Thanks for visiting my website, a place for friends and family to check up on, or find out about, the different parts of my life. By visiting the links on the left, you can find out where I’ve been and what I’ve been up to, either as a writer/lecturer, as a musician, as an academician, or as a pumpkin carver. You’ll also find information on my new novel, The Billionth Monkey (2015), along with my other books including Forgotten Templars: The Untold Origins of Ordo Templi Orientis (2012), the revised and expanded 2nd edition of Perdurabo: The Life of Aleister Crowley (2010), The Weiser Concise Guide to Aleister Crowley (2009), and more. In addition, pictured below are the most recent books to which I’ve contributed a chapter, foreword, or editorial work (clicking on the three covers below will take you to an external website).
I was honored to be invited to give the opening keynote address at the first Trans-States conference at the University of Northampton, England, on September 9, 2016. My topic–Transmutation and Transmission of a New Iconography in the Thoth Tarot–examined Aleister Crowley and Frieda Lady Harris’s collaboration on the deck, with particular emphasis on Harris’s creative process. Trans-States was a sold-out event, but fortunately the talk was recorded and I’m happy to be able to share it here.
On September 6, 2014, I had the challenge and pleasure of warming up the audience of the Esoteric Book Conference for a performance of Aleister Crowley’s “The Rite of Mars” interpreted as a rock opera by Eleusyve Productions. This was rock-and-roll theater, so I shot for something both informative and entertaining with “Breaking Down the Temple Door: Aleister Crowley’s Reinvention of Ceremonial Magick through ‘The Rites of Eleusis.’” Thanks to Bob Jones for editing this together, and to everyone else at Eleusyve Productions and the Esoteric Book Conference for making this happen. Enjoy!
For those of you unable to see my opening remarks at the National O.T.O. Conference held in Detroit in 2011, here is the opening video montage that I put together about Detroit’s unique connection to Aleister Crowley. Details on the media frenzy depicted here can be found in the new edition of Perdurabo and Panic in Detroit: The Magician and the Motor City (the latter reproducing much source material like newspaper clippings and correspondence).
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