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13/06/2010 1:45 pm  

Bringing together information in the News Item on LAShTAL.COM…

The Drug and Other Stories
ISBN: 978-1-84022-638-6
Author : Aleister Crowley
Price: £2.99

With an introduction by William Breeze and a foreword by David Tibet.

This volume brings together the uncollected short fiction of the poet, writer and religious philosopher Aleister Crowley (1875–1947). Crowley was a successful critic, editor and author of fiction from 1908 to 1922, and his short stories are long overdue for discovery. Of the forty-nine stories in the present volume, only thirty were published in his lifetime. Most of the rest appear here for the first time.

Like their author, Crowley’s stories are fun, smart, witty, thought-provoking and sometimes unsettling. They are set in places he had lived and knew well: Belle Epoque Paris, Edwardian London, pre-revolutionary Russia and America during the first World War. The title story The Drug stands as one of the first—if not the first—accounts of a psychedelic experience. His Black and Silver is a knowing early noir discovery that anticipates an entire genre. Atlantis is a masterpiece of occult fantasy, a dark satire that can stand with Samuel Butler’s Erewhon. Frank Harris considered The Testament of Magdalen Blair the most terrifying tale ever written.

Extensive editorial end-notes give full details about the stories.

It's 624pp and includes:

The Three Characteristics
The Wake World
T’ien Tao
The Stone of the Philosophers
The Drug
Cancer?
At the Fork of the Roads
The Dream Circean
Illusion d’Amoureux
The Soul-Hunter
The Daughter of the Horseleech
The Violinist
The Vixen
The Ordeal of Ida Pendragon
Apollo Bestows the Violin
Across the Gulf
His Secret Sin
The Woodcutter
Professor Zircon
The Vitriol-Thrower
The Testament of Magdalen Blair
Ercildoune
The Stratagem
Lieutenant Finn’s Promotion
The Chute
A Death Bed Repentance
Felo de Se
The Argument that Took the Wrong Turning
Robbing Miss Horniman
Face
Which Things are an Allegory
The Crime of the Impasse de l’Enfant Jésus
Atlantis
The Mysterious Malady
The Bald Man
Black and Silver
The Humour of Pauline Pepper
A Nativity
Every Precaution
God’s Journey
The Colour of My Eyes
Dedit!
Colonel Pacton’s Brother
The Vampire of Vespuccia
As You Were!
Only a Dog
The Virgin
A Masque
The Escape

Other collections are being looked at, naturally.

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OKontrair
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13/06/2010 2:10 pm  

Wow!

As Crowley once wrote about something else, "The bargain of the geologic epoch!"

OK


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13/06/2010 2:13 pm  

Rather exciting, eh?

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michaelclarke18
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13/06/2010 2:26 pm  

I've put my order in. Can't wait.


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13/06/2010 4:15 pm  

I believe a slight misconception would be permitted here seeing that beyond the GT and Iff collections and the odd story scattered about in the Equinox (from which I notice only about 2 or 3 in this new collection) some of us wouldn't have been aware of the existence of these many others. In any event, I'll be around Charing X Rd later so will pop into Foyles or the other one.


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lashtal
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13/06/2010 4:24 pm  

The book's being published 15th September, according to Amazon. Seems a little early to start queuing.

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13/06/2010 4:27 pm  

624pp!! Sweet!


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13/06/2010 4:30 pm  
"lashtal" wrote:
The book's being published 15th September, according to Amazon. Seems a little early to start queuing.

There's nothing wrong with enthusiasm.


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13/06/2010 4:43 pm  

Wow!

Ditto! I am amazed at the vast content of this volume and looking forward to the many discussions I'm sure it will generate on the forums!

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13/06/2010 5:04 pm  

I'm excited even iff there's no Iff!


