the Author

“These metaphysics of magicians,
And necromantic books are heavenly;
Lines, circles, scenes, letters, and characters;
Ay, these are those that Faustus most desires.”
Faustus – Act I, Scene I

This blog has been online for the past 4 years, and this ‘about me’ page has seen more traffic than most of my posts, so I guess that my readers want to know a little about the weirdo who’s writing these silly reviews. I can’t really give too much away on account of the nature of my posts – I don’t want to end up being murdered (or cursed) by a disgruntled Devil-worshipper.
bigfoot and me
I’ve always liked reading books about monsters and ghosts – I had a big Goosebumps collection as a kid, but I stopped reading when I was a young teenager and didn’t pick up a book for fun until my early 20s. I’m not sure why. After finishing university, I spent a few years reading the classics, and after noticing certain trends developing with my reading habits, I decided to start a blog to document the spooky books I was going through. There’s no strict limits on what I review here, but it’s nearly all horror or occult related.

I am interested in aspects of the Occult, but I don’t consciously practice magic, and I certainly don’t think of myself as a wizard or anything. I try to keep an open mind, and my perspective on magic and that kind of stuff has shifted quite a bit since I started this blog. Most of it is bollocks, but some of it isn’t as nutty as it sounds.

Apart from reading books about the Devil, I’m pretty normal. I mostly just hang out with my family and work. I used to watch a lot of horror movies, but I rarely have the time anymore. I like a lot of rock music, all of that shouty heavy metal and punk rock crap. I occasionally write my own short fiction.

me in kytelers inn

There’s facebook, twitter and tumblr pages for anyone who is interested in keeping up to date with the posts on this blog. You can also add me on Goodreads. My email address is dukederichleau666@gmail.com. I’m always happy to talk and always looking for suggestions!

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45 thoughts on “the Author

  1. I have to say, I can already tell I’ll be spending countless lunch hours devouring everything I can find in your archives. This is an awesome blog, dude; keep up the good work!

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    1. Thank you so much. Delighted to hear from you. I’ve been going through a bit of a dry spell on account of school, but things should pick up in the next few months. Please let me know if you have any recommendations!

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  2. Did you find a real magick book?a talmud maybe?did you try to contact Carl Nagel?do you know the website galleryofmagick.com ?
    They are considered being the best on the internet by many.
    Can you see the i-carly girls naked in america?on cable tv maybe?
    Bye!

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    1. I’ve found lots of books of magic. I have not contacted Mr. Nagel. I don’t know the website. I don’t know about the naked girls. Isn’t i-carly a kids show? Not my thing.

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  3. I love your website about Montague Summers. Do you happen to have his book of poems: “Antinous”? It’s impossible to find anywhere! Thank you SO much.

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      1. I wonder how we could get hold of his “Antinous” poems. As a serious collector of all things Montague Summers, would you not be intrigued? 🙂 Also, is there any audio of Summers’ voice? I heard someone talk on youtube about him saying he had quite a high pitch voice, apparently. Maybe the Society for Psychic Research in London may have some audio. I might contact them next week. I just got hold of an interesting book from U.S. (i live in UK): “Montague Summers: A Bibliographical Portrait” edited by Frederick Franck. Looking forward to it. Have you read it?

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  4. Question: are you seriously worried that demon worshipers would track you down & torment you if you identified yourself as an author of book reviews &c.? I’m baffled by the extreme anonymity–is this just some weird generational issue with privacy?

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    1. Some of the people I’ve written about on this site are seriously dodgy. Some of the people who have commented on posts are absolute scum of the Earth criminals. It might seem overly cautious to assume one might get really mad with my comments and try to get me, but stranger things happen.

      Also, I have a job, and my employer might not be impressed with all the porn I review.

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  5. Hi, I’m Francisco from Spain, your horror reviews are great but ehem..
    . occultism and magic are not my cup of tea… can you suggest me some book to break the ice with?

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      1. I don’t know a lot about it and even these issues couldn’t be exactly occultism but I have always been interested in Atlantis and the Bermuda Triangle. UFOS and haunted houses and ghosts are appealiing and interesting for me too… by the way, excuse my poor English!!!

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  6. I don’t know a lot about it and even these issues couldn’t be exactly occultism but I have always been interested in Atlantis and the Bermuda Triangle. UFOS and haunted houses and ghosts are appealiing and interesting for me too… by the way, excuse my poor English!!!

