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OKontrair
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25/01/2008 12:10 am  

I am interested in the relationship between Aleister Crowley and Hanns Heinz Ewers.

Wikipedia (and everywhere that clones Wikipedia) describes them as long term friends and correspondents.

I suspect this not to be accurate.

To save duplicated effort I already know that both wrote for the International during the Great War. I am aware of the single letter from Alexter [sic] Crowley that the FBI found when searching Ewers rooms and that Ewers habitually burnt incoming mail. Also that Viereck stated 'Ewers befriended Crowley'.

Anything beyond this would be welcome.

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11/08/2011 10:39 am  
"OKontrair" wrote:
I am interested in the relationship between Aleister Crowley and Hanns Heinz Ewers.

Wikipedia (and everywhere that clones Wikipedia) describes them as long term friends and correspondents.

I suspect this not to be accurate.

To save duplicated effort I already know that both wrote for the International during the Great War. I am aware of the single letter from Alexter [sic] Crowley that the FBI found when searching Ewers rooms and that Ewers habitually burnt incoming mail. Also that Viereck stated 'Ewers befriended Crowley'.

Anything beyond this would be welcome.

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According to Stephen Flowers' introduction to his Ewers collection "Strange Tales" the relationship was based on both writing for "The International." Anything further than an acquaintance appears to be speculation. Flowers does note that Ewers tried unsuccessfully to get Crowley's work published in Germany.

You can find the Secret Service files on Ewers that mention Crowley at the Side Real Press site here:

"One of these (Document 6) is thus presented in a semi-transcribed style with the most illegible parts overtyped to make them clearer. It was written by the B.I. agent C. J. Scully who seems to have been Ewers' primary investigating officer. This extensive document not only touches on 'Vampire', but it also includes the only reference to Aleister Crowley who was an associate of Ewers via Vierecks 'The International'."
I have only recently discovered Hanns Heinz Ewers and I am smitten! I highly recommend him to anyone who is partial to the writings of Lovecraft, Ligotti, or Crowley. His preoccupation with the esoteric and decadent, combined with his open bisexuality and German nationalism make him quite a fascinating figure. His life in Germany led him from being at one time a darling of the Nazis to ultimately marked for death in "The Night of Long Knives!" A fate he managed to escape. Quite the journey through a tumultuous era. Reading about Ewers is like taking a peek inside some brimstone choked Berlin Cabaret.

Side Real Press are reissuing his work in new volumes which are absolutely beautiful. I just got two of the out of print editions. Their website is here:
http://www.siderealpress.co.uk/

They appear to be fans of Starfire and Fulgur which makes me wonder if they may be on this forum.

Stephen Flower's collection of Ewers' work is in print from Runa-Raven.

http://www.runaraven.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=22

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JNSmith
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11/08/2011 5:24 pm  

Hello,

I am Side Real Press and pretty much everything I know of Ewers relationship with Crowley is available via the weblinks given by Ein Doppelganger. My introduction to Ewers Nachtmahr (also online via the website) gives an overview of Ewers life and works. In it I repeat an unsubstantiated rumour (from Flowers intro) that Ewers was to have translated Crowleys Gnostic Mass. I now feel this assertion to be false as I have never personally seen the empirical evidence for it.

The only direct link between them is via their work on The International during WWI. in which they were obviously associates with some shared contacts. Ewers was a spy for Germany during this time A. C. would have been interested in him for that reason.

As you might imagine I and a number of other Ewers fans have spent a long time trying to link them both more tightly. Prior to his death in 1943 Ewers gave some of his archive to the Heine Institute in Dusseldorf but the rest of it was lost during the war. I can definitely say that the Heine have no AC/Ewers material as I've looked.

I've never seen any Ewers references (direct or implicit) in Crowleys diaries.

There are times when they only have a few degrees of seperation between them; and of course their lives follow similar trajectories, so it is very tempting to make them pals. However I suspect that one room might have struggled to contain them both; as Ewers had a few ego issues, to say the least of it. Perhaps this is why they weren't friends.

Needless to say I will share anything that turns up with everyone on Lashtal.

REGARDS!

John


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einDoppelganger
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11/08/2011 8:14 pm  

Thank you for the information John! Thank you also for the lovely books. You do a great job with the Ewers materials. I'm glad to see you are on the forum with us.

Cheers!
Scott


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11/08/2011 10:17 pm  

yes, thank you both for all the info. the books are indeed quite handsome!


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11/08/2011 11:06 pm  

Thank you both for your kind words. Soon my own ego will not be able to fit in one room!

I consider it to be a great privilage to be a (largely sleeping) member of this forum. Lashtal is the only one that I visit daily, and I am seldom unrewarded in terms of the qaulity of interesting discussion that goes on here. Given most of the drivel on-line it really does stand out as a fine example of what the net CAN be about.

