Saturday, September 8, 2018

General Update: Lesser Keys, Createspace, etc

Alright blog readers!

1. Over the coming weeks an edition, finally, of the infamous Lesser Keys- that grimoire compilation of compilations- will be finalized. My artist, the talented Rita Metzner (who already illustrated the Ars Goetia for me) is working through the symbols in the Theurgia Goetia and the single illustration in the Almadel. Once those are done it will be extremely simplistic to craft an edition since the Goetia and Paulina are already available and in final form. I would like to note that my edition will not contain the Ars Notoria, as it does not belong to the same era or manufacture of the other four books.

2. A quick update on Createspace- they still haven't fully switched into KDP/Amazon so my hope (my dear hope) is to release aforementioned edition the old way. Otherwise it might take a bit longer as I have to figure out how to make paperbacks separate from ebooks via KDP.

3. Almost 200 copies of the Book of Styxhexenhammer have already sold in less than a month. This is considerably higher than anticipated.

4. I have some ideas for authored works but I want to at least knock three edited works out of the way by the end of the year also, to make it a round 155 editions total.

A fun (and busy) last quarter of the year approaches!

Thursday, August 30, 2018

The Book of Styxhexenhammer: Now Available!




The long-awaited joke of a booklet that I promised people is now here! It's a collection of random and unconnected lore related to my ICQ chat days, the rise of my Youtubing, and making cider out of dead arachnids. Fun for the whole dysfunctional family.

"One of the funniest things ever made. Seriously buy several copies." -Styxhexenhammer666

34 pages.

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Football Occultism: Now Available!



Some time ago (a couple of years!) I decided that if synchronicity could be said to exist, and the occult in part hinged on this as a central principle, evidence of it should be seen in even fairly mundane endeavors. A tome could be written on superstition as it relates to football fans especially (not washing ones' socks during a winning streak comes to mind?) but I wanted to go a bit further, specifically into two subtopics I have not seen written about before.

First- what is the symbolism, totemic and occult in nature, of each NFL team? Where in literature or elsewhere can their mascots, names, etc be found?

Second- is there a correlation, seemingly, between the superbowl winner in a given year and the years' events?

I remark on both of these within this work- over time (some decades) more data points for the latter will be available and we have to acknowledge that teams occasionally change symbolism or location as well, which is of import.

30 pages.

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

General Update: Future Works, Football Occultism, Etc

It's the last day of July and that means a quick update.

I have completed "Football Occultism" and intend to release it soon. This will be one of two works I am currently actually working on after shelving a half dozen editing projects due to Createspace' new apparent set of rules. The other work? The Lesser Keys, which require the editing and illustrating of the Theurgia Goetia.

It will be two days, I believe, before "Football Occultism" is available; I need to do its cover art then up the files. After that is done, and the full Lesser Keys are compiled and released, I intend to primarily focus on my own works for the rest of the year and possibly the rest of my life since editing has become hazardous even to very careful, skillful, professional editors if they use any third party service. Any future edited works will have proof of status compiled and archived well before release and I will host my own proof by mirroring applicable sites perpetually. This unfortunate necessity shouldn't be necessary but is.

Before Halloween I have a half dozen Occult videos to make also! Spooky!

Friday, July 13, 2018

Psychedelic Spirituality Second Edition: Now Available!



This work was one of my favorites to write- deviating partly from the academic and geared more towards my own anecdotes of psychedelic usage, I crafted this book not so much as an educational guide as a compilation of shorter sections which deviate in purpose and look to the historical, the spiritual, and sometimes the legal.

It is substantially similar to the first edition save for a slightly different format, some cleaning up of a few typos, and the removal or addition of a few portions which relate to the relatively significant political and legal differences between the year 2015 (when the first edition was released) and the present as 2018 matures and prepares to give way to the final year of this decade.

If you're interested in my own shamanic experiences, or a broad overview of the drug war, medicine, historical psychedelic usage, and more, you'll enjoy this work, I believe.

