Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997)
Black Magic

Magic worked with evil intent; the term is virtually synonymous with Sorcery. The latter is the term more often used in fantasy, while the former is more frequent in occult fiction. Marjorie Bowen's ironic melodrama Black Magic (1909) is on the borderline between the two genres. BM stories might have become a subgenre when Dennis Wheatley achieved bestseller status with The Devil Rides Out (1935) and its sequels, but no one else made significant inroads into his marketplace niche. John Keir Cross's Best Black Magic Stories (anth 1960) was a belated afterthought. [BS]

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