REGARDS!
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24/11/2011 8:24 am  

Curious if any other readers of Ewers have a take on the ending of his story "The White Maiden" featured in Stephen Flowers' edition of "Strange Tales" from Runa Raven. I am struck by the enumeration chosen in the last lines and wonder if there is some Germanic or Italian cultural connection I am missing or perhaps something more esoteric.

Any thoughts welcome!

Also, is there a forum online dedicated to discussing weird fiction, such as Ewers, HPL, Machen, and others. I know of HPL forums but one that covers the full gambit of decadent lit would be a fine place to spend some time.

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25/11/2011 10:12 pm  

Hi S. (and all)
there are a number of forums for such things but one of the best is:

http://www.ligotti.net/

which though primarily Thomas Ligotti based (a superb author) covers lots of other weird authors.
Another couple are:

http://wormwoodiana.blogspot.com/

which is linked to Tartarus Press. and

http://www.librarything.com/groups/decadencethemetamorp#forums

which is more 'decadent' in tone.
All are quite active; especially the Ligotti one.
Hope this helps.
REGARDS!
J


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26/11/2011 2:59 am  
"JNSmith" wrote:
Hi S. (and all)
there are a number of forums for such things but one of the best is:

http://www.ligotti.net/

which though primarily Thomas Ligotti based (a superb author) covers lots of other weird authors.
Another couple are:

http://wormwoodiana.blogspot.com/

which is linked to Tartarus Press. and

http://www.librarything.com/groups/decadencethemetamorp#forums

which is more 'decadent' in tone.
All are quite active; especially the Ligotti one.
Hope this helps.
REGARDS!
J

hi JNSmith,

Thank you so much for the link to the librarything forum, that is *exactly* what I was looking for. After only a brief look, I am already thrilled with the quality and quantity of posts and information. I already have quite a few new decadent writers to seek out based on the "Women in Decadence" thread!

I have been on the Ligotti site for some time as a lurker and I subscribe to the Wormwood blog and journal. I have plugged them here a few times, I think its one of the finest journals being published today.,

thanks again for your reply!

S


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11/12/2011 4:00 pm  

Hi S (and all)

i was hoping someone clever than I might post on the number symbolism in Ewers tale 'The White Maiden' but in lieu of that, and with apologies to Paul (as this post may be on the cusp of breaking the guidelines) the numbers 4, 18 and 21 might be interpreted as:

4 manifestation of four planes

The Plane of Idea
The Plane of Realisation
The Plane of Formation
The Plane of Expression

and the number of Daleth which could be interpreted as 'Door'. Ewers  links it with the Dove which is the standard symbol of the messenger and also of course God as impregnator of  the virgin Mary

18 tarot card 'the moon'. 'ere we go! blood, moon, luna etc etc. It is also hebrew letter Tzadi- the Path

21 could be 'purity', Ewers title is suggestive.

I interpret the whole story as a potrayal of initiation and a visualization of the O.T.O. lamen.

To attempt to relate it to A.C. It could be tempting to see the the Duke Aldobrandini as A.C. himself. The tale was written in German in 1904 and published in English a lot later so I dont think its possible. Its another 'near miss'. If anyone has any other thoughts on this, or my perhaps shoddy interpretation, I'ld be interested to know- perhaps via PM?

Hope this helps, and apologies once again if this post is not in the spirit of Lashtal.

REGARDS!

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13/12/2011 2:43 am  

Re Ewers and Crowley,

Karl R. H. Frick characterized Crowley and Ewers as the elders of modern satanism. Crowley worked for the German secret service and fraternized with both Irish and German Americans against the English cause. His close friend Frank Harris, Irishman, playright, novelist, poet and Shakespearean actor publicly spoke out against England.

The tight circle was Ewers, Viereck, Crowley, Harris, and Haufstaengl.

Crowley left New York in the summer of 1915 and traveled to Detroit where he obtained a specially prepared mescaline-peyote concoction. From there he went to Vancouver to visit his magickal son, Charles, Stanfield Jones, then to San Francisco and back to New York at the end of 1915.

Ewers returned from Spain at the end of 1915 and in his novel "Vampire" writes of the year 1916 and describes mescaline intoxication.

Ewers and Crowley both wrote contributions for "The Fatherland", a very influential pro German weekly magazine that was very hated by the allies. This was produced by Viereck as was the magazine, "The International" which Crowley became editor of.

Ewers was highly influenced by Crowley and sought to have some of his works published in Germany. He obtained translation rights and translated one of Crowley's brilliant essays at his own expense and sent it to the publisher Ullstein. They sent it back to him because it was too long!

At the outbreak of the war Theodore Reuss fled England and went to Berlin, shortly thereafter he established the OTO headquarters in Switzerland. Apparently the German section of the Red Cross was part of the German secret service because right after the outbreak of the war both Reuss and Ewers put themselves at the disposal of the Red Cross.

