Aleister Crowley, a prolific writer, wrote only a few novels in his lifetime. Moonchild is his most famour.
First published in 1917, Moonchild appeals to the new generation of readers who recognize Crowley as one of the most unique thinkers of his era. The book deals with the endless battle between the Forces of Light and the Forces of Darkness. A young girl is drawn into a magickal war between two men and is forced to choose between them. As the story unfolds, the readier is taken through an incredible series of magickal intrigues involving a Black Lodge.
Writing from his own experiences, Crowley describes the methods and theories of modern magickal practices, managing to persuade us that magick is a scientific reality - and that it works. Crowley's own personality reveals itself in the characters of the Good Magickal Masters.
The cover art is courtesy of the Ordo Templi Orientis archives. It was originally designed by Beresford Egan from the 1929 edition published by Mandrake Press, and has been modified for this edition.
Moonchild is a novel written by the British occultist Aleister Crowley in 1917. Its plot involves a magical war between a group of white magicians, led by the protagonist Simon Iff, and a group of black magicians over an unborn child. It was first published by Mandrake Press in 1929.
Moonchild is a novel held in high regard for its magical and occult significance and also for its complex and well written prose.
Aleister Crowley 12 October 1875 – 1 December 1947), born Edward Alexander Crowley, was an English occultist, writer, mountaineer, poet, playwright, yogi, and possible spy. He was an influential member of occult organizations, including the Golden Dawn, the A∴A∴, and Ordo Templi Orientis (O.T.O.) and is known today for his magical writings, especially The Book of the Law, the central sacred text of Thelema. He gained notoriety during his lifetime, and was denounced in the popular press of the day as "The wickedest man in the world."
Crowley was also a chess player in his youth, a painter, astrologer, hedonist, bisexual, recreational drug experimenter, and social critic.
This edition will include a long introduction by Don Webb, a noted horror writer and author of Aleister Crowely: The Fire and The Force provides a long introduction to the work with some wit and perhaps some wisdom.