In , William Seabrook was one of the most famous journalists in the world. He was also an alcoholic. But there was no treatment for his disease. William Buehler Seabrook (February 22, – September 20, ) was an American Lost The book, Asylum, became another best-seller. In the preface, he. He doesn’t explain anything about the author, William Seabrook, besides his Asylum (An Alcoholic Takes the Cure)—the very true story of the.

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William Buehler Seabrook February 22, — September 20, was an American Wwilliam Generation occultistexplorertraveler, cannibaland journalist, born in Westminster, Maryland.

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He began his career as a reporter and City Editor of the Augusta Chronicle in Georgia and later became seavrook partner in an advertising agency in Atlanta. Seabrook graduated from Mercersburg Academy. He then attended Roanoke College, received a masters from Newberry College, and studied philosophy at the University of Geneva, located in Switzerland.

The following year, he became a reporter for The New York Times and soon became an itinerant.

William Seabrook

Besides his books, Seabrook published articles in popular magazines including CosmopolitanReader’s Digestand Vanity Fair. InSeabrook married his first of three wives, Katherine Pauline Edmondson. They divorced in and soon after wiliam married Marjorie Worthington in The marriage ended in iwlliam was followed up by his marriage to Constance Kuhr, which began and ended in In the s, Seabrook traveled to West Africa and came across a tribe who partook in the eating of human meat.


Seabrook writes about his experience of cannibalism in his novel, Jungle Ways ; however, later on Seabrook admits the tribe did not allow him to join in on the ritualistic cannibalism.

Instead, he obtained samples of human flesh from a hospital and cooked it himself. Seabrook went on to write a story based on the experience and to recount the experiment in Witchcraft: Its Power in the World Today.

Inhe travelled to Arabia and sampled the hospitality of various tribes of Bedouin and the Kurdish Yazidi. His account qsylum his travels, Adventures in Arabia: The book is credited with introducing the concept of a zombie to popular culture. Seabrook had a lifelong fascination with the occult practices of satanism and Haitian Vodouwhich he witnessed and described firsthand both in Third World countries, as documented in The Magic Island[ citation needed ] and Jungle Ways Its Power in the World Today The book is replete with information about French colonial life in the Sahara and pilots in particular.

In DecemberSeabrook was committed at his own request and with the help of some of his friends to Bloomingdalea mental institution in Westchester Countynear New York City, for treatment for acute alcoholism.

He remained a patient of the institution until the following Asulum and in published an account of his experience, written as if it were no more than another expedition to a foreign locale. The book, Asylumbecame another best-seller.


He married Marjorie Muir Worthington in France, inafter they had returned from a trip to Africa on which Seabrook was researching a book. Due to his alcoholism and sadistic practices silliam divorced in Seabrook is a graphic biography of Seabrook by Joe Ollmann.

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