Judika Illes fell in love with the magical arts as a child and has been studying them ever since. An independent scholar, her interests include tarot and other forms of divination, astrology, spell-casting, witchcraft, amulets, traditional healing and spirituality, mythology, and folklore. Judika is the author of numerous books including The Encyclopedia of 5000 Spells, The Encyclopedia of Spirits, The Big Book of Practical Spells, and the Encyclopedia of Witchcraft. She has worked as a professional card reader and spiritual counselor for over two decades. She is the editor of the brand-new anthology of vintage esoteric fiction, The Weiser Book of the Fantastic and Forgotten.