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Grist to Whose Mill? by Kenneth Grant


Michael Staley
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I'm delighted to say that Starfire Publishing will be publishing a further volume by Kenneth Grant in his series of novellas. Grist to Whose Mill? was written during the years 1952 to 1954, and reflects Grant's preoccupations at the time.

The title is being prepared with Spring 2011 publication in mind. Further details of the novella will soon appear on our website, http://www.starfirepublishing.co.u k"> http://www.starfirepublishing.co.uk , where the curious and the world-weary may, as ever, slake their thirst.

Best wishes,

Michael.


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Fantastic news, Michael!

I shall look forward to that.

Cheers,

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Wonderful news!! I will certianly be looking to this release with excitement! Thanks for the notice!

Scott


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Hurray! πŸ™‚


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I'm really excited for this one! I also hope "Monolith" comes out eventually....


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Rock and Roll!


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hoooooraaayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚
*dances spastically*
he is the one and only aossic aiwass there is no one like him and never will be!


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KundaLam-rising news, Mr. Staley! Looking forward to that one.
By the way, are "At the feet of the guru" and "Convolvulus" still in stock? Planning for some Xmas-shopping here...

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Michael Staley
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"Grutas" wrote:
By the way, are "At the feet of the guru" and "Convolvulus" still in stock? Planning for some Xmas-shopping here...

Yes, they're both in stock at present.

Best wishes,

Michael.


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Great news indeed, Mick. Starfire is on a roll!


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This is great news, Michael. Thanks! Any chance that Images and Oracles will ever be reprinted?

Chris


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images and oracles was reprinted by fulgur in 2005 or thereabouts. you can get an affordable copy here: http://www.jdholmes.com/?page=shop/flypage&product_id=187635&keyword=images+and+oracles&searchby=title&offset=0&fs=1&CLSN_1956=129010793819561b13a482acef060bba

its a gorgeous book and less than 50 smackers.


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Fantastic news Michael! Another great book to look forward to!

Kindest regards,

Craig.


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I just saw the new entry for this on the Starfire site. It looks very interesting. I enjoyed this : "All the characters in this book exist solely in the imagination of the reader". ( Yes, Kenneth, but you put them in there! πŸ˜‰ )


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Thanks for pointing this out, Noctifer! The cover design looks great and I'm looking forward to this release immensely!


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Great news indeed!
Very much looking forward to this publication.

And yes Kyle, I agree, the cover is just badass


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That's not even the final version of the cover, either....but I'm sure Michael will make the official cover even more badass! πŸ˜€


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"All the characters in this book exist solely in the imagination of the reader". I second that as being a truly inspired statement! (see p. 232 of OtCoT - Machen's thoughts on the "fictive" universe of Dickens). Nice cover too. Well done, Starfire (again).


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"joe93" wrote:
Nice cover too. Well done, Starfire (again).

The cover was designed by Steffi Grant in Autumn last year. It comes about because this novel was written in the years 1952-1954, but forgotten about for many years until its rediscovery last year. Thus we have a photograph of Kenneth from 1952, superimposed over a photograph of the area where the typescript was found.

Best wishes,

Michael.


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"MichaelStaley" wrote:
"joe93" wrote:
Nice cover too. Well done, Starfire (again).

The cover was designed by Steffi Grant in Autumn last year. It comes about because this novel was written in the years 1952-1954, but forgotten about for many years until its rediscovery last year. Thus we have a photograph of Kenneth from 1952, superimposed over a photograph of the area where the typescript was found.

Best wishes,

Michael.

Thanks for the background to how the cover art emerged, Michael. I love that picture of Grant (the full b&w image also appears in Brother Curwen, Brother Crowley for those who may not have this book yet), he was a very "magnetic"-looking young man! Very suave.

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that is a cool story πŸ™‚ i always thought that background looked like a living room too hehe
"well Kenneth! youve been dropping things down the settee again! heres last months pocket change. and some spilt abramelin...aha! typescripts! what have we here!"