198 pages.

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

After the Ashes Second Edition: Now Available!




This work is one of my own authorship; a page compilation of remarks on survival, philosophy, politics, and planning- it goes beyond the normal survival works which provide lengthy how-to instructions or lists of prepping supplies and delves more into the unorthodox side of nuclear war; for example, while nuclear weapons are terrifying, even worse is that hundreds of nuclear plants would melt down after such a conflict and release massive quantities of far worse radioactive material regionally, poisoning the entire world for centuries.

From dealing with corpse removal to decontaminating soil my hope is that if a nuclear war does occur, this guide can save a few lives- maybe even a whole society.

119 pages.

Saturday, June 23, 2018

Coming Soon: After the Ashes and Psychedelic Spirituality!

Alright literary world.

Since I still do not wish to continue editing without great caution I have been feverishly improving one of my own authored works; "After the Ashes" (originally from 2015) now, I think, considerably better. I redacted a few dated portions and replaced them with updated info (for example, North Korea had atomic but not hydrogen weapons in 2015!) and reformatted it. I am now working on the cover and tomorrow or the day after it should be ready; the second edition! I'll keep the first available as well. It runs 119 pages.

Next up planned for around mid July then is "Psychedelic Spirituality"- this work of psychotropic lore contains some anecdotes from my own former shamanistic dabblings, a general list of mind altering substances of note, and some political material associated with psychedelics and the drug war/temperance. I imagine I'll be adding a section or two to this one.

After that I plan to write a couple dozen new morbid stories and split the initial work in two. The 6x9 format currently used for that edition doesn't look right and it would end up nearly 400 pages as a 5x8 work, which is a nightmare to format properly as far as trim goes. Releasing MSI and MSII as a split work with a dozen new entries per edition makes more sense.

Every other work I have personally written will be re-released in a new format except for the five occult works I already did so for last year.

Sunday, June 10, 2018

My Next Literary Projects

Now that Createspace has stymied my attempt at revamping and improving my older releases by temporarily suspending my account and shutting me out for a week based on their own systems' error regarding copyright status, it's time to move on to a pair of new literary projects. I've already emailed them regarding my suppressed titles but I haven't gotten a response yet so it's even odds as to whether they respond at all at this point. I heard at least a rumor that Amazons' new KDP-to-paperback system (currently in beta) is meant to replace CS altogether in due time, which might explain all these issues.

The first project is an extension of the former one and involves re-editing and reworking some of my own self-titled works like "Psychedelic Spirituality" and "After the Ashes." In some cases this will involve adding new material to them; I have a few extra sections in mind for both of those. Five of my earlier booklets were already improved last year so the list of works is about a half dozen.

I am excited to announce that the culmination of this work will likely bring forth a slew of new works of my own authorship also; Morbid Stories II and a couple of booklets I wanted to release on political topics.

The second is to persist at my editing project using some other service for the next fifty works. Since I might end up losing several thousand dollars a month in income for no actual legitimate reason if I load anything else onto CS, there's no reason for me to put anything there that I am not specifically the author of whether or not I can prove its status since it is no longer immediately clear that I have a line of communication with their service to begin with. They even changed their site so you could only access their help page if you were logged in (forcing me to register a second account just to grab the number.)

If any of my readers here happen to know of any createspace-esque on demand publishing sites that do not require any form of fee and merely take a cut of the profits, I'd be interested in seeing them; I relied on CS so much that I never really considered alternatives.

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Createspace Account Restored

After an entire week of having no access to my sales (which obviously were lower during that period and will remain slightly lower than normal until my titles hopefully get unsuppressed) Createspace has removed the temporary suspension that was active on my account. This means the next order of work is to go through the tedious process of proving to their validation team that I possess the rights to sell copies of works I had already been selling for several years.

