Category Archives: Treachery

“I’m perplexed”

There’s sodomy in the Sahara, Sicilian sex rituals, psychotropic Satanic savagery and lots more serpentine sibilants besides. Crowley leaves death and madness in his wake as he erases the personalities of his followers and replaces them with a new creed.

“I’m perplexed”

There’s sodomy in the Sahara, Sicilian sex rituals, psychotropic Satanic savagery and lots more serpentine sibilants besides. Crowley leaves death and madness in his wake as he erases the personalities of his followers and replaces them with a new creed.

Nazimova’s secret garden

Nazimova enlisted designer Natacha Rambova, wife of Rudolph Valentino. Sets and costumes borrowed liberally from Beardsley’s illustrations, with a riot of dwarves, drag queens, half-naked slaves and camp courtiers in extravagant headpieces.

Nazimova’s secret garden

Nazimova enlisted designer Natacha Rambova, wife of Rudolph Valentino. Sets and costumes borrowed liberally from Beardsley’s illustrations, with a riot of dwarves, drag queens, half-naked slaves and camp courtiers in extravagant headpieces.

The white caliph

Gerard MacBryan was described as a “complete crook”, a “quisling”, an “undesirable character”, “a kind of evil genius”. He was the heir to an asylum and his tale embraces intrigue, treachery and a descent into Heart of Darkness-style tropical insanity.

The white caliph

Gerard MacBryan was described as a “complete crook”, a “quisling”, an “undesirable character”, “a kind of evil genius”. He was the heir to an asylum and his tale embraces intrigue, treachery and a descent into Heart of Darkness-style tropical insanity.

The quest for Backhouse

Backhouse evidently roamed the globe, summering in Russia with Tolstoy, discovering the joys of eunuch sex in Constantinople and appearing on stage with Sarah Bernhardt in Paris…even the Dowager Empress herself succumbed to his charms.

The quest for Backhouse

Backhouse evidently roamed the globe, summering in Russia with Tolstoy, discovering the joys of eunuch sex in Constantinople and appearing on stage with Sarah Bernhardt in Paris…even the Dowager Empress herself succumbed to his charms.

Thin white archduke

Ludwig was getting reckless and had a reputation for spending hours in the Centralbad, a prestigious complex of Orientalist steam baths, where his (no doubt pruny) hands were apt to wander…

Thin white archduke

Ludwig was getting reckless and had a reputation for spending hours in the Centralbad, a prestigious complex of Orientalist steam baths, where his (no doubt pruny) hands were apt to wander…

Jewish Presbyterian Buddhist Nazi spy, MP

The annals of espionage and counter-espionage offer few stranger cases than that of Ignaz Trebitsch-Lincoln, born to a Hungarian Orthodox Jewish family but converting to Christianity soon after his arrival in London, where he joined the Society for the Promotion of Christianity Among the Jews.

Jewish Presbyterian Buddhist Nazi spy, MP

The annals of espionage and counter-espionage offer few stranger cases than that of Ignaz Trebitsch-Lincoln, born to a Hungarian Orthodox Jewish family but converting to Christianity soon after his arrival in London, where he joined the Society for the Promotion of Christianity Among the Jews.