Three Hands Press, 2012. Paperback, 66 pages. New.
The Leaper Between is a historical study of the Toad-Bone Amulet by the late scholar and founder of the Cultus Sabbati, Andrew D. Chumbley (1967-2004). Known to rural folk magicians and secret societies such as the Society of the Horseman’s Word, the ritual of killing a toad to obtain a bone of power has been documented in various forms and cultures for two millennia. In this dense, scholarly study, Chumbley documents the history of this secretive practice, from its origins as a talisman for controlling animals to its later manifestation as a conduit for diabolic power and the secrets of the ‘Toad Witch’. Drawing on a wide variety of historical, folkloric and textual traditions, this fascinating work will be of great interest to scholars of popular magic and religion, and to practitioners of traditional Craft.