Right now, the Grimorium Verum, Philosophical Merlin, Semiforas and Schemhamforash, and Book of Alchemy are suppressed and I have submitted evidence of their status. Two other works I will just leave suppressed because they are 1. insignificant and 2. the original evidence I used to show their public domain status when I uploaded them years ago is no longer on the internet.

Of all the works which Amazon suppressed in error the Grimorium Verum was the most significant.

The Sepher Bahir passed their review as did the Sepher Yetzirah. Oddly, these two works were the ones that got noticed enough to get my account suspended. The former is available, the latter will be once the files fully process.

The email I got in response to my successful "reinstate me please" response admonished me as follows: "Please note that your future submissions may be subject to additional review prior to being published. This may result in a delay in publishing." That's rather sad, because it means I will presumably only be an author from now on rather than risk editing public domain works and getting kicked off entirely despite breaking no rule or law.

Friday, May 25, 2018

Ending My Re-Editing Project Early; Amazons Copyright Team Has Some... Quirks

Alright everyone the weather is finally summer-esque so it's time for a re-editing project update!

The update is that I am going to complete two more works and then shelf the project indefinitely with respect to all works I didn't personally author. For those works the new editions will run alongside the old ones for some time.

Why? It isn't like it's hard to skim over a text I already proofread and corrected, since all I need to do is correct it once its new font and format are done, then make a new cover since the early editions weren't up to my new standards. Since the payoff is so high (I can lower the cost and improve the product, which likely means more readership- a win win for everyone) and the effort fairly low (I can re-edit a text every day, and could re-edit all of them by mid June) why would I end the project?

The answer is Amazons' arcane and slow copyright related processes; right now three of my works are awaiting confirmation that I have the right to release editions of them- one of them was written in the 17th century. I already supplied this needed proof (since these are just re-edits of extant editions from 2015 and early 2016) when I first released them. In the case of the Grimorium Verum (one of my top sellers among edited works- I managed to sell 47 copies of it this month before it got suppressed awaiting confirmation) it has been in this gray area for five days now, since twice I have supplied proof it is a public domain work only to be told I somehow need a signed statement regarding permission to utilize it.

But, Amazon, I AM the one giving myself permission; the original work was ALSO mine! And I can't supply you the authors' name or date of death- the author is not known! (Clearly listed in the text and on the BISAC info) Since it dates to the middle of the 18th century the general assumption is the author "probably" died prior to the 1800s, let alone the 1920s cutoff for public domain status.

The use of createspace/amazon for self publishing remains exceptionally easy overall but this is one part of the process that needs a tweaking desperately.

Saturday, May 19, 2018

The Black Pullet: Now Available!




This work never got its own entry either. Now in a proper format, this work primarily revolves around the usage of a series of magical talismans, as part of a larger story (Napoleonic in origin and era) in which the author has been saved by a Turkish mage from an angry group of Arabs. The author then is instructed in magic, including how to raise a hen which will create eggs made of gold.

The invocations and talismans are meant to be considered literal and the back story appears to have been used to justify the odd content. It should be noted that ascribing works to Napoleon, a Napoleonic soldier, or related things, was common for half a century thereafter due to his fascination with pre-anthropological ruin-diving.

82 pages.

Monday, May 14, 2018

Arbatel of Magick: Now Available!




This short grimoire is almost purely white magick; as a series of aphorisms in septenary form, it differentiates types of magick and some philosophy therein. This is one of the re-edited early works I crafted which needed a new format and never got an individual entry. It's well written, and due to its largely positive, angelic content, largely escaped censoring through time.

44 pages.

Sunday, May 13, 2018

The Life After Death: Now Available!




Yet another early work with no individual entry!

This tract is quite interesting and revolves- you guessed it- around the concept of the afterlife, that which happens after one is dead. To the theosophists a fusion of eastern and western lore is the answer; especially a sort of eastern-ized conceptualization of purgatory. Having expounded upon the form of the spirit world, Leadbeater also prescribes why Theosophists must help the departed and how.

