The Drug and Other Stories

Author: Aleister Crowley

Publisher: Wordsworth Editions

ISBN: 9781840226386

Category: Fiction

Page: 608

View: 7186

Edited, with an Introduction, by William Breeze. Foreword by David Tibet. This volume brings together the uncollected short fiction of the poet, writer and religious philosopher Aleister Crowley (1875 - 1947). Crowley was a successful critic, editor and author of fiction from 1908 to 1922, and his short stories are long overdue for discovery. Of the fifty-two stories in the present volume, only thirty were published in his lifetime. Most of the rest appear here for the first time. Like their author, Crowley's stories are fun, smart, witty, thought-provoking and sometimes unsettling. They are set in places he had lived and knew well: Belle Epoque Paris, Edwardian London, pre-revolutionary Russia and America during the first World War. The title story The Drug stands as one of the first - if not the first - accounts of a psychedelic experience. His Black and Silver is a knowing early noir discovery that anticipates an entire genre. Atlantis is a masterpiece of occult fantasy, a dark satire that can stand with Samuel Butler's Erewhon. Frank Harris considered The Testament of Magdalen Blair the most terrifying tale ever written. Extensive editorial end-notes give full details about the stories.

The Shadow on the Blind and Other Stories

Author: Louisa Baldwin,Lettice Galbraith

Publisher: Wordsworth Editions

ISBN: 9781840226126

Category: Fiction

Page: 256

View: 4836

The late Victorians had an insatiable appetite for the macabre and sensational: stories of murder and suspense, ghosts, the supernatural and the inexplicable were the stuff of life to them. The two writers in this volume well represent the last decade of the nineteenth century, and are of interest in themselves as well as for their contribution to the chilling of the Victorian spine.Mrs. Alfred Baldwin attempted as a child to contact her dead sister through a séance, and took to writing when stricken by a mysterious illness six weeks after marriage. She was also the mother of the Prime Minister, Stanley Baldwin.Lettice Galbraith is herself no less mysterious than the stories she wrote. She appeared on the literary scene in 1893, published a novel and two collections of stories in that year, a further story ('The Blue Room') in 1897, and then nothing more. Readers of 'The Empty Picture Frame', 'The Case of Sir Nigel Otterburne', 'The Trainer's Ghost' and 'The Seance Room' will recognise the Victorian spirit at its fines
Drug abuse

The Diary of a Drug Fiend

Author: Aleister Crowley

Publisher: N.A


Category: Drug abuse

Page: 368

View: 8658

Body, Mind & Spirit

The Book of Lies

Author: Aleister Crowley

Publisher: Aiwass Books via PublishDrive

ISBN: 1387991809

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 108

View: 5366

The Book of Lies is a complex work of occultism. Deciphering its many layers of hidden meaning requires a little patience and more than a beginner's knowledge of Thelema. For those interested in passing beyond the initiate stage, the reward offered by a deeper understanding of this challenging text is well worth the effort.

Ghosts by Gaslight

Stories of Steampunk and Supernatural Suspense

Author: Jack Dann,Dr. Nick Gevers

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 006210070X

Category: Fiction

Page: 400

View: 5399

Seventeen all-new stories illuminate the steampunk world of fog and fear! Modern masters of the supernatural weave their magic to revitalize the chilling Victorian and Edwardian ghostly tale: here are haunted houses, arcane inventions, spirits reaching across the centuries, ghosts in the machine, fateful revelations, gaslit streets scarcely keeping the dark at bay, and other twisted variations on the immortal classics that frighten us still.

