Aleister Crowley


Betty May - The Musical

Written by LAShTAL. Posted in Aleister Crowley.

Helen Lederer and Georgina Sutcliffe feature in a new musical about Betty May (the so-called 'Tiger Woman') in London, according to a brief and amusing review in today's Evening Standard...

It seems even old pros can succumb to the jitters before curtain-up. Prior to appearing at Brasserie Zedel in new musical Betty May as Madame Strindberg, Helen Lederer was all of a flutter. "I'd kiss you but I'm afraid I'll be sick all over you," she told me. "I'm so nervous. I've not learned my part. Is it too late? "

She needn't have worried and remembered most of her lines commendably. Georgina Sutcliffe, ex-wife of actor Sean Bean, proved that she is a far finer singer than she gives herself credit for. Betty May tells the story of a cockney who found fame as Tiger Woman in Belle Epoque Paris, fought with occultist Aleister Crowley and enjoyed absinthe. As did a large section of last night's Soho audience.

--- Tales of Cockney Rhyme and Absinthe, Evening Standard, 19 March 2013



Aleister Crowley in the Mouth of Hell

Written by LAShTAL. Posted in Aleister Crowley.

Aleister Crowley in the Mouth of Hell by Carlos Atanes is an unfilmed screenplay, that is being made available as a book in March.

Underground filmmaker Carlos Atanes has been trying to make a movie about Aleister Crowley and his Magick for more than ten years. He started in 2002 shooting two crowleyesque feature length films, Ian Perplexed and Perdurabo. They were both unfinished. On the way he made two non-crowleyesque movies, FAQ and PROXIMA.

In the beginning of 2007 this was the third and last attempt of the deal with Magick: In the Mouth of Hell. Atanes wrote it for two years, until the end of 2008. This script is structured in the reverse order of the Major Arcana of Crowley's Tarot. The plot describes the mystical trip of Crowley through the Duat, the egyptian underworld, the encounters with significant characters in his real life–people as Hanni Jaegger, Fernando Pessoa, Leila Waddell, Victor Neuburg, Raoul Loveday– and the confrontation with the demon Choronzon, his old adversary.

Atanes' intention was to shoot it in Spanish with his flagship actor Manuel Solàs playing the mature Crowley. While he was looking for fundings he was shooting another two apparently non-crowleyesque feature movies, Maximum Shame and Gallino, the Chicken System–although this one contains clear references to Sexual Magick.

In the Mouth of Hell was a complex and expensive project, and it was not conceived for everybody but just for curious, informed and/or initiated audiences, which means an added difficulty to attract producers and investors' interest.  After four years of search, finally fundings didn't arrive and Atanes threw in the towel. He decided to shelve the matter. But he also thought it would be a pity to bury a text that could be interesting for all of those who were waiting for this film for a decade. This way people could watch the film and recall in their heads.

This is the screenplay such as it was written and never filmed.


Thelema Now! Guest: Robert Buratti

Written by Frater Puck. Posted in Aleister Crowley.

Australian art dealer Robert Buratti is making it his mission to get Aleister Crowley his due when it comes to his painting and artwork.  He has curated the first major exhibition of Aleister Crowley to tour Australia, featuring works previously exhibited at the Pompidou Centre and Palais de Tokyo, Paris.  Find out why he thinks Uncle Al's works deserve more exposure!  To see more, visit



Weiser Antiquarian Books Catalogue 106

Written by LAShTAL. Posted in Aleister Crowley.

Weiser Antiquarian continues, with its latest catalog, to maintain an extraordinarily high standard. There are literally dozens of items in the latest one that I'd love to have in my archives!

Weiser Antiquarian Books Catalogue
No. 106

Aleister Crowley

Used and Rare Books and Ephemera

Online now at:

Weiser Antiquarian Books is pleased to announce the release of the one hundred and sixth of our on-line catalogues, this being another of our specialised Aleister Crowley lists. For those not interested in Crowley, do not be dismayed: we are working on another of our "Miscellany Lists" and several catalogues on other topics are slowly edging towards completion. We are also making a concerted effort to add fresh titles to our website on a weekly basis, so don't forget to click the "new arrivals" link at the left side of our homepage regularly.