56 pages.

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Occultism For Beginners: Now Available!



In what may be the most odd discovery I've made as I was updating files and re-editing and organizing, I suddenly remembered that for the first few works I ever edited there aren't individual entries on my blogs since I had merely compiled them on one general update.

This particular work is one of the first I ever edited, now refined into a 5x8 format with a few typographical errors eliminated and a new cover. Here, Dower ruminates on biology, chemistry, and early radiological studies and formulates a sort of synchronistic worldview (As above, so below!) which coincides, he believes, with both eastern and western philosophy. Altogether it's a fine work and one I recommend as a few must-read works on the subject.

64 pages.

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Ars Paulina: Now Available!



This is one of the four (true) works comprising the Lesser Keys of Solomon (the Notoria is not of the same era.) Less well known than the Ars Goetia, it is nonetheless 1. a distinct work and 2. important to the general tradition it is part of; specifically, it is an astrological work before anything else, which fails to give the sort of detailed list of powers for each of the angels it purports to allow one to summon.

It is broken into two sections. The first details the angels of the hours and the second one the twelve signs of the zodiac. In both cases, seals are constructed and used with a complex table of practice in combination with several invocations. It's quite a good work overall albeit shorter than the Goetia it shares tradition with.

44 pages

Monday, May 7, 2018

150th Edition Literary Update

Over the course of the next 48 or so hours I'll be completing another section of the Lesser Keys of Solomon (The Ars Paulina) and releasing it. This will be the 150th edition of occult literature I have released, between edited and self-written works, and so it's a fairly significant milestone.

It also means it's time for disclosing my subsequent plans!

For some time now I've let my files (pdfs, odt files, text file descriptions, illustrations, etc) build up in various folders, unsorted and so forth- I am going to take a day subsequent to the release of the Ars Paulina to simply organize my files. After that, I need to take a good couple of weeks for some other planned catching up for previous releases:

1. Remaking about three dozen covers, since I use a different, better font, trim, and logo.
2. A cursory grammar and spelling check for said releases.
3. Re-illustration of a few early works.
4. Completely re-processing every pdf file into an epub file so all the kindle ebooks will be 100% perfect in format. No more complaints about blank pages, etc.

This will occupy me probably through all of May and so, as such, after I link out the Ars Paulina there may not be any further updates until June. Releases will resume thereafter; I promised at least 200 editions, and it will almost surely be hundreds more over the years.

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Shaman Saiva and Sufi: Now Available!




Of all the academic works I have edited thus far this is one of the most interesting of all; it dates to that sweet-spot period of occult study between the 1880s and the 1920s which I favor. This particular work delves fairly deep into Malaysian magic but it isn't just magic per se, in the sense of spells and such, but also religious ritualism, how it overlaps between, in the case of Malaysia, Islamic, Hindu, Buddhist, and other practice.

Perhaps most notable here is the inclusion of both cryptozoology and demonology along with folklore and superstition itself.

135 pages.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Major Literary Update!

That happy time is fast approaching; the monumental 150 edition milestone is only two works away, and so it's time for an update and to lay out my plan for the coming stretch of about a month or two.

First and foremost, edition #149 (which I have formatted and completed the preface to as of this morning) will be on Malay magicm entitled "Shaman, Saiva, and Sufi." It's a fairly standard mid length Victorian work that I think people will enjoy. As for edition #150 I am split between a work on mysticism within islam, or else the Theurgia Goetia (which is half pictoral, meaning I'd edit it and have it re-illustrated, I hope, by my usual illustrator, while the next phase of my literary work begins.)

Secondly to the next phase of my literature, before I proceed beyond edition 150 there are two things I'd like to do.

1. Fix the cover art and format of a few dozen of my oldest works which are not up to par, along with the occasional noted grammatical error.
2. Render every edition into an ebook using the actual kindle file type, not pdfs, so that they translate better onto a digital notebook.

