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!
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.
Over the course of the next 48 or so hours I’ll be completing another section of the Lesser Keys of Solomon (The Ars Paulina) and releasing it. This will be the 150th edition of occult literature I have released, between edited and self-written works, and so it’s a fairly significant milestone.
It also means it’s time for disclosing my subsequent plans!
For some time now I’ve let my files (pdfs, odt files, text file descriptions, illustrations, etc) build up in various folders, unsorted and so forth- I am going to take a day subsequent to the release of the Ars Paulina to simply organize my files. After that, I need to take a good couple of weeks for some other planned catching up for previous releases:
1. Remaking about three dozen covers, since I use a different, better font, trim, and logo.
2. A cursory grammar and spelling check for said releases.
3. Re-illustration of a few early works.
4. Completely re-processing every pdf file into an epub file so all the kindle ebooks will be 100% perfect in format. No more complaints about blank pages, etc.
This will occupy me probably through all of May and so, as such, after I link out the Ars Paulina there may not be any further updates until June. Releases will resume thereafter; I promised at least 200 editions, and it will almost surely be hundreds more over the years.
That happy time is fast approaching; the monumental 150 edition milestone is only two works away, and so it’s time for an update and to lay out my plan for the coming stretch of about a month or two.
First and foremost, edition #149 (which I have formatted and completed the preface to as of this morning) will be on Malay magicm entitled “Shaman, Saiva, and Sufi.” It’s a fairly standard mid length Victorian work that I think people will enjoy. As for edition #150 I am split between a work on mysticism within islam, or else the Theurgia Goetia (which is half pictoral, meaning I’d edit it and have it re-illustrated, I hope, by my usual illustrator, while the next phase of my literary work begins.)
Secondly to the next phase of my literature, before I proceed beyond edition 150 there are two things I’d like to do.
1. Fix the cover art and format of a few dozen of my oldest works which are not up to par, along with the occasional noted grammatical error.
2. Render every edition into an ebook using the actual kindle file type, not pdfs, so that they translate better onto a digital notebook.
The process involved with those steps will take some weeks but presumably be worth the effort. I look forward to the final phase of this particular step in my literary workings.
I figured it was about time for another update; as spring marches along I’m already requisitioning materials for my garden, so those of you who enjoy that series will get some new footage soon- along with massive improvements.
On the literary side, I am now about 75% complete editing DeLaurences’ odd work “The Mystic Hindu Test Book”- this work covers astral bodies, spirits, crystal gazing, seances, and more; it’s quite good after the second chapter (up to that point it is self advertizement and run on sentences.) At around 130 or so pages, it will be an important work here.
After that, I figure on completing a couple other DeLaurence works; they’re all of similar length and have various eugenic-era spiritual content revolving around eastern tradition, spirits, and the like. I also have two short herbals and need to contact my illustrator for those to be completed. As promised the Theurgia Goetia will also soon be edited. I figure I can complete seven new works by the end of May at current projections.