You will be able to buy my new novel, This Is Not A Fairy Story, as of August 22nd 2012 in both print and ebook format from Amazon and other reputable book-sellers. Having dealt with the “dark” side of dark fantasy in my work up to now, in this novel I explore more of the “fantasy” side, to wit: the hero goes to the aid of a girl whom he suspects to be “Otherkin.” For those not aware, the Otherkin phenomenon occurs in real-life – one helpful website defines it as:
Otherkin is a collective noun for an assortment of people who have come to the somewhat unorthodox, and possibly quite bizarre, conclusion that they identify themselves as being something other than human.
I must admit, when I first heard of the concept of Otherkin, I myself found it bizarre. In order to conduct further research, therefore, I did what any self-respecting scholar of the occult would do in a situation like this: I went down the pub to discuss it with my fellow Illuminati members.
First of all, it was generally agreed that new souls must be coming from somewhere. The fact that that Earth’s population is bigger than it ever has been in the past and is steadily increasing implies that – assuming Reincarnation is real – either the average, ahem, ”refractory period” between successive incarnations must be decreasing or that new souls are coming into existence.
As regards the idea of humans being incarnated having been non-human in a previous life, the general consensus of this hastily-composed symposium that in regard to non-mythical creatures it was certainly possible and indeed likely. After all, certain animals (we supposed) have got to spiritually evolve sometime. I myself must admit that I knew someone from my old school who was convinced, even into adulthood, that he was a Dog. I shit ye not! However, despite this belief, he was a fully-functioning, euthymic human-being. I can’t remember if he had a girlfriend or not, although he was sufficiently self-restrained not to go round sniffing girl’s arses (in public at any rate).
When it came to the idea of mythical beings re-incarnating as humans, this proved more difficult for the Illuminati to wrap their heads round the concept: but, as I pointed out – where does the soul really come from? Which of these two statements is the more rational: “Reincarnation exists,” and “Reincarnation of mythical beings as humans exists” ? The fact is that I have actually met people on the occult scene who hold what objectively speaking must be the most preposterous beliefs imaginable, yet when they are confronted with someone else’s belief which is no less preposterous than their own, but outside their box, they denounce it as complete bullshit without any sense of irony.
Here, however, is a theory which I would like to tentatively advance. Several prominent occultists have advanced the idea of “the magical child,” among them Paschal Beverly Randolph, Aleister Crowley, Franz Bardon, Jack Parsons and Israel Regardie, that is to say, that a skillful magician can consciously influence the nature of the soul of a child conceived in certain sex-magick operations. Regardie is alleged to have claimed that it is even possible, in this fashion, to cause an Enochian entity to incarnate in human form in this way! Now, if we are to suspend our disbelief and accept that such homunculi-operations are possible, is it really too much of a leap of the imagination to say that other magical beings can also be made to incarnate in human form? And if so, why not go as far as saying that it does not necessarily depend upon the conscious desire of a magician, but may occur through an unconscious yearning of mankind that it needs to fulfill in its current state of evolution?
That unfortunately was as far as our symposium got – or at least as far I remember it getting. Clearly, in order to investigate this further, we shall have to create a new field of academic study and call it “Xenology” or “Allopology” (i.e. because technically it can’t really be called anthropology, can it?)