The extremely wide assortment of tales in The Drug and Other Stories includes some with a double role as technical instruction in magick or significant mythopoeia for Thelemic culture. These include Liber XLV “The Wake World,” a qabalistic fairy-tale; Liber LXI, “Tien Tao,” a political and psychological parable; Liber LI, “Atlantis: The Lost Continent,” an antediluvian mystery, and Liber LIX, “Across the Gulf,” a tale of Ankh-f-n-Khonsu in ancient Egypt. Many of the stories with contemporary settings and conventional narrative style feature actual persons and anecdotes from Crowley’s life only superficially fictionalized.
“Mysticism, magic and alchemy all come into play in the creative process. For centuries musicians have tapped into things spiritual, embracing ritual, spell, incantation and prayer deeply into their life and work. Although the connection of music to mysticism has been consistent, well documented and productive, it is still shrouded in mystery and largely misunderstood. For this special edition, Arcana focuses on the nexus of mysticism and spirituality in the magical act of making music. Far from an historical overview or cold musicologist’s study, these essays illuminate a fascinating and elusive subject via the the eloquent voices of today’s most distinguished modern practitioners and greatest occult thinkers, providing insights into the esoteric traditions and mysteries involved in the composition and performance of the most mystical of all arts.
Dary John Mizelle
Genesis Breyer P-Orridge
David Chaim Smith
Peter Lamborn Wilson
Z’ev” — back cover
Songs for the Witch Woman by John Whiteside “Jack” Parsons and Marjorie Cameron, with commentaries by William Breeze, George Pendle and Margaret Haines, from Fulgur, is due to release on March 17th, 2014, in limited hardback and even more limited, 156 hand-numbered, deluxe editions, which will be of interest.
“There are few modern love stories as passionate and poignant as the relationship between rocket scientist Jack Parsons and his artist lover, Marjorie Cameron. At once a muse, occult student and primal force of nature — a woman he proclaimed as his ‘elemental’ in a letter to Aleister Crowley — Cameron fascinated, troubled and inspired Parsons.
Songs for the Witch Woman is a project born from this turbulent love story. A series of poems written by Parsons reveal his feelings toward his often absent lover. And beside these words are images from the hand of Cameron, illustrating and echoing the intimate themes.
After Parsons’ tragic death in June 1952 we find the notebook in which this work was recorded continues, as a bereaved Cameron keeps a diary of her magical working in Lamb Canyon, California. In the dark desert her words become a raw lament as she attempts to gain contact with her Holy Guardian Angel. And throughout the working, the memory of Jack is never far from her mind.
Now published more than sixty years after it was written, Songs for the Witch Woman stands as a testament to lasting power of love and loss.
This book represents a creative collaboration between two of the most important names in 20th century occultism. It includes:
· The poems, drawings and diary entries published together for the first time.
· A facsimile of the original 1950s notebook with text by Parsons and illustrations by Cameron.
· The texts have also been corrected and typeset alongside a second suite of pen and ink drawings that Cameron produced for the work after 1952.
· Contextual commentaries from William Breeze, George Pendle and Margaret Haines.” [via]
“Hardback Special Issue £55.00
250 copies only: sewn hardback in jet-black cloth, stamped in crimson, custom fitted dust-jacket. With an ORIGINAL signed and numbered full-colour offset lithograph print by Denis Forkas Kostromitin entitled Main de Gloire commissioned especially for this issue.
Standard Issue £15.00
sewn paperback” [via]
“Abraxas No.3 offers 176 large format pages of essays, poetry, interviews and art. Printed using state-of-the-art offset lithography to our usual high standard, Abraxas 3 is richly illustrated and employs a variety of papers.
Contributions for this third issue include:
SPECIAL FEATURE Aleister Crowley: The Palermo Collection
Caves of Sorcerers: The American Beginnings of Crowley’s Art
Crowley The Painter in Cefalù and the Origins of the Palermo Collection
Giuseppe Di Liberti
Aleister Crowley, Painting, and the Works from the Palermo Collection
An Inventory of the Palermo Collection
The Secret School vol. I, II, III
Do Me Dada Style
Sufism: A Theurgic Perspective
A Place Apart
In the Bookshop
Designing the Hermitage
of the stars, and two
Hunting Amber (For Johs Pedersen)
Images and typography
8 English Rituals
Paracelsus: of the Umbratick Evester
Jesse Bransford: An Interview
The Eglantine Breath: An Interview with Denis Forkas Kostromitin
Robert Ansell” [via]
In addition to a new lower price on the newest issue, Fulgur is also running a half price special on the sewn paperback edition of Issue 2, to celebrate the launch of the newest.
The Nightmare Paintings: Aleister Crowley is an exhibition of Aleister Crowley works in Australia. Currently there doesn’t appear to be much information available about the exhibition, but you may be interested in the limited edition exhibition catalogue, of which only 666 will be made and is scheduled for November 2012.
“Limited edition exhibition catalogue with full colour reproductions to commemorate the first major exhibition of Aleister Crowley in Australia.
Essays by Marco Pasi, Giuseppe Di Liberti, Stephen J King, William Breeze, Tobias Churton and Robert Buratti.” [via]