Michael Moynihan was born in 1969 in New England. He is an artist, musician, author, and editor. He has traveled and performed music throughout Western Europe, as well as in Japan. The latest release of his and Annabel Lee’s music project Blood Axis is Absinthe: La Folie Verte, a collaboration with the French group Les Joyaux de la Princesse. His record label Storm has recently issued a 2-CD retrospective of the seminal psychedelic Industrial band Factrix, as well as a debut album from Sangre Cavallum, a Northern Portuguese/Galician traditional ensemble. His book Lords of Chaos (Feral House), co-written with Didrik S derlind, has been an
independent bestseller and was recently translated into German. In addition to authoring essays for Apocalypse Culture // (Feral House), and contributing entries to the reference work The Encyclopedia of Religion and Nature (Continuum), he recently edited two books by the Italian traditionalist Julius Evola, Introduction to Magic and Men among the Ruins (both published by Inner Traditions), as well as a volume of K. M. Wiligut’s occult writings entitled The Secret King (translated by Stephen E. Flowers and published by Dominion/R na-Raven). He is also a co-editor of R na, an esoteric British periodical which focusses on the ancient culture of Northern Europe, and TYR, an annual book-format journal of “Myth, Culture, and Tradition” published in Atlanta. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mark Pesce is widely known as the co-inventor of VRML, which brought virtual reality to the World Wide Web nearly a decade ago. The author of five books, he’s most proud of The Playful World (www.playfulworld.com), an exploration of the relationship between technology, language, and childhood. Pesce has taken initiation in several magical orders, and can proudly say that he’s been thrown out of every one of them.
Daniel Pinchbeck is the author of Breaking Open the Head: A Psychedelic Journey into the Heart of Contemporary Shamanism (Broadway Books). A founder of Open City Magazine, he has written for the New York Times Magazine, Rolling Stone, Esquire, Wired, and many other publications. He can be contacted through his website, www.breakingopenthehead.com.
Genesis Breyer P-Orridge, born in Manchester, England, 1950. Member of Kinetic action group Exploding Galaxy/Transmedia Exploration, 1969-70. Conceived and founded seminal British “performance art” group COUM TRANSMISSIONS, 1969; pioneer co-founder (with Cosey Fanni Tutti, Peter Christopherson, Chris Carter) of Throbbing Gristle, 1975; co-founder (with Alex Fergusson) of hyperdelic acid house innovators Psychic TV, 1981; founded spoken word/ambient music performance group Thee Majesty 1999. Invented the term/genre Industrial Music (with Monte Cazazza) September 3rd, 1975, releasing more than 200 CDs of experiments in music to date. Has worked and collaborated with Beatnik writers William S. Burroughs and Brion Gysin; radical queer filmmaker Derek Jarman; psychedelic guru Dr. Timothy Leary and many other luminaries. Early pioneer/innovator of Acid House/Rave Movement in UK and USA from early 80s-mid-90s. Early champion of Internet and commentator on its media virus cultural
implications, often collaborating with Douglas Rushkoff, Richard Metzger and other leading figures in Cyberia. He has published thousands of articles, texts, interviews covering the functional and metaphysical implications and strategies of popular culture. Also explored human behavior, ritual, and personality modification through splintering of expectation in private magical situations to create neo-shamanic collaged paintings called “Sigils.” Currently resides in the New York area as an author, cultural engineer/commentator and fine artist. Has performed his improvised “Expanded Poetry” as THEE MAJESTY (with guitarist Bryin Dall, guitarist Lady J. and tabla player Larry Thrasher) at arts festivals and music venues all over the USA and Europe since 1998. A monograph on his fine art Painful But Fabulous (Soft Skull Press, NYC) has been published and exhibitions, installations and lectures are held across Europe and the USA. Website at: www.genesisporridge.com.
Boyd Rice is a writer, musician and lecturer whose life-long interest in the occult began at an early age. Since the 1980s, his reputation as an esotericist has earned him frequent guest spots on television and talk radio, both in the United States and throughout Europe. His career as an avant-garde musician and recording artist has spanned more than a quarter of a century, and his pioneering work in the field of industrial music has established him as one of the founding fathers of the genre. For the last six years he has devoted his time almost exclusively to researching the bloodline of the Holy Grail, and the attendant myths and folklore associated with it. His frequent travels to Europe have allowed him to investigate personally many sites and monuments connected to the Grail mythos.
