The film was the first for a newly founded company, Prana Film. Prana was started by Enrico Dieckmann and Albin Grau. Grau was an occult practitioner, and as part of the Fraternitas Saturni (“Brotherhood of Saturn”), Grua took on the name Master Pacitius. The Brotherhood’s focus was “the study of esotericism, mysticism, and magic in the cosmic sense.” Though they adhered to… Read more »
Jack Reynor has been tapped to star in CBS All Access’ drama series Strange Angel from Ridley Scott’s Scott Free Productions. Created by Mark Heyman (Black Swan, The Skeleton Twins) and based on George Pendle’s book of the same name, Strange Angel is inspired by the real-life story of Jack Parsons and explores the dramatic intersection between genius and madness, science and science fiction.Reynor will play Jack Parsons, a brilliant and ambitious blue-collar worker of 1930s Los Angeles who started as a janitor at a chemical factory but had fantastical dreams that led him to birth the unknown discipline of American rocketry.
During the course of an interview on BBC Radio 4’s ‘Loose Ends’ programme this evening, comedian Andrew O’Neill spoke about his fondness for heavy metal music and the occult practices of Aleister Crowley, even going so far as to subtly correct the interviewer’s mispronunciation of ‘Crowley’. Well worth a listen and further evidence of the increasing ability of the mainstream… Read more »
Very pleased to see that BBC Radio 4 Extra will be broadcasting the rather wonderful 1986 documentary on Aleister Crowley, ‘The Mischief Makers’, as part of its day of programmes relating to The Beatles’ ‘Sgt Pepper…’ album. Frances Donnelly presents a documentary on poet, mountaineer and black magician Aleister Crowley. First heard in the series ‘Mischief Makers’ in 1986. The… Read more »
Exciting advance notice of a new work by Henrik Bogdan. The essay by Christian Giudice on Gerald Massey should be especially interesting… Servants of the Star & the Snake compiled and edited by Henrik Bogdan Servants of the Star & the Snake is a scintillant and substantial collection of writings in celebration of the work of Kenneth and Steffi Grant…. Read more »