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The Magus by Alex Sumner

The Magus - by Alex Sumner

Front cover artwork © 2009 by the author.

Available from Amazon in Paperback or Kindle.

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October 4, 2017 · 9:24 pm

The Joy of Hex

News this week that after a witch planned a mass hexing of Stanford rapist Brock Turner by posting it on Facebook, Raymond Buckland threw a hissy fit by exclaiming “Witches do not hex!” This caused a certain amount of cynicism to manifest to visible appearance in certain quarters. The fact is that never mind what historical witches were alleged to have done or not done hundreds of years ago – the fact is that the Elders of the modern-day Craft are known to have indulged within living memory.

For example: Gerald Gardner once cursed a man into selling him his house when he was unwilling to do so. He then re-wrote the Book of Shadows to say that this was perfectly acceptable, so long as the seller gets paid a fair price for it.

Later on, Alex Sanders demonstrated a ritual technique for placing a curse on someone for the benefit of a film crew. Ironically, the same ritual technique found its way into Janet & Stewart Farrar’s The Witches Bible, although they did not make it clear that it could be used to make someone drown themselves. However, in Stewart Farrar’s earlier book, What Witches Do, he described another technique Sanders had for performing psychic abortions (i.e. on pregnant women who asked for it). The method consisted of destroying the foetus by first imagining it as a Pentagram, then magically collapsing it. The problem with this approach is that the Pentagram is the sign of an actual living being – Sanders was effectively admitting the foetus was alive, before killing it. This raises the possibility that the same method could be used on any Pentagram… but I have said more than enough.

This raises an interesting question: given that so many occultists publicly claim they never practice evil magick, just where do they get knowledge of these vile techniques, if the practice thereof supposedly does not form part of their tradition?

The answer unfortunately is that the knowledge of these evil rites is preserved, because it is good for marketing purposes. Seriously! I actually wrote about this in 2011, in my novel Licence To Depart. Without any trace of irony in relation to the quip about marketing, I quote:

 “Tonight we’re going to perform a black magic ritual, to kill one who is in the service of the forces of Light,” Sir William said gravely. He paused – and then lightened his tone. “Do you know where I got this ritual from?” he asked, almost conversationally. “A book on white magic!”

A murmur of laughter rippled amongst those present. Sir William continued.

“It’s true: it’s an extraordinary fact that often the vilest, most despicable forms of evil magic are set out in the books which claim most loudly to be working for the service of the light! The mediaeval grimoires. ‘Magick’ by Aleister Crowley – that’s got at least one death-spell in it: so too has that book on Huna by Max Freedom Long. ‘Psychic Self-Defence’ by Dion Fortune – that’s got lots of black magic in it, all for the sake of supposedly warning her readers against it. Pah! To them they’re hypocritically increasing their sales: to us, they provide a valuable resource.

“Well tonight the ritual we’re going to use is drawn from another book on so-called white magic – ‘The Tarot’ by Mouni Sadhu…”

Cover Artwork © 2011, der Autor.

Cover Artwork © 2011, Alex Sumner

 

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New Short Story: “A Reverie On Thievery” out now on Kindle

A Reverie on Thievery © 2015 Alex Sumner

You can now get the new short story by Alex Sumner, “A Reverie On Thievery,” for download on Amazon Kindle.

This is the second of the series “Pilgrim’s Progress,” set in modern day Miami, Florida and continues the adventures of the characters introduced in “An Unpardonable Offence.”

Professional gunman known only as “Pilgrim” is sent by a crime-lord to retrieve a diamond-necklace from a master-thief – but he soon finds he has to take unusual steps to do so…

This is available from $0.99, exclusively from Amazon. To get your copy, head to one of the following links NOW:

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An Unpardonable Offence: Free On Kindle

An Unpardonable Offence © 2015, Alex Sumner

You are now able, for one day only, to download my short story “An Unpardonable Offence” to your Kindle device or reading app, absolutely free.

