This work comes courtesy of the spiritualist movement of the mid and late 19th century. It is at once an academic work, a work of general demonology and Satan-lore, and a social tract aimed at the fire and brimstone preaching of its era. The elaborate synthesis of its sources and its authors’ opinions make it an important work within the historical cycle of late pre-modern Christian philosophy.
For those interested in the occult, the practice of magick, and demonology in a stricter sense, this work is best seen as a refutation of some of the symbolism and meaning used by those involved in the same; if the basis is unsound the practice is unsound, and a great many practitioners continue in the delusion that brimstone-and-smoke filled hallways populated by leathery little creatures with Pluto-esque pitchforks are very much real, and that Satan is a historical notion as opposed to one adapted from paganism. I strongly suggest this work as well for anyone desiring to rid themselves of the fear or Hellfire, since it is meticulously debased here and more or less totally defeated.
It’s time for a short announcement for several important pieces of information for my readers here.
1. I have transferred the files and information for the last 20ish works I have released to kdp. Soon they will be available on kindle as ebooks. I tend to drag my heels for months at a time on such things (because I myself do not like ebooks and tablets, I want physical copies of literary works) and then do them in spurts like this. This includes works like “The Piasa”, “The Roman Index of Forbidden Books”, and “Is the Devil a Myth?” among others.
2. Soon I will add links for both paperback and ebook copies to the category lists. For a few titles there will be no ebook because kindle’s platform has slightly different terms of service from Createspace for paperback works.
3. I have obtained a dozen new works to work on; some titles on alchemy, a few psychic works, and some mesmerism and other pseudoscience.
4. The tenth category will soon be added; “Folklore, Mythology, and Cryptozoology.” A new “Mysticism and Spirituality” category will absorb some works from other categories and replace the folk magic category.
This work is a combination of demonology and devil lore with then-modern political and social discourse. Dwelling on the titles of, powers of, and form of the Devil, Wimberley’s work also touches on temperance, the evils of illusionists and mesmerists, and the spiritualist movement.
It isn’t quite as dense and difficult to comprehend as some similar works of the era on this and other titles; a refreshing fact, since some manuscripts on demons delve into minutiae or linger on quasi-medical topics associated with possession. It should be noted that Wimberley was surely a rather zealous protestant and so the work reflects this fact.
Despite not posting an update in a while be it known that I have been hard at work; I am very pleased to first announce that the process of re-submitting all the files for ebook releases is now done- all of the titles available as digital downloads on Amazon (90% of them roughly) should be in proper format. If you do find any stragglers left behind and still messed up please leave a comment on this blog or message me elsewhere. The entire process took more than a week.
In other news, “How to Speak with the Dead” is finished and uploaded and should come online later today- I have also begun editing several other works; “John Williams’ Last Legacy” (a slightly notorious short herbal and medicinal tract) and Rydberg’s “Magic of the Middle Ages” which is a somewhat longer text, and quite dense- that one is sure to go into the academic heading.
I am crafting as well a political work of sorts, one of my own authorship- I am not sure yet how long it will be when completed, but it’s sure to fit in with the hyper-political climate of the current era.
This fine work is the culmination of a great deal of study by John Taylor in the middle of the 19th century. As with many works from the period, it both lambastes prior christian populations for their superstition while exonerating them partly on the basis that their interpretation of christian dogma was, first, misled by the authorities of their age and, second, that this was partly the fault of primordial pagan influence and the working of sorcery in late antiquity.
Its primary content is related to the burning times, both with regards to conceptions of Satan and of witches and witchcraft in general, but it also manages to provide a few older examples including the rites of the snake cults of the near east and the topic of the infamous shape-shifting Lamia. It blames King James and his “Daemonologie” and the Malleus Maleficarum for many tens of thousands of deaths.
This morning I finished “Magic and Witchcraft” and it is processing, but I figured I’d do a bit more and moved all five herbal titles to KDP (for ebook sales)- as always I don’t really care much about ebooks because I prefer physical copies, but people keep asking me for digital versions of my releases so I figure I might as well have a full ebook catalog too.
Which brings me to the happy news of the day; I am fully aware that a few of the titles I have aren’t properly processed there for sale as ebooks; when I released the first slew of digital releases I relied on Createspace to properly convert existing files and, of course, was let down; CS is great for paperbacks but has severe issues when it comes to processing uploaded files for release as ebooks; several titles were nothing more than the cover and one page of text, or four pages of badly formatted and massively cropped illustrations. I have to go back through and manually re-upload pdfs of each title to make sure they’re all in proper working order since CS can’t apparently handle it on their end; that means weeks more effort. I manually submitted the files for the five herbals so at least that category will be in proper format with no issues (I hope.) I’ll get to work tomorrow with the four folk works, then after that spend a week or so on the rest and do as much as I can while also releasing the next herbal title.
This booklet details the opinions of the Pillar of Fire order founded by Alma White at the dawn of the 20th century, regarding the then-growing Pentecostal movement and its belief in baptism by tongues. It additionally delves fairly deep into eugenics-era demonology and the nature of both demons and the Devil, and their constant quest to destroy the christian body in what White and others believed to be a period fairly close to the end times. It speaks about the vaguely eugenics-tinged christianity of its era and proposes that those who speak in tongues regularly are possessed not by the Holy Spirit but rather by the legions of Hell.