While in New York Ewers was involved in various OTO activities. The novel, "Vampire" has many themes related to Crowley and the OTO including the drinking of blood after making a slice on one's chest. The novel makes many symbolic references to kabalistic thought, his only story to do so.

By and large Ewers hated math and was not interested in geomancy, numeralogy or kabbalistic thought. At least none appears in any of his other stories. The numbers at the end of "The White Maiden" appear to be simply expressions or mirrors of how others thought and behaved, not how he himself thought. People around him thought that way and he included it in his story but I don't think the numbers had any meaning for him.

I personally suspect that Theodore Reuss might have been the spy or agent that tried unsuccessfully to smuggle the "Vampire" manuscript over to Germany. Remember H. Spencer Lewis, founder of AMORC first met Theodore Reuss while Reuss was travelling undercover as a steward on a ship. This seems too coincidental to me. Many of these people traveled in the same circles and knew each other.

Much of this information comes from Dr. Kugel's biography of HH Ewers.

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13/12/2011 2:56 am  

Wow, thank you Joe for the insight! I love your translations of Ewers works, thank you for all the love and effort you put into those projects. I wonder if you had considered a translation of Dr. Kugel's Ewers biography or his work"Hanussen. Die wahre Geschichte des Hermann Steinschneider?"I imagine both would be popular with English speaking readers.

Thank you again for the information!


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13/12/2011 11:36 pm  

Thanks,

I do have a contract to translate Dr. Kugel's biography of Hanns Heinz Ewers. My problem is that I currently have very little time for such projects. These translation projects will be done as an act of will if nothing else. chuckle.

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14/12/2011 12:22 am  
"anarchistbanjo" wrote:
Crowley worked for the German secret service and fraternized with both Irish and German Americans against the English cause.

I'd love to see the evidence you have for this.  Spence's "Secret Agent 666" seems to contradict your claim.


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14/12/2011 10:54 am  

In looking for references in "Der Unverantwortliche" I see only a footnote about Crowley having contact with Captain Gaunt of English secret service with a footnote "Sir William Wiseman war der englische Geheimdienstchef, Captain Gaunt wurde in der Ӧffentlichkeit dafür gehalten!"

There may be more about this further in the book since I only scanned for information for my post. I don't know that it really matters much because I suspect Crowley worked only for Crowley and not for the English or German cause. However, the above named Haufstaengl does appear to be the link to Crowley's influence on Hitler which is also touched upon as hotly denied and debated. Facts remain that high ranking English speaking members of the OTO were invited to celebrate Hitler's 50th birthday celebration even though the OTO was officially banned in Germany at the time.


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19/12/2011 11:06 am  

Interesting info Joe, thank you for sharing that. I really look forward to your translation of the Ewers bio when your time permits.

For those who are interested in reading more of this remarkable decadent and associate of AC check out Joe's translations here:
http://www.bandelbooksonline.com/

I just picked up the Centennial "Alarune" and the collected stories. You will not be disappointed, especially if you enjoy Crowley's fiction.


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01/08/2013 4:19 pm  

Just been reading the novel Alraune by H. H. Ewers, as it was the favourite book of Gregor A. Gregorius, and influenced him enormously. It turns out - if we believe Wikipedia - that Ewers was an associate not just of Viereck, but also a friend of Crowley's. Allegedly the two corresponded.
Do we know when and how they met (it would habe been during AC's USA stay), and whether the correspendence of the two has ever been published? I don't have my Confessions at hand, but does AC mention Ewers in his autohagiography? What was his take on him?

Wikipedia on Ewers: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hanns_Heinz_Ewers

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01/08/2013 4:47 pm  

There are few interesting things said on Hanns Heinz Ewers, here on Lashtal also there was one tread started by Joe Bandel (who is I think busy translating things by Ewers) under his moniker anarchistobanjo, search forums of Lashtal.com . . . !


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01/08/2013 5:18 pm  

Maybe they met at  "The Fatherland"?

The Fatherland - Fair Play for Germany and Austria-Hungary, January 20th, 1915 - Contribution By Aleister Crowley
Description:

16 pages. Features: Are Hyphenated Citizens Good for American?; Who Are Americans?; A Congressman Who is Not Afraid - Representative Joseph Taggart of Kansas Assails Harper's Weekly for its abuse of Germans; Hartelpool Well Defended; Brave American Actress - Fern Rogers; Honesty is the Best Policy (Part 2 of 2), by Aleister Crowley - a remarkably forcible exposition of the hypocrisy of his countrymen; The Greatest Secret of German Progress, by Frank Koester; The Division of the Nation's Forces, by Dr. Hanns Heinz Ewers - a keen analysis of the actual condition and strength of the armies at war; English Schemes against German and German-American Insurance Companies; American "Neutrality Notes"; England's Note - Refusal to safeguard American seagoing commerce; England Decadent - Fair-Minded Englishmen and Americans in London express their disgust; Jerome K. Jerome Protests Against the Infamous Treatment of English Citizens of German Birth; Advertising Talk - persuading neutral companies to advertise in this 'publication of class'; The Turks at the Suez Canal; Violation of Property Rights of Foreigners in France; Back cover is a full-time request for readers to convert their spare time into dollars by working for this publication; and more. Unmarked. Average wear. Binding intact. A sound copy.