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christibrany
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13/06/2010 5:52 pm  

i was all excited even when i thought there were only 3 or 4 stories in it.
now this is even better 🙂
i hope they dont decide to shorten it now that we are all teased sufficiently. 😉
sweet.
i wonder if any US bookshops will have them. seems 50 50 they usually use penguin for their classics. but i dont mind international ordering. as long as there is no mo' volcano


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13/06/2010 6:07 pm  

The title, The Drug & Other Stories, is a bit odd. Personally I would have chosen The Testament of Magdalen Blair & Other Stories.

Or perhaps As You Were, Robbing Miss Horniman, At the Fork of the Roads and Other Stories.

I am going to pay for it by Dedit - a mixture of credit and debit.


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Alan_OBrien
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13/06/2010 6:26 pm  
"the_spurious_simon_iff" wrote:
... In any event, I'll be around Charing X Rd later so will pop into Foyles or the other one.

Opposite Blackwell's there is a small bookshop ( on the corner of Old Compton Street ) that seems to specialise in Wordsworth Editions; I am sure they'll have a copy very soon after 15/9/2010.

624pp for three quid is brilliant. If I am out and have nothing to read - that price is cheaper than Fortean Times!


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14/06/2010 12:06 pm  

Introduction, foreword and end notes - that's a hell of a lot of work for a bargain paperback. Maybe they should make an expensive hardback edition too. 😉


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15/06/2010 7:29 am  

Wow, just ordered mine and the price is now reduced on Amazon to £2.84.
What amazing value, its unfathomable really!


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Frater_HPK
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16/06/2010 2:06 am  

Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.

Well, as far as I know the best price, including free delivery worldwide, is
€2.53

http://www.bookdepository.co.uk/book/9781840226386/The-Drug-and-Other-Stories?b=-3&t=-20#Fulldescription-20

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christibrany
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16/06/2010 2:58 am  

holy crapballs
ive never seen free international shipping before
im ordering from there 🙂
thanks extremely frater hpk!
^_^ ((((Frater_HPK)))) or if you dont like (((hugs))) then (((firm pat on the back)))


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ignant666
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17/06/2010 12:00 am  
"Frater_HPK" wrote:
Well, as far as I know the best price, including free delivery worldwide, is
€2.53

http://www.bookdepository.co.uk/book/9781840226386/The-Drug-and-Other-Stories?b=-3&t=-20#Fulldescription-20

Good looking out there, Fra. HPK!
Book Depository must be nuts. How they can possibly base a business on selling & shipping me a new book from the UK to the US for $2.16 total is beyond me, but very pleased & will certainly order there again. UK book rate postage must be very very cheap.


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17/06/2010 1:29 am  
"ignant666" wrote:
Good looking out there, Fra. HPK!
Book Depository must be nuts. How they can possibly base a business on selling & shipping me a new book from the UK to the US for $2.16 total is beyond me, but very pleased & will certainly order there again. UK book rate postage must be very very cheap.

They have a .com site too so maybe for state based orders they have a state based distribution centre.

I've ordered my copy of "The Drugs" through the uk site. Being in Australia bookdepository and betterworldbooks is where I get most of my books from due to low prices(comparable to local market) and free/low shipping.

Now if only Fulgur, Scarlet Imprint, Weiser etc could give me free shipping!


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christibrany
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17/06/2010 3:32 am  

Uk postage is -not- cheap 😉
it costs between 5 and 8 US dollars for the slow boat from the UK to USA, or about 10 to 12$ for airmail. i guess its not horrible but it seems a lot to me.


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Frater_HPK
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29/06/2010 1:42 am  

Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.

My intention was to order the book 78 days before the publishing. But price today was different. Whow, I just ordered the book for amazing €1.82, including free worldwide shipping. And I am very, and I mean very happy because of this 🙂

Love is the law, love under will.

B.


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Donal
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25/09/2013 2:56 am  

There is a reveiw of this book here which might be interesting.
http://siderealpressxtras.blogspot.ie/2011/05/book-reviews-i-have-dispensed-with-my_29.html


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Markus
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25/09/2013 7:17 pm  

Thanks for sharimg; I think the reviewer is spot on.

Markus


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