.

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