J. Tondriau & R. Villeneuve – A Dictionary of Devils & Demons (Tom Stacey, 1972; originally Editions Gerard & Co, Belgium, 1968)
Roland Villeneuve - Introduction The Dictionary: Demons, diabolical practices, heretical sects, infamous places and notorious characters connected with demonology, trials, tortures and executions. Bibliography
A beautifully illustrated guide to the denizens of Hell, from Abaddon to Zulu's and all points evil in between, am almost certain it was the first non-football or rock music book I felt compelled to scribble down notes from. Introduced me to paintings by Goya, Bosch, Bruegel (in the latter case, maybe Black Sabbaf got there first), and all this compelling dark imagery. Books were now on the agenda.
The Dictionary was lent me by best friend at school, along with a Michael Walsh (I just checked) paperback, How to Undo a Maiden, as we'd recently arrived at conclusion that maybe there was something to be said for this hanging around with girls thing after all.
Dedicated to the ghosts ....
From the first, I set myself against "literature"; the story was the thing, and no amount of style could persuade me to select a story that lacked genuine, unadulterated horror. For those who wanted something high-brow there was plenty.