Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law. - AL I:40
I've created this section to let our readers know about certain 'Aleister Crowley'
related books, some are old, while others will be new releases
but all promise to be entertaining if you can find copies.
The Life and Legend of the Marchesa Casati
by Scot D. Ryersson and Michael Orlando Yaccarino
(Minnesota: University of Minnesota Press 2004 PB)
This woman's life is truly a marvelous tale to read and these authors tell it with a flair which makes the book highly enjoyable. I loved the images of this woman strolling down Venice's Piazza San Marco, naked, clad only in a fur cloak and escorted by pet cheetahs on jeweled leashes. She also enjoyed adorning herself with snakes, both live and stuffed, and she even once accessorized an evening costume with chicken blood. It is impossible to tell about all her frivolities in such a brief review but I know our readers would greatly enjoy reading her story. This woman is truly the counterpart of eccentricity to Aleister Crowley. This book comes highly recommended.
You can check out more about this woman in our section titled The Friends & Acquaintances of Aleister Crowley under Casati. It is here that we elaborate her encounter with the Beast. We also suggest that you check out the website on Casati by Scot D. Ryersson & Michael Orlando Yaccarino: www.marchesacasati.com
God of Tarot, Vision of Tarot & Faith of Tarot
by Piers Anthony
(New York: Jove/HBJ Books Inc 1979/80 PB)
This trilogy of books takes place on the far away planet of TAROT where all dreams come true and fanged nightmares stalk the land. Sent to pierce the dread curtain of the Animation that turns Tarot card fantasy into hideous reality, the wanderer-monk Paul finds himself trapped on a trip to the ultimate, and most terrifying fantasy of them all, Hell. Of course, along the way, Paul meets and talks with the authors of many different Tarot decks from A.E.Waite, to Paul Foster Case to none other than Aleister Crowley.
Bloodlineby David St.Clair
(London: Corgi Books 1989 PB)
"He was just six years old ... and her only child, yet after the shocking kidnapping and even the horrible identification of his small tortured body, Lois refused to believe her son was dead - really dead. Plagued by strange psychic premonitions and disturbing wide awake visions, Lois became more and more convinced that her child was being held captive somewhere - for some unknown reason - and she was the only one who could save him. ... And then the framed engraving arrived ... the one with the old manor house and the weird little man who moved effortlessly under the glass. He led her to Scotland ... and a family ... and the unpeakable horror of her Bloodline." Have you ever wondered what the kin of Aleister Crowley are up to?
by Michael Slade
(New York: Signet Book 1994 PB)
At the beginning of this murder mystery there is a naked woman being dragged out by hooded cult figures. "Kicking and struggling, the woman was pulled toward the open trunk, which contained a surgeon's knife and five bloodstained ties." It turns out that the trunk once belonged to none other than Aleister Crowley, the ties were Jack the Ripper's and a murderous cult has now sprung up around them seeking new victims.
The Woman Between the Worlds
by F. Gwynplaine MacIntyre
(New York" A Dell Trade Paprback 1994 PB)
"The woman standing just outside the dim golden light of the gas lamp has come to the London tattoo-shop with an intriguing request. She wants a full body tattoo ... so that she can be human. The she-creature is completely invisible, but tangible, her unseen body warm and sensuous beneath the curious hand of the young tattoo artist she has come to find. Her beautiful voice full of tears, or lies, she tells of her escape from a parallel world enslaved by a tyrant capable of staggering feats of magic and power. Pursued by his invisible minions, she fled through a simmering hole in space to arrive in London in 1898." It is here that the alien meets Aleister Crowley.
The delightful author, F. Gwynplaine MacIntyre, has graciously allowed us
to quote from one of his emails about this book.
"I am the author of a novel titled 'The Woman Between the Worlds' in which Aleister Crowley is one of the main characters. Other members of the Golden Dawn (MacGregor & Moina Mathers, Machen, Farr, Yeats) also appear in this novel, as does Conan Doyle (offered membership of Golden Dawn, but declined). This novel is set primarily in London during 1898-99, shortly after Crowley joined the Golden Dawn. One chapter takes place at a meeting of the Golden Dawn in their temple in Hammersmith, London: another chapter takes place at a meeting of the obscure Weston-super-Mare lodge of the Golden Dawn. Much information about Freemasonry, &c.
My novel 'The Woman Between the Worlds' was originally published by Bantam Doubleday Dell in 1994, and the original edition is out of print. However, the reprint edition from iUniverse can be purchased from Amazon or from the iUniverse website. I am also the author of a short story in which Sherlock Holmes and Watson meet Aleister Crowley and Ambrose Bierce. Here is an amazing FACT for you: although Ambrose Bierce was American, he spent several months living in Leamington Spa, Warwickshire (Crowley's birthplace) in 1874-75. At the time of Crowley's birth (12/10/1875), Bierce was back in the United States ... but, at the time when Crowley was conceived (presumably Jan. 1875), Ambrose Bierce was living barely a mile away from Crowley's parents' house! My story is titled 'The Enigma of the Warwickshire Vortex', and it was published in 'The Mammoth Book of New Sherlock Holmes Adventures' (1997, edited by Mike Ashley). This anthology is still in print, and is available from Robinson Publishing (London) or Carroll & Graf (New York). The book is quite popular and still a nice little earner: the publisher have sent me another royalty cheque just this fortnight.
