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11/10/2011 6:18 pm  

Hello all,

Noticed this on Amazon, 'Simon Iff and other works' hard cover pre order,
£2.99!!...That's what it says.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Simon-Iff-Stories-Other-Works/dp/1840226781/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&qid=1318352616&sr=8-6


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11/10/2011 7:14 pm  

That sounds excellent. Wordsworth have, however, no mention of this on their site, so even though I'm pre-ordering it now, I won't hold my breath. Incidentally, Wordsworth's bio on Crowley is written by Churton: Crowley thus comes across as a serious writer.
http://www.wordsworth-editions.com/author/crowley-aleiste r"> http://www.wordsworth-editions.com/author/crowley-aleister
I have a feeling that the realistic appraisal of the Old Sinner is going to become the norm fairly soon.

Markus


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11/10/2011 7:42 pm  

I also have very much that feeling, Markus!


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11/10/2011 8:36 pm  

I have been aware for some time that this would be released and I'm pleased to see its pre-announcement.

Amazon indicates that it's not going to be published for another 5 months so its non-appearance on Wordsworth's site is no great surprise.

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11/10/2011 11:15 pm  

thanks for the tip tc! Got to be worth a look at that price!


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12/10/2011 10:21 pm  

Packaging and postage to the U.S. costs twice as much as the book...!!! Oh well, maybe this will bring the Second-Market prices down on "The Scrutinies Of Simon Iff"...

But I find, running the title in search mode on Amazon U.S. that one can sign up to be notified when this item will be available. So perhaps I can avoid such Postal Usury...


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13/10/2011 11:12 pm  

I'm excited by "...and Other Works". Roll on March 2012!

I'd be exceedingly grateful to anyone who can reveal what else is included in this volume.


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14/10/2011 1:10 am  

So roughly 2 pounds, and a 1 page book. lol Surely they'll fix it all up once the product gets close to production.


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04/11/2011 3:01 pm  

Oh, both Amazon U.S. and Amazon U.K. have both changed their listing of this to "Paperback." Oh well...


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14/11/2011 9:38 am  

This book now has a rather splendid picture


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19/03/2012 12:58 pm  

Wordsworth publishes scores of excellent anthologies and collections.
Oddly, if one examines the covers of their books, The Great Beast is the only author who appears on the covers of his books.


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19/03/2012 1:23 pm  

Received this from Amazon regarding my December pre-order:

We have received new release date information related to the order you placed on
December 17 2011 (Order# 000-000000-00000).

Please be advised that we have a revised delivery date for the items you ordered
on December 17 2011 (Order #000-000000-00000).

Aleister Crowley "The Simon Iff Stories and Other Works (Tales of Mystery & the Supernatural)"

Estimated arrival date: April 02 2012 - April 07 2012

For more details, please visit the Your Account section of our web site


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20/03/2012 3:37 am  
"seeyouintheentity" wrote:
I'm excited by "...and Other Works". Roll on March 2012!

I'd be exceedingly grateful to anyone who can reveal what else is included in this volume.

According to G.M. Kelly, this is in the public domain and his edition has the complete works, 534pp, Contents list below.  It is available for free here with full permission in PDF format:

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CONTENTS

Simon Iff in America .........................10

What’s in a Name? ...............................................11
A Sense of Incongruity ........................................27
The Ox and the Wheel .........................................48
An Old Head on Young Shoulders ......................69
The Pasquaney Puzzle .........................................92
The Monkey and the Buzz-saw .........................107
A Dangerous Safe Trick ....................................127
The Biter Bit ......................................................149
Nebuchadnezzar.................................................167
Suffer the Little Children ...................................192
Who Gets the Diamonds? ..................................211
The Natural Thing To Do ..................................230

Simon Iff Abroad ............................. 258

Desert Justice .....................................................259
In the Swamp .....................................................277
The Haunted Sea Captain ..................................300

Simon Iff Psychoanalyst .................. 324

Psychic Compensation .......................................325
Sterilized Stephen ..............................................353

The Scrutinies of Simon Iff ............. 392

Big Game ...........................................................393
The Artistic Temperament .................................421
Outside the Bank’s Routine ...............................444
The Conduct of John Briggs ..............................474
Not Good Enough ..............................................494
Ineligible ............................................................516

CONTACT INFORMATION IS WITHIN THE FINAL PAGES OF THE DOCUMENT


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20/03/2012 3:50 am  

"I'm excited by "...and Other Works"

From Amazon:

"Product Description

"Edited with an Introduction by William Breeze.