The Drug and Other Stories

Second Edition

Author: Aleister Crowley

Publisher: Wordsworth Editions

ISBN: 9781840227345

Category: Fiction

Page: 672

View: 3304

This volume brings together the uncollected short fiction of the poet, writer and religious philosopher Aleister Crowley. Crowley was a successful critic, editor and author of fiction from 1908 to 1922, and his short stories are long overdue for discovery. Of the fifty-two stories in the present volume, only thirty were published in his lifetime
Biography & Autobiography

Aleister Crowley

The Biography - Spiritual Revolutionary, Romantic Explorer, Occult Master and Spy

Author: Tobias Churton

Publisher: Watkins Media Limited

ISBN: 1780283849

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 474

View: 7989

Churton's illuminating biography includes a detailed account of Crowley's adventures as a British spy during World War I; his astonishing family background, with secrets that have remained hidden for over a century; his philosophical, scientific and psychological brilliance, comparable to say, Sigmund Frued; and his rich legacy of highly original ideas, which are finally receiving the consideration they deserve.
Body, Mind & Spirit

The Magick of Aleister Crowley

A Handbook of the Rituals of Thelema

Author: Lon Milo Duquette

Publisher: Weiser Books

ISBN: 9781578632992

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 304

View: 6846

Aleister Crowley's ascension into the pantheon of alternative gurus was cemented by his appearance on The Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album cover. Unfortunately, he was known more for his reputation as "The Beast 666" and "The Wickedest Man in the World." All well and good for publicity, but this infamy eclipsed his teachings, as did his technical and opaque writing style, meant more for adepts contemporary to him than the average modern reader. Enter Lon Milo DuQuette to decipher and explain Crowley's texts and more important rituals. Formerly titled The Magick of Thelema, this revised edition features extensive corrections, a new introduction, and a new ritual, "The Rites of Eleusis." This is the perfect introductory text for readers who wonder what the works--rather than the myth--of Aleister Crowley are all about. DuQuette takes the mystery out of both the rituals themselves and Crowley's writing in this modern grimoire. Step by step, he presents a course of study in plain English, with examples of rituals and explanations of their significance. DuQuette also includes a course of study for Crowley's original works with an extensive bibliography and fastidious footnotes.


Author: Sarah Pinborough

Publisher: Jo Fletcher Books

ISBN: 1623650879

Category: Fiction

Page: 320

View: 2112

"A compulsively readable story that starts as a conventional murder mystery and morphs, by degrees, into a horrifying supernatural thriller," The Guardian said of Mayhem. A virtuoso fantasy writer, Sarah Pinborough has won numerous awards including the British Fantasy Award for Best Short Story. In Mayhem Pinborough turns her attention to one of the most baffling and notorious crime sprees in Victorian times. Already frustrated in their attempts to capture serial murderer Jack the Ripper, the detectives of Scotland Yard are suddenly confronted with a new monster, dubbed the Torso Killer for his habit of leaving behind neatly wrapped parcels of his victims' body parts, minus the heads. With the terrible increase in mutilated corpses to examine, the highly regarded police surgeon Dr. Thomas Bond has lost the ability to sleep. True, a growing dependency on opium affords him some solace in his loneliest and most desperate hours, but he also fears the grip of the drug. During Dr. Bond's nightly tours of London's underbelly in search of pharmaceutical respite from the horrors that plague him by day, he encounters a mysterious Jesuit priest scouring the opium dens himself, clearly in search of someone--or something. The doctor at first rejects the strange priest's unnatural theories about the Torso Killer as an affront to scientific thought. But over time Dr. Bond's opium-addled mind begins to crumble under the growing impression that there might be some awful truth to the Jesuit's ideas. As the police struggle to capture two serial killers, the troubled forensics expert begins to suspect that he may actually know the Torso Killer personally. If he is right, Dr. Bond will need all the strength he can muster to save his small circle of loved ones from falling victim to the bloody depravities of this twisted creature.
Literary Criticism

777 And Other Qabalistic Writings of Aleister Crowley

Author: Aleister Crowley

Publisher: Weiser Books

ISBN: 9780877286707

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 274

View: 5651

This edition includes Liber 777, Gematria (from Equinox Volume 1, Number 5), and Sepher Sephiroth (from Equinox Volume 1, Number 8).
Short stories