The process involved with those steps will take some weeks but presumably be worth the effort. I look forward to the final phase of this particular step in my literary workings.

Monday, April 16, 2018

Jewish Mysticism: Now Available!



One of a number of interesting spiritual works released by the same publisher in the 1910s, Abelsons' treatment of mysticism within Judaism here is quite good, expansive, and sometimes dense, but technically an introductory overview of magickal concepts within Kabbalah.

Speaking of the Yetzirah and Zohar among other works, it is somewhat a work of linguistic anthropology, which makes sense, since a lot of the theological and mystic concepts of Jewish spiritual lore are fundamentally derived from the Hebrew language and number systems.

123 pages.

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Hypnotism: Magnetism, Mesmerism, Suggestive Therapeutics: Now Available!




This work is one of the better things that LW DeLaurence wrote. Containing fewer self-advertizements and a lot more how-to content, it dispels some myths about mesmerism and hypnotism, and proposes about a dozen methods by which various suggestive states can be induced- including the famous trick of hypnotizing a chicken using a chalk line or a finger (it apparently does indeed work.)

While some of the methods are now known not to function (at the time this was written- and it alludes to it explicitly!- the French were experimenting with spinning wheels and lights to induce anesthesia- one of the earliest- maybe THE earliest literary reference to this trope!) others are accepted even today. Some of its content would later be adapted into the 20s and 30s era "how to hypnotize your friends" style pulp works.

112 pages.

Monday, April 2, 2018

Mystic Test Book of the Hindu Occult Chambers: Now Available!



This is one of the stranger works of the early 20th century. Written by the famous DeLaurence, it seeks to teach the reader how to use crystal gazing to contact spirits and help people with various issues, and to impart the secret of telepathy. It also covers the use of the seance to contact spirits, among other tricks within the spirit realm (while considering these spirits to be very much hermetic in form; that is, the sylphs, undines, etc.)

While some of the practices here are related predominantly to DeLaurence advertizing his own goods and services, it is true that some of them remain in use, and are of occult interest to this day.

126 pages.

Saturday, March 31, 2018

General Update: Spring!

I figured it was about time for another update; as spring marches along I'm already requisitioning materials for my garden, so those of you who enjoy that series will get some new footage soon- along with massive improvements.

On the literary side, I am now about 75% complete editing DeLaurences' odd work "The Mystic Hindu Test Book"- this work covers astral bodies, spirits, crystal gazing, seances, and more; it's quite good after the second chapter (up to that point it is self advertizement and run on sentences.) At around 130 or so pages, it will be an important work here.

After that, I figure on completing a couple other DeLaurence works; they're all of similar length and have various eugenic-era spiritual content revolving around eastern tradition, spirits, and the like. I also have two short herbals and need to contact my illustrator for those to be completed. As promised the Theurgia Goetia will also soon be edited. I figure I can complete seven new works by the end of May at current projections.

Friday, March 23, 2018

The Esoteric Basis of Christianity: Now Available!




This short work is one of Kingslands' additions to Theosophy; an interesting little booklet which compares Christendom with the claimed mystery religion at the core of Theosophy itself.

The words of Jesus in the canonical scriptures, as well as of Paul and others, here, are used to show that Jesus was not a believer in the kind of legalistic superstition of quasi-modern church dogma- indeed, not only is this inarguably factual, it has now recently emerged into other schools of completely legitimate philosophy.

44 pages.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

The New Chemical Light: Now Available!




This fairly beefy alchemical tract (technically two tracts in multiple sections) comes from the Alchemical Museum of Waites' time, originally penned by Sendivogius in the 1600s. It is strictly physical alchemy at work here, and strictly the more "authentic" path of the same, not like some works which are basically about just creating interesting medicines (few of which were safe!) or counterfeit currencies. Part of this work is in the form of dialogue between the alchemist and his mercury. In that sense it is vaguely like the much later work "On the Philadelphian Gold."

