Book of Lies: The Disinformation Guide to Magick and the Occult

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Richard Metzger
Red Wheel Weiser, Jan 1, 2003 - Body, Mind & Spirit - 353 pages
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Disinformation’s "wicked warlock" Richard Metzger gathers an unprecedented cabal of modern occultists, magicians, and forward thinkers in this large format Disinformation Guide. Just as Russ Kick’s Guides focusing on secrets and lies from the mainstream media, government, and other establishment institutions rethought what a political science book could look like and whom it would appeal to, Book of Lies redefines occult anthologies, packaging and presenting a huge array of magical essays for a pop culture audience. Just some of the contents:

An introduction by comics genius Grant Morrison, who also contributes a three-part article on Pop Magick.Mark Pesce, author of The Playful World, compares computer programming and spellcasting.Genesis P-Orridge, father of Industrial Music and Rave culture explains how samples in a rave song can have magical consequences.Paul Laffoley discusses his magical artistic strategies (Metzger compares Laffoley to Merlin the Magician).Magical Thinking—an extended excerpt from Daniel Pinchbeck’s Breaking Open the Head.William Burroughs and the occult.Nevill Drury, Australia’s most noted occult writer, tells of Dion Fortune, Austin Spare, and Rosaleen Norton.Why Does Aleister Crowley Still Matter?Donald Tyson’s "The Enochian Apocalypse Working." Were the seeds of the end of the world sown in the Elizabethan era?.The first ever biographical essay on Marjorie Cameron, the fascinating character from Los Angeles’ occult and beatnik scene.Hitler and the occult—Peter Levenda interview by Tracy Twyman.Robert Temple on how his book The Sirius Mystery’s, controversial thesis (for which he was ridiculed) was proven by the Hubble telescope twenty-five years late.An exclusive Anton LaVey interview by Michael Moynihan, author of best-selling book Lords of Chaos.Erik Davis, author of Techgnosis, looks at H. P. -Lovecraft’s Magick Realism.

 

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User Review  - adamwolf - LibraryThing

Heh. Grant Morrison's Pop Magic was pretty good. The Jack Parsons essay was pretty good. I didn't really like the rest of it, unfortunately. "Psychedelic mushrooms are aliens, which let us get on the Intergalactic Internet." Read full review

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User Review  - nazgul.sp - LibraryThing

Many clever texts and interesting ideas in this mixed bag. The text "Pop Magic" by Grant Morrison and "Are You illuminated ?" by Phil Hine are the most insightful. Apart from Magic (or Magick) stuff, this book is packed with unconventional ideas and points of view that are worth knowing. Read full review

Contents

All Cretes are liars Epimenides the Crete inventor of the paradox
THINKING ABOUT IT
HOW TO BE A MAGICIAN
HOW TO BE A MAGICIAN 2
APPLIED MAGIC
SIGILS
DISPOSAL
VIRAL SIGILS
CHRIST AND LUCIFER
CROWLEYS PERSONALITY
READING CROWLEY
Endnote
A SAINT AND A ROGUE
THE REALITY OF THE ENOCHIAN ANGELS
THE GATES AND THE KEYS
THE NATURE OF THE APOCALYPSE