http://www.abebooks.com/servlet/BookDetailsPL?bi=7232796832&searchurl=an%3Daleister%2Bcrowley%26amp%3Bbsi%3D30%26amp%3Bbx%3Don%26amp%3Bds%3D30%26amp%3Bfe%3Don%26amp%3Bn%3D100090008%26amp%3Bsortby%3D1%26amp%3Byrh%3D1929


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02/08/2013 12:34 pm  

Hi all,
indeed, searching the forums will reveal quite a lot on Ewers and A.C. but most of this is culled from the Side Real website:

www.siderealpress.co.uk

just follow the links in the Sidebar.

We know that there were letters exchanged from the secret service files, but none are in the Ewers archive. I would love to be proven wrong on this but I suspect they were lost (as were many of his possessions) when his house was hit by a bomb in the latter days of WWII.

REGARDS!

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02/08/2013 12:41 pm  
"ptoner" wrote:
Maybe they met at  "The Fatherland"?

The Fatherland - Fair Play for Germany and Austria-Hungary, January 20th, 1915 - Contribution By Aleister Crowley
Description:

16 pages. Features: Are Hyphenated Citizens Good for American?; Who Are Americans?; A Congressman Who is Not Afraid - Representative Joseph Taggart of Kansas Assails Harper's Weekly for its abuse of Germans; Hartelpool Well Defended; Brave American Actress - Fern Rogers; Honesty is the Best Policy (Part 2 of 2), by Aleister Crowley - a remarkably forcible exposition of the hypocrisy of his countrymen; The Greatest Secret of German Progress, by Frank Koester; The Division of the Nation's Forces, by Dr. Hanns Heinz Ewers - a keen analysis of the actual condition and strength of the armies at war; English Schemes against German and German-American Insurance Companies; American "Neutrality Notes"; England's Note - Refusal to safeguard American seagoing commerce; England Decadent - Fair-Minded Englishmen and Americans in London express their disgust; Jerome K. Jerome Protests Against the Infamous Treatment of English Citizens of German Birth; Advertising Talk - persuading neutral companies to advertise in this 'publication of class'; The Turks at the Suez Canal; Violation of Property Rights of Foreigners in France; Back cover is a full-time request for readers to convert their spare time into dollars by working for this publication; and more. Unmarked. Average wear. Binding intact. A sound copy.

http://www.abebooks.com/servlet/BookDetailsPL?bi=7232796832&searchurl=an%3Daleister%2Bcrowley%26amp%3Bbsi%3D30%26amp%3Bbx%3Don%26amp%3Bds%3D30%26amp%3Bfe%3Don%26amp%3Bn%3D100090008%26amp%3Bsortby%3D1%26amp%3Byrh%3D1929

at $995 - that's only $62.19 per page (plus shipping & handling)


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03/08/2013 12:01 am  

William, you can buy it and send me a photocopy! Please. 🙂

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03/08/2013 11:09 am  
"ptoner" wrote:
William, you can buy it and send me a photocopy! Please. 🙂

Paul, 93!

I'll send you a PDF. 10 years ago or so I bought a pile of ca. 80 Fatherlands for 60 bucks and there were many of the Crowley issues included. That was when you were still be able to make real bargains on ebay.

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Lutz, this is what dreams are made of! Immeasurable amounts of thanks! You have my email.

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Honesty is the best policy 1 & 2 I will find very interesting!

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04/08/2013 5:19 pm  

A pity the correspondence with Crowley no longer exists. Did Crowley ever mention Ewers? If not in the Hag, maybe in the upcoming complete version?

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05/08/2013 1:22 am  

According to Dr. Kugel, Ewers biographer, it was highly likely that Ewers was a member of the OTO. My own thoughts were that he belonged to the Reuss branch. In any case HH Ewers was a supporter of Crowley and sought to translate and have Crowley's works published in Germany. Scuttlebutt seems to have it that he translated the Gnostic Mass. In any case whatever he translated was considered too long by the publisher and declined. HH Ewers does make some comments complaining that they could have at least shortened it and still published it.