Set in Miami, Florida, A professional hit-man falls into a nightmare world when he agrees to do a “clean-up job” for a powerful gangster…

To take advantage of this offer, you either need an Amazon Kindle or a free Kindle app for you computer, phone or tablet.*

Follow this link Now to claim your free copy:

AN UNPARDONABLE OFFENCE

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An Unpardonable Offence: New Short Story

Cover image to "An Unpardonable Offence" by Alex Sumner

An Unpardonable Offence – new short story by Alex Sumner

My new short story, An Unpardonable Offence, is out now on Amazon Kindle. This is a venture into the realm of crime fiction, set in Miami, Florida – and features a professional hit-man who falls into a nightmare world when he agrees to do a “clean-up job” for a powerful gangster…

An Unpardonable Offence is available for $0.99 in Amazon Kindle format. To start reading it, CLICK HERE NOW!

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Alex komt naar Nederland

Famke Janssen

Ja hoor, dit is relevant!

Hoi! Nederland heeft de wereld zo lief door de jaren heen gegeven: Heineken, Amstel, Jenever, het Noorderlicht, Famke Janssen, etc etc. Het gaf me ook een huis voor een jaar in mijn jeugd, want ik ben een verleden-Erasmus student aan de Rijksniversiteit Leiden. Daarom is het tijd voor mij om iets terug te geven, en dus met nederige dankbaarheid aan deze mooiste landen, ik heb veel plezier in te kondigen dat mijn romans zijn beschikbaar in Kindle-formaat uit www.amazon.nl.

Jazeker! Bovendien heb ik nu een extra pagina geplaatst op mijn website, in het bijzonder voor de Nederlandse (en inderdaad Vlaamse) bezoekers, die de details van al mijn boeken bevat. Voor meer details zie:

Alex Sumner (Nederlands)

Nederlands

Nederlands

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The Magus by Alex Sumner Option To Purchase Film Rights

The Magus - by Alex Sumner

Front cover artwork © 2009 by the author.

Attention Film Producers – in Hollywood and elsewhere! You now have the chance to bid to take out an option on “The Magus” by Alex Sumner!

The Magus by Alex Sumner: Option to Purchase Film Rights – Ebay page

Hi, I’m Alex Sumner, novelist and writer on the occult. I am willing to make my first novel, “The Magus,” available for adaptation for the big screen: so I am taking the unusual step of using EBAY to negotiate the Option rights.

The successful bidder will sign a standard form film option agreement, in which the winning bid will form the Initial Option Payment. My terms are:

  • Initial Option period – twelve months, extendable by another twelve months subject to payment of
  • Extension payment – equal to either the original Inital Option Payment, or the Initial Option Payment plus Set-Up Bonus if the latter becomes payable in the Initial Option period.
  • (eventual) Purchase price – ten times the Initial Option Payment;
  • 1% of Grosses;
  • Contract subject to the Law of England & Wales and the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of England & Wales.
  • Contract to be signed in London, UK.
  • Other terms & conditions in accordance with industry standards.

In order to take advantage of this great opportunity, go to my Ebay page and bid now!

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PS: IN ORDER TO FAMILIARISE YOURSELF WITH MY NOVEL BEFORE ENTERING INTO THE CONTRACT, GO HERE:

“The Magus” by Alex Sumner

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Is Adrianne Curry being controlled by the Illuminati?… – IlluminatiWatcher

I am currently in the middle of a fairly major magical project which is keeping me busy right now: this explains why I have not been posting so frequently to this blog. I felt, however, in the interests of humanity, that I had to share the following:

Is Adrianne Curry being controlled by the Illuminati?… – IlluminatiWatcher.

Yes, model Adrianne Curry has decided to join Katy Perry amongst the ranks of the world’s most famous secret organisation. The page linked to above cites many convincing reasons why this notorious cosplayer is a member of the Illuminati… except for the most convincing one. Now, however, I, Alex Sumner, world’s greatest expert on the occult and member of several reasonably secret magical, mystical and fraternal organisations (according to my bio in the new Hermetic Tablet) can supply the icing on the cake, as it it were.