HOW MANY HERMES?
DEMONS ARE
HEALING
DUDE WHERES MY EGO?
WORD AND WILL
RHETORIC AND REASON
WORD AND WORLD
SKILLFUL SPLINTERING CAN GENERATE MANIFESTATION
THEE SPLINTER TEST APPENDIX A
THEE SPLINTER TEST APPENDIX B
THEE SPLINTER TEST APPENDIX C
THEE SPLINTER TEST APPENDIX D
I THANATAESTHETICS
II THE TRIMURTI OF DEATH
Endnotes
INITIATION AS A PROCESS
CRISIS AND CALL
THE INITIATORY SICKNESS
THE DARK NIGHT OF THE SOUL
MACRO AND MICROINITIATIONS
GETTING THE FEAR
RELAX INTO FEAR
SAHAJA
ILLUMINATION
GNOSIS
1 Not for Human Consumption
2 New Sensations
3 Magical Thinking
THE DREAM MACHINE
MAGICK
GYSIN IN PARIS
THE CUTUP TECHNIQUE
Endnotes
CHANGE THE WAY TO PERCEIVE AND CHANGE ALL MEMORY
IN A PRERECORDED UNIVERSE WHO MADE THE FIRST RECORDINGS?
NOTHING HERE NOW BUT THEE RECORDINGS
LOOK AT THAT PICTURE IS IT PERSISTING?
THE DISCIPLINE OF DO EASY
ZOS AND KIA
SPARES MAGICAL COSMOLOGY
SIGILS AND ECSTASY
Endnotes
A PULP POE
THE HORROR OF REASON
CHAOS CULTURE
PROOF IN THE PUDDING
WRITING THE DREAM
AND DREAMING THE BOOK
FULL MOON AT BOU SAADA
BOU SAADA DECODED
Endnotes
Starseed
A MESSAGE FROM COSMIC CENTRAL?
SOME EGYPTIAN GODS INTRUDE ON THE NARRATIVE AND OUR LADY OF SPACE SPEAKS AGAIN
Endnotes
DO WHAT THOU WILT
THE BOOK OF THE LAW
THE TREE OF LIFE
SPIRITUAL PRACTICE
TRUTH AND FALSEHOOD
SEX MAGICK AND SUFFRAGE
DRUGS AND SPIRITUAL PRACTICE
ENTER THE GREAT BEAST
A MENTAL ARMAGEDDON
Endnotes
FOR I AM BABALON AND SHE MY DAUGHTER UNIQUE AND THERE SHALL BE NO OTHER WOMEN LIKE HER LIBER 49 THE BOOK O...
HECATE RISING
JAMES DEAN OF THE OCCULT
ONLY IN THE IRRATIONAL AND UNKNOWN DIRECTION CAN WE COME TO IT WISDOM AGAIN JACK PARSONS IN A LETTER TO MA...
A MAGICAL CALL TO ARMS
THE BIRTH OF BABALON
THE RED WITCH
Endnotes
REFERENCES
THE GODS IN THEIR OWN RIGHT
Endnotes
THE HISTORY
DIETRICH ECKART
WILHELM GUTBERLET
THE ALLIED OCCULT OFFENSE
Endnotes
ORDO TEMPLI ORIENTIS AND GNOSTIC CATHOLIC CHURCH
THELEMA AND LOSS OF IDENTITY
OUT OF THE CLOSETS
HARE RAMA HARE SUPERMARKET
MANUFACTURED GNOSIS
WE ARE BORG
AND DAMAGED
FRANZ KAFKAS PROCESS
THE ODOR OF THE OTO
AURA OF THE OTO PHENOMENON
CYBERCATACOMBS
FAHRENHEIT 418
I AM THE BRAND NAME
THE LEGEND OF WITCHCRAFT AND THE ORIGIN OF WICCA
ORIGINS IN DREAMLAND
THE DEVIL YOU SAY
THE CHARTER AND THE BOOK BEING A RADICAL REVISIONIST HISTORY OF THE ORIGINS OF THE MODERN WITCH CULT AND TH...
WAITING FOR THE MAN FROM CANADA
THE REAL ORIGIN OF WICCA
WICCA AS AN OTO ENCAMPMENT
Endnotes
AUTHORS PREFACE
SPIRIT AND SOUL
SPIRITUAL BEINGS AND EARTHLY EVOLUTION
AHRIMAN IN MODERN TIMES
THE DEGRADATION OF LANGUAGE
THE AHRIMANIZATION OF CULTURE
GOOD AND EVIL
BACONIAN AND GOETHEAN SCIENCE
AN EVOLUTIONARY LEAP
TURNING EVIL TO GOOD
THE EPOCH OF CONSCIOUSNESS
SOME OCCULT POLITICS
Endnote
Endnotes
WEAPONS IN THE OCCULT WAR
Endnotes
The universe wants to play
Endnotes
THE GOTHICK GOD
THE SECRET
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Richard Metzger is a co-founder of The Disinformation Company and wrote, directed, and hosted the first two seasons of the Disinformation TV series, which initially aired on Britain’s Channel 4 network. The series has been licensed to a major cable network in the United States, and a DVD of the series is planned and will be co-marketed with the book.

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