Alright literary world- I thought now was a time to give a brief summation of three of my favorite literary works prior to Halloween as the art for the Lesser Keys is worked on.
1. Napoleons Oraculum: This is honestly one of my favorite works of all time. Combines dream interpretation and various fortune telling tricks with an oracle system designed to tell the user what they ought to expect. The greatest single fortune teller.
2. Grimorium Verum: I own copies of only a few of my works because I consider it odd to have ones’ own books on their shelf, but this is one of the editions I decided to grab. Containing literally insane rituals with allusions to multiple demons, it’s a spooky treat.
3. Gunpowder as a War Remedy: One of the most odd tracts I think has ever been written, specifically covering the concept that common black powder could be used in solution to cure everything from basic infection to exposure to “sewer gas.”
Alright blog readers!
1. Over the coming weeks an edition, finally, of the infamous Lesser Keys- that grimoire compilation of compilations- will be finalized. My artist, the talented Rita Metzner (who already illustrated the Ars Goetia for me) is working through the symbols in the Theurgia Goetia and the single illustration in the Almadel. Once those are done it will be extremely simplistic to craft an edition since the Goetia and Paulina are already available and in final form. I would like to note that my edition will not contain the Ars Notoria, as it does not belong to the same era or manufacture of the other four books.
2. A quick update on Createspace- they still haven’t fully switched into KDP/Amazon so my hope (my dear hope) is to release aforementioned edition the old way. Otherwise it might take a bit longer as I have to figure out how to make paperbacks separate from ebooks via KDP.
3. Almost 200 copies of the Book of Styxhexenhammer have already sold in less than a month. This is considerably higher than anticipated.
4. I have some ideas for authored works but I want to at least knock three edited works out of the way by the end of the year also, to make it a round 155 editions total.
A fun (and busy) last quarter of the year approaches!
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The long-awaited joke of a booklet that I promised people is now here! It’s a collection of random and unconnected lore related to my ICQ chat days, the rise of my Youtubing, and making cider out of dead arachnids. Fun for the whole dysfunctional family.
“One of the funniest things ever made. Seriously buy several copies.” -Styxhexenhammer666
Alright literary world.
Since I still do not wish to continue editing without great caution I have been feverishly improving one of my own authored works; “After the Ashes” (originally from 2015) now, I think, considerably better. I redacted a few dated portions and replaced them with updated info (for example, North Korea had atomic but not hydrogen weapons in 2015!) and reformatted it. I am now working on the cover and tomorrow or the day after it should be ready; the second edition! I’ll keep the first available as well. It runs 119 pages.
Next up planned for around mid July then is “Psychedelic Spirituality”- this work of psychotropic lore contains some anecdotes from my own former shamanistic dabblings, a general list of mind altering substances of note, and some political material associated with psychedelics and the drug war/temperance. I imagine I’ll be adding a section or two to this one.
After that I plan to write a couple dozen new morbid stories and split the initial work in two. The 6×9 format currently used for that edition doesn’t look right and it would end up nearly 400 pages as a 5×8 work, which is a nightmare to format properly as far as trim goes. Releasing MSI and MSII as a split work with a dozen new entries per edition makes more sense.
Every other work I have personally written will be re-released in a new format except for the five occult works I already did so for last year.
Now that Createspace has stymied my attempt at revamping and improving my older releases by temporarily suspending my account and shutting me out for a week based on their own systems’ error regarding copyright status, it’s time to move on to a pair of new literary projects. I’ve already emailed them regarding my suppressed titles but I haven’t gotten a response yet so it’s even odds as to whether they respond at all at this point. I heard at least a rumor that Amazons’ new KDP-to-paperback system (currently in beta) is meant to replace CS altogether in due time, which might explain all these issues.
The first project is an extension of the former one and involves re-editing and reworking some of my own self-titled works like “Psychedelic Spirituality” and “After the Ashes.” In some cases this will involve adding new material to them; I have a few extra sections in mind for both of those. Five of my earlier booklets were already improved last year so the list of works is about a half dozen.
I am excited to announce that the culmination of this work will likely bring forth a slew of new works of my own authorship also; Morbid Stories II and a couple of booklets I wanted to release on political topics.
The second is to persist at my editing project using some other service for the next fifty works. Since I might end up losing several thousand dollars a month in income for no actual legitimate reason if I load anything else onto CS, there’s no reason for me to put anything there that I am not specifically the author of whether or not I can prove its status since it is no longer immediately clear that I have a line of communication with their service to begin with. They even changed their site so you could only access their help page if you were logged in (forcing me to register a second account just to grab the number.)
If any of my readers here happen to know of any createspace-esque on demand publishing sites that do not require any form of fee and merely take a cut of the profits, I’d be interested in seeing them; I relied on CS so much that I never really considered alternatives.
After an entire week of having no access to my sales (which obviously were lower during that period and will remain slightly lower than normal until my titles hopefully get unsuppressed) Createspace has removed the temporary suspension that was active on my account. This means the next order of work is to go through the tedious process of proving to their validation team that I possess the rights to sell copies of works I had already been selling for several years.
Right now, the Grimorium Verum, Philosophical Merlin, Semiforas and Schemhamforash, and Book of Alchemy are suppressed and I have submitted evidence of their status. Two other works I will just leave suppressed because they are 1. insignificant and 2. the original evidence I used to show their public domain status when I uploaded them years ago is no longer on the internet.
Of all the works which Amazon suppressed in error the Grimorium Verum was the most significant.
The Sepher Bahir passed their review as did the Sepher Yetzirah. Oddly, these two works were the ones that got noticed enough to get my account suspended. The former is available, the latter will be once the files fully process.
The email I got in response to my successful “reinstate me please” response admonished me as follows: “Please note that your future submissions may be subject to additional review prior to being published. This may result in a delay in publishing.” That’s rather sad, because it means I will presumably only be an author from now on rather than risk editing public domain works and getting kicked off entirely despite breaking no rule or law.
This is one of the four (true) works comprising the Lesser Keys of Solomon (the Notoria is not of the same era.) Less well known than the Ars Goetia, it is nonetheless 1. a distinct work and 2. important to the general tradition it is part of; specifically, it is an astrological work before anything else, which fails to give the sort of detailed list of powers for each of the angels it purports to allow one to summon.
It is broken into two sections. The first details the angels of the hours and the second one the twelve signs of the zodiac. In both cases, seals are constructed and used with a complex table of practice in combination with several invocations. It’s quite a good work overall albeit shorter than the Goetia it shares tradition with.