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Just an update to say that work has been continuing on this novel and it will be published before the end of this year. Unless anymore forgotten typescripts surface, it will regrettably be the last in Kenneth's novella series.

All the novella volumes remain in print apart from the first we published, Against the Light. That will be restored to print in the course of the republication of the Typhonian Trilogies. It seems most appropriate to reissue it along with The Ninth Arch, since it takes up some of the themes of Liber OKBISh.

At the request of Steffi Grant I've recently tidied up the front cover image for this novel. There is a frontispiece image on a similar theme - 1952 photograph as foreground set against a more modern background image - which I'll upload to the Starfire website soon and add to the page for this forthcoming publication.

Best wishes,

Michael.

Best wishes,

Michael.


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Wonderful news!

But tempered with sadness at this:

"MichaelStaley" wrote:
...it will regrettably be the last in Kenneth's novella series.

It truly makes it sink in that there won't be any more from Mr Grant.. (unless, as you say, some hidden cache of typescripts surfaces! )

When the regular releases are complete, I for one would love to read what was completed on Monolith, even if fragments or works in progress. Perhaps serialized in Starfire?

Thanks Michael!


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"einDoppelganger" wrote:
When the regular releases are complete, I for one would love to read what was completed on Monolith, even if fragments or works in progress.

I understand the interest, truly I do. But it won't happen. Kenneth only released material for publication when he was happy with it. Monolith was unfinished, and what exists will remain unpublished.

Best wishes,

Michael.


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"MichaelStaley" wrote:
Kenneth only released material for publication when he was happy with it. Monolith was unfinished, and what exists will remain unpublished.

One cannot help but respect that degree of dedication. Good on Starfire for continuing to respect his wishes!


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Great to hear that "Against The Light" will be re-published too. Was kicking myself I never picked it up the first time around.


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Second-hand copies, when they appear, are still fairly reasonably priced. There'll be a small number of copies in the "Starfire Rarities" sale which will now take place in the second half of September, after my return from Seattle.

On balance, Against the Light iis my favourite of the novella series, and Kenneth regarded it as a pendant to the Typhonian Trilogies, originally planned to appear as a foretaste of The Ninth Arch.

Best wishes,

Michael.


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Against the Light is awesome indeed. If it is reissued I don't suppose there is the ability to add extras such as essays on its meaning or perhaps illustrations like those nice painted inserts ? Very pointless question at this point I know. Just saying I love it too πŸ™‚
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Not exact science, but the Starfire Publishing Facebook page polled fans on what KG books they would like to see reprinted (http://www.facebook.com/StarfirePublishing?sk=question s"> http://www.facebook.com/StarfirePublishing?sk=questions ), and Against the Light thus far has seen only 4 of 80 total votes. I'll move it to the top of the Wall today if others want to weigh in. As Michael pointed out, second hand copies are common, and with a considerably higher demand for volumes of the Trilogies, it make better business sense to republish them first. When it comes time to reprint it, would personally like to see a "Special Edition" The Ninth Arch slip-cased with a reprinted Against the Light that includes introductory essays that elucidates the relationship of the two (perhaps an expanded "Okbish Account"?).


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"Business sense" has to be a consideration, of course - Starfire Publishing has to earn its crust, after all - but there are other considerations when it comes to republications. For instance, there's probably less demand for Aleister Crowley and the Hidden God than for other volumes of the Trilogies. The main consideration here, though, is to republish the volumes in such a manner that best assists the assimilation of Grant's body of work, and the earlier volumes are easier to understand than the later ones. Thus, republication in order of original publication is planned.

The same consideration doesn't apply when it comes to the novella series. Against the Light, though the first in the series of books (The Stellar Lode was published in their magazine by Skoob), is by far the most complex of the Nightside Narratives. However, given its relation to The Ninth Arch, it will be republished before too much longer.

Best wishes,

Michael.


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I was wondering whether there was any more news on this volume?

Thanks - in advance.


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It was in preparation to head to the printers in December. Announcements will come here on LAShTAL, in the "news" section of www.starfirepublishing.co.uk, on the "wall" at www.facebook.com/StarfirePublishing, and of course in your inbox provided you are on the Starfire mailing list. I think many of us are curious about this title and I am looking forward to seeing it in the flesh as well.


