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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.

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, lecturer-in-residence at the Philosophical Research Society in Los Angeles, and the PEN Award-winning author of books including Occult AmericaOne Simple Idea: How Positive Thinking Reshaped Modern LifeThe Miracle Club; and his latest The Miracle Habits.


He has discussed alternative spirituality on CBS Sunday Morning, Dateline NBC, Vox/Netflix’s ExplainedVICE News, Kesha and the Creepies, and AMC Shudder’s Cursed Films, an official selection of SXSW. Mitch hosted and produced a feature documentary about the occult classic The Kybalion directed by Emmy-nominee Ronni Thomas and shot on location in Egypt. The movie premiered as the #3 top documentary on iTunes in 2022.

Mitch has written on everything from the war on witches to the chequered career of professional skeptic James Randi for The New York Times, Boing BoingThe Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Time, Politico, and a wide range of ‘zines and scholarly journals. He narrates audio books 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 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.”


Bloomberg Businessweek: "A fluid writer...he's unembarrassed about the mystical side of positive thinking." 


Guideposts: “Mitch Horowitz practices what he preaches.”


Conner Habib: “One of the only people I know who pulls off punk rock and self-help simultaneously.”

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