It seems that Ewers, Crowley and Hitler's piano player Putzi, as well as other notables often frequented some Irish pub in New York. So there is an established link between Ewers, Crowley and Hitler even though indirect and it deals with the Irish, not the Germans. I posted more on this somewhere before and am just speaking from memory so please forgive the vagueness of this post.

Dr. Kugel also believes that the slicing open of the skin and drinking blood in "Alraune" and "Vampire" were some weird take off from Crowley's OTO practice. There seems some evidence to support that Ewers participated in some of Crowley's  peyote/mescal experiments while in New York and wrote about them in "vampire".

I personally tend to think that Ewers may have influenced Crowley into Satanism as practiced in Berlin and Munich at the time. Ewers was pretty heavy into Satanism as defined and practiced by the likes of Richard Dehmel and Stanislaw Przybyszewski, known friends of Ewers..

There were two papers or magazines that both Crowley and Ewers contributed to. The Fatherland was only one of them. Ewers spent a lot of time in France. I suspect he was involved in both Scottish Rite masonry and Yarker's Rite of Memphis and Mizraim,precursors to the OTO.


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05/08/2013 1:40 am  

By the way, "The Fatherland" is available to read from Hathi digital trust. Here is a link I hope will work:

http://catalog.hathitrust.org/Record/009013741

This will give you four years worth! Enjoy!
-joe


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05/08/2013 8:58 pm  

Thanks for the link, anarchistbanjo.

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06/08/2013 12:55 am  
"anarchistbanjo" wrote:
Satanism as practiced in Berlin and Munich at the time. Ewers was pretty heavy into Satanism as defined and practiced by the likes of Richard Dehmel and Stanislaw Przbryszewski

would love to hear more detail about how this sort of Satanism was practiced, as a cursory search on the two writers seems to indicate it was mostly concerned with penning lurid verse and drinking wine at the local artists' dive...


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06/08/2013 3:18 am  

So perhaps we can talk a bit about this Satanism, the black flame or current. If you read “Alraune” you know that it is there, beautiful, haunting and horrible like the alraune itself. Perhaps the most beautiful thing that exists. . .

Ewers addressed Przybyszewski as “Worthy Master”. Ewers names Dehmel, Stirner and Nietzsche as writers whose works are Satanic. At the same time Ewers says that it is only the dream that is real, physical reality is an illusion. So the parties, drugs, alchohol, sex and debauchery are not real, but simply practices that lead to the real, the etheric or non-physical realities. The soul is an extrusion of the physical body generated and created through extreme living of all kinds. As the body is stressed it gives off-the soul. Drugs and intoxication poison the body until the soul becomes released.

Columbus believed that if he sailed far enough to the west he would come to Japan and China, believed the world was round. These Satanists believed that if you generated enough low level etheric energy the lowest etheric body would be created. According to his diaries Ewers frequented prostitutes about five nights a week for his entire life. That is a lot of generated sexual energy!

Once activated this lowest etheric body needed to be sustained or fed to remain viable. There were/are three ways of doing this:

Crossing the great abyss into spiritual power sources
Absorbing group energy
Vampirism, specifically energy vampirism.

Ewers became a famous writer and sustained his etheric body through group energy, but that also drained him. In the end he became a vampire and finally, when sated, under Crowley’s influence crossed the great abyss. His last words, “What an ass I’ve been!”

George Sylvester Viereck published “House of the Vampire” in 1912 just before Crowley came to America. This is the first know book of an energy vampire and is a bit disturbing, especially when comparing Reginald Clarke to Crowley. . . Was Crowley and energy vampire? The crossing of the abyss and the scarlet women cycles seem to indicate that if he was, then he outgrew it the same as Ewers did.

This black flame or current was sexual energy and the secret of several occult groups including the Chinese and Japanese royalty according to Mantak Chia, modern teacher of the healing Tao schools.

The winged torch, fire from heaven and Lucifer are all important concepts in this dark current. Here is a poem from Richard Dehmel. The balance of light and dark conjures the image of the soldier and the hunchback. . .

The Winged Torch

You desire a symbol for you and your house,
Which is a symbol of happiness for all time;
Yet which image is so rich and free,
As to symbolize the desires of so many souls.

We would gladly like everyone to achieve the happiness,
That finally unifies the eternal duality;
Yet when I seize mine, yours perhaps goes away.
So I lay down and thought about such a symbol.

Then I dreamed: On a coat of arms with two divisions
A torch came drifting through the night.
It blazed; the stars all hung
Like gnats around it, and its soaring flight
Caused me to spring up:
This sign applies to everyone, who understands it!


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Very interesting!  Thanks, anarchistbanjo!


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06/08/2013 1:37 pm  
"anarchistbanjo" wrote:
Dr. Kugel also believes that the slicing open of the skin and drinking blood in "Alraune" and "Vampire" were some weird take off from Crowley's OTO practice. There seems some evidence to support that Ewers participated in some of Crowley's  peyote/mescal experiments while in New York and wrote about them in "vampire".

