Aleister Crowley: Perdurabo
From David Tibet:
I have written a brief blurb on the back of Richard Kaczynski’s ‘Perdurabo’, his revised and magisterial biography of Aleister Crowley. Below is a press release about the book; the first edition of the revised version has already sold out, and it has now been reprinted with some corrections. It really is the best biography—ever!—of The Beast!
Richard Kaczynski, Perdurabo: The Life of Aleister Crowley, rev. and exp. 2nd ed. (Berkeley: North Atlantic Books, 2010). Hardcover, 6″ × 9″, 712 pages, list price $29.95. ISBN 978-1-55643-899-8.
‘Perdurabo’ traces Aleister Crowley’s remarkable journey from his birth as the only son of a wealthy lay preacher to his death in a boarding house as the world’s foremost authority on magick. Along the way, he rebels against his conservative religious upbringing; befriends famous artists, writers, and philosophers (and becomes a poet himself); is attacked for his practice of ‘the black arts’; and teaches that science and magick can work together. A tireless magician, prophet, poet, and adventurer, Crowley has inspired generations of social and spiritual truth-seekers and has shaped modern popular culture through his philosophy of “Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law”, making him one of the most colorful and fascinating characters of the twentieth century. Taking an evenhanded and accessible approach to an extremely controversial figure, author Richard Kaczynski draws from his extensive academic and personal expertise with the subject matter, including over twenty years of research, to present Crowley’s story in a way that is unmatched by any other biographer. Featuring over 150 pages of new material – including previously unpublished biographical details and rare never-before-seen photographs – this revised and expanded edition paints an illuminating and memorable biography of the man who inspired the counterculture and influenced generations of artists, punks, wiccans, and other denizens of the demimonde.
Aleister Crowley ‘The Drug’ with foreword by David Tibet now published
Aleister Crowley: The Drug
‘The Drug’, a bargain-priced 624 page collection of Crowley’s short fiction is now out. ‘The Drug’ has a short foreword by myself, and a hugely informative and comprehensive introduction by William Breeze. Below is the original Coptic Cat announcement made before the book was out.
I was very honoured indeed to be asked by William Breeze to add a few words to this excellent and beautiful and very comprehensive collection of the vast majority of Crowley’s short fiction. It is also remarkably cheap! I strongly recommend his fiction which, if sometimes uneven, at its best can be absolutely stunning.
With an introduction by William Breeze and a foreword by David Tibet.
This volume brings together the uncollected short fiction of the poet, writer and religious philosopher Aleister Crowley (1875–1947). Crowley was a successful critic, editor and author of fiction from 1908 to 1922, and his short stories are long overdue for discovery. Of the 49 stories in the present volume, only 30 were published in his lifetime. Most of the rest appear here for the first time.
Like their author, Crowley’s stories are fun, smart, witty, thought-provoking and sometimes unsettling. They are set in places he had lived and knew well: Belle Epoque Paris, Edwardian London, pre-revolutionary Russia and America during the first World War. The title story The Drug stands as one of the first—if not the first—accounts of a psychedelic experience. His Black and Silver is a knowing early noir discovery that anticipates an entire genre. Atlantis is a masterpiece of occult fantasy, a dark satire that can stand with Samuel Butler’s Erewhon. Frank Harris considered The Testament of Magdalen Blair the most terrifying tale ever written.
Extensive editorial end-notes give full details about the stories. Go to www.wordsworth-editions.com and enter CROWLEY in the search facility.
LISTEN TO CROWLEY RECITE HIS POEM “THE PENTAGRAM” FROM AN OLD WAX CYLINDER cir. 1910 by CLICKING HERE!