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Unseen Aleister Crowley writings reveal 'short-story writer of the highest order

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Unseen Aleister Crowley writings reveal 'short-story writer of the highest order'

Aleister Crowley, the occultist once dubbed the “wickedest man in the world”, is due for a reassessment as a short-story writer, according to a new anthology of his uncollected writing which includes never-before-published work by the author.

Crowley, who died in 1947, was the author of The Book of Law, a text which he said was dictated to him in Cairo by an entity named Aiwass, and which became the central text of Thelema, the religion he founded which tells its followers that “do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the law”. Crowley, who was also a mountaineer, yoga enthusiast, occultist, poet, painter, rumoured spy and magician, became known in the press as “the wickedest man in the world” after the wife of one of his disciples blamed her husband’s death on drinking the blood of a sacrificed cat.

But he was also the author of more than 70 stories, only 35 of which were published before his death. Now Wordsworth Editions has released The Drug and Other Stories, which includes five works that have never been published before: Ambrosii Magi Hortus Rosarum, The Murder in X. Street, The Electric Silence, The Professor and the Plutocrat and The Ideal Idol.

Brigitte Gorez Santos
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This is an excellent review. Wasn't The Drug and Other Stories only published a couple of years ago though? I swear I only read it last year. Shame they're not publishing the new stuff on its own.

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Brigitte - please refer to the whole 'review' where you'll find:

The first edition of the book was published in 2010 and proved enormously popular with both the adherents and followers of Crowley throughout the world and the more general reader,” said Wright.

“It was during discussions earlier this year for a new cover for the book that Mr Breeze suggested that this would be an opportune moment add further new, unpublished material, together with recently discovered notations to the texts by Crowley, plus further new material in the endnotes covering the most recent research into his life and works.”

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Brigitte Gorez Santos
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Thanks Paul.