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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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Smashwords – Interview with Alex Sumner

Shock! Horror! Sordid revelations! These are just some of the tabloid-style headlines which have nothing to do with my “Interview” at Smashwords.com. Instead, you will get fascinating information about my background, influences, my thoughts on the writing profession, and the real story behind my latest book Taromancer.

Smashwords is the website if you want one of my ebooks in a format other than Amazon Kindle. Taromancer will be available therefrom from March 11th 2014 onwards.

For more information, see:

Smashwords – Interview with Alex Sumner.

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Alex Comes To Australia!

G'day, people of Oz!

G’day, people of Oz!

G’day. Those nice people at Amazon are starting up an Australian version of the site, which means that all my fans Down Under are now able to purchase my books! Who knows – if I sell enough I’ll be able to come over in person and visit!

For more details, click this link.

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Tijuana book by Alex Sumner?

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¡Viva Mexico!

Mexico has given the world so many valuable things, such as Tequila, Chili Con Carne, Mescaline, Carlos Castaneda, the Aztecs and Chocolate. Now, by way of saying thank you, my books are on sale there!

Yes! You now have the opportunity to buy my books in Kindle format from Amazon’s new Mexican site. See here for more details.

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Alex Sumner invades Canada! *UPDATED*

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Canada

Oh Canada! You have given so much to the world, such as Ice Hockey, Neil Young, Donald Sutherland, David Cronenberg, *cough* Pamela Anderson *cough*, Canadian Club Whiskey, Maple Syrup, Mounties, Lumberjacks, etc, etc. So to say thank you on behalf of the rest of the world, I, Alex Sumner, am making my books available in your fair country.

And, I am happy to say, Amazon’s Canadian website is now catching up with its American counterpart! As of today, the following of my books are available:

Taromancer

The Magus Trilogy

* Amazon.ca lists these although the Paperback versions are currently (18.12.12) unavailable.

The Demon Detective, and other stories

All Kindle unless otherwise stated.

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Apocalypse is coming … A Week Early: Follow-Up

You now have the power to become fabulously wealthy – by listening to Alex Sumner when he gives Stock Market tips! Yes indeed, I, Alex Sumner, the world’s greatest expert on Financial Sorcery have scored a success, and consequently I am going to crow about it egregiously in a blatant bit of self-promotion. In my last post I said:

This is what happens when Jupiter Px opposes Mercury.

This is what happens when Jupiter Px opposes Mercury.

If I were to predict what will happen on that day I would say that probably there would be yet another dip on the stock market…

I therefore suggest the following course of action for the poor benighted inhabitants of this planet.


3. If you are an investor – go short on the stock market.

I wake up this morning and what do I find? The FTSE-100 is down 300 points! Hence, anyone who followed my advice and went short has now made tons of cash.

You’re welcome. Expressions of gratitude may be made to the Alex Sumner Appreciation Fund (link on my website), or here.

More seriously however, I note that the police have not announced any more arrests in Operation Yew Tree, as per my other prediction, which leads me to believe that given I was right about the first thing, then there is still a notorious sex-offender who is currently at liberty. Come on Police, get with it!

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Os ebooks de Alex Sumner: agora disponíveis no Brasil!

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Brasil

Ah Brazil! You have given the world so many things! Like Pele, Capoeira, Bossa Nova, Samba, thong bikinis, Cachaça, the Rio De Janeiro Carnival, etc etc. So, to say Obregado on behalf of the rest of the world, I, Alex Sumner, am now making my Ebooks available in your fair country!

Please note that they are only in English – I have not yet translated them into Portugese. Head on over to my Brazilian page for more details!

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Sumner Alex no hon wa, Nihon de hanbai sa rete i!

Japan

People of Japan! You now have the opportunity to buy my books in your country! Why not head on over to http://www.amazon.jp now?

Taromancer Kindle only
The Magus Print Kindle
Opus Secunda Print Kindle
Licence To Depart Print Kindle
The Demon Detective Kindle only
A Greater Power Kindle only
Shall We Kill The President? Kindle only

As I believe the saying goes in your country: ( ^ _ ^ )

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July Sale At Smashwords

You are now able to download The Magus, Opus Secunda, Licence To Depart and Shall We Kill The President for $1.49 – 25% off the usual price – from Smashwords.com. This is a special offer for July 2012 only.  At Smashwords you can whichever ebook format is most convenient for you – Kindle, Nook, Kobo, PDF, etc etc.

To take advantage of this offer, click this link now!

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Alex Sumner: Interview by Maria Savva

Hi there, just thought I’d do a good turn for my fellow author Maria Savva by plugging an interview she did with me for her Goodreads page. In it I reveal some of my influences and the background to my stories. Although, readers of the interview get a chance to win a free short story. Click this link to read the interview.

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