Aleister Crowley and Ambrose Bierce were both in New York City in May 1906, shortly after the San Francisco earthquake. In my story, Holmes and Watson are en route to San Francisco when they meet Crowley and Bierce in NYC. My story discloses that Ambrose Bierce was the true biological father of Aleister Crowley ... which indeed is possible, as Bierce was living nearby in Leamington nine months before Crowley's birth. This story also reveals a few other confluences, such as the fact that the scientist Pierre Curie died (in a street accident in Paris) the day after the San Francisco earthquake, and that the two incidents may have been linked. F. Gwynplaine MacIntyreBorroloola@aol.com
The Case of the Scarlet Woman
by Watkin Jones
(London: Greenwich Exchange 1999 PB)
"A haunted house, a mysterious kidnapping and a poet's demonic visions are just the beginnings of three connected cases that lead Sherlock Holmes into confrontation with the infamous black magician Aleister Crowley and, more sinisterly, his scorned Scarlet Woman."
Doctor Watson and The Invisible Man
by Noel Downing
(England: Ian Henry Publications, Ltd. 1991 HB)
"In 1897 H.G.Wells told the story of Griffin, the man who became invisible and then could not return to normal. When he died he left his notes at the public house that later bore his name. Then years later the journalist, Langdale Pike, calls at the Invisible Man, negotiates to buy the notebooks and goes to London to get the cash from his newspaper; before he can return to Sussex the landlord of the pub is murdered and the books stolen. Pike turns to his friend Doctor John Watson for help and, in the absence of Sherlock Holmes abroad, Watson applies Holmes' methods in tracking down a killer. The trail leads to a self styled magician, Aleister Crowley, and from him to another literary figure, Arthur Machen. Watson and Pike are involved in a number of incidents leading to the Imperial German Embassy and so to a house in Half Moon
Street, where strange discoveries are made. Aided by Mycroft Holmes, Crowley and Scotland Yard, Watson can report success to Sherlock Holmes when the consulting detective return from the continent."
The Case of the Philosopher's Ring
by Dr. John H. Watson, unearth by R. Collins
(New York" Crown Publishers, Inc. 1978 HB)
"It is the summer before the outbreak of World War I. Holmes, at his Baker Street flat, receives a telegram from the brilliant young philosopher, Bertrand Russell, begging him to come to Cambridge to investigate the theft of a uniquely precious treasure - the mind of Ludwig Wittgenstein. ... Holmes and Watson set out to investigate some of the West's greatest minds. But the trail plunges suddenly out of the abstract and into the blood and guts of occult murder, when Aleister Crowley, the high priest of post-Edwardian mysticism, enters the picture."
The Door Through Washington Square
by Elaine Bergstrom
(New York: Ace Books August 1998 PB)
"As a child, Dierdre MacCallum remembered her great-grandmother Bridger's house in New York's Washington Square as a magical place - with mahogany walls, antique furniture, and sedate tea parties. But when Dierdre is summoned to the matriarch's side to settle her affairs, she senses something strange about the house, a feeling triggered by an old set of French doors in the sunroom. She pulls back their heavy curtain, opens them to the sunlight ... And finds a doorway to the past - seventy-two years ago. There Dierdre will meet Grandmum as a young woman. She will find love with Noah, a man destined to die before she was born. And she will find great danger as she uncovers Bridget's darkest secret - her involvement with the infamously sinister Aleister Crowley, whose dabblings in the powers of darkness promise destruction for the MacCallum clan. Now Dierdre must find a way to set things right,
Jack the Ripper's Black Magic Rituals
by Ivor J. Edwards
(Penny Publishing, England 2001 HB. Limited Edition of 1000 copies.]
This book is not a novel or sci-fi. It is a true story. It is the latest case study of the most unique serial murder in the history of the world. It comes to the conclusion that the murders were ceremonial and 'magickally' carried out by Robert Donston Stephenson. Of course, Aleister Crowley is mentioned but the author dismisses him as a "very unreliable and dubious source" of information. Still, it is worthy book to obtain and read if you're into Ripperology.
Black Easter, or Faust Aleph-Null
by James Blish
(Dell Publishing, Inc. July 1969 PB]
"Here's an Easter greeting that snarls ..." The story is about Theron Ware, a malevolent dealer in futuristic weapons who harnesses the demons of the underworld for a raid on the Universe after he opens the gates of Hell and raises their citadel into Death Valley. It is a story filled with black magic, white magic, and the war between good and evil with the main evil character, Mr.Ware, being based on none other than Aleister Crowley.
MASTER OF THE TEMPLEby Eric Ericson
[England: A New English Library Publication 1983 PB]
"The secret Orders have their lines of descent, their connections. And behind every Order is another, some half-seen shadows in the midst of history, some well attested, the works of their initiates known." ... "Each has its Degrees and Ceremonies of Initiation, its secret rituals, mysteries and paths hidden knowledge. And in each there are dangers. For knowledge is a two-edged sword that can bring life or death. And among the Orders, there is one whose Name is known to but a few whose True Name is utterly hidden, unspoken, known only to the Masters ..." What makes this book a fascinating read is that the author details the magick and sex magick of the infamous 'Eight Degree' of a real Fratenity. Need I say more other than mention that the name Aleister Crowley appears in this book?
and rescue not only her family, but her one true love ...
MORE TO COME ...
STRANGE AND DANGEROUS DREAMS
The Fine Line Between Adventure and Madness
by Geoff Powter
[WA: Seattle, The Mountaineers Books 2006 HB]
Psychologist Geoff Powter examines the passion and dreams behind eleven of history's greatest explorers whom the author calls "The Burdened, The Bent, and The Lost." He further notes that every culture has its own adventure myth, a story of a hero willing to brave nature's harshest elements to better the social cause. But more often than not, there are darker reasons for these life-threatening pursuits. Their dreams are often dark, their aspirations fueled by madness, but their conquests are truly the stuff of legend. Chapter 7 is titled Aleister Crowley, the Wickedest Man in the World, page 31.