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The Occult Digest Dec. 1925

Excerpt from Tom Brinkmann’s article on The Occult Digest from The Digest Enthusiast book seven:

The Occult Digest Stands for ‘ONE LAW – ONE LIFE – ONE TRUTH – Eternal Progress Through Successive Embodiments’” “The ‘Occult’ You Will Quickly ‘Digest’ – Read with Zeal – Studied With Zest” The Occult Digest’s first issue was dated January 1925 and stated on the contents page, “Volume 1 – No. 1 – Old Serial No. Vol. IV No.1 formerly ‘Psychic Power.’” There were ten issues of The Occult Digest published in 1925, all of which had interesting artwork on the covers and illustrations inside. The first issue was edited by Effa Danelson and the Managing Editor, Ross K. New, and, it had a cover illustration by Louise Huelster; the other covers were by Paul Lehman (1889–1945) who did six covers and S. Mahrea Cramer (1896–1991) who did three covers; they both did inside illustra- tions as well. The three by Cramer were beautiful illustrations, the best of the ten covers in my opinion.

The Occult Digest Dec. 1925 cover image from Galactic Central.

A regular contributor to TDE, Tom Brinkmann writes about unusual, off-the-beaten-path magazines, digests, and tabloids. His Bad Mags website was active from June 2004–July 2017. His books, Bad Mags Volume 1 (2008) and Volume 2 (2009) are available from secondary outlets, including amazon.com

Psychic Power

Psychic Power

Excerpts from Tom Brinkmann’s article on The Occult Digest from The Digest Enthusiast book seven:

Psychic Power: Evolutionary Immortality started its publication with volume 2, number 1, dated February 1923 and was published monthly through volume 3, number 12, December 1924.

An ad for the magazine in its own pages read: “Psychic Power is the largest Magazine of its kind on this continent or elsewhere. Newsy, up-to-date, and with a well informed staff of writers at its disposal. 5,ooo Copies Every Month For Sale at Book Stores and News Stands.”

A regular contributor to TDE, Tom Brinkmann writes about unusual, off-the-beaten-path magazines, digests, and tabloids. His Bad Mags website was active from June 2004–July 2017. His books, Bad Mags Volume 1 (2008) and Volume 2 (2009) are available from secondary outlets, including amazon.com

Effa Danelson’s Psychic Leader

Excerpt from Tom Brinkmann’s article on The Occult Digest from The Digest Enthusiast book seven:

Psychic Leader (July–December 1922) was the title of Effa Danelson’s first magazine and was essentially the first volume of what would eventually become The Occult Digest. Later, she would offer a bound volume of the Psychic Leader for sale in her subsequent publication, Psychic Power.

Tom Brinkmann writes about unusual, off-the-beaten-path magazines, digests, and tabloids. His Bad Mags website was active from June 2004–July 2017. His books, Bad Mags Volume 1 (2008) and Volume 2 (2009) are available from secondary outlets, including amazon.com

Journeys Through Space

Journeys Through Space: Experiences of Effa E. Danelson (1922)

Excerpt from Tom Brinkmann’s article on The Occult Digest from The Digest Enthusiast book seven:

Effa Danelson’s earliest published effort was a 3.75 x 5.75 inch, one-hundred-page booklet/pamphlet titled, Journeys Through Space: Experiences of Effa E. Danelson (1922). Ads for it appeared in all the Danelson publications, Psychic Leader, Psychic Power, and The Occult Digest.

Tom Brinkmann writes about unusual, off-the-beaten-path magazines, digests, and tabloids. His Bad Mags website was active from June 2004–July 2017. His books, Bad Mags Volume 1 (2008) and Volume 2 (2009) are available from secondary outlets, including amazon.com

Effa E. Danelson (1869–1939)

Effa Danelson

Excerpt from Tom Brinkmann’s article on The Occult Digest from The Digest Enthusiast book seven:

“While the history of The Occult Digest is interesting and complex, it is also the history of Effa E. Roddel who was born to James and Catherine Roddel in Warrens, Wisconsin on June 1, 1869; strangely enough, sharing her birth month and day with Marilyn Monroe who would be born on that day in 1926. Unlike Monroe, Danelson came from a large family with seven brothers and three sisters. She became Effa E. Danelson on June 19, 1905 when she married Gustav E. Danelson, originally from Varnamo, Sweden. That same year, Mrs. Danelson was getting messages from a ‘spirit teacher’ and had become a lecturer and spirit medium by the time she and her husband had made their home in St. Louis, Missouri.”

Tom Brinkmann writes about unusual, off-the-beaten-path magazines, digests, and tabloids. His Bad Mags website was active from June 2004–July 2017. His books, Bad Mags Volume 1 (2008) and Volume 2 (2009) are available from secondary outlets, including amazon.com

The Occult Digest

The Digest Enthusiast No. 7 pages 80–81Excerpt from Tom Brinkmann’s article on The Occult Digest from The Digest Enthusiast book seven:

The Occult Digest was an amazingly intense publication from 1920s Chicago that had two dynamic women editors who were also the publishers. The first, Effa E. Danelson, edited and published it from 1925–1939. The second, Marie Harlowe, edited and published it from late 1939 until it stopped publication in 1942.”

Tom Brinkmann writes about unusual, off-the-beaten-path magazines, digests, and tabloids. His Bad Mags website was active from June 2004–July 2017. His books, Bad Mags Volume 1 (2008) and Volume 2 (2009) are available from secondary outlets, including amazon.com