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Secrets in Scarlet

Hermetic Library Fellow T Polyphilus reviews Secrets in Scarlet: An Arkham Horror Anthology [Amazon, Bookshop, Publisher, Local Library] ed Charlotte Llewelyn-Wells, with David Annandale, Davide Mana, Jason Fischer, Carrie Harris, Steven Philip Jones, Lisa Smedman, James Fadeley, M J Newman, and Josh Reynolds, cover by Daniel Strange.

Llewelyn-Wells Secrets in Scarlet

Secrets in Scarlet is the second volume of new short stories edited by Charlotte Llewelleyn-Wells and set in the Arkham Horror game milieu. Just as the previous book was oriented around the “Night of the Zealot” campaign in the core set of Arkham Horror: The Card Game, this one consists of background tales that flesh out the setting and antecedent plots of the recently-released Scarlet Keys Campaign Expansion. The campaign is built upon a cosmopolitan cast of conspirators whose lore goes back to Call of Cthulhu: The Card Game or even earlier. Known collectively as the Congress of the Keys, or the Red Coterie, these include the Red-Gloved Man, the Claret Knight, Amaranth, The Sanguine Watcher, and others. At least one of these characters features in each of the stories. There are also other incidental characters from the game, such as Li Flint and Ece Sahin.

Arkham Horror player-character investigators only appear in a few of the tales. Reporter Rex Murphy has a nautical fright in Lisa Smedman’s “Strange Things Done.” Stephen Philip Jones has written about security consultant Kymani Jones investigating a theft in “A Forty Grain Weight of Nephrite.” “The Red and the Black” by Josh Reynolds concerns the spy Trish Scarborough. The immediate events of the narratives all take place in the 1920s interwar period in which the games are set.

Seven of the nine stories are the elaborated forms of seven of the nine rumors in the bulleted list on page 10 of the Campaign Guide from The Scarlet Keys, with settings of Shanghai, Havana, Buenos Aires, Anchorage, Istanbul, and Marrakesh. There are no stories for the Nairobi and Kathmandu entries on that list, however. Instead, the first tale in the book is set in Manhattan, and the the final one is in Venice. These highlight the campaign’s explicit (though optional) inclusion of separately-distributed scenario packs, alluding to The War of the Outer Gods and Carnevale of Horrors respectively.

The literary quality of the stories is variable. Of special note is the contribution by M. J. Newman, who had a long tenure as the lead designer on the card game. As far as I know, the story “Crossing Stars” is Newman’s first published Arkham Horror fiction that is not embedded in game rules. I wasn’t impressed with the often affected diction here, e.g. “a sorcerer, able to manipulate the very winds of change with but a thought and the implementation of various esoteric componentry” (287). But the story made up for it with an interesting plot well connected to the central theme of the collection. I thought the best writing of the book was in the pieces by Smedman and Reynolds, but they all held my interest.

I am currently playing through The Scarlet Keys campaign in the card game, and I would definitely recommend this book of related stories to anyone in a similar position. Even for those with no involvement in Cthulhvian gaming, the suite of stories set against the background of a global conspiracy of alien sorcery and lost technology is enjoyable. At its best moments, it reminded me a little of Caitlin R. Kiernan’s Tinfoil Dossier books.

Call for submissions, September 2022: Anthology deadline this month, Zine, Calendar, and more!

Here’s a quick reminder about all current open calls for submissions for you to check out.

Hermetic Library Anthology Album for 2022: Magick, Music and Ritual 17

Hermetic Library Call for Submissions to Magick, Music and Ritual 17 for 2022

The deadline for Magick, Music and Ritual 17 is fast approaching on September 30th! I need more submissions for there to be an anthology issue this year.

Magick, Music and Ritual 17 will be the 2022 release from the Anthology Project. The deadline for submissions to this anthology album is September 30th, 2022. Read the call for submissions to Magick, Music, and Ritual for 2022

Hermetic Library Zine

Hermetic Library Zine call for submissions

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Hermetic Library Calendar call for submissions

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And more!

There are a lot more ways to participate and help and if you’ve an idea not mentioned get in touch.

Call for submissions, August 2022: Anthology, Zine, and Calendar

Here’s a quick reminder about all current open calls for submissions for you to check out.

Hermetic Library Anthology Album for 2022: Magick, Music and Ritual 17

Hermetic Library Call for Submissions to Magick, Music and Ritual 17 for 2022

Magick, Music and Ritual 17 will be the 2022 release from the Anthology Project. The deadline for submissions to this anthology album is September 30th, 2022. Read the call for submissions to Magick, Music, and Ritual for 2022

Hermetic Library Zine

Hermetic Library Zine call for submissions

Got something for the Hermetic Library Zine? Send something!

