Category Archives: Dark arts

Mysterious corners of shade

Occultist poet Berthe de Courrière, who died 100 years ago today

Mysterious corners of shade

Occultist poet Berthe de Courrière, who died 100 years ago today

Places: a Turin trinity

A stroll through good and evil, light and shadow, life and death, genius and madness, heaven and hell.

Places: a Turin trinity

A stroll through good and evil, light and shadow, life and death, genius and madness, heaven and hell.

Places: Crowley’s Berlin

The Great Beast witnesses the Weimar twilight

Places: Crowley’s Berlin

The Great Beast witnesses the Weimar twilight

The jet propelled Antichrist at 100

“Waken, and do what you will”: Occultist/rocket scientist Jack Parsons, born in Pasadena in 1914

The jet propelled Antichrist at 100

“Waken, and do what you will”: Occultist/rocket scientist Jack Parsons, born in Pasadena in 1914

Waking the witch

A forthcoming documentary about Rosaleen Norton

Waking the witch

A forthcoming documentary about Rosaleen Norton

Places: Tredegar House

In search of the irreverent Evan Morgan

Places: Tredegar House

In search of the irreverent Evan Morgan

Places: Clifton

In search of the Reverend Montague Summers

Places: Clifton

In search of the Reverend Montague Summers

14 books for 2014

Books, books, books – dirty and otherwise

14 books for 2014

Books, books, books – dirty and otherwise

The Riddle

“Rampant within thy podex take this member, stiffer than a mast…”

The Riddle

“Rampant within thy podex take this member, stiffer than a mast…”

Windows to the Sacred

“An exploration of the esoteric”, starting Friday

Windows to the Sacred

“An exploration of the esoteric”, starting Friday

The Wormwood Star

Curtis Harrington’s rare film tribute to (oc)cult artist Marjorie Cameron

The Wormwood Star

Curtis Harrington’s rare film tribute to (oc)cult artist Marjorie Cameron

13 books for 2013

Swordswomen, working boys, crypto-fascist poets, bohemians, Decadents, Surrealists, occultists…business as usual really.

13 books for 2013

Swordswomen, working boys, crypto-fascist poets, bohemians, Decadents, Surrealists, occultists…business as usual really.

Dark Spirits

“Both were influcenced by witchcraft and the occult tradition of western magic, both utilised trance states, and both believed that the realm of the gods had its own intrinsic existence…”

Dark Spirits

“Both were influcenced by witchcraft and the occult tradition of western magic, both utilised trance states, and both believed that the realm of the gods had its own intrinsic existence…”

Speak of the Devil

The 1995 documentary Speak of the Devil addresses the life and lore of Satanist Anton LaVey, who died 15 years ago today.

Speak of the Devil

The 1995 documentary Speak of the Devil addresses the life and lore of Satanist Anton LaVey, who died 15 years ago today.

Pages: The Books of the Beast

This is a 1987 miscellany of pieces stretching back as much as twenty years prior. The title piece concerns the published works of Aleister Crowley, a figure of fascination for the author ever since he was disciplined at school for ordering The Great Beast.

Pages: The Books of the Beast

This is a 1987 miscellany of pieces stretching back as much as twenty years prior. The title piece concerns the published works of Aleister Crowley, a figure of fascination for the author ever since he was disciplined at school for ordering The Great Beast.

The Duck-Billed Platypus

“Dirt is matter in the wrong place./Thought is mind in the wrong place./Matter is mind; so thought is dirt.”

The Duck-Billed Platypus

“Dirt is matter in the wrong place./Thought is mind in the wrong place./Matter is mind; so thought is dirt.”

Circles: Evan Morgan

It is precisely the improbable contradictions Evan Morgan embodied in his life, the unlikely meeting of the most disparate worlds, which makes this writer/occultist/aristocrat/papal bigwig so interesting.

Circles: Evan Morgan

It is precisely the improbable contradictions Evan Morgan embodied in his life, the unlikely meeting of the most disparate worlds, which makes this writer/occultist/aristocrat/papal bigwig so interesting.