Monday, 25 June 2012

At the Crossroads

We have opened the pre-order for our latest offering:

At the Crossroads

This is where the paths of magicians and worlds meet. 


For those who are not on our subscriber list, these are the details...
At the Crossroads tells the stories of what happens when the Western Magical Tradition encounters the African Diaspora and Traditional Religions, and vice versa.
It is a mixing and a magic that speaks of a truly new world emerging.
In this conjuring of kindred spirits, experiences are shared between initiates of very different cultures whose magic proves to be underpinned by the same principles, though clothed in different garb.We find the grimoires of Old Europe flourishing in the New World, Juju spreading through the United States, the Cunning Men of Essex rendering service to the Loa of Haitian Voudon, Alchemists who are Paleros, the techniques of the Greek Magical Papyri applied to conjure counter hexing. This is fertile ground for the imagination, and for practice.

Traditions as diverse as Ifa, Palo Mayombe, Solomonic Magic, Espiritismo Cruzado, Greek Necromancy, Santeria, Cunning Craft, Alchemy, Haitian Voudou, American Vodou, Voudon Gnosis and Quimbanda are represented in essays, artworks and visions, criss-crossing more than two hundred inspiring and thought provoking pages.
At The Crossroads is a small quarto book, extensively illustrated, in both black & white and colour, with original artworks and in depth essays by the leading writers of the occult community from New York to Bristol to Brazil.

Our established authors are represented, with essays from Jake Stratton-Kent, Nicholaj de Mattos Frisvold, Michael Cecchetelli and Peter Grey.

We also have work from Aaron Leitch, Kyle Fite, Eric K Lerner, Richard Ward, Stephen Grasso and Humberto Maggi, whose work has featured in previous anthologies Devoted, Howlings, Diabolical and XVI.

In addtition we introduce and welcome ConjureMan Ali, Chad Balthazar, Christopher D Bradford, Angela Edwards, Ivy Kerrigan and Drac Uber, Ryan Valentine and Hagen Von Tulien to the pages of this collection.

From the most traditional approaches to the wildest fringes of the avant garde, At the Crossroads boldly demands your attention.
200 pp, small 4to 230 x 210mm, extensively illustrated with original full colour artwork, black and white images, and veve.

Available to pre-order now as both a standard hardback and fine-binding as Crossed and Compassed editions respectively.
The standard Crossed edition
800 hand-numbered exemplars.
Bound in a fine French black and white cloth.
Blood red blocking depicting the mystery of the crossroads.
Embossed vermillion endpapers, text printed on archival quality paper.
The Crossed edition costs £44 plus postage.

UK buyers
European buyers
United States and Worldwide buyers

The fine-bound Compassed edition
64 hand-numbered exemplars.
Hand bound in full off-white goatskin, charged with a stang about which swarm the shadows of four dancing devils.
Oxblood and iron custom marbled endpapers.
Leather head & tail bands. Slipcased and ribboned.
The Compassed edition costs £200 plus secure postage.

UK buyers

European buyers


United States and Worldwide buyers


Standard hardbacks should ship in early August with fine editions following some six weeks later.
(Please note, there will be NO paperback edition of this title due to the extensive colour and format of this work, though digital Bibliotheque Rouge epub and mobi editions will be available.)

A complete list of essays and contributors can be found here: http://www.scarletimprint.com/crossroads.html

Friday, 8 June 2012

A vision in a dream, or a fragment..

 A Pleasure Dome. A major event for the European Occult and Magical community being held in Brighton UK on Saturday July 21 2012.

Set list announced with details..tickets available now.



It promises to be something special, with an international line-up of speakers, performers, dancers and experimental films. A truly visionary day and night where we will collectively dream true the magical future.

Whether you are magician, witch, pagan, psychonaut, curious or brave we want you to be part of this.

Reading books will only get you so far. Magic is about participation, and we cordially invite you to come to have your cup filled until it flows over. We welcome our friends, old and new, neophytes and adepts. This will be a brief glimpse of paradise. A chance to get out of your normal set and setting.

A return train from London costs under a tenner if you book in advance. Our imposing Temple venue is a stone's throw from the station, directly behind the dreaming domes of the Pavilion.

Tickets cost £15 on sale here: http://www.scarletimprint.com/pleasuredome.htm

We can also confim that our friends as sittingnow.tv will be filming the event again this year. But not every speech will be captured.

This is something you will want to experience live.

Set List

11:00- Inauguration
(MAIN HALL)
We will be starting on time and on focus to once more magically inaugurate the Pleasure Dome.




11.15-12 Alkistis Dimech - BABALON: Embodiment of Mystery
(MAIN HALL)



From possession work, masking and dance to mirror work and throes of ecstasy. How is it that we can embody the Goddess of Love and War? The practical, historical and inspiring path of the flesh.
Alkistis Dimech is a butoh dancer, co-founder of Scarlet Imprint an artist and writer. Her published essays on Witchcraft and dance can be found in Devoted and XVI.


12-12.15 Break

12.15-13.00 Carl Abrahamsson - The Mega Golem
(MAIN HALL)



A recent focus in Abrahamsson's writings/lectures has been the multicoloured area between art and the occult: their many intersections and often vital offspring. In 2011, he "initiated" an occult art project which deals with the creation of a "mega-golem": one magical being consisting of artworks. His talk at the Pleasure Dome will touch upon this, in relation to a tradition of visionary art. www.edde.se. One of the best minds in magic. His work has appeared in our collection XVI, and he is the driving force behind the Fenris Wolf Journal.