Here then the major concept of alchemy, that great work, is that of the four elements, three substances, two halves (male and female) thus joined creating the perfected substance that was believed to operate much like stem cells for the mineral world, literally, a sort of primordial material that could be purified out from other things and used to project matter. Importantly, Sendivogius references what some other contemporaries do, namely that this substance, while found in gross (literally vulgar, as in composted feces, etc) matter, to try and work with that same matter improperly will benefit the sage not at all.

99 pages.

Monday, March 19, 2018

All the Reasons Why We Need Gun Control: Now Available!



And now the monumental time is finally here; I wrote this, the ultimate compilation of all reasonable, constitutional arguments for gun control on both a legal and ethical basis. Indeed, there is no argument which can be formulated in favor of US gun control that you will not find in this book- it's simply impossible! Astonish friends and neighbors with your laundry list of pro-gun control arguments and win every debate.

Perfect as a gag gift to annoy your anti-constitution friends or relatives. Get one as a gift for your bitter vegan aunt, or your extremely indoctrinated millennial friend today!

"It costs 17.76 so you know it's patriotic!" -Me

300 pages.

Monday, March 12, 2018

Demonism Verified and Analyzed: Now Available!



This work is an excellent look at some of the christian conceptions of demonology from its era, in the roaring twenties. Based on field work in China and India, mostly by the author but referencing other missionaries as well, it purports to prove that demons exist, that evil is the agency of Satan, and that mesmerism and psychology play a role in possession.

It contains several hundred of these anecdotes and speaks of strange idolatrous practices in typical early 20th century form, while listing polytheism and similar things as spiritually hazardous. Oddly, while proposing government moralism, it decries literal suppression of such beliefs in favor of mere coercion and education. It also attacks spiritualism.

140 pages.

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Aryan Sun Myths: Now Available!



This work is one of the best academic treatments of religious history that I have encountered. It spans a dozen cultures and many centuries in its pages, going from Babylon, Egypt, and ancient India, up through Greece, Rome, and into the then-modern period of the late 19th century.

Most of the lore here is in the form of historical quotation from Tacitus, Pliny, Caesar, and others, or else notations regarding the similarity between epic poems and literal mythology and the then-accepted trappings and symbols of Christendom. Indeed, the imagery of twelve followers (disciples), halos, resurrection, virgin birth, and many more such tropes, are originally pagan, and any actual historical Jesus is in all likelihood lost to history, because the subsequent writings on this figure were an amalgamation of a half dozen solar cults.

134 pages.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

General Update: Current and Planned Works for March

Alright literary world, it's time for a brief update as spring (very slowly) decides to encroach; this gives me a lot of ambition while suffering from cabin fever, although once it actually gets nice outside I do a "little" less editing and writing for a while mid spring.

I am currently about 90% of the way through "Aryan Sun Myths" and so that work will be ready and available within a week or so- "Demonism" I am half done with, so that would be the third week of March, roughly. A couple other works are planned for March: once Aryan Sun Myths is complete I'll begin editing, I believe, the Theurgia Goetia, or perhaps the Paulina and Almadel (the two will be released together due to the lengths being too short to get the Paulina out solo); either way I'll be contacting my illustrator, and by the summer all four books of the Lesser Keys will be available, I hope. After that it won't be long before I release an edition of the same with a fairly elaborate foreword and some explanatory comments.

I have a few short alchemical works of note to process as well, along with the planned two herbals!

Friday, February 23, 2018

The Tree of Life, Physical Regenesis: Now Available!




This work is the first of a number of quack medicine, herbal, and spiritualist works with pseudoscience that I intend to release this year; it's one of the strangest, suggesting overlap between the twelve signs of the zodiac and twelve inorganic materials that are used by cells (thus proving in the mind of the author, a spiritually significant connection.) Much like Dowers' explanation of "radium" and its importance spiritually, Carey likens the human being to a steam powered apparatus, with the pores as vents and other various miraculous similarities.