Tracy Twyman, the editor and creator of Dagobert’s Revenge, is a prolific writer, publisher, and film producer, as well as a recognized expert on ancient and medieval history, secret societies and the occult. Since 1996, she has been the publisher of Dagobert’s Revenge magazine, and has written extensively on the subjects of Freemasonry, the Knights Templar, the Priory of Sion, Rosicrucianism, Hermeticism, conspiracies, and esoterica. In addition, she has written for a number of other publications, including Hustler, Seconds, Propaganda, and Paranoia, and has appeared on a number of television and radio programs. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Film and Video, and has produced several short films and videos.
Donald Tyson is a Canadian from Halifax, Nova Scotia. Early in life he was
drawn to science by an intense fascination with astronomy, building a telescope by hand when he was eight. He began university seeking a science degree, but became disillusioned with the aridity and futility of a mechanistic view of the universe and shifted his major to English. After graduating with honors he has pursued a writing career. Now he devotes his life to the attainment of a complete gnosis of the art of magic in theory and practice. His purpose is to formulate an accessible system of personal training composed of East and West, past and present, that will help the individual discover the reason for one’s existence and a way to fulfill it.
Peter Lamborn Wilson’s reputation goes back to as early as the late ’60s when he wandered North Africa, India and Asia, spending a long time in Iran for his voluminous reading of Islamic heretical texts and studying the historical and mystical dimensions of Sufism. Wilson has writen on early American spiritual anarchism and published some pseudonymous manifestos and books (Temporary Autonomous Zone). As an underground intellectual he is involved in a range of initiatives, including bi-weekly broadcasting his “Moorish Orthodox Radio Crusade” on WBAI, regular lectures at the New York Open Center, being a member of the Autonomedia collective, and author of “high and low” publications from science fiction zines to “Studies in Mystical Literature” and his collection of essays “Sacred Drift.”
Robert Anton Wilson is the co-author, with Robert Shea, of the underground classic The Illuminatus! Trilogy, which won the 1986 Prometheus Hall of Fame Award. His other writings include Schrodinger’s Cat Trilogy, called “the most scientific of all science fiction novels,” by New Scientist, and several nonfiction works of Futurist psychology and guerilla ontology, such as Prometheus Rising and The New Inquisition. Wilson, who sees himself as a Futurist, author, and stand-up comic, regularly gives seminars at Esalen and other New Age centers. Wilson has made both a comedy record (Secrets of Power) and a punk rock record (The Chocolate Biscuit Conspiracy), and his play Wilhelm Reich in Hell was performed at the Edmund Burke Theatre in Dublin, Ireland. His novel Illuminatus! was adapted as a 10-hour science fiction rock epic and performed under the patronage of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II at Great Britain’s National Theatre, where Wilson appeared briefly on stage in a special cameo role. Robert Anton Wilson is also a former editor at Playboy magazine.
“The Executable Dreamtime” by Mark Pesce was written especially for this volume.
“Thee Splinter Test” by Genesis P-Orridge originally appeared in Rebels and Devils, edited by Dr. Christopher Hyatt, New Falcon Publications, Tempe, Arizona. Used by permission of the author.
“Memento Mori: (Remember You Must Die)” by Paul Laffoley was written especially for this volume.
“Joe is in the Details” by Joe Coleman was written especially for this volume.
“Are You Illuminated?” by Phil Hine is taken from Condensed Chaos, New Falcon Publications, Tempe, Arizona, and used by their kind permission.
“Tryptamine Hallucinogens and Consciousness” by Terence McKenna is taken from The Archaic Revival (pp 34-47), HarperSanFrancisco, 1992. Copyright 1991 Terence McKenna. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers Inc.
The extended excerpt from Breaking Open The Head by Daniel Pinchbeck is used by kind permission of Broadway Books, a division of Random House, Inc., New York, 2002. Published in the British Commonwealth by Flamingo, 2003, and again used with their kind permission.
“Kick That Habit: Brion Gysin, His Life & Magick” by Michael R. Goss originally appeared in Isis Nuit, Mandrake of Oxford (www.mandrake.uk.net), 1993.
“Who is There William Burroughs” by John Geiger was written especially for this volume.
“Magick Squares and Future Beats” by Genesis P-Orridge was written especially for this volume.
“Austin Osman Spare: Divine Draughtsman” by Nevill Drury is from The
History of Magic in the Modern Age, Constable, 2000. Used by permission of the author.