I personally tend to think that Ewers may have influenced Crowley into Satanism as practiced in Berlin and Munich at the time. Ewers was pretty heavy into Satanism as defined and practiced by the likes of Richard Dehmel and Stanislaw Przybyszewski, known friends of Ewers..

If memory serves right, then Crowley joined the OTO in 1912. Alraune, however, was written in 1911. Having said that, my copy is from 1928 and has "Ew. A." printed in the front, which I'm reading as "erweiterte Ausgabe" - expanded edition. Perhaps the blood-drinking was added later.
If there was an influence of Crowley's on Ewers, it would be very interesting, especially since Ewers exerted an enormous influence on Gregor A. Gregorius, the chap even naming his daughter "Alraune". It is also well worth the time to compare Gregorius' novel Exorial with that of Ewers. The "satanic" connexion seems a lot more tangible in this case.

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06/08/2013 4:27 pm  

Yes, the time frame is quite interesting indeed. Ewers appears to have been involved in the black current prior to 1912 and Crowley begins practicing OTO sex magick after 1912. "Vampire" which was written or finished while Ewers was in America in the only one of his works that appears to have ceremonial magick symbolism, such as the golden breastplate of the high priest of Israel/God (an allusion perhaps to a grade in the Golden Dawn?)

From this time period on Ewers moves toward nationalism and merging with the national soul of Germany, a more mystical approach. As previously mentioned he tries getting Crowley's works published in Germany but fails. He is obviously now moving on the mystical path and his writings become more disjointed and hard to follow. This leading to a death bed conversion.

Crowley appears to follow a different path as well, taking on the dark current and changing the OTO into the Thelemic version as he experiments with sex magick.

To me Reuss appears at the center of these things, making occasional trips across the ocean to visit New York. Ewers entrusted the "Vampire" manuscript to a mysterious "R" that was travelling as a ship's steward. H. Spencer Lewis encounters Reuss on an ocean voyage, who is also working as a ship's steward, which leads to a "gauge of amity" between Lewis's AMORC and Reuss' OTO. No one will ever know the truth of these things. All correspondences were carefully destroyed because of the war.

But the group of involved individuals had to have been quite small and it is quite likely that they knew each other.

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06/08/2013 6:02 pm  

In referring to Dr. Kugel's Ewers biography it states that a small circle of friends developed between the years of 1914-1917 in New York:

Hanns Heinz Ewers
George Sylvester Viereck
Aleister Crowley
Frank Harris
Ernst "Putzi" Hanfstaengl  (Hitler's piano player)

Frank Harris was a noted Irish writer of plays
Putzi was later to become one of Hitler's inner circle, saving his life during an assassination attempt, and finally fleeing to England later in the war.


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06/08/2013 9:39 pm  

Joe, thank you very much for all the information you have provided. Is it worthwhile to read Dr. Kugler's biography of Ewers? Is he unbiased? Does he tell us things about Crowley, that may not be commonly known, or is AC in his view simply a satanic child-devourer? I.e. is it worth getting the book in your opinion?

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06/08/2013 11:29 pm  

"Der Unverantwortliche; Das Leben Des Hanns Heinz Ewers" is currently out of print I believe but could be wrong. It is of course in German and extremely comprehensive. While I do have a contract to translate it I fear that will never happen because I don't believe I have the ability to translate to Dr. Kugel's satisfaction. The two introductions I have translated so far have stretched our good will.

The Ewers biography has very little about Crowley, but what is there is extremely well researched, as is the entire book! I've probably mentioned most of it in these few posts, without the citations of course. He does have the impression that Crowley was working for the German/Irish cause and cites sources about Gaunt and others. This is all old and chewed up already.

As an aside: why do people insist that Crowley was working as a spy for either side? I suspect Crowley was working for Crowley as spiritual leader of the world, in his own mind of course. I do believe that Germany was in the process of evolving into a "Liber Oz" type of mindset before it got taken over by radicals during the night of the long knives. That may or may not have been a Crowley influence, but it was there. Most likely from the Satanic influence I've mentioned which Crowley assumed after 1912.

I draw from the Ewers biography, other German literature that I've read, P.R. Koenig's OTO Reload 3 volumes, OTO Rituals and Sex Magick, twenty two years of AMORC studies and monographs, masonic and kabballistic research, my own OTO initiations and most of all my own personal experience.

Dr. Kugel, for example does not appear to support the occult side of things such as the black current which I have mentioned, and takes a purely objective approach to his research. Having first hand experience of these things I recognize them when I encounter them. I don't want to falsely represent Dr. Kugel in any way.