"This volume brings together two series of short fiction by the poet, writer and religious philosopher Aleister Crowley (1875–1947). It includes the first complete publication of Simple Simon, the detective series featuring Crowley’s most memorable fictional creation, the mystic-magician-philosopher-psychoanalyst-detective Simon Iff.

"The idealised Crowley in old age, Simon Iff is wise, knowing and unfailingly humorous as he applied psychoanalysis, Taoism and his own religious philosophy of Thelema to divine the depths of human nature and solve a wide array of crimes and mysteries. The six Scrutinies of Simon Iff stories are set in France and England, anchored by Iff’s beloved Hemlock Club. The twelve Simon Iff in America stories afford Crowley’s penetrating insights into America as he found it during his residence from 1914 to 1919. His three Simon Iff Abroad stories take the reader to tribal North Africa, inaccessible Central Africa and to the high seas. The two Simon Iff Psychoanalyst stories were among the earliest tales to use the new science of psychoanalysis to solve mysteries. Also included is Crowley’s other major short fiction series, the eight stories of his legendary Golden Twigs, which were inspired by Sir J.G. Frazer’s encyclopedic study of myth and religion in history, The Golden Bough.

"This collection is a companion volume to Crowley’s previously uncollected short stories, The Drug and Other Stories, also published by Wordsworth. Extensive editorial end-notes give full details about the stories."


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25/03/2012 7:42 am  

Regarding the suggestion above that the Simon Iff stories are out of copyright, I understand that the first six Iff stories are public domain in the USA but the others aren't.

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30/03/2012 12:14 pm  

Amazon has sent notice that my pre-ordered copy of this was mailed yesterday.

We should all have it fairly soon, then.


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30/03/2012 12:17 pm  

Just received my copy of 'Simon Iff and Other Stories' this morning from Amazon, and looking forward to reading it, as I have enjoyed Wordsworth's other edition of Crowley's short stories 'The Drug and Other Stories'. 🙂


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02/04/2012 1:25 pm  

Just received my copy. A very nice and full introduction by Breeze. The endnotes look informative enough.

I wish that they had been published in hardcover, on better paper, as well; my "Drug and Other Stories" is already well-yellowed, and I can imagine it becoming brittle soon. Now "The Simon Iff Stories" can yellow with it by my bedside, the only fiction I read these days, to set my mind in dream-mode before drifting off.


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02/04/2012 10:53 pm  

I agree with the point about hardcover and better paper. I'll still buy the paperback, but would have preferred to pay more for a more durable publication. Odd that this option was not pursued by the copyright holders.


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02/04/2012 11:09 pm  

When it comes to the production of books, it seems to me that the copyright holders are 'damned if they do, damned if they don't.'

Publication of 'Magick' and 'Astrology' were greeted with howls of complaint - as, inevitably, will 'Confessions' - regarding the relatively high cost as a result of extraordinary production quality. They had an opportunity to present Crowley's short stories to a potentially huge audience through the very popular cheap-to-print-and-cheap-to-buy Wordsworth publishers, who choose not to indulge in hardcover versions. If these very impressive story collections had been published by, say, Weiser they'd have been priced at ten or twenty times the current asking price and they'd have sold in tiny numbers.

At this price, I really couldn't care less about the yellowing paper! Buy two copies of each - I certainly have - and lay one down for 'best'. You'll still only have paid a tenner for two copies of each!

This use of Wordsworth seems to me to be the perfect alternative to dumping ebook versions into the marketplace and I welcome it. It was a daring step and I hope sales provide sufficient reward to justify more to follow: 'Collected Poems', 'Collected Letters', and so on, perhaps?

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02/04/2012 11:15 pm  

A 'Collected Letters' would be fantastic!


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02/04/2012 11:28 pm  

93!

I agree with Paul. I also bought three of each of the paperbacks (12 pounds for 6 books, I wonder how that works) and had me made a hardcover version of each of them. Of course it's just like in the good old library days, more or less a protective hardcover case glued around the book. But it looks good, it is firm and will probably last a good while. One spare softcover is for the shelf only and the reading copies are already quite worn. But I have to say they don't seem to break easily, they just become grubby and yellow.

Can't await the Confessions and the Collected Diaries...

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03/04/2012 9:15 am  
"lashtal" wrote:
When it comes to the production of books, it seems to me that the copyright holders are 'damned if they do, damned if they don't.'