13.00-13.45 LUNCH (showing of Demon Brother and Lucifer Rising in MAGIC LANTERN room)


13.45-14.30 Levannah Morgan - Lucifer Risen
(MAIN HALL)



Kenneth Anger is a magician who produced an extraordinary series of short films between the late 1940s and 1981 including INAUGURATION OF THE PLEASURE DOME, SCORPIO RISING, INVOCATION OF MY DEMON BROTHER and LUCIFER RISING.Initially working withn Aleister Crowley's magickal system he developed a system of uniquely cinematic magick: films which were created as magickal rituals and which work on their audiences as such. Anger was also the muse and an inspirer of the Luciferian counterculture of London in the 1960s. Every image, every detail of these films as a magickal meaning and purpose. From the orgiastic Rite of Pan which is INAUGURATION OF THE PLEASURE DOME, through the Geburic "attack on the sensorium" (Anger, 1966) of INVOCATION OF MY DEMON BROTHER, to the lyrical expression of Anger's personal Lucifer mythos in LUCIFER RISING these films are a brilliantly luminous form of creative magick. In this talk I will look in detail at how Anger created this magick and how it works, and will demonstrate that Anger should be regarded as one of the leading magicians of the 20th century.
Levannah is a leading figure in the witchcraft community and a highly respected academic. Her work with Ishtar appears in the Scarlet Imprint collection Devoted.

14.30-14.45 Break

15.00-15.45 Peter Grey - Apocalyptic Witchcraft
(MAIN HALL)




Witchcraft must respond to the world it finds itself in. Peter Grey unleashes a vision of what a modern witchcraft can be. Drawing on his work with BABALON he sets out a manifesto for radical re-imagining of our secular and shattered world.

15.45-14.00 Break

16.00-16.45 Al Cummins - Cut-up
(MAIN HALL)




Cut-up - the manipulation of existent material to form new / the sundered newspaper, the exploded ticket / aleatoric juxtaposition, dada hagiography, dub literature / paeans to Atropos, lady of the sacred scissors - patron of mosiac, collage and chimeras / the Fate who widens the windows of the soul. / a talk on cut-up by cut-up. / fragments of poetry, prose, lecture and improvisation / "...divided for love's sake, for the chance of union." / a celebration of chaos, beauty and the spaces dilated. / paired like lips, two scissor blades make one cut.
The legacy of Burroughs, Gysin, Orridge, Noon, the Dadaists and Surrealists. Al Cummins is a rising star whose important essay that this performance samples can be found in Mandragora.


16.45-17.00 Paul Holman (reading)
(MAIN HALL)



Paul is a published poet of renown. Taking inspiration from the Situationists and counterculture, his work is the essence of magic in practice. His Memory of the Drift cannot be recommended highly enough. His work can also be found in Scarlet Imprint's Datura and Mandragora.

17.00-17.45 Stuart Inman - Surrealism and the Occult
(MAGIC LANTERN ROOM)



Connections between Surrealism and the world of the occult are real enough but are widely misunderstood. This illustrated talk will look at some of the artists and writers who have delved into occult studies (especially alchemy) the relationship between Surrealism and Hermetic ideas and will also consider the meanings of the 1999 exhibition in Prague ‘Svatokradez’ – Sacrilege – The Magical Against the Sacred..

17.45 - 18.30 Evening break FILMS (MAGIC LANTERN ROOM) 



18.30-18.45 Grim Rita - Stand Up.
(MAIN HALL)
Sarah Grimstone has been writing and performing comedy for 15 years. After flooring the crowds at The Speakeasy in Glastonbury earlier this year, she will be bringing her own brand of acerbic Occult Comedy to our event. In her own words, 'I do Occult Comedy. It's fucking niche.' You have been warned.

 



19.00-19.30 Michael Azzato- Performance
(MAIN HALL) 
Returning to give another Egyptian Sha'abi dance after his flamboyant performance at the Summer of Love. Michael has been studying and practising witchcraft and occult since his adolescence with an affinity for the divine feminine in world traditions and folklore, this led him to pursue Oriental Dance or Raqs Sharqi. He discovered its misconception as an archaic mystical dance promoted by pop culture which in its modern conception was born in the back streets of Cairo's cabaret bars, which nevertheless developed into a performing art expressing the soul of Arabic music and its themes in this emotive and coquettish dance-style.





19.30-19.45 Orryelle Defenestrate-Bascule - Sovle et Coagula Act 1: Solve



The Ancient Greek bard Orpheus torn limb from limb by the Maenads, wildwomen in the retinue of Dionysos. A disembodied head, alone on the currents, adrift on the elements…
  A ritual theatre performance with live song and dance.





20.00-20.30 Orryelle Defenestrate-Bascule - Solve et Coagula Act 2: Coagula

The second act of this multimedia performance of Orpheus featuring live song and dance accompanied by a stop-animation film of Orryelle's life-size coagulating composite Baphomet statue.. The groundwork for this theatrical extravaganza is explored in hir essay in Mandragora. The
His latest alchemical opus 'Solve' will be released in time for the event, and the illustrated libretto of the performance and various prints will also be available.

20.45-21.05 Chris Page -  Closed Circuits PERFORMANCE



Fight songs for Demons. Chris Page brings his Closed Circuits project to your gentle ears. Poet, performer, DJ and fearsome talent.

http://www.myspace.com/closedcircuits


21.15-21.45 Lila Lilith - Performance
(MAIN HALL)

Tantric dancer and Goddess devotee Lila Lilith will be performing.




21.45-22.45 FILMS (MAGIC LANTERN ROOM) DJ Chris Page (MAIN HALL)

23.00 Going forth..


If you can help publicise the event by blog, messaging and word of mouth that would help us greatly.

Bring your friends!


http://www.scarletimprint.com/pleasuredome.htm