It is easy for me to recognize that Ewers might well have been stripped of all titles and attainments as a result of crossing the great abyss, and that his mental functioning might have been impaired through the curse of the grade of Magister Templi rather than deterioration through drug abuse. His often changing political views may have been the result of rapid spiritual development on the mystical path and not the functioning of an unstable mind. One occultist knows another, and to read and study the works of a dead author is to awaken their spirit inside ones self.

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06/08/2013 11:32 pm  

yes, thanks joe, for the fascinating information and provocative suggestions for future research. i am also considering picking up Kugler's biography if i can find a copy that doesn't break the bank.


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07/08/2013 11:48 am  
"anarchistbanjo" wrote:
In referring to Dr. Kugel's Ewers biography it states that a small circle of friends developed between the years of 1914-1917 in New York:

Hanns Heinz Ewers
George Sylvester Viereck
Aleister Crowley
Frank Harris
Ernst "Putzi" Hanfstaengl  (Hitler's piano player)

This sounds like a right band of reprobates…

“Hitler’s piano player”??! Now I think I’ve seen everything… What other possible important rôle, or hidden hand of destiny in the chain of chequered events ‘pon history’s stage, was played by this enigmatic musical maestro - one of the Fuhrer’s “inner circle” of intimates, no less?  He must have played a mean chewn…

Putzi was later to become one of Hitler's inner circle, saving his life during an assassination attempt, and finally fleeing to England later in the war.

Also, if he “saved Hitler’s life during an assassination attempt” (- what did he do, hide him under the piano lid?) I hardly imagine he would have been welcomed “with open arms” as it were when he “finally led to England later in the war”… 

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07/08/2013 2:20 pm  

After having participated of a pleasant celebratory birthday liquid lunch, it has just occurred to me what the equivalent of Adolf's

"jamie barter" wrote:
“Hitler’s piano player”??! Now I think I’ve seen everything… “I’ve heard of ‘Play it Again, Sam’, but this is ridiculous"

may have been:

“Ach, Putzi, zat wast wünderbar… could you possibly play Edelweiss for me vun more time, bitte?”

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07/08/2013 10:00 pm  

Markus, I will certainly Check out Exorial, it sounds very interesting. Thanks for mentioning it.
As for "Putzi" there is much more about him on Wikipedia. Here is the link:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ernst_Hanfstaengl

As for Viereck's "House of the Vampire", I just read it this weekend after my first post. I've been thinking about it and Hanns Heinz Ewers a bit. Ewers' "Vampire" is considered autobiographical and Tewes, the reporter is supposed to represent Viereck. In the Vampire novel Frank Braun does not at first understand that he is a vampire. Checking dates, Ewers may have met Viereck even before 1910. "The House of the Vampire" was published in 1912. In any case the possibility exists that the story is about Ewers, who does admit to vampirism and being healed of it. If this is true it gives some indication of what energy vampirism is like.

Unless one has crossed the great abyss working the black current through tantric/magickal sex practices is a form of vampirism. Autoerotic working for example provoke succubi and inccubi, which are classed as a type of vampirism. Not enough is commonly known about this as sexual dreams are quite normal.

The book is not quite correct in that vampirism does not need to leave permanent wounds or creative loss. Much like a female giving birth to a child, the aura may be severely disrupted for years but heal itself and regain its creative ability.

There is a natural energetic cycle where we have too much of one energy and give it away freely in exhange for another, then it is taken from us by force, then we don't have any and are forced to create it from scratch, finally we can create it efortlessly in unlimited amounts. This final stage happens after one has crossed the great abyss and plugged into cosmic power sources.

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08/08/2013 8:35 am  

Slightly off topic, but for a good view on Ernst "Putzi" Hanfstaengl please see the film "Hitler: Rise of Evil" its a good miniseries.  And exorial is good, i am translating it...slowly..


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08/08/2013 10:59 am  

Thanks Joe & Chris for your subsequent further shedding of light upon this curious character whom I had not come across before.  I particularly found the following of interest, and the fact that he also “knew the Roosevelts” (Teddy and Franklin):

[...] For much of the 1920s, Hanfstaengl introduced Hitler to Munich high-society and helped polish his image.  He also helped to finance the publication of Hitler's Mein Kampf, and the NSDAP's official newspaper, the Völkischer Beobachter. Hitler was the godfather of Hanfstaengl's son Egon. Hanfstaengl wrote both Brownshirt and Hitler Youth marches patterned after his Harvard football songs and, he later claimed, devised the chant "Sieg Heil". […] Hanfstaengl later claimed to have alerted Hitler and Hermann Göring about the Reichstag fire.

(Can’t see anything about him saving Hitler from assassination, however, although maybe it was pre-war?)

"jamie barter" wrote:
After having participated of a pleasant celebratory birthday liquid lunch, it has just occurred to me what the equivalent of Adolf's

"jamie barter" wrote:
“Hitler’s piano player”??! Now I think I’ve seen everything… “I’ve heard of ‘Play it Again, Sam’, but this is ridiculous"

may have been:

“Ach, Putzi, zat wast wünderbar… could you possibly play Edelweiss for me vun more time, bitte?”

