Friday, June 3, 2022

The Embassy at Fontainebleau

I have a short piece, "The Embassy at Fontainebleau", in the anthology ORNITHOLOGIÆ, which is available now from Egaeus Press. 

My story involves ley lines and telluric forces, distant radiation from decaying stars, the fickle intelligence of the winds and the pulsation of magnetic currents, riots, fires, incendiary slogans, prayers to the night wind of Napoli, an oracular metronome, the rites of litigation, the howling of wolves around an opera house, symmetries, intervals, reversals, inversions, the nourishment of ancient ores, acrostics, ballistics, steganography, and forgery, as well as and several other things besides, but principally birds.

Monday, March 14, 2022

Neo-Decadence Evangelion

The latest offering from the last bastion of creative excess and reasonable aesthetic choices, Neo-Decadence Evangelion, is now available for pre-order from Zagava Books. 

The book is edited by Justin Isis and features artwork by Gea Philes. 

The table of contents are as follows: 
Brendan Connell – THE SLUG
Golnoosh Nour – SADPRINCE
Arturo Calderon – YAWAR JAGUAR
Gaurav Monga – THE COSTUME
Audrey Szasz – FRED IS DEAD
Kristine Ong Muslim – THE BLACK ZODIAC

A sample of my entry in the book follows below.

A Night of Amethyst
Copyright © 1981 by Mimesis Software, all rights reserved.
Release 1 / Serial Number 044516
(First-time players will benefit from typing ‘help’)

Exits: north, east, south

    You stand in the lobby of an institution stained with scandal and ignominy. A symmetrical group of decorative lamps hang by thick strands from the ceiling. Their bulbs are shaped like rising flames and are arranged in tight concentric circles. A slender front desk resides on the far end of the room, behind which stands a well-dressed attendant. He wields the authority of the minor official whose expertise exceeds that of their superiors. His attention is absorbed in what appears to be an open registry.
    Sitting areas of no great size lie to either side of the desk. A woman reclines in an immodest position on the elegant upholstery of one of the armchairs. She wears a button-up top of vivid emerald and a skirt of pale cream. A bare foot is propped on one of the armrests while the fingers of one hand trace lazy circles on the fabric. She appears to be intolerably bored.
    To the west, behind you, is the entrance to the establishment, but of course you have no intention of leaving so soon.

> examine carpet

    The mandates of the night itself are enciphered in its rich designs and its golden fringes flash like filaments against the dark, wooden floors. It occurs to you that its pattern reflects every possible path that can be taken through this game.

> approach desk

    “Sir?” prompts the attendant as he looks up from the registry. “If you’ll be so kind as to sign in.” He turns the book around to face you. A pen lies on the desk to one side.
    You’ve managed to attract the scrutiny of the woman in the armchair. She lies just out of view, yet you can feel her gaze on the back of your neck. You’re ashamed to admit it, but this pleases you a little.

> sign registry

    “Thank you kindly, Mr. Morse,” says the man behind the desk after you’ve added your name and time of arrival. “There are a few preparations that must be attended to. If you’ll be seated for a moment, we’ll be ready for you shortly.” He executes a barely perceptible bow before making his exit through a doorway in the east.
    You turn around to confront the woman that fixes you with her gaze. She glances over to the northern archway, beyond which lies a well-lit corridor that extends in both directions. Her eyes are aflame with provocation as they return to yours. She seems to be suggesting that you slip out of the lobby before the man returns.

> examine desk

    I fail to see how the front desk warrants the benefit of your attention. Nevertheless, you turn around and consider its simple elegance. The woman behind you is hardly amused that you’ve turned your back on her. She proceeds to make a gentle hissing sound with her tongue and the roof of her mouth, her presence overflowing with a shameless physicality that’s all the more pronounced when your attention is focused elsewhere.

> search desk

    With all of the discretion of a gentleman thief, you step behind the desk. You realize that the risk you’re taking is nothing short of absurd. The attendant might return at any time.

