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

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

Title Page
THE EXECUTABLE DREAMTIME
THEE SPLINTER TEST
MEMENTO MORI Remember You Must
ARE YOU ILLUMINATED?
TRYPTAMINE HALLUCINOGENS AND CONSCIOUSNESS
An Extended Excerpt from BREAKING OPEN THE HEAD
KICK THAT HABIT Brion GysinHis Life Magick
A MESSAGE FROM COSMIC CENTRAL?
SOME EGYPTIAN GODS INTRUDE ON THE NARRATIVE AND OUR LADY
SIX VOICES ON CROWLEY
ALEISTER CROWLEY AS GURU
THE ENOCHIAN APOCALYPSE
THE CRYING OF LIBER 49 Jack Parsons Antichrist Superstar
CAMERON The Wormwood Star
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Endnotes
AUSTINOSMAN SPARE Divine Draughtman
CALLING CTHULHU HP Lovecrafts Magick Realism
FULL MOON AT BOU SAADA
Endnotes
THE GODS IN THEIR OWN RIGHT
MAGICAL BLITZKRIEG Hitler and the Occult Peter Levenda Interview
THAT WHICH HAS FALLEN
HALO OF FLIES
THE SECRET HISTORY OF MODERN WITCHCRAFT

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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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