Herman Slater (also known as "horrible Herman") and Ed Buczynski founded the legendary Warlock
Shoppe, a small occult emporium on Henry St. in Brooklyn, just off Atlantic Ave., back in the early 1970s. They
sold herbs, candles and oils, and a modest selection of books. The Warlock Shop was just a hole in the wall,
but despite its humble appearance, it was a true cash cow. In 1976, the duo moved the store to Manhattan
where it was reborn as the world-famous Magickal Childe.
At the Magickal Childe, there was enough space to dramatically increase the merchandise offered, and since
Herman had the cash and the connections, the new store became, in effect, the one-stop-shop for any and all
conjuring needs. In addition to herbs, oils, candles, books, robes, swords and other accouterments of the Art,
one could find human skulls, dried bats, mummified cat's paws and a wide variety of unusual jewelry. A room in
the back of the store served as a temple and classroom for the various strains of Wicca that began to gravitate
to the place. That temple also served as the launching pad for the explosive growth of Aleister Crowley's Ordo
Templi Orientis (OTO) in the city in the late 70s and early 80s.
Herman (Lord Govannon) and Ed (Lord Gwyddion ) published a paper called Earth Religion News. Herman also
hosted a weekly cable television show. Herman was part wizard extraordinaire and part showman. He was once
thrown off the set of a major network when he gave them an award for inaccurate depiction of occultism. In 1975 he held the first Samhain street
fair in New York City. 19th St. between 5th and 6th Ave was closed off in front of the Shoppe.
Herman was controversial and a notorious prankster. He "discovered" the famous terrible manuscript Necronomicon (a literary prop, made up and
first mentioned in a book by H.P. Lovecraft) when a "mysterious monk" named Simon delivered the manuscript to his store. A lot of people believed
this to be the actual Necronomicon, although it is now widely believed to have been made up by Herman and several others.
The New York Welsh Tradition was originally founded by Ed Buczynski with the help of Herman Slater. It is derived from The Celtic Tradition as
taught by the late Gwen Thompson. Herman was known worldwide and is mostly responsible for popularizing the Wiccan tradition - previously
known only throughout England - in the United States. He was editor of more than ten Magick reference books including The Hoodoo Bible, The
Witch's Formulary and Spellbook, and published A Book of Pagan Rituals (a collection of rituals that had been written during the early 1970s for
the Temple of the Pagan Way in Chicago. The original material bore no credits as to who wrote them so many years later Herman plagiarized them,
he did recant his plagiarism shortly before he died. The original authors were Ed Fitch, Joseph B. Wilson, John Hansen, Tony Kelly and Herman
On July 9, 1992, Herman lost his battle against AIDS. His death was a loss to the magickal community. The Magickal Childe closed for good early