Snowdrops from a Curate’s Garden – Aleister Crowley

Snowdrops from a Curate’s Garden – Aleister Crowley Birchgrove Press – 2011 (First published 1904) Aleister Crowley was a mystic, a poet, an Irish Republican, a mountaineer, a propagandist, a dead-beat dad, a spy, a pilgrim, a preacher and a problem when he was stoned. He was also a bit of a pervert. This is … Continue reading Snowdrops from a Curate’s Garden – Aleister Crowley

Perdurabo: The Life of Aleister Crowley – Richard Kaczynski

Perdurabo: The Life of Aleister Crowley –┬áRichard Kaczynski (Revised and Expanded Edition) North Atlantic Books – 2010 Aleister Crowley has appeared on this blog a fair few times at this stage. I’ve read books about him and several of his own works, and I thought I had a pretty good idea of what he was … Continue reading Perdurabo: The Life of Aleister Crowley – Richard Kaczynski

Aleister Crowley on James Joyce

Only yesterday, I finished reading Richard Kaczynski’s Perdurabo, the monumental biography of Aleister Crowley. I had intended on publishing a review of that book today, but seeing as though it’s Saint Patrick’s day, I thought I should post something relating to my native Ireland. Last year, I posted Aleister Crowley’s poem “Saint Patrick’s Day, 1902”. … Continue reading Aleister Crowley on James Joyce

Speaking as an Irishman: Aleister Crowley’s Saint Patrick’s Day Poem

Last year, I wrote a post about Aleister Crowley in which I briefly discussed his strange fascination with Ireland. In the Book of Lies, he claims to be an Irishman, and his title within the O.T.O. was “Supreme and Holy King of Ireland, Iona and all the Britains within the Sanctuary of the Gnosis”. In … Continue reading Speaking as an Irishman: Aleister Crowley’s Saint Patrick’s Day Poem

A Chat with Sandy Robertson, Author of the Aleister Crowley Scrapbook

The Aleister Crowley Scrapbook – Sandy Robertson Foulsham – 1988 + 2002 Although I don’t practice Magick or believe in most of his bullshit, I have written about Aleister Crowley several times. As full of shit as he clearly was, he led a peculiarly interesting life, and while there are countless books about his magickal … Continue reading A Chat with Sandy Robertson, Author of the Aleister Crowley Scrapbook

Mr. Crowley, what went on in your head?

I’ve written about Aleister Crowley’s books before, but of the texts I reviewed, one was a novel and the other a translation. I thought it high time to look at some of Crowley’s mystical texts, the ones in which he propounds his deepest insights into magick, humanity and existence. To start, I decided to look … Continue reading Mr. Crowley, what went on in your head?

Did Aleister Crowley Create Strange Lifeforms? Moonchild, The Magician and To the Devil – a Daughter

It’s taken a while, but I’ve finally gotten around to writing a post about Aleister Crowley. It’s hard to know what to believe about the man; some┬ásee him as a prophet, while many others see him as a charlatan. In this post I discuss three different portrayals of Crowley. The three accounts come from novels, … Continue reading Did Aleister Crowley Create Strange Lifeforms? Moonchild, The Magician and To the Devil – a Daughter

The Black Pearl: The Memoirs of a Victorian Sex Magician

I have read a few occult pornos, the best of them by far being Inpenetrable/Spawn of the Devil. If you have read my review of that book, you might recall that I suggested that it seemed like a mildly erotic novel that had been rewritten to include ridiculously explicit scenes of perversion. Not only did … Continue reading The Black Pearl: The Memoirs of a Victorian Sex Magician

The Black Art: Rollo Ahmed’s Plagiarism of Montague Summers

The Black Art – Rollo AhmedSenate – 1994 (Originally published 1936) In 1935, right after The Devil Rides Out was published, Dennis Wheatley’s publisher asked him to write a non fiction book about the occult. Wheatley claims he was too busy at the time (he did eventually publish one in 1971), but he recommended that … Continue reading The Black Art: Rollo Ahmed’s Plagiarism of Montague Summers