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About Alex Sumner

Alex Sumner is a novelist and writer on the occult. He first began by writing non-fiction articles for the Journal of the Western Mystery Tradition. In 2009 he came out with his first novel, The Magus. He followed this in 2010 with a sequel, Opus Secunda. The third instalment of the “Magus Trilogy,” Licence to Depart, was published in May 2011.

In late 2011, Alex began writing a new series, “The Demon Detective, and other stories.” Again set in contemporary London, this features a brand new lead character, Guy Shepardson, the eponymous “Demon Detective.” As part of this series Alex has so far written two short stories, a novella, and a new novel (“This Is Not A Fairy Story,” published August 2012).

All of Alex’ books are available from Amazon.

Alex is a practising ceremonial magician, and is a member of several reasonably secret magical, mystical and fraternal organisations. As such he is able to use his background to provide a unique, insider’s view of the Occult in modern day society.

Alex is currently working on further books and screen plays as well. Alex lives in Essex, England.

Alex Sumner: Media Pundit

Alex is able to field enquiries from Journalists and members of the press in need of quotes for their articles. He has already been approached by the BBC World Service to comment on the astrological significance of William and Kate’s wedding!

Alex’ areas of expertise are:

  • Astrology
  • Tarot
  • Ceremonial Magic, including
    • Contemporary pagan and ceremonial magic groups
  • The Internet and the Occult
  • Freemasonry

Please use the Contact page to get in touch.

Alex’ message to the world’s media regarding Halloween (Video Resumé)

About Alex’ publications

All of Alex’ books are available in both print and Kindle formats. Alex is keen to support Ebooks as (a) they do not weigh anything; (b) they are environmentally friendly – no trees are harmed in their making; and (c) they are more economical to produce and therefore represent better value for money to the reader (and Alex himself). Alex is concerned that Ebooks are currently treated unfairly compared to print books in terms of the UK’s VAT laws.

NB: it is not necessary to own a Kindle reader in order to enjoy Kindle ebooks – click here for more details.

“The Magus Trilogy”
The Magus

The Magus - by Alex Sumner

Front cover artwork © 2009 by the author.

Set in contemporary London, “The Magus” starts off as a crime novel, but quickly evolves into something far more mysterious.

Police are called to a murder scene in Fulham. They find a dead body – but no evidence of murder… Two detectives struggle to find out the truth of the matter. But when a mysterious old man claims that the victim was killed by a Satanist, little do they realise their lives will be changed forever…

“The Magus” is a steamy novel full of murder, sex, and black magic, the details of which are based on the practices of actual occultists. A novel is not necessarily a work of fiction.

Opus Secunda

Front-cover artwork © 2010 the author.

Set in contemporary England, this is the sequel to “The Magus” and is set a year after the events in the first novel. It features Nichola Peterson, the lead character of the first book, as well as a return from the mysterious Magus, as they investigate sinister goings on in British industry.

Nichola Peterson has been promoted to Detective Inspector and, with her new young partner in tow,is assigned to investigate a new murder case: that of a scientist who worked for a top pharmaceutical company. But as she probes deeper, she encounters hostility and intrigue. Her investigation – and her love-life – become increasingly chaotic. And to cap it all: the mysterious Magus re-appears and reveals he was working with the murder-victim on a top-secret project…

“Opus Secunda” goes beyond the first book by exploring themes of Alchemy and Sex Magick.

Licence To Depart

Front cover artwork © 2011, the author.

The final book of the “Magus Trilogy” is set approximately a year after the events of Opus Secunda, and finds lead character Nichola Peterson – who has been forced to leave the police force – delving into the Magus’ shadowy world to bring a criminal mastermind to justice. However: she is being attacked by a powerful black magician who is intent on killing her, and will stop at nothing to bring his evil plans to fruition.

Nichola Peterson, ex-policewoman is at the lowest point of her fortunes: her career in ruins, forcibly separated from the man she loves, and powerless to stop a criminal mastermind from wreaking havoc. Then the mysterious Magus appears, offering her one last chance of redemption. Suddenly – a shot rings out…

Licence To Depart is an occult crime thriller which explores themes of murder, sex magick, Wicca, paganism, and conspiracy theories. Suitable for adult readers.

“The Demon Detective, and other stories.”
The Demon Detective

Cover artwork for "The Demon Detective," ceremonial knife

Cover artwork © the author, 2011.

A short story about murder and demonolatry set in modern London, by the author of “The Magus Trilogy.”

Guy Shepardson has used his mastery over the Black Arts to become a successful businessman and stylish man about town. But when his old mentor is murdered, he vows to use his powers to track down the killer…

A Greater Power

Cover artwork for "A Greater Power" - a screaming man / screaming skull

Cover art © 2011, the author.

A man is murdered in the dead of night in rural Oxfordshire – a note in his pocket links him to suave modern-day sorcerer GUY SHEPARDSON. Guy soon finds himself menaced by sinister thugs and aided by the dead man’s beautiful daughter as he attempts to confront the killers…

Shall We Kill The President?

Cover artwork for "Shall We Kill The President?" featuring sexy female vampire overshadowed by the stars and stripes

Shall We Kill The President? © Alex Sumner 2012

A Dark Fantasy novella, part of the series “The Demon Detective and other stories.”

Jet-setting modern-day wizard Guy Shepardson takes a trip to Washington DC where he encounters a group of Vampires who come to him with an unusual request! However, enemies both old and new have plans of their own, and would dearly love Guy Shepardson out of the way. Can Guy escape from their clutches and use all his magical powers to stop a plot to assassinate the President of the United States?

This Is Not A Fairy Story

This Is Not A Fairy Story, the new novel by Alex Sumner

Artwork © 2012, Alex Sumner

A fantasy thriller featuring Guy Shepardson, the Demon Detective.

Modern day sorcerer (and rakish man about town) Guy Shepardson finds himself out of his depth – and out of this world – when he uses his powers to save a desperately ill girl. Instead he finds himself wandering through magical realms populated by monsters, dragons, cannibals, a seriously bemused Voodoo Loa – and a feisty Fae Warrior, who definitely does NOT want to be Guy’s damsel in distress!

But as Guy comes closer to his goal, he realises that the cost could be far greater than he ever imagined…

To contact Alex

Alex may be contacted via the Contact Alex page (see link above). Please include your name, your organisation, your contact details (including preferred method of communication), and whether you would like to receive future notices about “The Magus Trilogy,” “The Demon Detective and other stories,” or any of Alex’ other publications.