This catalogue is made up of seven sections, the first of which is a mixed collection of books and ephemera by Crowley himself.  It includes some truly stunning manuscript and typescript items, notably the original typescript of an unpublished film-script entitled "The Stolen Post-Office," a murder mystery with a dissolute cocaine-fiend as the villain whose friend, "Snowbird Jim" starts out bad but ends up good under the influence of dance-hall-floozy come tart-with-a-heart "Dago Flo." There is also a typescript of Crowley's Liber Aleph that circulated amongst Crowley's followers shortly before his death, and a small collection of documents relating to Crowley's failed attempt to get to America during the Second World War, including an envelope on which Crowley has written "From my Gaoler." Manuscript materials include an original manuscript poem that was later published in Konx om Pax, a note in which Crowley suggests a course by which the Thoth tarot deck might come to be his path-way to riches, two letters to Frieda Harris, and a remarkable note in which Crowley suggests Oscar Wilde to have been guilty of plagiarism!

Amongst the less common printed texts in this group are a copy of Crowley's The Man That Put the O.K. in Book, a booklet that is as sycophantic as it is scarce, the softcover version of the 1992 Mandrake Press Ltd edition of the first eleven numbers of The Equinox (oddly the only edition that is a true facsimile of the first edition), and the memorable "Scratch 'n' Sniff" edition of Leah Sublime (1996), which was surely in part a homage to John Waters' "Polyester" and its "Odorama."


Lecture: Aleister Crowley & Wicca (Australia)

Written by LAShTAL. Posted in Aleister Crowley.

Saturday 9 February 2013: Buratti Fine Art - 222 Queen Victoria Street, North Fremantle, Western Australia

Aleister Crowley is most associated with his magical-spiritual philosophy of Thelema and the Orders he reformed or created to promote it, but his influence can be found within modern Witchcraft or Wicca which uses his magic and writings to high degree. This lecture will explore how this occured, noting several different theories and revealing a side to Wicca not known by many of its modern adherents.

An illustrated lecture presented by Peregrin Wildoak.

Peregrin Wildoak was born in Warwickshire, UK and emigrated to Perth, Western Australia at age 12, where he has lived ever since. In his youth he came into contact with the western mystery traditions and was initiated into the Golden Dawn. He has also received initiation and training in several other traditions including Wicca and an Isis Mystery School. Peregrin is a former editor of Pagan Times and Greenspirit, and co-founded the EarthDreaming tradition and the Golden Dawn Society of Western Australia.


Marlene's AC Walk

Written by Marlene. Posted in Aleister Crowley.

Marlene is organising a walk around Central London at Easter to some of the places Aleister Crowley lived in - with a short talk on each and a stop off for coffee at the end. It will be 2-3 miles.

If you feel up to such a walk, it is likely to be 1 April - Monday - weather permitting. Please let her know through LAShTAL.


Aleister Crowley: The Prince-Priest

Written by LAShTAL. Posted in Aleister Crowley.

As the result of interest from members of this site, I have placed a copy of a PDF of my presentation regarding the Cairo Working in the Downloads section of this website (look for Downloads under Resources in the main menu - the document is in the LAShTAL 'folder').

This is the PowerPoint slideshow I used as the basis for my talk at Treadwells for Hecate's excellent Save The Abbey event earlier this year at Treadwells Bookshop in London and I am presenting it here with her permission. I have retained copyright to the original material - other copyrights are listed in the Download description - and the document is not to be reproduced elsewhere in any format.

It is still my plan to make available all the material from the day's talks - presentations together with audio recordings or transcripts - available for download from this site.



Re-Creating the Abbey: A group show of contemporary work inspired by Aleister Crowley's Chamber of Nightmares

Written by Buratti Fine Art. Posted in Aleister Crowley.

"Re-Creating the Abbet" is a satellite show currently held alongside "The Nightmare Paintings: Aleister Crowley" and presents new original work from a range of contemporary artists including Barry William Hale and Mitchell Nolte.

The only surviving record of the images which adorned Crowley’s Chamber of Nightmares was an essay by the artist written circa 1920. Written as a tourist's introduction to the Sicilian village, it contained a catalogue of his paintings on the walls of the Abbey of Thelema. The piece remained unpublished during Crowley's lifetime.

The selection of work in this exhibition is inspired by these writings.


Fortean Times: AC's Art From The Abbey

Written by LAShTAL. Posted in Aleister Crowley.

Image from Krzysztof AzarewiczThis month's Fortean Times includes a substantial, illustrated article on Aleister Crowley's art, especially within the context of the current Gallery tour in Australia.

Jack Sargeant has done a good job, here, of introducing Aleister Crowley's painting style to a generally more appreciative audience.



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