Aleister Crowley  and Adrianne Curry

“AC”

AC, get it? Adrianne Curry has the same initials as Aleister Crowley, the notoriously self-described “Great Beast 666.” What’s more, Crowley changed his first name to Aleister because of an Illuminati-secret for achieving greatness, to wit:

I had read in some book or other that the most favourable name for becoming famous was one consisting of a dactyl followed by a spondee, as at the end of a hexameter: like Jeremy Taylor. Aleister Crowley fulfilled these conditions and Aleister is the Gaelic form of Alexander. To adopt it would satisfy my romantic ideals.

Now check this out:

A-LEIS-TER CROW-LEY Dactyl, followed by a spondee
A-DRI-ANNE CUR-RY Dactyl, followed by a spondee

Coincidence? I think not! Proof if any were needed that Curry is not only a member of the Illuminati but she is deliberately using the symbolism of the occultist once dubbed The Wickedest Man In The World. QED. Fnord.

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The Hermetic Tablet: featuring Alex Sumner

The Hermetic Tablet: Journal of Western Ritual Magic, Autumnal Equinox 2014.

The Hermetic Tablet: Journal of Western Ritual Magic, Autumnal Equinox 2014.

The Hermetic Tablet: Journal of Western Ritual Magic, Autumnal Equinox 2014” is a new journal just published, featuring contributions from the great and the good of the Western Mystery Tradition. It even includes a pair of articles by me in it!

This is being edited by Nick Farrell, and has articles by Nick, Sandra Tabatha Cicero, Aaron Leitch, Christine Zalewski, Samuel Scarborough, Harry Wendrich, and many more.

My own contribution is entitled “Non Divinatory Uses of the Tarot” and is the transcript of a public talk I gave in Salford in March earlier this year. It also features a ritual I composed entitled “Meditation On The Sun” which I also demonstrated on the same occasion.

It is currently available in paperback or limited edition hardback from lulu.com. For more information, and to order your copy, click on the link below:

The Hermetic Tablet: Journal of Western Ritual Magic, Autumnal Equinox 2014

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“Meet My Main Character” Blog Tour

OK I’ve been tagged by fellow author Maria Savva to take part in this blog-tour, about the main-character from one of my novels.

The character I have chosen is Miranda T Warren, from Taromancer.

© 2013

© 2013

1. Tell us a little about this main character. Is she fictional or a historic person?

Miranda is a forty-something single woman who lives alone with only her cat Nixie for company. To supplement her income from her not particularly well-paid job she works as a Tarot reader – a profession with which she is becoming increasingly disenchanted. Miranda is a strictly fictional character, although I do put a lot of my own words into her mouth.

2. When and where is the story set?

Modern day England, mostly in Miranda’s home-town which I left unspecified but for the fact that it is relatively near London.

3. What should we know about her?

Miranda was raised a Christian but lost her faith roundabout the same-time her mum died, when she was a child. In her teens she turned to paganism. Now however she is at a spiritual cross-roads – seeking idealism, but not sure how or where to find it.

4. What is the main conflict? What messes up her life?

Her long-time frustrations about how her life has been diverging from what it ought to be come to a crisis point one fateful evening, when she finds herself staring over the edge of a bridge into the river beneath… As it happens, a crazy old man saves her from herself, and persuades her that to solve her problems she ought to go on a Spiritual Quest, which turns out to be even more radical than she ever expected.

5. What is her personal goal?

Her quest to re-kindle her interest in the Tarot comes to represent her quest for spiritual wholeness, and closure on all the negative issues in her life.

6. What are the titles of your novels, and where can we read more about them?

My novels are:
(The Magus Trilogy)
The Magus
Opus Secunda
Licence To Depart

(The Demon Detective and other stories)
A Fairy Story By Any Other Name

and Taromancer, which is a stand-alone novel in its own right. I also have written several short-stories and a novella in the “Demon Detective” series.

Full details can be found on my website: http://solascendans.com

The books themselves are all available on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/author/alexsumner

7. When can we expect your next book to be published?

I have several WIPs – probably later this year.

OK, Tag time!

I may be taking a liberty in catching them unprepared, but nevertheless I’d like to shout out some authors I admire:

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