Paul Huson is a British-born author and artist currently living in the United States. In addition to writing books on occultism and witchcraft, he has worked extensively in the film and television industries.
Huson was born on September 19, 1942 in London, England, the son of the author Edward Richard Carl Huson and painter and motion picture costume designer Olga Lehmann.
In 1955 Huson took a turn at acting and played Edward, Prince of Wales, the elder of the two Princes in the Tower, in Laurence Olivier's film of William Shakespeare’s Richard III.
From 1956 through 1959 he attended Leighton Park School, a Quaker school in Berkshire, England. From 1959 through 1963 he studied painting, theatrical design and film at the Slade School of Fine Art, University of London. Concurrently, with an introduction from G. B. Gardner, he studied the Western Esoteric Tradition with Dion Fortune's Society of the Inner Light. In 1964 he worked as a psi subject and research assistant to Karlis Osis at the American Society of Psychical Research, and in 1965 continued his studies of Western Esoterica with the Stella Matutina and Israel Regardie.
Television and Movies
From 1965 to 1968 Huson worked as an Art Director for BBC Television and Columbia Pictures UK, before moving to the United States. Between 1969 and 1980 he wrote books and scripts for episodic television, then teamed up with scenarist William Bast to write and produce such television series and movies as The Colbys, Tucker's Witch, The Hamptons, Twist of Fate, The Big One: The Great Los Angeles Earthquake, Danielle Steel's Secrets, Power and Beauty, and The Fury Within.
In 1970 Huson wrote Mastering Witchcraft, followed by a study of tarot symbolism, The Devil's Picturebook (1971). In 1974 he wrote Mastering Herbalism; and an introduction to parapsychology, How to Test and Develop your ESP (1975). Two fiction books followed, The Keepsake (1981), and The Offering (1984), and a second work on the history of tarot symbolism and tarot reading, Mystical Origins of the Tarot (2004). He generally illustrates his non-fiction books himself and has designed a deck of tarot cards based upon his research, Dame Fortune's Wheel Tarot (2009) and recently wrote the campanion book, Dame Fortune's Wheel Tarot: A Pictoral Guide, published by The Witches' Almanc.
His late life partner of 49 years and frequent collaborator was William Bast, writer, scenarist and biographer of actor James Dean. Huson currently lives in Los Angeles.
Features contributed to The Witches' Almanac:
Herbs, The Witches’ Almanac 1973, p. 56
The Old Ways, The Witches’ Almanac 1974, p. 6
The Wise Fool of Tarot, The Witches’ Almanac 1976, p. 6
Moon Magic, The Witches’ Almanac 1977, p. 70
Tarot, Game of Trumps, The Witches’ Almanac 1978, p. 50
Magical Incense, The Witches’ Almanac 1979, p. 38
Tarot — The Fool, The Witches’ Almanac 2000, p. 22
The Arcane Roots of Tarot, The Witches’ Almanac 2008, p. 10
Roger Bacon — A wise enchanter, The Witches’ Almanac 2009, p. 28
The Tarot Sun (article), The Witches’ Almanac 2012, p. 132
References to Paul Huson
Clifton, Chas, Her Hidden Children: The Rise of Wicca and Paganism in America, Lanham, MD: Rowman Altamira, 2006, ISBN 0759102023.
Clifton, C, & Harvey, G, The Paganism Reader, New York & London, Routledge, 2004, ISBN 041530352.
Contemporary Authors' (Biography), Thomson Gale, 2004.
Farrar, Stewart, Eight Sabbats for Witches, WA: Phoenix Publishing, 1988, ISBN 0919345263.
Freedland, Nat, The Occult Explosion, New York: G.P.Putnams Sons, 1972, ISBN 0399109544.
Gunther, Max, Wall Street and Witchcraft, New York: B. Geis Associates, 1971.
Luhrmann, T.M., Persuasions of the Witch's Craft, Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1989, ISBN 0-674-66323-3.
Valiente, Doreen, The Rebirth of Witchcraft, London: Robert Hale, 1989, ISBN 0-7090-3715-5.
Who's Who in Entertainment, Illinois: Marquis Who's Who, Macmillan, 1988.
The Witches’ Almanac, pp 82-86, Providence RI, 2009.
Paul's website can be found here