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Victoria's Madmen by Clive Bloom

Written by LAShTAL. Posted in Aleister Crowley.

Victoria's Madmen: Revolution and Alienation

Clive Bloom

A unique view of Victoria's reign through the eyes of the neglected figures of the age – the assassins, anarchists, terrorists and revolutionaries.

Victoria's Madmen tells the stories of a host of figures who came to exemplify a contradictory history of the Victorian Age: not one of Dickensian London and smoking factories, but one of little known revolutionaries and radicals.

Clive Bloom mixes extraordinary marginal voices with famous - and infamous - figures, from messiahs like Richard Brothers and Octavia 'Daughter of God'; writers such as Oscar Wilde, Arthur Conan Doyle, and Edward Bulwer-Lytton; revolutionaries and radicals like Karl Marx, Beatrice Webb, George Bernard Shaw and Oswald Mosley; madmen like Richard Dadd and Jack the Ripper; orientalists and guerrilla fighters such as T. E. Lawrence; worshippers of Pan such as Arthur Machen, Kenneth Graham and J.M. Barrie, as well as the Latvian anarchists who killed three policemen in the East End of London.

This is the story of those who were outcasts by temperament and choice; the non-conformists of the Victorian Age. Clive Bloom's readable account of the dark underbelly of Victoria's Britain perfectly captures the unrest bubbling under the surface of strait-laced Victorian society.

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Thelema NOW Guest: Barry William Hale

Written by Frater Puck. Posted in Aleister Crowley.

What's it like having your artwork hanging right next to Aleister Crowley's?  Barry William Hale knows!  Hear him discuss this, looking for inspiration, and more!

Barry William Hale has been described as an occult artist, but he is much more.  For example, as an outspoken member of the OTO, he is a forward thinking proponent for individual exploration, undoubtedly spurred on by his genealogy which all but radiates the outlaw.

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A Book of Sketches by Aleister Crowley

Written by Weiser Antiquarian. Posted in Aleister Crowley.

Members of this site will be very excited by the news of this new book from Weiser Antiquarian...

From the Teitan Press:

A Book of Sketches by Aleister Crowley

Introduction by Keith Richmond and David Tibet.  The Teitan Press, 2013. York Beach, Maine USA

First Edition.  Hardcover. Landscape format 8vo. xii + [45 plates each printed on rectos only]. Fine black cloth spine with gilt lettering, charcoal papered boards with gilt title and facsimile Crowley signature, full colour plates, charcoal end pages. Edition limited to 418 hand numbered copies. For the launch week only copies come with a special bookplate signed by David Tibet and Keith Richmond.

Reproduces in full a series of colour and black and white sketches, mostly of women, from a sketchbook utilised by Aleister Crowley from the late 1930s to the early 1940s, and now preserved in the Yorke collection.  While the 45 plates include a number of finished drawings, most are unpolished designs, possibly "roughs" for later more detailed compositions.

Although hardly examples of "high art," they offer a fascinating glimpse of Crowley's process of imagining his art, and the varied styles with which he experimented ( some images can be viewed at http://teitanpress.com/).

With a five page Introduction by Crowley art aficionados David Tibet and Keith Richmond. NEW book. Fine condition.

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Aleister Crowley - Wandering The Waste

Written by Weiser Antiquarian. Posted in Aleister Crowley.

The life of Aleister Crowley in 'graphic novel' form:

Aleister Crowley: Wandering the Waste

By Martin Hayes (Author) and R. H. Stewart (Artist); with a Foreword by Richard Kaczynski

Markosia Enterprises Ltd., USA. 2013. First US Edition. Softcover. 8vo. (9 x 6 inches). vi +108p+ xxviii. Glossy printed wrappers. This printing of 111 copies specially prepared especially for Weiser Antiquarian Books. Signed by Martin Hayes, R H Stewart, and Richard Kaczynski on a bookplate tipped onto the inside front cover and with a special statement of limitation imprinted on the rear cover.

The first full recounting of the life of Aleister Crowley in "graphic novel" form (i.e. a book produced in 'comic' form: instead of straight text it comprises a series of panels of images with accompanying textual devices of speech balloons, captions, etc. giving the narrative.) Illustrated in black & white by R H Stewart, and with a two page Foreword by Crowley biographer Richard Kacyznski.

From the publisher's blurb: ' ... the life and times of Britain's most infamous son. Occultist, artist, poet, prophet, record-setting mountaineer, drug and free-love pioneer, spy, scholar, and legendary bad egg. An explorer of many realms who conversed with gods and angels but ended his days labelled 'The Wickedest Man in the World'. A foolish genius. A much maligned history. A wanderer of the waste."

