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by John A. Keel

Trade Paperback, 310 Pages, 8 Illustrations

$19.95, ISBN: 1933665734

Genre(s): Cryptozoology Fortean

The first book by the author of The Mothman Prophecies. This new edition contains material never before published.

Someone, we know not who, once called Jadoo "the greatest book ever written on the black magic of the Orient." But we do know that there will never again be another book like it. Jadoo, a Hindi word meaning "Black Magic," captures a world that is now lost to us—the strange, dark, mysterious world that was once called the "Orient." This story of a real-life Indiana Jones of the 1950s named John Keel contains everything but a trip to Venus in a flying saucer--a subject our newsman/explorer would become famous for a decade later. In Egypt, the fearless Keel was cursed by a mummy and befriended members of a strange snake-charming cult. In Iraq, he played Russian roulette with a notorious desert bandit and lived among the Yezidi devil-worshippers. Later, in India, he was buried alive and discovered the secret of the Indian rope trick, which he then performed for incredulous reporters in New Delhi. And in a riveting finale, he chased the Abominable Snowman through the little known Himalayan kingdom of Sikkim before being unceremoniously booted out of Singapore for being "an undesirable alien."

About the Author:

Born on March 25, 1930, in Hornell, New York, John A. Keel was keenly interested in magic and writing from an early age. After serving in the U.S. Army during the Korean War on the staff of the American Forces Network in Frankfurt, Germany, he worked as a foreign radio correspondent in Paris, Berlin, Rome, and Egypt. Then, in 1954, he gave up his day job and set off on a life of travel and adventure, attempting to support himself with his writing. The travels and encounters he relates in this book, which ranged from Egypt to Singapore, cover about one year. Using articles he had written for the men’s magazines, Keel strung together a manuscript, which he originally entitled Pattern for Adventure, while living in Barcelona. The book appeared as Jadoo from a New York publisher in 1957, and he promoted it by performing a snake-charming act in a pet store window in New York City. Keel kept on writing for newspapers and magazines, as well as radio and television outlets, and ended up publishing a dozen books in his lifetime. He popularized the term “Men In Black” and coined the term “ultraterrestrials” to describe UFO occupants. Keel’s best known work is The Mothman Prophecies, an account of his investigation into sightings in West Virginia of a huge, winged creature called the Mothman that culminates with the collapse of the Silver Bridge across the Ohio River in 1967. The film based on this book and starring Richard Gere was released in 2002. Keel died on July 3, 2009.

Here is the Jadoo song written to promote the original publication of the book!

If you're a big fan of Jadoo, be sure to check out these two articles from the John Keel site run by Doug Skinner:

Bosoms, Blood, & Baloney


Alex Jackinson, the Agent Who Sold “Jadoo”





Preface to the New Edition of Jadoo

Introduction: Impossible?

Chapter 1: City of Snakes

Chapter 2: A Dreamer with Insomnia

Chapter 3: Wizard of Cairo

Chapter 4: The Mummy Dealer of the Musk

Chapter 5: Ingrid

Chapter 6: Broke in Baghdad

Chapter 7: Invitation from the Devi

Chapter 8: Hellship to Bombay

Chapter 9: The Snake Pit

Chapter 10: That Rope Trick

Chapter 11: Buried Alive

Chapter 12: From Calcutta to Shangri-La

Chapter 13: The Man on Everest

Chapter 14: On the Track of the Abominable Snowman

Chapter 15: Mystery on the Roof of the World

Chapter 16: Stay Out of Singapore

Photo Gallery

Appendix A: A Review of Jadoo

Appendix B: Travel Notes

Appendix C: Beyond Timbuctu

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What they're saying:

"One of the most traveled and imaginative raconteurs since Baron Munchausen." — San Francisco Examiner

"Here is a fireside adventure with a chill in it.” — Buffalo Evening News

“A fabulous tour of Egypt, the Middle East, India, and Tibet." — Hartford Times

"In Egypt, where the cult of the snake is serpentine, [John Keel] found catchers, swallowers, eaters, lovers, charmers of that reptile; he is squashed by a camel and threatened by a mummy maker whose commodities are putrescently fresh. In Bagdad, he plays Russian Roulette with a modern Ali Baba and visits, illegally, a tribe of Devil worshipers. He learns the secret of X-ray eyes, bearded cobras, human pincushions, water-walking, and living burials as he travels dangerously by ship, on foot, in car, on camel, often in the company of inscrutables...a combination of cliff hanging experiences with serious probing for the bizarre, the secretive, and the enigmatic." —Kirkus

" of the funniest and most fascinating travel books ever written." — Louis Proud, Mysterious Universe

"If you want to learn about what the man who made Mothman famous (and who, in turn, was made famous by it) was doing long before Point Pleasant, West Virginia dragged him, magnet-like, into its creepy confines, then buy and read Jadoo. Yes, Jadoo is a book that is saturated by tale after tale of the paranormal. But, it’s also a story that makes it clear why life is to be lived, loved, savored and experienced to the full, no matter where it takes us, and no matter the outcome. Keel understood the importance of all that." —Nick Redfern, Mysterious Universe


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