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With Starfire about to go back into print would it be possible,Michael to have a couple of pages linking the new printing with the old? for example how did Gavin Semples cult get along, will someone be writing in the same tradition as Andrew Chumbley and so on.
Perhaps we could be told something about David Curwen 1910-1983 according to the records.
Another thing are the names of the priestesses of the New Isis temple magical names? for example Mr Grant writes a lot about Clanda the 'water witch' and how she died at sea. No one called Clanda died at sea in the right time frame was she Doris.C.Fane?
Also will there be a way of subscribing to the magazine by cheque? A PO Box number and is the Typhonian OTO recruiting again?
Best Wishes Robert.


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Michael Staley
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Dear Robert,

I'd rather not tie up loose ends in the way you're suggesting. The earlier issues of Starfire contain all sorts of things, some of which came to something, others coming to nothing. To pick up on a few: Gavin's article on Spare issue number 5 developed into 'Zos-Kia' which he published in the 1990s. Andrew Chumbley's article in the last issue of Starfire grew out of a period when I worked with Andrew for a while. There have been several articles on Lam across previous issues; this work has continued, and there will be more in the upcoming issue and, I'm sure, issues beyond that. Many individuals and groups across the world have a great deal of interest in Lam, an interest that I'm sure will increase over the coming years.

Whilst there is no P.O. Box, we do have a box at British Monomarks:

Starfire Publishing Ltd
BCM Starfire
London WC1N 3XX

starfire.books@btinternet.com

We haven't had subscriptions up to now simply because Starfire is an occasional magazine; I will give more thought to this.

I can understand the fascination with the various members of New Isis Lodge, but am not in a position to enlighten you. David Curwen is mentioned a lot in Crowley's 1946 diary, for instance. Clanda, and others like it, are magical names.

Best wishes,

Michael.


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christibrany
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for what its worth i recall after reading an introduction in one of grants books and also a website with good references that
clanda fayne = wilma or vilma the vampire and water witch in 'gamaliel' and 'hecate's fountain'.
so it was a real person but i dont condone finding out people's personal information on line if they obviously dont want it to be found. hence using magickal names instead of real ones. but these correspondances were interesting to me when reading grant's works.
what interests me is if 'gamaliel' is actually a real diary or not? because this vilma person sure sounded interesting to say the least. fascinating book.


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Around the 100th birthday of thelema, 2004, an article about the Nightside Narratives by Kenneth Grant was published in the journal Dracontias.
It is still available online for those who read swedish at http://www.dragonrouge.net/sinistra/nightside.html


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Michael Staley
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"christibrany" wrote:
for what its worth i recall after reading an introduction in one of grants books and also a website with good references that
clanda fayne = wilma or vilma the vampire and water witch in 'gamaliel' and 'hecate's fountain'.
so it was a real person but i dont condone finding out people's personal information on line if they obviously dont want it to be found. hence using magickal names instead of real ones. but these correspondances were interesting to me when reading grant's works.
what interests me is if 'gamaliel' is actually a real diary or not? because this vilma person sure sounded interesting to say the least. fascinating book.

Yes, the character Vilma is based on Clanda Fayne. Gamaliel is entirely a work of fiction so far as I am aware.

Best wishes,

Michael.


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fiction, fact.. whatever!


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christibrany
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i find it queer then that a real person allowed someone else even a friend to write a fake diary in their name with such sheer instances of negativity. maybe she was a very allowing person. but i dont think id let someone call me a #$@ sucking vampire haha. great book though. ithink its my favourite of his 'fictional' works .


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i am curious after receiving my new copy of "Magickal Revival" if the very pretty woman named as Hamsa in the end papers and the subject of the cover gamaliel as well, is supposed to be the inspiration for the fictional story in Gamaliel also? And if she is the same as the aforementioned 'Clanda"? Or are they two different people? I simply want to know who inspired which of Grant's stories. call me curious. Call me nosy, calllll meeee Al. *whistles*

NEVER MIND I found the answer. "Jacket design by Steffi Grant incorporating self portrait by Hamsa, It is she, better known as Clandia, who Gerald Gardner regarded as stolen property when she left his coven for Grant's Nu Isis Lodge of the OTO. He asked Spare to devise a spell to retrieve lost property and its tragic effects have been described in Images and Oracles of Austin Osman Spare. This occult fiction has been very well received Order No. 50000 #135 Another copy this being standard, Mint in Mint DW Order No. 10000 #25"

i love backstories. Sorry paul, im not bumping this just making sure no one 'wastes' their time now when its not necessary. 🙂 take care everyone i love you all...


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Christibrany wrote : "I love you all. Are you sure?


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christibrany
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in a general sense but i dont see how that gets at what i wrote or the topic of starfire. just thought id throw it out there 😉 have a good one!


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