Tuesday, December 31, 2013

A Rant Worth Reading

Midian Books' oft inactive blog has come alive again, if only for a day, and provided food for thought well worth the moment of time it will take you to read Mr. Midian's "2013 Mini Rant" 

Midian expresses my own sentiment and frustration perfectly, pointedly at the ever growing number of "Trash for Cash" books being marketed as the next big thing, the darkest of the dark, the most forbidden of all, yadda yadda yadda. Long time readers of this blog will know well my own disdain for these books, their publishers and especially the semi-retarded authors pushing them on the unsuspecting or more naive among the occult community as if they contained anything more than does a used diaper. 

Fortunately, for those who actually READ Magick books and consider them anything beyond an interesting coffee table piece or excitingly rebellious shelf filler, there remain authors dedicated to producing works of a higher caliber and better quality of content than at any time in history, and a handful of publishers devoted to bringing them to life. They are, to be sure, in the minority, with more and more of these "We're darker than you!" and "12 Easy Steps to Adepthood and Godship" publishers popping up every other week. But they are out there, and thanks to them we have greater access to Magickal works of true QUALITY than ever before. So lets be thankful for the few that outweigh the many, and whose devotion and tireless efforts produce what will in future generations be considered the classics of our day. 

"They take a rotten, a rancid, foul smelling, horrible salad, all rotten, every ingredient, make you sick just smelling it. A thing you wouldn't feed an animal. They wrap it up all nice, package it all pretty-like, call it something fancy, tell you its something good, and they hope you don't look to closely inside, or if you do, you're too stupid to see its all putrid once you get past the fancy label. They do this and the people, they fucking gobble it up. Smoke and mirrors. But in the end, the fancy packaging, the fancy dressing they put on this rotten, putrefied salad, it doesn't change whats inside. It's still no good. It still smells. It still makes you sick."

Bruce Cutler, explaining the Governments "RICO" Case against John Gotti


Thursday, December 26, 2013

A Brief Review - The Complete Grimoire of Pope Honorius

     Having made my most solemn and heartfelt oath, by way of pinky swear no less, to begin posting here on The Lion's Den once again and bring some life back to this poor, neglected blog, the very first post I wanted to write is a long overdue review and sincere recommendation. 

     The book about which we will be speaking today is, in my eyes, one of the year's most important, and an invaluable contribution to the Grimoire Tradition. Bringing to the project the same impeccable scholarship, meticulous research and practicing Magician's touch for which he and Stephen Skinner have become well known following their Sourceworks Series, David Rankine has partnered once again with Paul Harry Barron to bring us a definitive, comprehensive and complete edition of The Grimoire of Pope Honorius. And for this we should all be grateful. 

     Including the full text of Wellcome 4666, a version of Honorius I had until now only seen in the original manuscript form, in its first ever English translation, Rankine and Barron have truly brought forth what is sure to be considered alongside the works of Joseph H. Peterson and Stephen Skinner as one of our generations most valuable offerings. 

     In a subsequent post, as the year comes to and end, I plan to offer a list of what I consider to be the 10 best releases of 2013.  The Complete Grimoire of Pope Honorius will sit deserving atop the list.

     Lest ye naysayers assume this post is anything but objective, or I be accused of pimping for a pal as has been said with regard to some of my former reviews, let it be known that David Rankine and I have never exchanged so much as a perfunctory hello. For that matter, with the exception of The Grimoire of Arthur Gauntlet and The Book of Gold, Avalonia hasn't released anything of which I've been a fan. 

     This review and recommendation is based solely on the merits of the book in question, and one hell of a good book it is.


Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Wishing One And All A Happy Holiday

I have been absent from the blog scene for a while now, having been overtaken by events such preparing new projects for publication, working heavily with Nephilim Press on several titles, (some my own, some from up and coming authors and practitioners, some translated from manuscripts penned by a long dead hand), trying relentlessly to track down orders gone awry in the postal system, working with a Magickal Brotherhood to which I alluded in my last posts, hopping on plane after plane and flying hither and thither, snooping and pooping all about. 

Despite this new and ever more challenging schedule, in the new year I plan to bring life back to this blog, dusting off the cobwebs I've negligently allowed it to accumulate and discussing topics new and old, including some new tech I'm being taught at the hands of one of the seniors in the brotherhood. 

But I didn't want to let this day and the next pass without extending my warmest wishes for a happy holiday to one and all. All of the success I've enjoyed with Crossed Keys and The Book of Abrasax* I owe to you, the community that has accepted me, and which I am extremely grateful to be a part of, and I wanted to take this opportunity to thank one and all. 

Whether or not you celebrate Christmas, and even if you shun it as do many among us, one cannot deny that it is indeed a Magickal day - if only because of the collective love and goodwill perpetuated the world around and amongst innumerable people who happily resume their prickishness on the 26th.

So to one and all*, if there are still any who read this blog given the length of time since my last post, I wish you and yours all the best and sincerely hope you have a memorable holiday!

*One exclusion to "To one and all" - To the "Magician" selling demons online (Yes, really) who thought it was a good idea to "Curse" ME and brag about it whilst trying to peddle his wares, To you, I do not wish a happy holiday. While your "curse", was about effective as a mosquito's bite, I'm still going to make an example of you. Why? Because you had the balls to speak my name. Oh, and more importantly, because I fucking CAN. Do you see me coming?