While thus hilarious at times, it also contains Careys' apparent post-revelational vision of utopia and a good deal of spiritual commentary on avoiding alcohol, overeating, sexual contact, and other corrupting forces in order to inevitably lead mankind to a higher plane of existence in which labor is automated and humans live a peace loving existence in visible company with angels.

52 pages.

Monday, February 19, 2018

Valhalla, Myths of Norseland: Now Available!




I was looking around trying to find more works which involved paganism, especially Norse or Egyptian, to release over time, and some time ago I found about a dozen good works; this is one of them, just in time for that happy point in the year where the Fimbulwinter begins to decline away!

More a compilation than an authored work, its authors main contribution is its rather helpful index, as the preface she includes is a lengthy allusion to Christendom and the then-interesting facet of classical lore that people tended to ruminate on Rome and ignore the far north- a tendency now inverted today. It is a collection of twelve Norse tales, in poetic form, all the way up to Ragnarok and past it with the Regeneration. In this respect it is a standard collection, but an important one, especially for those who keep predicting Ragnarok literally and forgetting that it isn't the end of history, just of a cycle.

110 pages.

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Fama Fraternitatis: Now Available!





And here it is; one of the most important works I never originally thought to release an edition of- the famous Fama Fraternitatis, first worked into English by Thomas Vaughan, that selfsame work which inspired occult changes in its own era and long after.

Containing a great deal of content in only a few pages, for someone like myself the most interesting inclusions are those which overlap it with the type of occult of Trithemius and Pontanus among others- with everburning lights and strange mechanisms and symbology. The Fama Fraternitatis formed the backbone of what was represented as an order so wise in its era that members could prolong human longevity to centuries, make gold, cure any disease, and speak with spirits.

24 pages.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

The Alchemical Catechism: Now Available!




This short, sweet work is actually one of the better alchemical works I have edited, at least insofar as being easily understood in its explanations of topics within alchemy such as the inferred differentiation between the heating action of digestion (manure decomposing!), the anaerobic burn (a kiln) and open flame. It is in the form of questions and answers, and was first worked into this form by AE Waite, that madman of manuscripts himself.

Its interesting content regarding the generation of materia by the action of vapors within the Earth is a primitive forerunner to the modern understanding of volcanism and tectonics.

32 pages.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

The Ars Goetia: Now Available!




I am extremely pleased to announce that the Ars Goetia, arguably the most infamous of all demonic works, has been completed; this edition has been re-illustrated by the talented Rita Metzner and has had some changes made to its format over some editions (for example, giving each of the 72 demons its own page for ease of use; some editions place the Seals in alternating columns or put the description of the demon above, not below them.) Not meant to be superfluous and flowery but rather a functional edition, I omitted some of Crowleys' additions, which have technically nothing to do with the original literary tradition.

I am pleased to say my edition here is the apparently least expensive edition available anywhere in paperback format.

For those not aware of the content, it is summoning; specifically aforementioned demons, using a system involving a magical circle and triangle, various seals, and standardized invocations. These various grotesque demons can, the book claims, allow the Master to talk to animals, see strange visions, and generally gain power, love, wealth, and other things; the one working such rituals needs to be wary though, since some of these demons can cause illness just by being nearby, requiring a magical ring. Others are a bit less malevolent. This text is one of a number of works which was compiled into the Lesser Keys of Solomon, of Mathers and Crowley fame.

It should be noted that I intend to release the other books of the Lesser Keys of Solomon (minus the Notoria, which is not authentically part of the same period works) compiled together, but that the Ars Goetia is its own stand-alone work and needed to be released as such prior.

Stolas be praised!

106 pages.

Friday, February 9, 2018

Mysteries of the Rosie Cross: Now Available!



