The Book, Cat, & Cat Book Lovers Almanac

of historical trivia regarding books, cats, and other animals. Actually this blog has evolved so that it is described better as a blog about cats in history and culture. And we take as a theme the advice of Aldous Huxley: If you want to be a writer, get some cats. Don't forget to see the archived articles linked at the bottom of the page.

January 26, 2012

January 26, 1920

Hans Holzer was born on January 26, 1920, in Vienna, and though he started university there, he and his family got out of Germany in 1938. From an early age he demonstrated an interest in the paranormal, and like many with such interests, his stories were sincere. The publicity from his books resulted in his name becoming well-known, and beginning with Ghost Hunter (1963) Hans Holzer wrote more than 100 books. One of the last was co-authored, 10,000 Dreams Interpreted: A Dictionary of Dreams. (2007).

Under "Cats" the Dictionary of Dreams says
To dream of a cat, denotes ill luck, if you do not succeed in killing it or driving it from your sight. If the cat attacks you, you will have enemies who will go to any extreme to blacken your reputation and to cause you loss...To dream of a clean white cat, denotes entanglements which, while seemingly harmless, will prove a source of sorrow and loss of wealth.

According to his New York Times obituary, "He did believe in reincarnation and past lives (he vividly recalled the Battle of Glencoe in 1692 in one of his Scottish lifetimes) and was a Wiccan high priest, as well as a vegan."  He died in Manhattan, April 26, 2009.

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