Alright literary world;
It’s time for a little bit of an update- I’m quite excited for the next three months, that happy period of time where summer winds down towards Halloween, AKA the greatest holiday of the year. After Halloween, there’s nothing to look forward to until spring except stuffing yourself on Thanksgiving and Yule.
I have four works that I am definitively working on during this period; two herbal works (another government circular by the author of “Weeds as Medicine” and the South Sea Herbal) which will require illustration are on the docket, along with a short alchemical tract and the current work I am editing; “Secrets of Black Arts!” which is similar to other travelers booklets from the late 19th century and into the 1920s- these short works were part historical and part titillating grotesquery. Don’t worry, those won’t be the only works I release over this period; I have a half dozen others ready to format but I am not sure which of them will be completed- along with, I hope, the beginnings of SIH two.
That’s about all. Don’t dog-ear your books.
Tomorrow I anticipate finishing a very good academic work entitled “The Magic of the Middle Ages”- it combines some cryptid lore with a short of short story involving an alchemist and mage and a group of Victorian men traveling back in time with black magic. Added to this is an extensive treatment of the burning times especially the cultural and religious effects of the Malleus Maleficarum (the ‘witch hammer’.) With some of the largely useless notes removed and in its new format it runs about 110 pages altogether.
I am also editing a work on Telepathy, and with a few more works along those lines the final category will be created; one specifically for the psychic arts and related concepts.
While these two works are being finished off I have temporarily halted the two herbals I have sitting there in different levels of completion; as the weather grows warmer I predict that I will have more interest in plants and botanical medicine and their related sub-topics, as my spring fever erupts in full scale.
The first two chapters of a political manuscript I have been working on are also complete.
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.
It’s about time for another update; the end of the year is now very near and my work has slowed slightly as I dream of sugar plums and fairies (or, rather, the burning times, dark spells, and aberrant anthropological literature) but there are several very good things to report now.
1. I am a third of the way through the Canadian Herbal. The (poor) condition of the original text necessitates a more prolonged editing process but caffeine cures all!
2. I have completely edited another combination herbal-and-remedy booklet but have to illustrate it myself; this will take some time.
3. Other probably even better news that I will update everyone on at a later date (but that is highly significant.) Because this is not quite set in stone I won’t bother speaking more of it until it is.
4. I have begun mentally outlining the general plot of Sickness in Hell II. I should probably tell you my basic process for works I am myself authoring; I plot it out as though I am mentally imagining a movie, and then break it into what amount to cinematic segments, each then titled, allowing me to use greater detail (because it is being visualized)- this is followed by basic notes and then the story is written.
2016 has been a strange year; political and social upheaval everywhere, even weird weather, and more synchronicity than can remotely be fathomed by even those of us who have studied the occult for some length of time. For me, it has been a massive success; everything I am doing is far, far ahead of where I anticipated it being even under the most optimistic scenarios.
Before 2016 keels over and gives birth to what I imagine will be a nearly-as-strange 2017 (I envision it will be a lot like 1980, stay tuned) there is one final stretch of work to be accomplished, and it is nearly done now.
I have mentioned before that I will be creating a new category of literary work here for titles related to herbalism, homeopathy, and quack medicine; “Magic Plants”, “The Witches Pharmacopoeia”, and “Gunpowder as a War Remedy” are already done, meaning one more work is necessary to make it a proper category of its own; I am, at the moment, half done with the roughly 125 page “Primitive Physick” which seems to be massively overpriced on Amazon by those selling editions of the same. If time allows, I will also be releasing, as stated before, the South Sea Herbal, but I wanted a longer and more substantial work (The latter is only about 30 pages) to go into the category with the shorter manuscripts. It’s still within the realm of possibility that I have time to release “Weeds as Medicine” but I do not anticipate that until early January.
In 2017 I plan to branch out into several other categories of work also, and finally release Morbid Stories II, Sickness in Hell II, and other works.
Things are going along quite smoothly at present; due to the sudden coming of snow (far earlier than usual) I’ve gotten a little ADHD addled I suppose and I have three works not complete but all more than half complete; namely the (very good) South Sea Herbal, the Asuri Kalpa, and A work called “Everybody’s Astrology.” I figure at least one will be done before November ends, and the other two in the first week of December, with three more works to go before the big #100.
That completes the first stage of my work; but there is an enormous load ahead for 2017; namely at least one and probably two entire categories’ worth of work (“medical” will combine herbals with homeopathy, and I envision a new category for works related to the psychic arts, mediumship, mesmerism, and similar topics), as well as a planned massive addition of new subjects to the occult playlist I have made.
This is in addition to two side projects; tomorrow I should receive the three booklets I grabbed off ebay, and with my patreon-based donations far higher now I have the cash necessary to seriously look at some of the better booklet lots on ebay over time and grab a few to roughly double the occult archive- this has been actively planned for some time but until now I had so much else to do that I didn’t have the time; I want to field at least 200 free scans by the end of 2017 and another 100 on top of that by the middle of 2018.
The second side project is, of course, finalizing the kindle ebook releases and adding links to them to the categories on this blog; unfortunately at least four separate editions were messed up (I’m good at dealing with createspace’ system for paperbacks, but I am not used to the kindle process) and I had to completely redo them. If you do find that any of my ebook releases are not properly formatted, please do not hesitate to tell me here in a comment or by message on my Youtube channel.
I am also happy to announce that more than 120 copies of Sickness in Hell have been sold since its release about five weeks ago- this doesn’t sound like a lot until you realize that the genre is the literal fringe of the fringe being self released without commercial advertisement by a largely unknown author of fictional works.