The Simon Iff Stories and Other Works

Author: Aleister Crowley,William Breeze

Publisher: Wordsworth Editions

ISBN: 9781840226782

Category: Short stories

Page: 560

View: 6633

This volume brings together two series of short fiction by the poet, writer and religious philosopher Aleister Crowley (1875–1947). It includes the first complete publication of Simple Simon, the detective series featuring Crowley’s most memorable fictional creation, the mystic-magician-philosopher-psychoanalyst-detective Simon Iff. The idealised Crowley in old age, Simon Iff is wise, knowing and unfailingly humorous as he applied psychoanalysis, Taoism and his own religious philosophy of Thelema to divine the depths of human nature and solve a wide array of crimes and mysteries. The six Scrutinies of Simon Iff stories are set in France and England, anchored by Iff’s beloved Hemlock Club. The twelve Simon Iff in America stories afford Crowley’s penetrating insights into America as he found it during his residence from 1914 to 1919. His three Simon Iff Abroad stories take the reader to tribal North Africa, inaccessible Central Africa and to the high seas. The two Simon Iff Psychoanalyst stories were among the earliest tales to use the new science of psychoanalysis to solve mysteries. Also included is Crowley’s other major short fiction series, the eight stories of his legendary Golden Twigs, which were inspired by Sir J.G. Frazer’s encyclopedic study of myth and religion in history, The Golden Bough.

Snowdrops from a Curate's Garden

Author: Aleister Crowley

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780987095640

Category: Fiction

Page: 144

View: 4228

First published c. 1904 in France, Snowdrops from a Curate's Garden is a hilarious and remarkably inventive collection of erotic prose and verse written by the influential libertine-mystic and magician Aleister Crowley. Sections of prose and verse are unified through a biographical frame narrative attributing them to a single author-poet-perpetrator. The first section, The Nameless Novel, was written primarily to amuse Crowley's convalescing wife, Rose Kelly. A scatological parody of erotic literature, it takes aim at the usual targets of libertine fiction and modern erotica but, at the same time, lampoons their (libertine fiction and erotica's) limitations and conventions through absurdity and hyperbole. The verse sections, which include black parodies of notable Victorian poets such as Robert Browning and Algernon Charles Swinburne, were added to extend the literary forms in Crowley's earlier erotic work, White Stains (1898), which is also available from Birchgrove Press.
Literary Criticism

The Supernatural Index

A Listing of Fantasy, Supernatural, Occult, Weird, and Horror Anthologies

Author: Michael Ashley,Mike Ashley,William Contento

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 9780313240300

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 933

View: 1562

Indexes story collections by editor, book title, author, and story title
Biography & Autobiography

Do What Thou Wilt

A Life of Aleister Crowley

Author: Lawrence Sutin

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

ISBN: 1466875267

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 448

View: 2766

Do What Thou Wilt: An exploration into the life and works of a modern mystic, occultist, poet, mountaineer, and bisexual adventurer known to his contemporaries as "The Great Beast" Aleister Crowley was a groundbreaking poet and an iconoclastic visionary whose literary and cultural legacy extends far beyond the limits of his notoriety as a practitioner of the occult arts. Born in 1875 to devout Christian parents, young Aleister's devotion scarcely outlived his father, who died when the boy was twelve. He reached maturity in the boarding schools and brothels of Victorian England, trained to become a world-class mountain climber, and seldom persisted with any endeavor in which he could be bested. Like many self-styled illuminati of his class and generation, the hedonistic Crowley gravitated toward the occult. An aspiring poet and a pampered wastrel - obsessed with reconciling his quest for spiritual perfection and his inclination do exactly as he liked in the earthly realm - Crowley developed his own school of mysticism. Magick, as he called it, summoned its users to embrace the imagination and to glorify the will. Crowley often explored his spiritual yearnings through drug-saturated vision quests and rampant sexual adventurism, but at other times he embraced Eastern philosophies and sought enlightenment on ascetic sojourns into the wilderness. This controversial individual, a frightening mixture of egomania and self-loathing, has inspired passionate - but seldom fair - assessments from historians. Lawrence Sutin, by treating Crowley as a cultural phenomenon, and not simply a sorcerer or a charlatan, convinces skeptic readers that the self-styled "Beast" remains a fascinating study in how one man devoted his life to the subversion of the dominant moral and religious values of his time.
Body, Mind & Spirit