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    1. ok… thing is satanism, magick, witchcraft… are not my cup of tea… in any case your posts about horror fiction, classic and modern are very interesting and informative. I’m enjoying specially your texts about HPL and his circle and T.E.D. Klein are one of my favourite horror writer

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  7. I ended up at your site via a link in your GoodReads review of Varney the Vampire. What I read made me laugh, a lot. It’s been years now and I’ve never sent a comment. For I’ve bugger all of interest to say, and am more than fine with that.
    Recently I wondered whether you might enjoy Robert Irwin’s Satan Wants Me.
    Irwin’s a proper serious heavyweight academic and writer, and has no
    business writing a book about drugs, Satanism, music, drugs, sex, the 60s, and drugs that is as funny as this.
    Irwin’s The Arabian Nightmare is probably better known, and is also pretty fun and strange. Less easy than Satan Wants Me – Irwin knows an alarming amount about near eastern history and culture. Like most people, I’m more familiar with drugs, music and sex.

    Yesterday I read one of your end of year pieces..can’t recall which, but I think the year in which you read House on the Borderlands. I believe it was in the same year’s review you refer to a particular author’s ideas or themes of occult elements in architecture or city design.
    This caused me to wonder if you’ve read Peter Ackroyd’s Hawksmoor. It might be a bit mainstream, but then you read Stephen King. Ackroyd readily admitted that he nicked a
    central idea from Iain Sinclair’s long poem Lud Heat.
    Sinclair, if you’re unfamiliar with him, is a keen but amused proponent of
    psychogeography. With Hawksmoor’s London churches, he took it in
    a diabolical direction and Ackroyd runs with this.
    Come to think of it, it was Sinclair who put me on to House on the Bonderland. He kept mentioning it in Lights Out for the Territory. A book I loved, but isn’t your stated sector. A book easy to love if one’s spent a long time being poor in London (hint: graduate with an arts degree), so have no entertainment apart from walking and reading.

    I also wondered if you had come across The Magnus Archives.
    One can listen to the episodes from many internet sites.
    I did via YouTube. Started when the Covid lockdown began –
    my daughter and I had to spend months pretty much locked in a room together. /with libraries and book stores shut, it helped us stay semi sane. It also seemed not so outlandish given what was happening in the world.
    It might also be too well known for you, but one can see the influence (acknowledged)
    of many great horror writers – MR James, Le Fanu, Lovecraft, Blackwood et al. – but used originally and not slavishly. The writing is very good, especially given the rate of output and work required to create the episodes.
    The episodes only last between 15 to 25 minutes, so are easy to fit in to odd spots of time.

    Thank you for your years of reading and writing. Please don’t stop. It would be too much of a loss.

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    1. Hi Martha. I’m delighted you commented! I had planned to read Irwin’s book years ago, but somehow forgot about it. I will definitely check it out soon. I also added Hawksmoor to my to-read list a while back. I will try to read both over the summer! I’ve kinda ignored the whole podcast phenomenon so far. I have so many audiobooks to get through. I looked up the Magnus Archives and it seems pretty cool though, so maybe!
      Thanks for the recommendations! I really appreciate them!

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  8. Hello, thanks for polite reply.
    You’d get through Satan Wants Me in a blink. It’s quick, easy and fun. And good. Irwin’s not an idiot.
    “Hawksmoor”‘s style is more, er, opaque perhaps, I’m trying to avoid saying obscure as that’s got a more pejorative connotation than I want. (Though compared with some of the things to which you’ve subjected yourself it’ll probably be a piece of piss.)
    A smattering of background helps. Wikipedia level – especially as Ackroyd wiggles history about a bit. As is his wont. And a look at photos of Hawksmoor’s London churches and their grounds is very useful – explains the frisson induced in Ackroyd. He’d decided he was cut out to be a poet, so of course worked for the local council, cutting graveyard grass and collecting the empties of the homeless – today’s parishioners of London’s churches.
    He didn’t even make money from Lud Heat. Ackroyd made the cash. And why not. It also helped stop the churches from being “redeveloped”.

    I hope you like the books – I’ve read such a number of things from your list. More the literary ends of the your favoured genres, but not always. If you don’t, I’ll be (slightly) crippled with guilt.
    re podcasts, I enjoyed and was impressed by the Magnus Archives and relieved/pleased to find that podcasts aren’t all soul destroying suppurating pits of shite. But I’m a reader. Division of labour puts my daughter in charge of podcasts in our house.

    Thank you again for a nice reply. Now I’ll go back to being silent reader.

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