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Snowdrops From A Curate's Garden

Written by LAShTAL. Posted in Aleister Crowley.

A new edition of Aleister Crowley's notorious Snowdrops From A Curate's Garden from Edda Publishing...

While at his Scottish retreat Boleskine in 1903, Aleister Crowley decided to amuse his wife Rose and their friends by writing pornography – one new section each day. He concocted a tale that managed to be marvelously creative and utterly repugnant at the same time. No taboo escaped unviolated – sodomy, pederasty, bestiality, necrophilia, urolagnia, and coprophagia all figure prominently in the text. The protagonist is no less than an Archbishop, incorporating the grand tradition of anti-clericalism which had been a feature of popular pornography for centuries. Many contemporary figures were also made objects of satire, although they were also rendered "nameless" by the use of elision, or omitted letters.

The overall result is more absurd than obscene, owing more to Cervantes, Rabelais, Sade and Apollinaire than to the run-of-the-mill pornography of the time. Writing a chapter a day, in the evenings Crowley read it aloud to the audience assembled in the household, with the exception of his Aunt Annie. Reportedly this had the intended effect of amusing Rose, and doubtless the rest of the party, especially since some of them and their old friends from Paris were featured characters. Poor old Aunt Annie even ended up having a role in the tale.

Lavishly illustrated in 38 images by Fredrik Söderberg. The book also contains an in-depth introduction by its editor, American sexologist Vere Chappell.

208 pages, 148 x 210 mm, hardbound with dustjacket. Limited to 418 hand-numbered copies (Standard Edition). The first 43 copies are hardbound in a Half French binding and come in a slipcase together with a signed silkscreen print by Fredrik Söderberg (Limited Edition).

Standard edition: 400 SEK + postage (please make sure you choose the correct postage option when ordering at the site)

Limited edition: 1900 SEK + postage for registered mail (please make sure you choose the correct postage option when ordering at the site)

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Liber XV: Gnostic Mass

Written by OTO Poland. Posted in Aleister Crowley.

O.T.O Poland and its publishing arm, Academia Masonica Press, are pleased to launch a new (English language) edition of Liber XV: Gnostic Mass.

This beautiful hardback publication bound in faux leather with a striking gilt blocking on cover is offered in a limited edition of 200 copies and is laid out in such a way that it can be practically used by Deacon and Congregation during the Mass.

It contains an official and updated list of Saints, two appendices with descriptions of steps and signs and translation of Greek words and phrases.

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Download: 1907 Galley Proofs of Collected Works (Liber L)

Written by LAShTAL. Posted in Aleister Crowley.

LAShTAL.COM is enormously proud to present a free download of a highly significant piece by Aleister Crowley, often spoken of but rarely seen. The document is reproduced here with full permission of the copyright holder.

The PDF file comprises the September 1907 galley proofs of an intended Appendix to the Collected Works, prepared but subsequently discarded by Aleister Crowley. The Appendix was going to reproduce Liber L (The Book Of The Law) together with supporting material. It is a curious document that raises as many questions as it answers!

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The most outrageous article yet?

Written by LAShTAL. Posted in Aleister Crowley.

Today's Daily Mail includes a re-hash of material already published elsewhere - this time under the title Peaches and the religious cult with a very dark past: Geldof uses Twitter account to urge followers to learn about Order of Oriental Templars.

However, this inexcusably lazy piece manages to include more misinformation than any I've seen in a long time:

Gone are her wild child days, replaced with a quiet life of motherhood and domesticity.

Or so she says. In reality, it seems Peaches Geldof hasn't quite said goodbye to her rebellious side just yet.

The 24-year-old has been urging her tens of thousands of Twitter followers to read up on the notorious OTO cult, whose leader was a sex and drugs addict once dubbed 'the wickedest man in the world'.

She has been recommending controversial books written by infamous occultist Aleister Crowley, which call for followers not to conform to society.

Miss Geldof, whose troubled past once saw her collapse from a suspected drug overdose, has also had a tattoo on her arm bearing the initials OTO – which stand for Ordo Templi Orientis, or Order of Oriental Templars.

Crowley also founded the controversial Thelema religion in the early 20th century. Its key message is: 'Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.'

Bob Geldof's daughter, who is pregnant with her second child, is said to have become interested in Crowley during her short-lived marriage to musician Max Drummey when she was 19.

