As of last night a most happy event has begun; the fabled return of the legendary “Morbid Stories” is at hand, and once the current slew of new entries is compiled, I’ll be able to mildly re-edit the old ones, then create a two volume set mixing them all together. The original edition of the first Morbid Stories is, format-wise, not up to my modern standards, so it has to be remade anyways.
The first work of the year (which I am plowing through at high speed) is the “New and Complete Fortune Teller” (Also called the “New Dream Book.”) This medium-length work dates to the dawn of the 19th century so that makes it one of the older fortune telling works. The vast bulk of its content is dream interpretation (almost 80 pages of it) followed by some divination by moles, some chartology by playing cards, and a much-shortened, simplistic oracle (called in this work a fortune table.) It fits in completely with the oracle and dream book traditions. In due time I need to create perhaps a book of books cataloging, categorizing, and explaining these intertwined traditions and their various literary cannibalism.
I hope to release a second work in January alongside the New Dream Book, but have not yet decided on which. I want to return to some alchemy soon also.
At this time the illustrating process of the Ars Goetia is underway and everyone is getting visions of demons in their heads, severed feet hanging over the fire, and Satan Claus, so I figure it’s time for one last update for this year.
First, as to my current editing, I am about halfway through hammering out the Astrological Physician; this strange 17th century work combines astrology with medicine and uses the theory of the humors to diagnose disorders and speculate the likely cause of complaints by observing the position of planets at the time of examination. The work is in exceptionally arcane English so it’s a slow process despite a relatively short (40 to 50 page) overall length.
Second, once that is done, it’s time to edit the Theurgia Goetia, the shorter counterpart to the Ars Goetia always paired with it in Lesser Key editions. It won’t take long to edit the relatively small amount of actual text since the work is half illustrations- I’ll be speaking to my artist about this once the Ars Goetia is complete. It will not be ready in 2017 though, for a certainty.
Third, I’ll begin work on Morbid Stories II and once the entries themselves are made I have to figure out whether to increase its bulk substantially or lower the cost to all of you by moving some content from MSI to MSII and making two entirely new editions of a length just under that which causes a significant increase on Amazon and affiliated sites.
Happy Unholy days!
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!
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.