Wednesday, 3 April 2013

New Title announced: Serpent Songs



Dear Friends,

Our latest title, Serpent Songs, an anthology of the voices of Traditional Craft, is now available for pre-order.
Serpent Songs are the words and works of those who remain untamed, Cunning Folk, Exorcists, Pellars, Sorgin, Witches and Mystics. A collection of fifteen essays are introduced and curated by Nicholaj de Mattos Frisvold through whose contacts we encounter the worlds of lone individuals and tradition holders, from both family and clan, and are allowed a rare glimpse into the workings of the more secretive practitioners of the Craft.

Traditional Craft is intimately bound to the spirit of the land. Serpent Songs contains the accounts of Cornish and Basque witchcraft, the relatively unknown Swedish Trolldom, the persecuted Bogomils, and the oft misrepresented Italian Stregoneria. Members of 1734, Clan of Tubal Cain, an ex member of The Companie of the Serpent-Cross are among those who choose to share their experiences and perspectives. Light is shed on such important figures as Robert Cochrane, Evan John-Jones and Andrew Chumbley amongst others, but more than illustrious ancestors, Traditional Craft is revealed as a living throng.

These are the voices of those who work the art and this book details their practices, struggles and wayward journeys. Serpent Songs takes a crooked path through the landscape, from historical studies to practical acts, from lonely stone stiles set between deep hedges to the warm entrails of animals and forays into the caves and woods.

Serpent Songs is a wide ranging work that deals with the issues of witch blood, taboo, the other, the liminal state, fire, dream, art and need as vectors of the Craft. What emerges is not a narrow definition of what it means to engage in Traditional Craft, but a set of shared characteristics and approaches which become evident despite the cultural gulfs in place and time. This is a book of praxis, beliefs and their own definitions of the art itself rather than those applied to it by outsiders. These are the voices who for the most part operate in silence but now wish to be heard.

Contents
Prelude:The Other Blood - Nicholaj de Mattos Frisvold
The Witch's Cross - Gemma Gary
The Spirit of True Blood - Shani Oates
Lezekoak - Arkaitz Urbeltz
A Gathering of Light and Shadows - Stuart Inman and Jane Sparkes
The Fall and Rise of an English Cunning One - Tony MacLeod
Streghoneria: A Roman Furnace - Nicholaj de Mattos Frisvold
But the House of my Father will Stand - Xabier Bakaikoa Urbeltz
Bucca and the Cornish Cult of Pellar - Steve Patterson
Exorcists, Conjurors and Cunning Men in Post-Reformation England - Richard Parkinson
The Liturgy of Taboo - Francis Ashwood
Trolldom - Johannes Gardback
The Bogomilian and Byzantine Influences on Traditional Craft - Radomir Ristic
But to Assist the Soul's Interior Revolution: The art of Andrew Chumbley and aspects of Sabbatic Craft - Anne Morris
Passers-by: Potential, Crossroads & Waywaring on the Serpent's Road - Jesse Hathaway Diaz
The Mysteries of Beast, Blood and Bone - Sarah Lawless

The standard Sylvan edition Limited to 750 exemplars.
A pinched crown octavo of 224pp bound in an olive cloth, boards stamped in gold and black.
Printed in black and gold on archival paper, and finished with patterned endpapers.
Ships week commencing May 13.
£40 plus postage.

UK pre-order
European pre-order
United States and Worldwide pre-order

The fine bound Serpentine edition
Limited to 64 exemplars.
Bound in a verdant green leather. The cover bears a serpent and vesica. Custom marbled endpapers, and edges gilded.
The book comes ribboned and slipcased.
We expect this to ship around six weeks after the standard edition. Please act quickly if you wish to reserve.
£200 plus secure postage.
Sold out.

Paperback and digital editions will be available in due course.

In other news:

Apocalyptic Witchcraft is now available in Bibliotheque Rouge paperback and digital format as well as the standard Of the Doves hardback: http://www.scarletimprint.com/apocalyptic_witchcraft.html

Reviewers are calling it:
'the most significant book on modern witchcraft (or rather witchcraft) I have ever read.' - Midian Books

'This keen-edged tool carves a photo-perfect image–clean and stark as a bone–of a witchcraft which is largely unwelcome in both the strange and the mundane worlds. This witchcraft not only survives, but thrives, in the information-poisoned, brutally industrial modern world.' - Pennies from the Boneyard

'Grey expresses the core nature of witchcraft, though not through the lens of lineage, techniques, or historical developments. He focuses primarily on poetry, blood, and transformation. It’s a strange book. It both doesn’t seem to fit all together, and yet hangs together beautifully.' - My Own Ashram

'His is a witchcraft both messy and impudent, one that stinks of mud, blood and spunk - in a good way. One where the oft-ignored or sidelined aspects - the legends of human sacrifice, poisons, curses and The Devil Himself - are both represented and, on some level, embraced.'
- The Daily Grail

The London launch party for Apocalyptic Witchcraft will be taking place at the Atlantis Bookshop next Saturday, April 6 at 19:30 full details here: http://www.scarletimprint.com/events.htm

We look forward to seeing many of you there.

Those waiting on the fine bound Of the Crows edition, we expect this to be completed in the next couple of weeks, this has taken a little longer due to a wait on the handmade endpapers.

We will be in touch personally with shipping info in due course.

With thanks to all of you for your ongoing support of the Work.

Our best to you all with the unfurling of Spring in the Northern Hemisphere,

Peter and Alkistis

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