Tuesday, August 10, 2021

The Night of Disposition

The latest bundle from Snuggly Books is now available for order. This includes my up-coming collection of stories and novellas, The Exalted and the Abased (which will be available on its own on October 19th).

The Exalted and the Abased collects four stories reprinted from older collections along with two previously unpublished novellas, each of which comprises a fairly major work. 

The contents are as follows: 
The Ivory Sovereign 
The Notary 
The Hieromantic Mirror 
The Exalted and the Abased
An Incident in the House of Destiny
A Night of Amethyst

Of these, the title story and A Night of Amethyst are new. 

The bundle can be purchased here:

I'll post again when The Exalted and the Abased is available for purchase on its own. 

“You’ve passed into a house of catastrophic repute—the carpets confound, the lamps conceal, the passages obstruct, and the locks are unfaithful. The night has crept in through a crack in the foundation and impersonates the night watch. Even the shadows revolt against the light—they cluster around it like a company of pickpockets.”

Thursday, February 18, 2021

Two Podcast Interviews

I've just done two different podcast interviews, each of them partly focused on occult practice and partly focused on writing. 

The first is with Praxis Behind the Obscure and is roughly two hours long:

The second is with Magick Without Fears and is roughly 3 hours:

Topics discussed include details about my occult background, initiation, teaching occultism, running a temple, The Bornless Rite, Enochian, grimoires, writing, occult fiction, Neo-Decadence, and far too many other things to list. 

Tuesday, January 5, 2021

The Narcissus Variations

I'm honored to announce the impending release of The Narcissus Variations on Mount Abraxas Press, a novella dedicated to the Kibbo Kift and to the fortuitous ambiguity of memory. 

A white rhinoceros, a resurrected king, a river that flows into the heart of night, the amassing of thrushes, the discharge of artillery, a rotating chamber replete with false doors, invisible signals, a cunning sentry, the manipulation of recording tape, an illustrious imposter, the wailing of torches, a desperate man trapped in a hallucinated boudoir—The Narcissus Variations weaves these disparate themes into a narrative thread tied in intricate knots to comprise a novella steeped in labyrinthine intrigues and startling revelations.

The Narcissus Variations can be purchased directly from the publisher by sending an inquiry to exoccidente@gmail.comor pre-ordered from Ziesing Books in the US. 

Saturday, January 2, 2021

Neo-Decadence: 12 Manifestos

I'm very happy to announce the impending release of Neo-Decadence: 12 Manifestos on Snuggly Books. My Manifesto of Neo-Decadent Occultism is included, along with several others (a couple of which I was honored to contribute to). 

The early 21st Century: a gilded age of pious guilt, poison nostalgia, environmental collapse, unchecked pandemics, corporate franchises, workshopped creativity and personal brands. Standing against the Neo-Passéist tide, Neo-Decadence presents a total reformulation of everyday life. What is the vertical table? Why is a sex helmet indispensable for all assignations? What is the proper spirit of electronic gaming? Covering fashion, cooking, architecture, occultism, poetry, gardening, and other areas of concern to all young people, the present volume is the ONLY resource for those wishing to shrug off the cerements of late capitalist literature and art. If you’ve ever wanted to proudly commit commercial suicide while serving your own head on a plate as an offering to your inner daemon, consult this collection of manifestos—as much a personal style guide as it is a declaration of uncompromising aesthetic war.

Saturday, December 5, 2020

A Night at the Ministry

I'm honored to have a story, "Night at the Ministry", in the latest Egaeus Press release: Bitter Distillations, An Anthology of Poisonous Tales

My narrative will be featured alongside the work of Jonathan Wood, Rose Biggin, Timothy J. Jarvis, Rosanne Rabinowitz, Ron Weighell, Nina Antonia, Lisa L. Hannett, George Berguño, Sheryl Humphrey, Kathleen Jennings, Louis Marvick, Stephen J. Clark, Joseph Dawson, Yarrow Paisley, Jason E. Rolfe, Alison Littlewood and Carina Bissett.

The book can be ordered directly from the publishers website.

(Photos by Mark Beech)