Hermetic Library Calendar

Hermetic Library Calendar call for submissions

Got a current or upcoming event to share with others for the Hermetic Library Calendar? Add something!

Call for submissions, July 2022: Anthology, Zine, and Calendar

Here’s a quick reminder about all current open calls for submissions for you to check out.

Hermetic Library Anthology Album for 2022: Magick, Music and Ritual 17

Hermetic Library Call for Submissions to Magick, Music and Ritual 17 for 2022

Magick, Music and Ritual 17 will be the 2022 release from the Anthology Project. The deadline for submissions to this anthology album is September 30th, 2022. Read the call for submissions to Magick, Music, and Ritual for 2022

Hermetic Library Zine

Hermetic Library Zine call for submissions

Got something for the Hermetic Library Zine? Send something!

Hermetic Library Calendar

Hermetic Library Calendar call for submissions

Got a current or upcoming event to share with others for the Hermetic Library Calendar? Add something!

It was as I lay on the cellar floor, feeling the blood on my back become sticky and cold, that the angel first spoke to me. She filled the air with the scent of metal and surrounded me with a circle of blue flame, and I was frightened.

“Don’t be afraid,” she told me. “I have come to speak to you, and through you. At the command of the god-machine you shall hear my words and know them to be true.” Her voice was like the notes of a flute and their vibrations calmed my fear. And that was how I learned the secret history of the world.

Rick Chillot, “Voice of the Angel”, The God-Machine Anthology [Amazon, DriveThruFiction]

Hermetic quote Chillot Voice of the Angel The God-Machine Anthology angel first spoke circle blue flame dont be afraid words true learned secret history of the world

The Hermetic Library Anthology Album – Magick, Music and Ritual 15

Magick, Music and Ritual 15, the Hermetic Library Anthology Album issued for 2020, Sun in Sagittarius, An Vvi, from the Hermetic Library Anthology project is now released for immediate digital download.

Magick Music and Ritual 15 The Hermetic Library Anthology Album for 2020, Sun in Sagittarius, An Vvi

 

Please join the Hermetic Library in thanking and promoting these artists who have contributed their work to this benefit anthology album project by picking up this release. Please also spread the word to people you think may be interested in the work of artists who combine magick, music and ritual.

Be sure to also check out the entire Hermetic Library Anthology project, all the previous releases; and consider picking up the digital download of this album and any other that strikes your fancy to help support the work of the library!

 

 

The full tracklist for the 2020 anthology album consists of 8 tracks by 7 artists:

  1. Jericho Button – Soul Dredger 13:37
  2. Haegtesse – A Grimoir 06:03
  3. King Venus – Inhumite 06:33
  4. Mishorka – ZAX Symphony 15:00
  5. Scholar – Psycho-Logic-Kills 03:05
  6. Brian Redfern – Whoosh – the Spiraling Djin 03:19
  7. Mishorka – Greeting of Earth and Heaven 02:03
  8. The Arcanauts – Nachash 07:14

 

Magick, Music and Ritual 15, the anthology album for 2020 from the Anthology Project, is being released for the anniversary of the December 3, 1996 birthday of the Hermetic Library, with a playlist of 8 tracks by 7 artists, new and returning voices, for this Hermetic Library Anthology Album.

Our cover includes The Hanged Man, from the Dream Logic Tarot project, a collaboration by Jay Gidwitz and Anthony Teth for this current year in the Thelemic Calendar, An V:vi (2020 e.v.), which represents the docosade of Atu V, the Hierophant and the year of Atu VI, The Lovers. However, the image itself, as described in the artists’ statements, is Atu XII, The Hanged Man, and was chosen because of our current lives in these plague years. We also have an alternative cover, included with the album download, that features Alchemy Mask by Jay Gidwitz.

As a bonus download, included with this issue, is the video Supernatural by Vivian Giourousis, with music by Kristeen Young, performed by Waterworks.

Please join the Hermetic Library in promoting these artists who have contributed their work to this benefit anthology album project. Please also spread the word about these anthology albums to people you think may be interested in the work of artists who combine magick, music and ritual.

The best way to add this anthology, as well as previous releases and future Hermetic Library albums, to your personal music collection is through the Patron campaign at Patreon. New Patrons receive a gratis download code for a previous anthology release of their choice in addition to all the other patronage rewards they may receive. Consider becoming a Patron today!