Publication of 'Magick' and 'Astrology' were greeted with howls of complaint - as, inevitably, will 'Confessions' - regarding the relatively high cost as a result of extraordinary production quality. They had an opportunity to present Crowley's short stories to a potentially huge audience through the very popular cheap-to-print-and-cheap-to-buy Wordsworth publishers, who choose not to indulge in hardcover versions. If these very impressive story collections had been published by, say, Weiser they'd have been priced at ten or twenty times the current asking price and they'd have sold in tiny numbers.

At this price, I really couldn't care less about the yellowing paper! Buy two copies of each - I certainly have - and lay one down for 'best'. You'll still only have paid a tenner for two copies of each!

This use of Wordsworth seems to me to be the perfect alternative to dumping ebook versions into the marketplace and I welcome it. It was a daring step and I hope sales provide sufficient reward to justify more to follow: 'Collected Poems', 'Collected Letters', and so on, perhaps?

I take your point of course, but a hardback edition does not need to be of an "extraordinary production quality" with substantial production costs. I remember the "Simon Iff" compilation published by Martin Starr many years ago, which was readily affordable. For this Wordsworth edition, Bill Breeze has gone to the trouble of providing footnotes and notes on sources, which in my view are worthy of a more durable form.

I wasn't suggesting that the paperback edition shouldn't be there, only that I would have preferred a more durable option. There was no intent to damn the copyright holder.


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03/04/2012 7:41 pm  

I think Wordsworth's production standards are remarkably good for such cheap editions. If well looked after, I can't see why my copy won't still be a perfectly serviceable book 20 years from now. And whilst I agree that an edition produced to the same standards of printing and binding as, say, the old World's Classics or Everyman Library would be preferable, I think we should be thankful that these editions have been published at all and at such an affordable price.

As other posters have mentioned, these collections have been edited to a high standard, including original introductory matter along with valuable bibliographical and explanatory information, which for me is ample compensation for the no frills presentation.

Thank you, Wordsworth Editions 🙂


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03/04/2012 8:23 pm  

I wasn't suggesting that the paperback edition shouldn't be there, only that I would have preferred a more durable option.

I think we all agree with you, Michael. Considering the decent price of the book, I see no reason not to rebind it in hardcovers.
Does anybody know how well these Wordsworth books have sold? Judging by the fact that Wordsworth were willing to put a second collection of Crowley's stories on the market, as well as the fact that the recent edition was sold out on Amazon uk & us within a day (though they've re-stocked since) I imagine that they must be selling reasonably well.
It is of course wonderful that these cheap books will bring Crowley to the attention of many more readers, and that in a thoroughly non-occult fashion. As far as I can tell this is just yet another step in the re-evaluation and rehabilitation of the Old Sinner. Better late than never!

Markus


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24/07/2017 12:15 pm  

Hi everyone,

I know it is a very old post, but I did really wanted to take my chance. I am writing an article about Simon Iff. I have the older pdf version of the book of "The Simon Iff Stories & Other Works". And I mostly do not understand what I read exactly because the footnotes are missing. And as you know Crowley is really a hard-to-read writer. All I need is the footnotes of "Simon Iff is in America" part. Can anyone send me the footnotes of that part as a photo/s if it is possible. Scanning may be difficult. Thank you very much in advance. By the way I am writing from Turkey and it takes about 20 days for the book to reach. And I really don't have time for the deadline.


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30/09/2017 9:29 am  

can any one tell me which Simon Iff story has "a man ... who was tortured and who tortured his wife"? (quote from The Amalantrah Working)

cheers, Love is the law, EGP


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30/09/2017 9:55 am  

PS re Simon Iff story, presumably the reference is one of the following:

The Scrutinies of Simon Iff
6 stories written in Dec 1916, published in The International under pseudonym Edward Kelly.
Big Game (published in The International XI 9, Sep 1917)
The Artistic Temperament (published in The International XI 10, Oct 1917)
Outside the Bank’s Routine (published in The International XI 11, Nov 1917)
The Conduct of John Briggs (published in The International XI 12, Dec 1917)
Not Good Enough (published in The International XII 1, Jan 1918)
Ineligible (published in The International XII 2, Feb 1918)

or perhaps

The Butterfly Net / Moonchild
begun after the first 6 stories in 1917.

or

Simon Iff in America
12 stories
What’s in a Name?
A Sense of Incongruity
The Ox and the Wheel
An Old Head on Young Shoulders
The Pasquaney Puzzle
The Monkey and the Buzz-Saw (Annotated)
A Dangerous Safe Trick
The Biter Bit
Nebuchadnezzar
Suffer the Little Children
Who Gets the Diamonds?
The Natural Thing To do
written around the time of The Amalantrah Working.

https://hermetic.com/crowley/simon-iff/index#note1


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