Books, Chapters and Articles

Below is an illustrated list of Richard Kaczynski’s books, along with selected book chapters, articles, and other things he’s written. For an extensive list of his publications and presentations, see the Bibliography, or go to Academia for his academic writing.


This Spanish edition of Perdurabo: The Life of Aleister Crowley is translated by Carlos M. Pla and published by Aurora Dorada (released November 29, 2021).

Richard Kaczynski edits, annotates, and introduces this new critical edition of Aleister Crowley’s The Sword of Song (London: Kamuret Press, 2021).

The blue Equinox centennial edition of “Panic in Detroit” (2019) recalls Aleister Crowley’s efforts to start a Supreme Grand Council of O.T.O. in Detroit in 1918-1919 and the “mess in the press” that followed. Revised and expanded with over 200 pages of new material, this book includes 40 previously unpublished letters between Crowley and C.S. Jones (Frater Achad), court transcripts, 55 newspaper articles, a brand-new concluding essay, and other original source material.

“Aleister Crowley: Prawda ciekawsza od legendy” (2016) is the Polish translation of “The Weiser Concise Guide to Aleister Crowley.”

“The Billionth Monkey” (2015) is a humorous, weird urban fantasy novel that examines how our world is shaped by popular culture, social media, and urban legends.

“Forgotten Templars: The Untold Origins of Ordo Templi Orientis” (2012) is the richly illustrated story of OTO’s founders and the organization’s origins in Illuminism and esoteric Freemasonry, taking readers up to OTO’s 1912 jubilee.

The revised and expanded 2nd edition of “Perdurabo: The Life of Aleister Crowley” (2010).

“The Weiser Concise Guide to Aleister Crowley” (2009)

“Panic in Detroit: The Magician and the Motor City” (2006) describes Aleister Crowley’s efforts to start a Supreme Grand Council of O.T.O. in Detroit in 1918-1919 and the “mess in the press” that followed. Extensively documented with previously unpublished letters between Crowley and C.S. Jones (Frater Achad), dozens of newspaper articles, and other original source material.

“Perdurabo Outtakes” (2005) features two chapters that were severely edited for length for the published editions of Perdurabo, a reprint of Crowley’s rare “Rosicrucian Scandal,” and reproductions of dozens of newspaper articles reporting on the court cases described here.

“Perdurabo: The Life of Aleister Crowley” (2002), first paperback edition.

“Perdurabo” (2002), signed imited edition hardcover release (one of 114).

“Perdurabo” (2002), deluxe signed limited edition with slipcase (one of seven).

Book Chapters

Richard Kaczynski contibutes the Εισαγωγη (Introduction) to this Greek translation of Aleister Crowley’s Book of Lies (Daedalus Press, 2020).

Richard Kaczynski contributes a foreword to “On the Rights of Man” (2019), a book-length examination of the writing, reception, meaning, and publication history of Aleister Crowley’s “Liber Oz” by Frater Orpheus.

Richard Kaczynski’s article “Leon Engers: From Psychochromes to Transcendental Paintings” presents the life of artist and A∴A∴/OTO/APRMM member Leon Engers, best known for his iconic portrait of Aleister Crowley (Black Mirror 2, 126-145).

“Transmutation and Transmission of a New Iconography in the Thoth Tarot” (2019) reprints Richard Kaczynski’s keynote address at the first Trans-States conference at the University of Northampton, UK (Trans-States: The Art of Crossing Over, ed. Cavan McLaughlin, Fultur)

My paper “Initiation into Aleister Crowley’s Magick” appears in Jedediah French & Angel Millar’s The Art and Science of Initiation (Shepperton: Lewis Masonic, 2019).

I contribute a “Wstęp” (Introduction) to this Polish translation of Crowley’s Book of Lies (Księga Kłamstw, LAShTAL Press, 2018).

The proceedings of the tenth National OTO Conference (2017) include Richard Kaczynski’s paper, “Alester Crowley on Death: Philosophical, Technical and Practical Aspects.”

This is a remastered and relaunched version for 2016 of Martin Hayes and RH Stewart’s graphic novel Aleister Crowely: Wandering the Waste, to which I was delighted to contribute an introduction.

The festschrift “Success Is Your Proof: One Hundred Years of O.T.O. in North America” (2015) was co-edited by me, Frater Iskandar, and Frater Taos, and contains my paper “Panic in Detroit: The Rise and Fall of a North American Supreme Grand Council (Almost),” 85–100.

“Aleister Crowley und die westliche Esoterik” (2014) is the German translation of Oxford’s “Aleister Crowley and Western Esotericism,” which contains Richard Kaczynski’s chapter, “Continuing knowledge from generation to generation: The social and literary background of Aleister Crowley’s magick.”

The two-volume anthology “Tarot in Culture” (2014) features Richard Kaczynski’s 57-page illustrated article, “The Crowley-Harris Thoth Tarot: Collaboration and innovation.”

To contribute a foreword to Martin Hayes and Roy Stewart’s graphic novel “Aleister Crowely: Wandering the Waste” was both an honor and a delight for a lifelong fan of the genre.

The proceedings of the eigth National OTO Conference reprints Richard Kaczynski’s opening remarks, to which he appends the historical and geographical paper, “A street guide to Aleister Crowley’s Detroit.”

Richard Kaczynski’s “Continuing knowledge from generation to generation: The social and literary background of Aleister Crowley’s magick” appears in Oxford’s “Aleister Crowley and Western Esotericism: An Anthology of Critical Studies” (2012), edited by Henrik Bogdan and Martin P. Starr.

Richard Kaczynski’s  “Projective geometry in early twentieth century esotericism: From the Anthroposophical Society to the Thoth Tarot” appears in the anthology “Mathematics in Popular Culture” (2012), edited by Jessica K. Sklar and Elizabeth S. Sklar.

Richard Kaczynski’s paper for the sixth National OTO Conference, “Carl Kellner’s occult roots: Sex and sex magick in the Victorian age,” was the tip of the iceberg for his research that would become “Forgotten Templars.”

Richard Kaczynski had the honor of writing a foreword for Colin D. Campbell’s indispensible reference work, “A Concordance to the Holy Books of Thelema” (2008).

“Taboo and transformation in the works of Aleister Crowley” by Richard Kaczynski appears in “Rebels and Devils: The Psychology of Liberation” (2001) alongside papers by such luminaries as William S. Burroughs, Timothy Leary, and Robert Anton Wilson.

Volume two of Darcy Kuntz’s “Golden Dawn Study Series” (1996) reprints Richard Kaczynski’s early paper, “Daybreak: Early history and origins of the British Order of the Golden Dawn.”

Richard Kaczynski discusses his doctoral research on metaphysical beliefs in his foreword to Ellen E. Hopman’s “People of the Earth” (1995).

Richard Kaczynski contributed a preface to the 1989 reprint of J.F.C. Fuller’s “Bibliotheca Crowleyana.”

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