After a year hiatus, I’m delighted to be able to share this new anthology album. Helping to usher these into the world, both as individual releases and as part of an ongoing and growing corpus, is something I sorely missed, but now am able to give to everyone and the world as a gift to share. In an always curiouser and curiouser time, when everything seems topsy turvy and uncertain, the world needs more intentional and active love in all its healthy forms.

The Hermetic Library at Hermetic.com has an overall vision of Archiving, Engaging and Encouraging the living Esoteric Tradition, Hermeticism & Aleister Crowley’s Thelema for over 20 years. I started the benefit anthology project to help promote newer works in the Esoteric Tradition to the audience of the Hermetic Library and beyond. The anthology project also further raises awareness about the corpus and culture of magick and ritual. The site itself was started in 1996 and has ever since consistently been an extremely popular resource for students and researchers interested in the Esoteric Tradition. I encourage you to check out Hermetic Library and everything in the collection there, if you aren’t already familiar with it, as that’s the reason this project exists and may also offer inspiration to you.

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Production by John Griogair Bell
Cover from the Dream Logic Tarot project, a collaboration by Jay Gidwitz and Anthony Teth

All songs used with permission. All rights reserved.

Melody for Erin

 

Melody for Erin
(Ace of Space/Paul Le Hat)

Hermetic Library Anthology Artist Ace of Space

Discontent is unavailable …

One man wave of cinematic electronica from Northumbria. Has so far produced five full length albums.

Whatever it means to Ace of Space it means capturing the moment, just like taking a photograph or snapshot, in musical terms. These eclectic collections are a mixture of old school electronica and guitar instrumentals and atmospheric soundtrack work.

Follow Ace of Space via
Blog
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Soundcloud
and
Anthology profile

 

Write an article, review, or story for Hermetic Library

Interested in writing for Hermetic Library? Now you can!

I am announcing an open and rolling call for you to pitch ideas for submissions to Hermetic Library’s blog, site, private publication for subscription Patrons, or, possibly-maybe-once-and-future, journal!

(If you want to post to the Hrmtc Underground BBS or submit something to the wild & wooly Zine instead, go ahead! There’s no formal submissions process for either of those. What I’m describing here is specifically for publishing to the blog, site, and/or journal.)

I recently created an online form which you can use to submit a pitch for your submission idea. I’d mentioned it in a couple of places, and have it linked on the website and in the sidebar of the library blog, but wanted to make sure I more formally announce it to you here.

You’re probably already familiar with the library and the blog, but if not you should be sure to get an idea of what the library is all about before making a pitch. Consider taking a gander at the submissions guidelines for the Anthology Journal for some general idea of what I thought submissions to that might have looked like. Now that I’m thinking about it, there’s also the contributors’ guidelines in the Caduceus archive you can consider as well.

But, once you’ve got an idea that you feel is right for the library audience, you’re ready to start. You should pitch your idea for a submission!

What happens next, you ask? What’s the process of moving from making a pitch, developing a submission, compensating you, and, finally, publishing your work for the public audience of the library to read? Well, I’m so excited you asked! Let me tell you!

The Pitch

When a pitch comes in, what I plan on doing is posting it to a private forum for my Patrons. I’ll do that to give them a chance to let me know what they think, and if they’re interested in reading the proposed submission. I’ll take their feedback into consideration on whether to accept or reject the pitch, and move forward with the idea as a submission.

If the pitch idea is not accepted, I’ll suggest whether or not to revise the submission for another try. Optionally, the author may consider posting the submission as topic for Discussion on the BBS.

If the pitch is accepted, then I’ll ask the author to submit the article, review or story for consideration.

The Submission

When a submission comes in, what I plan on doing is posting it to a private forum for my Patrons. I’ll do that to give them a chance to let me know what they think about the various merits of the submission. I’ll take their feedback into consideration on whether to accept or reject the pitch, and move forward with compensation for the author and then posting the submission to one of Hermetic Library’s projects.

If the submission is not accepted, I’ll suggest whether or not to revise the submission for another try. Optionally, the author may consider posting to their work as a topic for Discussion on the BBS, or submitting to the Hermetic Library Zine instead.

If the submission is accepted, I’ll move forward with compensating the author. Once I’ve successfully compensated the author for their work, I will then post the the article, review or story for the public to read one of the variety of places I publish.

Compensation

For submissions that are accepted for publication, I happily offer thanks. I’m also delighted to send you a gratis download code for any one of the released anthology albums.

For work accepted through this process, I am currently able to offer an honorarium of up to $50 per successful submission, supported by my generous Patrons.

For established reviewers, I am happy to see about getting a reviewer’s copy sent to you in advance.

Finally, if there’s something else you’ve got in mind, or an idea I’ve not mentioned, let me know!