This work comes from a rather expansive (and otherwise mostly one-minded) collection of texts from the golden period of both real and quack-like academia involving occultism, from that special era in the 1890s; specifically, this is one of the better titles within the Phallism series that almost certainly was created by Hargrave at the time. Unlike most entries in that series, this one has nothing to do with symbology and everything to do with the Rosicrucians' own then-translated purported literary history, with some alchemy and other subjects tossed in. The only other entry in the series that deviates from that one taboo subject of reproductive spiritual material is Ophiolatreia (which I edited quite some time ago.)

It's quite good, actually, despite the fact that parts of it are a bit dense and difficult to fit into a linear sort of system; most of the content here was copied by the author verbatim into the work; some of that content is quite strange and fantastical, almost Atlantean. Nonetheless it is academically sound.

134 pages.

Saturday, February 3, 2018

February 2018 Editing Update!

I am pleased to announce that at this time, the illustrations for my upcoming edition of the Ars Goetia have been completed by the artist (Rita Metzner, who has previously illustrated a couple of herbals for me.) The work is good and so far the formatting is going smoothly; the final edition should be a fairly standard length, perhaps a bit longer than some editions because I choose not to compress images to two-to-a-page so the finer lines are more easily legible. I expect to complete and release it this month; but it must be carefully done, because this is the ultimate big daddy of grimoires and will eventually be combined with the three other (authentic) works of the Lesser Keys in an edition of that as well.

I am also more than 80 pages into the Rosicrucian text I began editing in January; work has been slower since the beginning of chapter four, since now all remaining text is taken from other sources and compiled in this particular work by its author (read; it is in older English than the first two chapters with frequent quotations which are sometimes not entirely proper in format and must be reworked.)

Assuming both works are done before this month ends it will be time for a couple more herbal works I feel, and then work must begin on re-illustrating a half dozen prior editions.

Saturday, January 20, 2018

The New Dream Book: Now Available!




This work is a bit longer and more fleshed out than some (even some fortune telling works.) Primarily a work of dream interpretation, it also covers prognostication by moles and card throwing, and contains a very simplified, extremely short oraculum of sorts that nonetheless does not follow any other prescribed method; due to its date of manufacture it might actually be the first work to utilize a chart-like grid oracle, which was then improved upon later.

As with other works of dream interpretation prior to the late pre-modern period (the forties and fifties mostly) its interpretations are used for fortune telling instead of, as is generally the case in the present, psychology and introspection. All around a great occult work!

102 pages.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Ars Goetia Update (And Other Stuff)

Alright literary world!

I'm happy to announce that the first slew of illustrations for the Ars Goetia have been completed as of yesterday; the illustrator sent them along. That's good, because there aren't a huge number more then to be processed- so the Goetia might be ready before the end of January and barring calamity will certainly be out by February sometime.

Meanwhile, my editing of the New Fortune Teller has been speeding along and it's almost done; I haven't yet decided on which work to do subsequent to it, but it will probably be alchemical in nature. Onward!

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

First Post of 2018: General Update Time!

As of last night a most happy event has begun; the fabled return of the legendary "Morbid Stories" is at hand, and once the current slew of new entries is compiled, I'll be able to mildly re-edit the old ones, then create a two volume set mixing them all together. The original edition of the first Morbid Stories is, format-wise, not up to my modern standards, so it has to be remade anyways.

The first work of the year (which I am plowing through at high speed) is the "New and Complete Fortune Teller" (Also called the "New Dream Book.") This medium-length work dates to the dawn of the 19th century so that makes it one of the older fortune telling works. The vast bulk of its content is dream interpretation (almost 80 pages of it) followed by some divination by moles, some chartology by playing cards, and a much-shortened, simplistic oracle (called in this work a fortune table.) It fits in completely with the oracle and dream book traditions. In due time I need to create perhaps a book of books cataloging, categorizing, and explaining these intertwined traditions and their various literary cannibalism.

I hope to release a second work in January alongside the New Dream Book, but have not yet decided on which. I want to return to some alchemy soon also.