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Yes, I'm happy to say that there is some positive news. The novel is now being typeset, and is scheduled to go to the printers at the end of this month. At that stage, the opening of pre-publication ordering will be announced via the Starfire Publishing mailing list and the website.

To be added to the mailing list, please email us at admin@starfirepublishing.co.uk

Best wishes,

Michael.


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I'm pleased to say that Grist to Whose Mill? is at the printers, for publication sometime in March, and pre-publication ordering has opened. See the News Item elsewhere on this site for more details.

This is likely to be the final volume in the 'Nightside Narratives', and its publication lends a certain symmetry. The first volume published in the series was Against the Light, which was written in the 1990s as a precursor to The Ninth Arch. Then the next three volumes were stories written by Kenneth Grant in the days of New Isis Lodge, dusted down as it were for publication. Now the final volume published in the series is from the early 1950s, predating New Isis Lodge.

Further details of the book can be found here:

www.starfirepublishing.co.uk/Grist_advance.htm

Best wishes,

Michael.


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I hope the birth of this paper baby is not as painful as previous ones and that he is a very popular child. πŸ™‚ I am looking forward to meeting him!


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My deluxe edition arrived yesterday and I must say that it is absolutely beautiful!Β  Thanks Mick!


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Michael Staley
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"N.O.X" wrote:
My deluxe edition arrived yesterday and I must say that it is absolutely beautiful!Β  Thanks Mick!

I'm glad that it arrived promptly and in good condition. Thank you for your appreciative remarks. The printers made a good job of this book, and Steffi Grant's montages - 1952 photographs of KG against contemporary backgrounds - worked out very well indeed. For the deluxes, I chose a marbled paper the waves of which seemed in keeping with the strong sense of advaita which infuses this novel.

It's been a pleasure and an honour to work on this great book, and gratifying that it's struck a chord with so many people. Barring the discovery of any more forgotten typescripts, it will be the last unpublished item by Kenneth Grant we'll see.

Best wishes,

Michael.


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I just want to say im foaming at the mouth to go home and be able to see my deluxe and my standard of this title. Hopefully soon.....


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I was just reading this wonderful book and I came across a line that literally had me laughing out loud, so I felt like sharing.Β  On pg. 127 Marcus (Grant) and Fall (Yorke) are doing a Gematria calculation of Priestlay's name:

""Doesn't help us much.Β  Does it suggest anything to you?"Β  Marcus shook his head.Β  He had long ago wearied of all such analyses."Β  ;D


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Yes, that sentiment of Marcus Maybourne struck me too when I first read it. However, I'm sure it was true at the time (early 1950s) that the novel was written, when Kenneth Grant was immersed in Advaita Vedanta. In support of this, there is not a great deal of gematrical analysis in the Carfax Monographs, nor the first few of volumes of the Typhonian Trilogies; this started in earnest with Nightside of Eden.


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That's a very good point, Mick.


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I remember doing a double take when I read that too :p 'Marcus' doesnt like gematria??? lol. Also it seems as if his attitude towards crowley err i mean 'seeley' was somewhat antagonistic, and it definitely mellowed with older age and more understanding of his complex character.


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I wouldn't go so far as to say "antagonistic".Β  I mean, around that time, he was running the British O.T.O., and copying Crowley's manuscripts for preservation (without which we would would not have some of Crowley's material available at all).Β  I think he was just inspired with an idea for a great story, is all.Β  His admiration and love for Crowley and Thelema has NEVER been in question, in my opinion.Β  That's just my 718 cents.


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You have to remember, Chris, that Grist to Whose Mill is fiction and that the characters are are only based on people that we can identify. For example, Exeter Fall is not Gerald Yorke; the character of Exeter Fall is based to a greater or lesser degree on that of Gerald Yorke.

I doubt, for instance, that Grant really believed that the shade of Crowley caused the explosion that killed Parsons. However, in the novel it is the shade of Seeley that helped Vickers on his way.


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