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GEORGE BATAILLE - THE SACRED CONSPIRACY
The Internal Papers of the Secret Society of Acéphale and Lectures to the College of Sociology
Edited, introduced and with commentaries by Alastair Brotchie & Marina Galletti
1st 2018 480pp Atlas Press hardback. Illus.
This book collects together, for the first time in any language, a representative selection of texts by Georges Bataille, and the writers associated with him, in the years leading up to the Second World War. At a pivotal moment of history when an enormous catastrophe was obviously inevitable, Bataille confronted the most intractable problems of human existence head-on. How to live an integrated existence in a ruthless, absurd and indifferent universe? How to oppose repressive social structures given the failure of the democracies, the political left, and with the rise of the Nazi ideology?
The texts in this book comprise lectures given to the "College of Sociology" by Bataille, Roger Caillois and Michel Leiris, and a large cache of the internal papers of the secret society of Acéphale founded by Bataille in 1937.
The College of Sociology was a semi-public reading and discussion group attended by the cream of Parisian intelligentsia in the ominous atmosphere of the oncoming war. Bataille and Caillois produced some of their greatest texts for these sessions. Acéphale was its "dark", occulted side, a genuine secret society that conducted torch-lit rituals in a forest at night intended to confront death itself. Until the remarkable discovery a few years ago of its internal papers — which include theoretical texts, meditations, minutes of meetings, rules and interdictions and even a membership list — almost nothing was known of its activities. This book reveals the history of one of the strangest associations in "literary", or any other history.
In these texts the narrative of a desperate adventure unfolds, of a wholly unreasonable quest: "What we are starting is a war." Bataille risked all in this undertaking, and death was not absent from it; with a few fellow travellers he undertook what he later described as a "journey out of this world”. £24.99
FENRIS WOLF 5
Carl Abrahamsson (ed)
1st 2012 350pp Edda trade p/b. Illus. Cover art by Fredrik Söderberg. Limited edition of 666 hand numbered copies.
This volume, the fifth, contains material by Jason Louv, Patrick Lundborg, Gary Lachman, Timothy O’Neill, Dianus del Bosco Sacro, David Griffin, Philip Farber, Aki Cederberg, Renata Wieczorek, Genesis Breyer P-Orridge, Ezra Pound, Gary Dickinson, Robert Podgurski, Stephen Ellis, Mel Lyman, Hiram Corso, Frater Nagasiva, Peter Grey, Vera Mladenovska Nikolich, Kevin Slaughter, Lionel Snell, Phanes Apollonius, Lana Krieg and Carl Abrahamsson, on topics as diverse as the psychedelic William Shakespeare, secret societies, Rosicrucians, Illuminati, neurological interpretations of magic, the esoteric gardens of Quinta da Regaleira in Portugal, Italian witchcraft, Pierre Molinier, Derek Jarman, the I Ching, Geomancy, the logic of evil and vice versa, Remy de Gourmont, Aleister Crowley, Liber AL vel Legis, Macedonian vampires, Satanism, Goethe’s Faust, and the creation of a “mega Golem” within the context of developing a contemporary yet timeless terminology of magic. £32.99
HERE TO GO 2012
1st 2012 80pp Edda trade p/b. Ltd. Ed. 500 copies.
Here To Go 2012 is an anthology published together with the Here To Go: Art, Counter Culture and the Esoteric symposium in Trondheim, Norway. It contains texts and essays by all the speakers of the symposium: Carl Abrahamsson, Karen Nikgol, Kendell Geers, Gary Lachman, Andrew M McKenzie and Jesper Aagaard Petersen. In the book is also an additional text by Genesis Breyer P-Orridge. The themes are varied: Crowley on film, occulture, the cut ups, megapolisomancy, the magic of fact vs fiction, the scenography of no-mind, and many other things. A refined and appetizing smörgåsbord of contemporary esoteric philosophy. £19.99
THE FENRIS WOLF 6
Carl Abrahamsson (ed)
1st 2013 336pp Edda trade p/b. Illus. Ltd. Ed. 666 copies.
