One of the foremost occultists of the modern era, Travis McHenry has written books on the history of the tarot and a memoir about his ten-year research study into paranormal phenomena. A native of rural Pennsylvania, Travis grew up surrounded by the folklore of the Appalachian Mountains, which shaped his desire to uncover and share the historical truths hidden behind mythological stories. He began studying the dark arts in the late 1990s when he stumbled upon a secretive coven of witches who subsequently befriended him and allowed him to publish the first written history of their magical tradition. Travis has been a student of many religions, including Buddhism, Jainism, Hinduism and the Greek Pantheon, and was an ordained deacon in the Baptist Church. This diverse spiritual background has given him a unique insight into harnessing the divine energies found in cultural groups around the world. His formal education in anthropology helps balance his spiritual training with a scientific mindset. From 2001 to 2008 Travis served as an intelligence specialist in the United States navy, using his powers of analysis and research to track terrorist groups and determine the military capabilities of foreign countries. After leaving the military, Travis entered the corporate world as a recruiter for the largest telephone psychic company in the world. As the most successful psychic recruiter in the industry, he pioneered a concrete process for discovering and authenticating individuals with intuitive powers that is still used to this day. www.bloodstone.info Nikita Vuimin grew up in a small town of Volsk in Russia and has been fascinated since childhood by fantasy books and games, folk and pagan music, the Middle Ages, heraldry and Scandinavian mythology. He was obsessed by inventing extraordinary fairytale worlds and worked towards bringing his ideas to life. Nikita wrote fantastic stories and poems and invented non-existent languages, but then discovered drawing as a more expressive way to turn his fantasies into reality for others to enjoy. He believes that if you have a strong enough desire and perseverance you can perfectly master any art.