Wednesday, 19 June 2013

Serpent Songs first review (and digital edition)

First review of Serpent Songs just in from Michael Howard editor of The Cauldron:

I have finally received my copy of the limited edition book 'Serpent Songs' published by Scarlet Imprint. It was due out on May Day but had been delayed because of production problems that often bedevil publishers, big and small.

It is an anthology of traditional witchcraft and its 214 pages contain sixteen lengthy essays by various modern practitioners representing a wide range of streams. The subjects covered inlude Cornish pellars and witches, the Italian stregoneria, Basque witchcraft  and mythology, Joe Wilson, hoodoo and the 1734 tradition, exorcists, conjurors and cunning men in post-Reformation England, the modern trolldom tradition of folk magic in Sweden, the art of Andrew D.Chumbley, Bogomilian and Byzantine influences on historical witchcraft, and working magically with animal body parts and bones.

Some of the contributions effectively capture the unique ambience of Traditional Craft and its roots in the past in an evocative way. Others are more intellectually orientated and may be hard going for some readers. Also a few of the essays would have been enhanced by some background information for beginners on the people, groups and traditions discussed as the writers presume everybody reading the book has some knowledge of them. However overall 'Serpent Songs' will be useful to anyone interested in modern traditional witchcraft and its many aspects.

We have also released the book as a limitless digital bibliotheque rouge title in epub and mobi format to go alongside the limited hardback release.

Monday, 10 June 2013

A Nest of Serpents

Our thanks to the Atlantis Bookshop in London and all of our readers and authors who came to celebrate the release of Serpent Songs - An Anthology of Traditional Craft.

We had a great night with old and new friends from the various witchcraft and magical communities.
Glasses were raised to those who could not attend but were with us in spirit.

All pre-ordered copies of the standard edition of Serpent Songs were sent out on Friday morning, so many are already with readers in England, will be reaching Europe before too long and the United States and Worldwide a little after that.

The standard hardback sylvan edition is in stock and shipping. If you haven't seen the book, pictures and details are here:

The fine serpentine edition is being bound (and is fully subscribed)  we will update you when we have further information.

Thursday, 6 June 2013

Serpent Songs an Anthology of Traditional Craft: First pictures.

The standard hardback edition of Serpent Songs - An Anthology of Traditional Craft is now with us and being patiently wrapped to be sent to our readers.

A very elegant production in an olive cloth with undulating endpapers, printed throughout in black and gold ink.

We are looking forward seeing many of you at the launch party this Saturday June 8 at Atlantis Bookshop in London.

Our thanks to the writers who have contributed to this project:

Gemma Gary, Shani Oates, Arkaitz Urbeltz, Stuart Inman and Jane Sparkes,Tony MacLeod, Xabier Bakaikoa Urbeltz, Steve Patterson, Richard Parkinson, Francis Ashwood, Johannes Gardback, Radomir Ristic, Anne Morris, Jesse Hathaway Diaz, Sarah Lawless, and of course the editor Nicholaj de Mattos Frisvold.

Full details here: