David Bowie used witchcraft to overcome his cocaine-fuelled paranoia a new biography about the star claims.
The book, simply called 'Bowie,' came about after writer Mark Spitz spent years talking to the enigmatic star and those close to him, reported Contactmusic. Spitz wanted the project to put to rest many of the myths and legends surrounding Bowie.
Of the witchcraft, Spitz writes: "While planning the follow up to 'Young Americans' (album), Bowie would sit in the house with a pile of high-quality cocaine atop the glass coffee table, a sketch pad and a stack of books. Psychic Self Defence was his favourite. Its author describes the book as a 'safeguard for protecting yourself against paranormal malevolence.'"
He continues: "Using this and more arcane books on witchcraft, white magic and its malevolent counterpart, black magic, as rough guides to his own rapidly fragmenting psyche, Bowie began drawing protective pentagrams on every surface."
According to the book, Bowie told Spitz: "I'd stay up for weeks. Even people like Keith Richards were floored by it. And there were pieces of me all over the floor. I paid with the worst manic depression of my life. My psyche went through the roof, it just fractured into pieces. I was hallucinating 24 hours a day."
The author adds: "Increasingly Bowie was convinced there were witches after his semen. They were intent on using it to make a child to sacrifice to the devil, essentially the plot to Roman Polanski's 1968 supernatural classic 'Rosemary's Baby.'"
According to the book a friend introduced Bowie to a New York white witch called Walli Elmlark. Spitz describes how she turned the star's pool into a supernatural Jacuzzi: "Elmark quickly and successfully exorcised the pool. Angie (Bowie), who was living there at the time, noted that it started to bubble and smoke, and that it only rained outside David's window while the rest of the LA sky was clear. Elmlark wrote a series of spells and incantations out for Bowie as he continued to wrestle with the forces of darkness."