“Virtual Mirrors in Solid Time” by Genesis P-Orridge originally appeared in Rapid Eye, Rapid Eye Publishing, Brighton, 1989. Used by permission of the author.
“Calling Cthulu: H. P Lovecraft’s Magick Realism” by Erik Davis originally appeared in a shorter form in Gnosis magazine, Fall, 1995. Used by permission of the author.
“Full Moon at Bou Saada” and “Bou Saada Decoded” by Brian Barritt are from The Road of Excess, PSI Publishing, London 1998. Used by permission of the author.
“Robert Anton Wilson on Leary and Crowley,” an excerpt from Cosmic Trigger was originally published in 1977 by And/Or Press; Falcon Press, 1986; New Falcon 2002. Used by permission of the author.
“Six Voices on Crowley” by Tim Maroney originally appeared on www.maroney.org and this expanded version was prepared especially for this volume.
“Aleister Crowley as Guru” by John S. Moore originally appeared in Chaos International magazine #17, 1994. Used by permission of the author.
“The Enochian Apocalypse” by Donald Tyson originally appeared in Gnosis
magazine, Summer 1996. Used by permission of the author.
“The Crying of Liber 49: Jack Parsons, Antichrist Superstar” by Richard Metzger originally appeared in 21.C magazine.
“Cameron: The Wormwood Star” by Brian Butler was written especially for this volume.
“Ida Craddock: Sexual Mystic and Martyr for Freedom” by Vere Chappell was originally presented at the Second National O.T.O. Conference, August 7, 1999 and also appears online at www.idacraddock.org along with other materials relating to Ida Craddock.
“Rosaleen Norton: Pan’s Daughter” by Nevill Drury from The History of Magic in the Modern Age, Constable, 2000. Used by permission of the author.
“Magical Blitzkrieg: Hitler and the Occult” by Tracy Twyman originally appeared in her Dagobert’s Revenge magazine, volume 2, #2.
“That Which Has Fallen” by Boyd Rice originally appeared in Dagobert’s Revenge magazine, volume 4, #1.
“Halo of Flies” by Peter-R. Koenig was written especially for this volume.
“The Secret History of Modern Witchcraft” by Tau Allen Greenfield has appeared in several different places and in several forms.
“Anton LaVey: A Fireside Chat with the Black Pope” by Michael Moynihan originally appeared in Seconds magazine, 1994. Used by permission of the author.
“Season of the Witch” by Gary Lachman originally appeared in MOJO, September 1999. Used by permission of the author.
“The Advent of Ahriman” by Robert Mason originally appeared in a longer version on various Internet websites.
“Julius Evola’s Combat Manuals for a Revolt Against the Modern World” by Michael Moynihan was written especially for this volume.
“On the Magical View of Life” by “Ea” (Julius Evola) is taken from Introduction to Magic, Julius Evola and the UR Group; Guido Stucco, translator; Michael Moynihan, editor. Inner Traditions, Rochester, Vermont, 2001. English translation copyright 2001 by Inner Traditions International, 1- (800) 246-8648.
“Serpentine Wisdom” by “lagla” (Julius Evola) is taken from Introduction to Magic, Julius Evola and the UR Group; Guido Stucco, translator; Michael Moynihan, editor. Inner Traditions, Rochester, Vermont, 2001. English translation copyright 2001 by Inner Traditions International, 1-(800) 246-
“Occult War” by Julius Evola from Men Among the Ruins, Guido Stucco, translator; Michael Moynihan, editor. Inner Traditions, Rochester, Vermont, 2002. English translation copyright 2002 by Inner Traditions International, 1- (800) 246-8648.
“Secret of the Assassins” by Peter Lamborn Wilson from Scandal: Essays in Islamic Heresy, Autonomedia, NY, 1988. Used by permission of the author.
“Sorcery” by Hakim Bey from T.A.Z. The Temporary Autonomous Zone, Autonomedia, NY, Anti-copyright 1985, 1991. Used by permission of the author.
“Media Hex: The Occult Attack on Institutions” by Hakim Bey from T.A.Z. The Temporary Autonomous Zone, Autonomedia, NY, Anti-copyright 1985, 1991. Used by permission of the author.
“The Secret of the Gothick God of Darkness” by Dr. Stephen Edred Flowers originally appeared on October 31, 1994 in Fringeware Review #6(66). Used by permission of the author.
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