Rights to Publish

As part of this submission process, creators affirmatively agree to non-exclusively release the information in their pitch for private sharing with those involved in the process in perpetuity.

If an eventual submission is accepted, authors and creators, of course, retain copyright on their work. They will merely affirmatively agree to release their submission non-exclusively for use by the library, granting rights to publicly present the work in perpetuity.

 

If you have any comments, questions, or concerns, do get in touch. Also, if the process seems daunting or there’s some aspect of it that creates difficulty for you in some way, let me know so we can find a way forward that works better for you. Finally, if you’re thinking of something that doesn’t seem to fit what I’ve described here, get in touch and let me know what you’re thinking so we can figure out whether and how we can consider your cool out-of-the-box idea. Go ahead and use the form and fill out as much as you can and I’ll get back to you, or contact me directly.

Current contact information should always be up on Hermetic Library, so you can reach me via email or post.

I look forward to hearing from you, so pitch your idea today! (Besides, you read this far, right? You might as well follow through with a pitch too!)

Updated 5jan2019: Revised to better reflect the current process, and increased available honorarium. The most current information on this will be on the actual form to pitch an idea itself.

Library News for July 2016

It’s the 15th of July and that means there is only one month left until the submissions deadline for this year’s anthology. This anthology is going to be awesome and a great way to celebrate the 20th year of the library online! Be sure to check out all eleven past anthologies. Gander at the call for submissions to the 2016 anthology. Consider participating and spreading the word to those who may be interested.

Call for Submissions for Magick Music and Ritual 12

 

I currently have a number of other things going on as well.

First off, slightly off topic for the library, I’ve got another anthology I’ve just started up this year. All the technical details are pretty much the same, but this one is for my geeky, nerdy persona as Rigaroga. Also, there’s actually a theme for this one. You can check out the call for submissions to BENT BROKEN BEAUTIFUL, the first anthology for Rigaroga’s Odd Order for more.

Odd Order album BENT BROKEN BEAUTIFUL call for 2016 submissions

 

Listen to the first Reader’s Theatre! Become a Reader; consider sending in your reading. I have had no submissions since releasing this first selection, so have no idea when I can put another one together. I need participation for this to continue happening, so join me! It’s super easy and I’m sure you’ve got some favourite material you’d like to share with others.

Reader's Theatre with Hermetic Library

 

With special thanks to ongoing Patrons of the library and supporters of the 2016 Funding Campaign, most recently, I released the first Hermetic Library Zine, for June! I’ll put out another zine as soon as I’ve got enough submissions, so send in your material soon, or, now! Check out the call for submissions to the zine, or head over to Hermetic Library’s digital publications.

Hermetic Library Zine June 2016

 

Finally, in that strange way that things work out, even if they’re falling apart … I recently moved myself, the library cats, and the library to a new location, a new Abbey of the Library. It was a bit expected and unexpected. It was a bit of stress and relief. I’m now even more removed into the semi-civilized woods of Cascadia. The place I’ve ended up had significantly reduced my expenses, but at the same time I’ve ended up with some crazy ideas. Although along a

I’m thinking about how any abbey should have things like a monkish brew of ale and an herbal liqueur. I’m also thinking that I now have actual land on which a physical library and reading room could actually be built. I’m thinking about the feakin’ awesome idea of creating Abramelin and Holy Anointing cocktail bitters.

And, I’m thinking about the possibility for offering a residency program! If you are interested in talking about becoming part of an experimental trial run of what may turn into Hermetic Library’s residency program, get in touch!

I’m thinking 3 or 6 month residencies for creatives, scholars, and practitioners; offering a place for physical, mental and spiritual improvements and work can be done in-residence at the new Abbey of the Library. I imagine that this would be an exchange, where those engaged in the residency program would also offer to help with some physical, mental and spiritual improvements and work at the library as well. This place is not yet set up for a real residency program, but there’s potential enough for an experiment to be possible.

This isn’t going to be a resort, by any stretch of the imagination. Currently there’s a very rustic, almost off-grid feel to the situation. The amount of land is limited. I also have to admit that I’m struggling to cope with the fact that the best and only broadband option is satellite, which significantly curtails what I’m used to being able to do online.

But, it’s not nothing. I have the opportunity to be of service by offering a way to get away from things and reduce living expenses so those in residency can focus on their work. Nothing is set in stone, and I’m just brainstorming right now. If you’re interested in brainstorming with me about this idea or want to offer support to help make it happen, let me know!

 

There are so many ways you can help support or participate in the work of the library. Consider how you can start actively participating at the library!