He had Crowley's quote 'Quo stet olympus', which means 'Where the gods and angels live', tattooed below his neck.

Miss Geldof has now been encouraging her 148,302 Twitter followers to pick up Crowley's contentious literature, which include The Book of Law, after one of her fans asked her: 'Where can I get more info about Thelema?'

She replied: 'I would buy Aleister Crowley's books on it, they're not expensive and super interesting.'

She then uploaded a picture from one of his publications. In other images posted online, she has shown off a tattoo of the letters OTO inside a heart on her right forearm. She had the design inked in 2011.

Despite Crowley's death as an impoverished heroin addict at the age of 72 in 1947, he became an icon for anti-establishment figures in the 1960s.

Comedian Russell Brand and musician Jay-Z are said to be modern-day followers of OTO.

Miss Geldof, whose mother Paula Yates died of a heroin overdose in 2000, has never spoken about her interest in the strange cult, but once claimed she had been looking for 'a spiritual path' as a teenager.

A source said: 'Peaches is fascinated by Aleister Crowley and wants to put the word out there.

'It's true that she is interested in OTO and she had the tattoo done a couple of years ago.'

Peaches has also dabbled in Scientology and is now said to have converted to Judaism, the religion of her musician husband Thomas Cohen.

She said in 2009: 'I felt I was lacking something when I didn't have a faith.'

Professor Ronald Hutton, a historian at Bristol University, said: 'OTO is about using magical acts to become a stronger, more effective person. It's more mental magic than anything to do with cauldrons.'

A spokesman for Miss Geldof declined to comment.

A HISTORY OF DRUGS, SEX AND MUTILATION

Ordo Templi Orientis – or OTO – was brought to Britain from Europe in the early 20th century by infamous occultist and drug addict Aleister Crowley.

Crowley, who called himself The Beast 666 and had his teeth filed into fangs, was known to drink blood and stage huge orgies fuelled by heroin and cocaine.

He was said to have mutilated women by carving signs on their breasts with red-hot daggers, and was accused of eating babies in magic rituals.

He was widely criticised for being 'in revolt against the moral and religious values of his time'.

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OTO Publishing News

Written by LAShTAL. Posted in Aleister Crowley.

The OTO's Hymenaeus Beta has published a detailed account of the OTO's Crowley publishing plans...

We have, as many of you know, issued two large paperback collections of Crowley's fiction, The Drug and Other Stories, and The Simon Iff Stories and Other Works (Wordsworth Editions, UK). These were done for a nominal royalty fee in order to sound out the depth of the market for Crowley in paperback at a low price-point, and they seemed like good titles for introducing Crowley to a wider audience. The endnotes were a lot of work, and give a preview of some of the new research done for Crowley's unabridged Confessions. If you haven't ordered, do—they're very reasonable (Simon Iff is currently (April 2013) $4.50 and The Drug is $7.19 with free shipping worldwide from www.bookdepository.com). And very readable, too. They are not at all what you might find floating on the internet—these have been carefully proofed and corrected, and draw on all available archival sources.

I have only just emerged from a very deep editorial rabbit-hole that lasted much of the last year, and am pleased to report that all of Crowley's surviving diaries are now in page proofs—totalling over 6,000 pages as things now stand. This was a necessary exercise in order to develop a consistent editorial standard across the entire series, as we're about to publish the first new volume of diaries to appear in some fifteen years.

As many of you know, the second volume of his Collected Diaries appeared in 1998 as The Vision and the Voice with Commentary and Other Papers (Equinox IV(2))—we are developing a slightly revised reprint of this. We are in the final stages (indexing—or rather, reindexing!) what will be the third volume in the series (chronologically), The American Diaries (Equinox IV(3)). This will be followed by the first volume, The Early Diaries (Equinox IV(4)), which is in second page proofs. We are optimistic that The American Diaries will go to press around mid-summer.

We have also developed a new edition of The Holy Books of Thelema (Equinox III(9))—currently in final proofs except for the appendices (the joys of typesetting Egyptian hieroglyphs are new to us here). This is a high priority for reissue.

We also have a new edition of The Diary of a Drug-Fiend that includes Crowley's corrections and final additions, with his notes and a good editorial apparatus, needing only the introduction completed. We have newly-mastered versions of several out of print "backlist" titles—Liber Aleph, Eight Lectures on Yoga, The Law is for All, The Revival of Magick and Little Essays Toward Truth, that are nearly ready to be sent to press. Some of these may be released via print on demand and ebook at a price point that will be affordable to students.

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