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Aleister Crowley remains one of history’s most alluring targets for speculation, rumour and fabrication, but who was the real Crowley? Combing through Crowley’s journals, letters and contemporary accounts, Lore and Lies presents an unbiased account of Crowley’s life, seeking to neither demonise nor sanctify the life of this intriguing character, allowing the reader to draw their own conclusions about one of history’s most controversial characters.
Born into money, Crowley set out on a journey to conquer the world and the sickness that blighted his childhood, both physically and spiritually. The influence of Crowley can still be seen in the modern day occult, from his work on Tarot, Yoga and Kabbalah; still considered by many to have written the definitive works on many magical topics. But Crowley’s contributions to pop culture cannot be overlooked, inspiring iconic musicians such as Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin and David Bowie to more modern artists like Jay-Z, wearing his infamous motto: “Do What Thou Wilt”.
Aleister Crowley lived more in one life than many men could lay claim to in three. In modern occultism, his name is spoken with reverence, but to the world at large he is simply the most evil man who ever lived.
When I first looked at Crowley, I saw the same ghoul as many do but by reading his work, I began to see the compassion and wit. Crowley was not evil, he was a learned man with a whimsical, maybe juvenile, sense of humour. Crowley certainly did himself no favours in a PR sense and his private journals are filled with metaphor and tall tales.
With so much to decipher, I knew Crowley had to be my first work when I set out to become a writer. Completed in a few short weeks, the process of writing this has kept me going through the toughest times in this line of work.
It wasn’t going to be enough to add to the hero worship or the revile, Lore & Lies had to be objective, walking the straight path between both sides and allowing the reader to learn who Crowley was before passing judgement and explain why Crowley’s legacy has endured above others.
Lore & Lies has gone on to be one of my most popular works and left me with my favorite review ever: “Although this was a very interesting read and full of fascinating details I must admit to being quite puzzled by the fact that I’ve been transformed into a lizard and now have to spend my life in a sandbox in a children’s playground.”
Rather than compete with such fantastic books as Richard Kaczynski’s Perduabo: The Life of Aleister Crowley, Lore and Lies is an introductory breakdown of the life of Crowley, his friends, his travels and his many lovers.
Sometimes, I consider issuing a new edition…