The Necromancers Chant

November 25, 2017


Black is the colour of womb and tomb
We meet at night on the dark of the moon
White is the colour of bone and ash
To speak to the dead we bathe and fast
Red is the colour of blood and death
We rub the bones and give them breath

Sarah Lawless

Pissed Off Witch…

November 25, 2017

suffer damage

November 25, 2017

I certainly believe we all suffer damage, one way or another. How could we not, except in a world of perfect parents, siblings, neighbours, companions? And then there is the question on which so much depends, of how we react to the damage: whether we admit it or repress it, and how this affects our dealings with others. Some admit the damage, and try to mitigate it; some spend their lives trying to help others who are damaged; and there are those whose main concern is to avoid further damage to themselves, at whatever cost. And those are the ones who are ruthless, and the ones to be careful of.

Julian Barnes
The Sense of an End

I was being seen by so many men. The pair held me up, legs spread wide, so all the crowd of strangers could see. And I could almost taste the excitement of these waiting males…

the devilrides out

He could never spell properly, had a poor literary style and committed howlers. His editors weeded out most of these, but one story still made Copenhagen the capital of Sweden. What he provided were superb plots, designed to build and release tension expertly, in wave-like patterns. His characters, though stock, were vivid, the settings luxurious and the historical and cultural backgrounds usually carefully researched. He published on an industrial scale, completing two new books per year in the first half of his long career and one thereafter. His experience of business enabled him to excel at marketing them, and though they never earned him honours from the literary world or the nation, they did make him rich. Baker argues plausibly that, in his range of subjects and the associations that his name evoked, (Dennis)Wheatley was the greatest non-literary writer in twentieth-century Britain.

Ronald Hutton
TLS review of The Devil Is a Gentleman, Phil Baker’s biography of Dennis Wheatley