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Magick Words

Posted in Archive with tags , , on May 24, 2013 by Occult Detective



Today on twitter I posted — “lot of talk about branding, courting readers, chasing trends — it’s really not so difficult — write what YOU want to read & just be yourself”. That’s the single most important writerly advice I could ever give someone who wants to hang a shingle outside their door that reads “storyteller”.

Of course, that’s some weighty stuff. To “just be yourself”, you have to know who you are. And by that I mean who you really are, and that’s not an easy task. It requires a lot of soul searching, a lot of deconstruction. Few people have the courage to peel back the layers and get down to the truth of it. There’s a very good reason why this is the very center of what magick is all about. And don’t kid yourself. Writing is magick. As Alan Moore so famously stated, “The very language about magic seems to be talking as much about writing or art as it is about supernatural events.”

So write from your heart. Write what you love and feel and want to express. Be true to yourself, but don’t be afraid to be the real you — the larger than life you. You only live once (give or take) so live to your fullest and be and write and tear down the pillars of heaven.

Neil Gaiman said, “Make Good Art!” I couldn’t agree more, but why not take it all the way — good, bad, or ugly — Let’s make some bloody magick!

Moore Magick

Posted in Archive with tags on March 14, 2012 by Occult Detective

“Literature, meanwhile, is so intrinsically involved with magic’s very substance that the two may be effectively considered as the same thing. Spells and spelling, Bardic incantations, grimoires, grammars, magic a “disease of language” as Aleister Crowley so insightfully described it. Odin, Thoth and Hermes, magic-gods and scribe-gods. Magic’s terminology, its symbolism, conjuring and evocation, near-identical to that of poetry. In the beginning was the Word.

With magic almost wholly a linguistic construct, it would seem unnecessary to recite a role-call of the occult’s many literary practitioners. In writing, as in painting or in music, an intense and intimate connection to the world of magic is both evident and obvious, appears entirely natural.

Certainly, the arts have always treated magic with more sympathy and more respect than science (which, historically, has always sought to prove that occultists are fraudulent or else deluded) and religion (which, historically, has always sought to prove that occultists are flammable).

While it shares the social standing and widespread respect afforded to the church or the laboratory, art as a field does not seek to exclude, nor is it governed by a doctrine that’s inimical to magic, such as might be said of its two fellow indicators of humanity’s cultural progress.

After all, while magic has, in relatively recent times, produced few mighty theologians of much note and even fewer scientists, it has produced a wealth of inspired and inspiring painters, poets and musicians.

Maybe we should stick with what we know we’re good at?”

Alan Moore, Fossil Angels (2002)

Happy Birthday, Alan Moore

Posted in Archive with tags , on November 18, 2011 by Occult Detective

“One word balloon in From Hell completely hijacked my life… A character says something like, ‘The one place gods inarguably exist is in the human mind’. After I wrote that, I realised I’d accidentally made a true statement, and now I’d have to rearrange my entire life around it. The only thing that seemed to really be appropriate was to become a magician.”

Happy 58th, Magus Moore.

2013? Really?

Posted in Archive with tags , on July 22, 2010 by Occult Detective

With great anticipation I await Alan Moore and Steve Moore’s The Moon and Serpent Bumper Book of Magic. Of course that wait will not be one of insignificant length.

Word from the publisher, Top Shelf, projects the title to appear sometime in 2013. The work, being a “clear and practical grimoire of the occult sciences”, looks to clock in at 320 pages, lavishly illustrated by the likes of Kevin O’Neill, Melinda Gebbie, José Villarrubia and John Coulthart.

Described as a collection of profusely illustrated instructional essays upon the Moon & Serpent Grand Egyptian Theatre of Marvels sect’s theories of magic” from c. 150AD to the present, this “Bumper Book” has got me thoroughly excited to see what Moore and Moore have up their respective sleeves.

2013 will not come soon enough.

In the meantime I guess I’ll have to be content with revisiting Promethea and The Mindscape of Alan Moore.

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