The Book of the Law and The Book of Lies

Author: Aleister Crowley

Publisher: Courier Dover Publications

ISBN: 0486824357

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 240

View: 7920

Two centerpieces of 20th-century occult thinking in a single edition: The Book of the Law, forming the basis for Crowley's invented religion, Thelema; and The Book of Lies, aphorisms and paradoxes invoking arcane symbolism.
Science fiction


Author: Aleister Crowley


ISBN: 1387709984

Category: Science fiction

Page: 301

View: 1747


Things to Do When You're Goth in the Country

and Other Stories

Author: Chavisa Woods

Publisher: Seven Stories Press

ISBN: 1609807464

Category: Fiction

Page: 224

View: 3049

"Darkly funny and brilliantly human, urgently fantastical and implacably realistic. This is one of the best short story collections I've read in years. It should be required reading for anyone who's trying to understand America in 2017." —Paul La Farge, author of The Night Ocean The eight stories in Things to Do When You're Goth in the Country paint a vivid image of people living on the fringes in America, people who don't do what you might expect them to. Not stories of triumph over adversity, but something completely other. Described in language that is brilliantly sardonic, Woods's characters return repeatedly to places where they don't belong—often the places where they were born. In "Zombie," a coming-of-age story like no other, two young girls find friendship with a mysterious woman in the local cemetery. "Take the Way Home That Leads Back to Sullivan Street" describes a lesbian couple trying to repair their relationship by dropping acid at a Mensa party. In "A New Mohawk," a man in romantic pursuit of a female political activist becomes inadvertently much more familiar with the Palestine/Israel conflict than anyone would have thought possible. And in the title story, Woods brings us into the mind of a queer goth teenager who faces ostracism from her small-town evangelical church. In the background are the endless American wars and occupations and too many early deaths of friends and family. This is fiction that is fresh and of the moment, even as it is timeless.
Biography & Autobiography

Portable Darkness

An Aleister Crowley Reader

Author: Aleister Crowley,Scott Michaelsen,Robert Anton Wilson

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780983884248

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 293

View: 4980

Infamous for scandalising society on both sides of the Atlantic, Aleister Crowley (1875-1947) was a major intellectual figure on the occult whose work has often been eclipsed by his own notoriety. Portable Darkness collects the best of his voluminous writings, displaying the razorsharp insight for which Crowley is renowned for. Explores Crowley's favourite subjects such as the power of language, yoga, sex and magic. Enlightening and revolutionary, Portable Darkness is an indispensable lexicon for all readers with an interest in the occult.

The Mammoth Book of Paranormal Romance 2

Author: Trisha Telep

Publisher: Robinson

ISBN: 1849016593

Category: Fiction

Page: 160

View: 7322

If love transcends all boundaries, paranormal romance is its natural conclusion. Over twenty tales from some of the hottest names in romantic fiction to transport you to fantastical worlds in which mythical beasts, magical creatures of all shapes and sizes, heart-stoppingly handsome ghosts, angels and mortals with extra-sensory powers live out extraordinary desires. Includes stories from Lara Adrian, Ava Gray, Sharon Shinn, Robin D. Owens, Karen Chance and many more. Praise for MBO Paranormal Romance: 'Paranormal romance readers are in for a treat with this amazing collection!' Kresley Cole, New York Times bestselling author