Mitch Horowitz is a historian of alternative spirituality and one of today’s most literate voices of esoterica, mysticism, and the occult.
Mitch illuminates outsider history, explains its relevance to contemporary life, and reveals the longstanding quest to bring empowerment and agency to the human condition.
Mitch’s reporting has called attention to the worldwide crisis of violence against accused witches. He is widely credited with returning the term “New Age” to respectable use and is among the few occult writers whose work touches the bases of academic scholarship, national journalism, and subculture cred.
Mitch is a writer-in-residence at the New York Public Library and the PEN Award-winning author of books including Occult America; One Simple Idea; The Miracle Club; Daydream Believer; Uncertain Places; and the forthcoming Modern Occultism.
He has discussed alternative spirituality on CBS Sunday Morning, Dateline NBC, NPR’s All Things Considered, CNN, Vox/Netflix’s Explained, VICE News, Kesha and the Creepies, and seasons I and II of AMC Shudder’s Cursed Films, an official selection of SXSW.
Mitch hosted, cowrote, and produced a feature documentary about the occult classic The Kybalion directed by Emmy-nominee Ronni Thomas and shot on location in Egypt. In 2022, the movie premiered as the #3 top documentary on iTunes.
Mitch has written on everything from the occult influences on Ronald Reagan to the chequered career of professional skeptic James Randi for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Time, Salon, Big Think, Politico, Boing Boing, and a wide range of ‘zines and scholarly journals. He is the voice of many audiobooks including Alcoholics Anonymous and Raven: The Untold Story of the Rev. Jim Jones and His People (the author of which handpicked him as the voice of Jones).
Mitch’s books have appeared in French, Arabic, Chinese, Italian, Spanish, Korean, and Portuguese.
Mitch worked for many years in publishing, including as a vice president at Penguin Random House where he was editor-in-chief of Tarcher/Penguin, an imprint dedicated to metaphysical topics.
His book Awakened Mind is one of the first works of New Thought translated and published in Arabic. Mitch received the Walden Award for Interfaith/Intercultural Understanding. The Chinese government has censored his work.
What Critics Say About Mitch…
HuffPost: “Has the rare gift of making the esoteric accessible to discerning masses.”
Washington Post: “Treats esoteric ideas and movements with an even-handed intellectual studiousness that is too often lost in today’s raised-voice discussions.”
Paris Match: “Convincing…takes us far from naive doctrines.”
LA Review of Books: “An expert on esoteric religious thought in American life.”
Boing Boing: “Horowitz comes across as the real deal: he is an authentic ‘adept mind’ and he knows his stuff.”
Duncan Trussell: “A cross between Aleister Crowley and Alan Watts.”
David Lynch: “Mitch is solid gold.”
Science of Mind: “One of the few figures to break through into mainstream and national media as a voice of esoteric ideas.”
Filmmaker Magazine: “A genius at distilling down esoteric concepts.”
Nexus Magazine: “Today's leading voice of esotericism and the occult.”
Conner Habib: “One of the only people I know who pulls off punk rock and self-help simultaneously.”