The sixth issue of this essential journal includes cover art by Fredrik Söderberg. And material by Genesis Breyer P-Orridge, Michael Horowitz, Tim O’Neill, Anton LaVey, Freya Aswynn, Nema, Phil Farber, Kendell Geers, Sasha Chaitow, Dadaji, Derek Seagrief, Robert Taylor, Marita, Aki Cederberg, Renata Wieczorek, Gary Dickinson, Vera Nikolich, Henrik Bogdan, Alexander Nym, Sara George, on topics as diverse as rune magic, entheogenic influences on culture, Bogomil Gnostics, Josephin Péladan, Crowley's horoscopes, the psycho-sexual surrealism of Hans Bellmer, Ernst Jünger, the occult potential of contemporary physics, Babalon, the art of Sulamith Wülfing and a never before published poem by Frater Achad. £29.99
FENRIS WOLF 7
Carl Abrahammson (ed)
1st 2014 360pp Edda trade p/b. Ltd ed. 777 copies. The latest issue of this essential occultural journal. Contents include: Genesis Breyer P-Orridge – Alien Lightning Meat Machine and This Is A Nice Planet, Carl Abrahamsson – The Imaginative Libido, Angela Edwards – The Sacred Whore, Peter Grey – A Manifesto of Apocalyptic Witchcraft, Timothy O’Neill – The Gospel of Cosmic Terror, Stephen Sennitt – Sentient Absence, Sandy Robertson – The Fictional Aleister Crowley and much more. £29.99
FENRIS WOLF 8
Carl Abrahamsson (ed)
2016 384pp Trapart trade p/b. Illus. Ltd. ed. 400
So what's in the new Fenris Wolf? Carl Abrahamsson: Editor’s Introduction, Vanessa Sinclair: Polymorphous Perversity and Pandrogeny, Charles Stansfield Jones (Frater Achad): Alchymia, Tim O’Neill: Black Lodge/White Lodge, Nina Antonia: Bosie & The Beast, Aki Cederberg: Festivals of Spring, Michael Moynihan: Friedrich Hielscher’s Vision of the Real Powers, Friedrich Hielscher: The Real Powers, Orryelle Defenestrate Bascule: Ear Horn: Shamanic Perspectives and Multi-Sensory Inversion, Zbigniew Lagosz: The Figure of the Polish Magician: Czesłw Czynski (1858-1932), Gary Lachman: Rejected Knowledge: A Look At Our Other Way of Knowing, Carl Abrahamsson: Intuition as a State of Grace, Bishop T Omphalos: The Golden Thread: Soteriological Aspects of the Gnostic Catholicism in E.G.C., Kendell Geers: iMagus, Johan Nilsson: Defending Paper Gods – Aleister Crowley and the Reception of Daoism in Early 20th Century Esotericism, Gordan Djurdjevic: The Birth of the New Aeon: Magick and Mysticism of Thelema from the Perspective of Postmodern A/Theology, Tim O’Neill: The Derleth Error, Antti P Balk: Greek Mysteries, Carl Abrahamsson: The Economy of Magic, Stephen Sennitt: The Book of the Sentient Night: 23 Nails, Henrik Dahl: We Ate the Acid: A Note on Psychedelic Imagery, Jason Louv: Robert Anton Wilson’s Cosmic Trigger and the Psychedelic Interstellar Future we need, Carey Hodges & Chad Hensley: New Orleans Voodoo – An Oddity Unto Itself, Alexander Nym: Kabbalah references in contemporary culture, Zaheer Gulamhusein: Standing in Line, Carl Abrahamsson: As the Wolf Lies Down to Rest, Vanessa Sinclair & Ingo Lambrecht: Ritual and Psychoanalytical Spaces as Transitional, featuring Sangoma Trance States, Hagen von Tulien: Listening to the Voice of Silence – A Contemporary Perspective on the Fraternitas Saturni, Erik Davis: Infectious Hoax: Robert Anton Wilson reads H.P. Lovecraft, N: II. Land, Kadmus: Neo-Chthonia, Kadmus: A Fragment of Heart – A contribution to the Mega-Golem, Stojan Nikolic: The One True Church of the Dark Age of Scientism, Miguel Marques: The Labors of Seeing – A Journey Through the Works of Peter Whitehead, Renata Wieczorek: The Conception of Number According to Aleister Crowley, Orryelle Defenestrate Bascule: Fragments of Fact, Derek Seagrief: Conscious ExIt, Kasper Opstrup: By This, That – A spin on Lea Porsager’s Spin, and Genesis Breyer P-Orridge: Greyhounds of the future. £31.99
SECRET TUNNELS OF ENGLAND: FOLKLORE AND FACT
1st 2015 pp Accumulator Press hardback. Illus. Ltd. ed. signed by author.
Secret Tunnels of England: Folklore and Fact is the first book on the subject for twenty-five years and is packed with new research, much of it from the 21st century. Entertainingly written and beautifully produced, with a foreword by renowned urban explorer Bradley L. Garrett and an essay by occult authority Gary Lachman, it is the definitive book on the subject. £22.00
FOLK HORROR REVIVAL: FIELD STUDIES
1st 2015 498pp Wyrd Harvest trade p/b. Illus.
Featuring essays and interviews by many great cinematic, musical, artistic and literary talents, Folk Horror Revival: Field Studies is the most comprehensive and engaging exploration to date of the sub genre of Folk Horror and associated fields in cinema, television, music, art, culture and folklore.
Includes contributions by Kim Newman, Robin Hardy, Thomas Ligotti, Philip Pullman, Gary Lachman and many many more. £15.99
AMERICAN GROTESQUE: THE LIFE AND ART OF WILLIAM MORTENSEN
Michael Moynihan (ed)
1st 2015 296pp Feral House 4to h/b. Prof. illus. Laminated boards.
American Grotesque is a lavish retrospective of occult and erotic images by forgotten Hollywood photographer William Mortensen (1897-1965), an innovative visionary whom Ansel Adams called the ‘Antichrist’ and to whom Anton LaVey dedicated The Satanic Bible (Avon, 1969). Mortensen's countless technical innovations and inspired use of special effects predating digital manipulation and PhotoShop. The book includes a gallery of more than 100 striking photographs in duotone and colour and accompanying essays by Mortensen and others on his work. £32.50
HERE TO GO 2014
1st 2014 72pp Trapart p/b. Illus.
The catalog for the Here To Go symposium c/o Trondheim’s Meta. Morf biennale contains texts and images by the participants: Martin Palmer: Introduction, Z’EV: Transition and Trance, Alkistis Dimech: The Volant, Peter Grey: Secrecy and Revelation, Angela Edwards: The Esoteric Action and Invocation Revealed, Vicki Bennett: Consequences and Beyond, Jesper Aagaard Petersen: Operation Mindfuck, Viking Edition and Carl Abrahamsson: Paul Bowles – Expat Magic. £9.99
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