Tag Archives: occult

Surprise! Review of Fresh Blood [stories]

Copyright 2012 Freeman Presson, all rights reserved Occult Detective Bob Freeman (no, really, go follow his blog now, and come back. I’ll wait) sent me a “lagniappe” along with the expected review copy of his new comic. It’s a short … Continue reading

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Dion Fortune’s The Winged Bull (Dry and Wet Sex Magick in the 30’s)

Copyright 2012 Freeman Presson, all rights reserved Here we have a tale, vintage 1935, of a fairly classic sort in the occult fiction genre: woman who is just magical enough, and just sexy enough, to be irresistible to a left-hand … Continue reading

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Foreshadowing of Fortune: The Winged Bull (plus …)

“I don’t read fiction1,” I am often caught saying, but it does have an “unless” clause. In this case, it was “unless I feel overloaded with study and just want to be led down a primrose path for a bit.” … Continue reading

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Review of In the Center of the Fire: a memoir of the occult

Copyright 2012 Freeman Presson, all rights reserved This is a very nicely-produced, standard-sized hardcover: tightly-sewn signatures, good paper, and a very tight crimson cloth/board cover with gold embossing. The dust jacket features a picture of the author squatting on a … Continue reading

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Review of Casting Sacred Space

I missed the mid-February general release date for this book for a simple reason: I got way too involved with it. This is the kind of book you want to add to your list of “non-101,” real magic books for … Continue reading

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Review of Ophiel’s Art and Practice of Astral Projection

I’m willing to bet many of you have not read any of Ophiel’s little books. I would not have taken any special notice were it not for the enthusiasm shown by Fr. Thabion (Poke Runyon) in this Hermetic Hour podcast … Continue reading

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Review of The Witchcraft of Dame Darrel of York (Charles Godfrey Leland)

This is a beautiful, weighty book, printed on fine paper, a delight to hold (although it’s the verrye Dikkens to read in bed, withal). Apparently, Charles Godfrey Leland, author of Aradia, the Gospel of the Witches, collector of folklore, and … Continue reading

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Review: Weird Ways of Witchcraft, Dr. Leo Louis Martello

Leo Martello1 was one of the early pioneers of public Witchcraft. He claimed Sicilian family tradition, and had obviously studied extensively in the Western Esoteric Tradition, including a sabbatical (pun intended) in Morocco, which was one of the counterculture destinations … Continue reading

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Iä! Iä! The Necronomicon Files!

This is a big paperback, 300+ pages in the slightly odd 6″x9″ form, with a riotously appropriate and funny cover picture by Toren Atkinson. The cover blurbs make it clear that The Necronomicon Files debunks the published Necronomicons. Spoiler alert, … Continue reading

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Review of The Herbal Alchemist’s Handbook

First impressions: a nicely made, handbook-sized, 240-page book with some stunning big-name blurbs on the back, and the dreaded word “Alchemy” in the title. The subtitle states the purpose of the book: A Grimoire of Philtres, Elixirs, Oils, Incense, and … Continue reading

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