‘smatter of fact, I was talking this over with a friend yesterday & she opined that Tomorrow Belongs To Me might have made a better choice!  “Nah, too obvious on account of the ‘Cabaret’ connection”, I answered, however she cheekily insisted on disagreeing with me & arguing the toss.  I also pointed out to her that Edelweiss contains the ironic subtext of juxtaposition between the vonTrapp family of TSOM fame and zer führer’s native homeland, (pre-)Anschluss Austria, but to no avail.  What do Lashtalians think?  Maybe we should have a poll? (I think we will discount the third option to play it once again, which was ‘Yes We Have No Bananas’ – and the fourth, ‘Misty’…)

You Must Remember This (the fun da mental things apply as time go by)
N. Joy

PS  Joe, why do you suppose some co-respondents persist in mis-spelling Dr Kugel as “Dr Kugler” (see Replies # 19 and #21) – or can the latter be right?  I take I there is no umlaut.


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08/08/2013 11:41 am  

Apologies for the consecutive postings which I have gathered is ‘frowned upon’ as unkosher posting etiquette in Lashtalland, but I can just imagine what might have been Hitler and Göring’s response to this:

[...] Hanfstaengl later claimed to have alerted Hitler and Hermann Göring about the Reichstag fire.

“Ahem, don’t vorry about zat, Putzi – we haf everyzink under control…”

“This day and age we're living in
Gives cause for apprehension
With speed and new invention
And things like fourth dimension.

Yet we get a trifle weary
With Mr. Einstein's theory.
So we must get down to earth at times
Relax relieve the tension
" …

(“As Years Go By” – Herman Hupfeld)

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08/08/2013 8:03 pm  
"jamie barter" wrote:
“Ahem, don’t vorry about zat, Putzi – we haf everyzink under control…”

I'm sure our many German members and visitors will be highly amused by your 1970s-style characterisation...

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08/08/2013 9:36 pm  

There's another thread about Ewers here:

http://www.lashtal.com/forum/http://www.lashtal.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=6

Perhaps you can merge the two, Paul?


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08/08/2013 9:41 pm  

Thanks, N.O.X. Threads merged.

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09/08/2013 2:00 am  

Some final remarks after looking some things up. In Hanfstaengl's memoirs he mentions that Ewer's book "Vampire" is a strongly altered recounting of Ewers and his experiences in New York from 1914-1917. As notable authors he mentions Ewers and Frank Harris both working for the German cause and always along side Frank Harris is Crowley. So Frank Harris and Crowley are tight friends. Hanfstaengl and Harris are friends, Hanfstaengl and Ewers are tight friend, Viereck and Ewers are friends as Viereck is also organizing Speeches for Ewers with the support of the rich widow Adele Lewisohn-Guggenheimer. Viereck and Crowley become friends and Crowley becomes editor of "The International". Out of that I can't say that Ewers and Crowley were friends, but they hung out in the same circles.

Putzi owns the "Hanfstaengl-Kunst Salon" on the corner of 5th Avenue and 45th Street, an establisment where artists gather.

Putzi is a participant in the failed Hitler Putsch of 8/9 November 1923 where Hitler is wounded. The two flee to Putzi's country home in Uffing where he is cared for.  (is that saving his life?)

Chokmah days indeed, or who is going to pay my tab? As someone that has been poor their entire life I feel for Crowley during this time, who has by now squandered most of his inheritance and is spending time with these high rollers. It must have been a little hard on his ego.
"Where did you go to college Mr. Crowley?"
"I'm a college dropout Dr. Ewers."
Putzi thinks of him as the person that is always with Frank Harris and not the other way around.

Crowley's diary mentions speaking or needing to speak to Ewers about translating "The Gnostic Mass".

Viereck mentions his first impression of Ewers as small, weak, almost fragile looking boy like person with a monocle.  (I suspect not taller than 5'4"- a very sore spot for him and why he always got into so many fights in his youth.) Putzi is at least 6'4".


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09/08/2013 10:42 am  

Sorry for the double post but it is a day later after a night's sleep. By this time Ewers had been successfully giving his wildly popular "Religion of Satan" lectures since 1910 and would continue to do so until the early 20's. He was called "Satan's advertising agent". So we have Crowley newly promoting his branch of the OTO side by side with a passionate Ewers promotiong the religion of Satan. I think I might be justified in thinking that Ewers may have introduced Crowley to this dark currrent, a current which already existed in both of his best selling books, "Alraune" and "The Sorcerer's Apprentice".

Thats all folks, I'm done now. Chuckle.

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09/08/2013 10:44 am  

excellent! thank you, joe!


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