January 4, 2013

A New Edition of “Jadoo”!

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I’m happy to announce that a new edition of John Keel’s Jadoo, edited by Patrick Huyghe, is now available from Anomalist Books.

Jadoo was John’s first book, published in 1957.  It’s an account of the year he spent traveling through Egypt and India, investigating magicians, tracking down legends, and getting into trouble.  He visited a mummy-maker, played Russian roulette with a notorious bandit, chased the yeti, and gave a spectacularly unsuccessful performance of the Indian rope trick.

This edition also includes some new material: a chapter cut by the publisher (about John’s romantic difficulties during that year), travel notes written while sailing to India, a book review written under one of his pseudonyms, a pitch for a sequel, and photos from the period.

Here, to whet your appetite, is the song written for the original publication.  Jadoo!



  1. The new content sounds intriguing.

    Comment by John Lacey — January 9, 2013 @ 4:31 am

  2. I’m particularly happy to see the cut chapter in print. It concerns John’s relationship with Lite (called Ingrid in the book); the publishers wanted a release from her, and John couldn’t get one. He preserved it in a folder, however, and now it’s back with the rest of the book. He wrote the travel notes on board ship, as he sailed to India; they’re charming and spontaneous.

    Comment by Doug — January 9, 2013 @ 9:48 am

  3. Doug: I have a first-edition (in pretty rough shape) of JADOO, but this one I must have. As ever, thanks, my friend!


    Bill Grabowski

    Comment by William ("Bill") J. Grabowski — January 10, 2013 @ 1:17 am

  4. Hello! Seeing this entry inspired me to re-read my copy of JADOO (I have the British hardcover). I had two questions occur to me after I finished. Did Keel ever return to Egypt, India, or Sikkim? He seems to have made some friends there. My other question is more obscure. Near the end of JADOO Keel describes a run-in with a “witch” in the village of Dikchu. This incident, rewritten and not using Keel’s name, appears as a ‘strange but true’ story in a quickie paranormal paperback by one John Macklin. I’ve always thought Macklin was a house name. Is it possible Keel wrote the Macklin book, or did Macklin just borrow the witch of Dikchu story without so much as a by-your-leave?

    I don’t own the book any more, but this might be it:

    Paul B. Thompson

    Comment by Paul Thompson — January 11, 2013 @ 12:42 pm

  5. No, John never did revisit his old Jadoo haunts. I guess he didn’t have the time or money.

    The prolific John Macklin is a bit of a mystery. Researchers have tried tracking him down from time to time, but come up with nothing. He was, as you suggest, probably a house name. But he wasn’t Keel, as far as I know; whoever was behind the Macklin mask probably just swiped the witch story.

    Comment by Doug — January 11, 2013 @ 1:42 pm

  6. Thanks, Bill! I think you’ll enjoy the extra material…

    Comment by Doug — January 11, 2013 @ 1:47 pm

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