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Michael Staley
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06/08/2018 11:53 pm  

This title has suffered delays to publication since pre-publication ordering opened in January, but I'm pleased to say - probably the understatement of the century - that the print production files were sent to the printers this afternoon. Publication will now be in September.

Servants of the Star & the Snake is a diverse collection of essays on various aspects of the work of Kenneth and Steffi Grant. The essays have been compiled and edited by Henrik Bogdan. There are eighteen essays by fourteen different authors, and more details of these essays can be found here:

http://www.starfirepublishing.co.uk/SSS_moredetails.htm

The book has grown in size over the past few months, and now runs to 360 pages. There is a 24-page section of colour and black-and-white plates, including previously-unpublished artwork by Steffi Grant, pages from unpublished typescripts by Kenneth Grant, pages from a holograph letter of 1944 from Grant to Crowley, pages from a letter written by Grant fron 'Netherwood' to Steffi, the first two pages of Grant's holograph account of his first meeting with Crowley in December 1944, and much more besides.

More details of the book, including how to order the standard and deluxe editions ahead of publication, can be found here:

http://www.starfirepublishing.co.uk/SSS_advance.htm

Michael Staley,
Starfire Publishing Ltd.

6th August 2018.


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William Thirteen
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07/08/2018 3:11 pm  

Super Mick! Thanks so much for nursing this baby through to (almost) delivery...


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Michael Staley
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27/08/2018 3:15 pm  

Following the completion of printers' proofs just before I went to the wilds of Orkney in mid August, I'm pleased to say that this book is now in full-scale print production. I will receive samples of printed materials during the first week in September, with the books presently scheduled to be delivered to Starfire Towers in mid-September.

There will be a launch soon after delivery, with another event planned for January. More details will follow in - pardon the relapse into publishers' jargon - due course.

In the meantime - hurrah!


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Jamie J Barter
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27/08/2018 3:26 pm  

Congratulations on what looks to be a fine effort as with all Starfire productions.

I'm wondering why it is that the "[C}.O.T.O.", with all their resources, can't show a similar degree of commitment and dedication towards publishing these days? (and by "these days", I mean in the last decade or so...)

Norma N Joy Conquest


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Michael Staley
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13/09/2018 5:31 pm  

I recently received samples of the printed materials, on the basis of which I was able to give the go-ahead for the final stages of production - binding, casing and jacketing - to go ahead. Hurrah!

The standard edition is due to be delivered from the printers next Thursday, 20th September, when frenetic orgies of packaging and despatch to all corners of the globe will commence.

It will be great to see the book finally published after such a long preparation. I'm pleased to be the publisher of such a fine collection of essays.

Michael Staley,
Starfire Publishing Ltd.


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christibrany
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13/09/2018 7:42 pm  

93

Congrats Mick! Looking forward to getting my copy from JD Holmes!

93s

Chris 🙂


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Michael Staley
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18/09/2018 11:50 pm  

The printers informed me today of a delay in the last stages of production to Servants of the Star & the Snake. The books will now be delivered to Starfire Towers on Monday 24th September, from where they will be unleashed onto an awestruck world.

That's the plan.


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Michael Staley
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25/09/2018 11:26 pm  

I'm delighted to say that this book arrived from the printers yesterday afternoon. Forgive me for not posting this joyous news earlier, but I spent several hours yesterday breaking up pallets - as we publishers say - and stuffing boxes into every spare space in our flat; back-breaking work is the term that springs to mind.

As usual, the printers (Antony Rowe of Chippenham in Wiltshire) have done a superb job, and I'm very pleased. The frontispiece is one of the photographs of Kenneth and Steffi taken on their wedding day in February 1946. The plates have reproduced very well; they include reproductions from a letter that Kenneth wrote to Steffi whilst living at 'Netherwood' in 1945, as well as a letter he wrote to Crowley in late 1944. There's also two pages from a diary entry of his first meeting with Crowley in December 1944. There are several items of artwork from Steffi here published for the first time, including a wonderful self-portrait from the late 1940s or early 1950s.

I'm intending to arrange a launch in October; details to follow. In January there will be a day of talks focusing on the various themes of the book. The compiler and editor of the various essays, Henrik Bogdan, will have returned to London from his current exile in Texas, hence the timing.


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christibrany
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09/10/2018 10:49 pm  

William you are alive! 😀

Mick, really looking forward to reading this. I think the additional content and even all the plates will be really amazing!
Really great contributors.

and JD if you read these things, thanks for the distribution 😀


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William Thirteen
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10/10/2018 1:11 am  

indeed, to paraphrase Samuel Clemens "reports of my demise are greatly exaggerated."


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