- Ausubel, Nathan, ed.
A Treasury of Jewish Folklore
- Covers all genres. Anecdotes and short stories. Interesting
stories include "The Downfall of King Solomon", a section of demon tales,
the classic golem story, a possession story, and a dybbuk tale.
- Meyrink, Gustav
Der Golem (The Golem)
by E.F. Bleiner. ISBN 0-486-25025-3
- Meyrink, an early-20th century
gothic-horror writer with a deep interest in the occult, wrote this
story between 1906 and 1913, and set it in then-contemporary Prague.
However, it's not really about the Golem, who appears "in person" only
twice and is really more symbolic of the main character's mental state.
The first half of the book is very engaging, and involves a variety
of of characters in the Jewish ghetto, a murder, and a man without a
past. Unfortunately, the plot as set up is all but abandoned halfway
through, which is a pity since the introduction indicated that Meyrink's
original notes indicated a more engaging follow-through with more involvement
on the part of the Golem. My suggestion: enjoy the first half, and make
up your own ending.
- Neugroschel, Joachim, ed.
Great Tales of Jewish Occult and Fantasy
- Other versions of the golem and dybbuk tales, a
weird messianic tale, "The Rabbi Who Was Turned Into a Werewolf", and
lots of others.
- Nigal, Gedalyah
Magic, Mysticism, and Hasidism
Aronson Press, © 1994. ISBN 1-56821-033-7
- All the things Scholem
only alludes to in "Kabbalah" by referring you to rare manuscripts you'll
never have access to, such as exactly how people used to exorcise demons,
Nigal covers. This is because his focus is on storytelling and the popular
history of the Kabbalah. Not only does he discuss Ba'alei Shem Tov and
how they went about their business, he relates all sorts of nifty stories
- Rogasky, Barbara
Holiday House, New York © 1996. ISBN 0-8234-0964-3
the book seems to be aimed at a young-adult readership, this is a well-told,
gritty novella which retells many of the core tales regarding Rabbi
Loew and Yosele Golem. The illustrations by Trina Hyman are really superb.
- Schwartz, Howard
Lilith's Cave: Jewish Tales of the Supernatural
- After a concise and informative introduction about
the Jewish views on the supernatural and demons, the reader is given
fifty short, creepy tales from around the world and throughout time,
all nicely retold. Sources and commentary are included for each story
in the endnotes. A good, entertaining resource.
- Singer, Isaac Bashevis
© 1982.) ISBN 0-374-42746-1
- Originally published in the Jewish Daily
Forward in 1966, this version seems primarily aimed at young readers.
Personally I would have preferred Singer's usual tone of creepiness,
moral dilemmas, depravity, and lurking evil (such as in "Gimpel the
Fool" or "Satan in Goray"). Two things about this version bothered me,
and seemed more obviously aimed to satisfy children: first, the Golem
speaks, in a sort of "Me Tarzan" way; and second, there's a sort of
gratuitous, brief "romance" between the Golem and a girl at the end
of the book, which, as I would expect with Singer, does not end happily.
- Singer, Isaac Bashevis
Satan in Goray
© 1996 edition.) ISBN 0-374-52479-3
- Originally published in Yiddish
in 1935, Warsaw. Singer's first novel is tight, unsettling tale set
in 1666 in Goray, a Jewish town struggling to return to life after devestating
pogroms which left the place abandoned for years. Part moral tale, part
psychological study, part supernatural, it concerns the mania surrounding
the rise of the heretical pseudo-messiah Shebbatai Zevi (an actual person),
and the conflict which divides Goray into believers and non-believers,
traditionalists and mystics, pious and demonic. Engaging, evocative.
- See Also: "The Testament of Solomon" and Rabbinic Fantasies: Imaginative
Narratives From Classical Hebrew Literature, in the Original