General Update: Lesser Keys, Createspace, Etc

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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Ars Paulina: Now Available!

 

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.

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The Ars Goetia: Now Available!

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I am extremely pleased to announce that the Ars Goetia, arguably the most infamous of all demonic works, has been completed; this edition has been re-illustrated by the talented Rita Metzner and has had some changes made to its format over some editions (for example, giving each of the 72 demons its own page for ease of use; some editions place the Seals in alternating columns or put the description of the demon above, not below them.) Not meant to be superfluous and flowery but rather a functional edition, I omitted some of Crowleys’ additions, which have technically nothing to do with the original literary tradition.

 

I am pleased to say my edition here is the apparently least expensive edition available anywhere in paperback format.

 

For those not aware of the content, it is summoning; specifically aforementioned demons, using a system involving a magical circle and triangle, various seals, and standardized invocations. These various grotesque demons can, the book claims, allow the Master to talk to animals, see strange visions, and generally gain power, love, wealth, and other things; the one working such rituals needs to be wary though, since some of these demons can cause illness just by being nearby, requiring a magical ring. Others are a bit less malevolent. This text is one of a number of works which was compiled into the Lesser Keys of Solomon, of Mathers and Crowley fame.

It should be noted that I intend to release the other books of the Lesser Keys of Solomon (minus the Notoria, which is not authentically part of the same period works) compiled together, but that the Ars Goetia is its own stand-alone work and needed to be released as such prior.

 

Stolas be praised!

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Ars Goetia Update (And Other Stuff)

Alright literary world!

I’m happy to announce that the first slew of illustrations for the Ars Goetia have been completed as of yesterday; the illustrator sent them along. That’s good, because there aren’t a huge number more then to be processed- so the Goetia might be ready before the end of January and barring calamity will certainly be out by February sometime.

 

Meanwhile, my editing of the New Fortune Teller has been speeding along and it’s almost done; I haven’t yet decided on which work to do subsequent to it, but it will probably be alchemical in nature. Onward!

General Update: Ars Goetia, Pagan Prayers, Morbid Stories, Aula Lucis, etc

It’s been a busy last couple of weeks; the Ars Goetia has been completely edited and my illustrator has the plans for illustrating so it may not be long before the most infamous of all grimoires is released in a decent and inexpensive modern edition. In other news, I completed a short alchemical work yesterday entitled “Aula Lucis”- it’s only 25 pages in length, but Thomas Vaughn did a very good job of generally being clear and not veiling his mostly-physical alchemical lore.

The new editing project is a compilation of prayers and invocations simply entitled “Pagan Prayers” and crafted at the dawn of the 20th century by Marah Ellis Ryan. The original format of this work is horrendous and half the pages are basically empty save for the titles of the subsequent very short prayers. The work will, due to major formatting overhaul, be reduced from about 120 pages to 40 or 50.
As before, Morbid Stories II is approaching the end of its first phase of development; the titles and rough outlines. These works involve my usual practice of entering a slightly berserker-like state where I am not completely aware of my writing and am mentally fixated on imagining the horrified reactions of people I dislike being forced to read the bizarre, grotesque stuff repeatedly. I am considering the possibility of compiling together all of the new entries with the old ones and splitting the categories themselves in half- thus technically MS II will contain some older entries while MS I will contain some new ones. Since I have to reformat the first volume, I will have to resubmit all the files anyways- I am considering the possibility.

Altogether this end year period will be full of work!

Now Forthcoming: The Ars Goetia and More

It’s finally that special time where I get to make a major literary announcement again; after completing my two short planned works last month it was time to move on to something I have spent two years delaying- an edition of the Ars Goetia (which will be joined by the Theurgia Goetia not long after.)

I have already begun editing the text of this work- it isn’t all that difficult; the edition I plan will omit the critical commentary and institute a few entries of my own (it’s always important to note that “N.” stands for the name of the spirit within invocations, for example) and an expanded foreword. Since it will require full illustration well beyond my means I have contacted my usual artist for its eventual completion. Altogether it will be full length but since my goal is to hold the price down I will do what I can to keep the page length under the apparent threshold for Amazon to take it from the 5-to-7 dollar range up to the 11+ dollar range which is achieved by adding at most a dozen extra pages of material.

 

I have also compiled most of the entries for Morbid Stories II. I will release it as soon as it’s done and re-edit MS I to share its same format.

Grimoires For Sale

The following is a continuously edited list of grimoires which I have edited and released. All links are to Amazon, where I have self published my works.

GREATER KEY OF SOLOMON
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One of Mathers’ compilations of Renaissance ceremonialism. Long and dense and infamous.

CLAVICULA SALOMONIS
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The original manuscript, unbridled from Ptolemy the Grecian’s later work. Mostly invocations.

GRIMORIUM VERUM
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Possibly the darkest grimoire, containing mostly folkish rites, including the use of the hand of glory.

HEPTAMERON
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Conjurations and spells for every day of the week, mostly gray magick.

LIBER SALOMONIS (Sepher Raziel)
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An extensive categorization system for minerals, beasts, plants, and their uses according to astrology.

THE ARBATEL OF MAGICK
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A series of philosophical aphorisms related to the occult.

THE BLACK PULLET
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Strictly related to the crafting of Talismans, this enlightenment era French work contains a lengthy and detailed back story related to Napoleon’s adventures in Egypt.

THE ENCHIRIDION OF POPE LEO
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Mostly a talismanic work with prayers, but containing a pact with Satan as well.

THE GRAND GRIMOIRE
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The most infamous of grimoires, containing a pact with a demon known as Lucifuge.

THE GRIMOIRE OF HONORIUS
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A standard summoning and talismanic grimoire often conflated with the Sworn Book of Honorius.

THE BOOK OF FORBIDDEN KNOWLEDGE
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A Victorian era collection of charms, divination, mesmerism, seances, parlor magic, and talismans.

THE NOTARY ART OF SOLOMON
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The famous Ars Notoria, often bundled with the Lesser Keys.

THE PETIT ALBERT (English Edition)
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The most diabolical French grimoire, contains folk magick, talismans, and alchemical lore.

THE SWORD OF MOSES
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A series of invocations making use of sacred names related to the angelic.

POW WOWS: AN AMERICAN GRIMOIRE
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John George Hohman’s 19th century tract- a combination of herbal medicine, folk magick, and protective charms from the Pennsylvania Dutch.

THE ARS GOETIA
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An extremely famous list of seventy two demons and ways to conjure them for various purposes, often of a dark and malevolent nature.

THE ARS PAULINA
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Book three of the Lemegeton, used for summoning angels, along with some astrological material.