March 19, 2020

She catches the whisper between my demon and my desire.

Paul Valéry

Sunday read

January 20, 2019

Death Curses

December 31, 2018

There was a young lady called Freeman
Who had an affair with a demon
She said that his cock
was as cold as a rock
Now, what in the Hell could it be, man?

Doreen Valiente

meaning of symptoms

November 23, 2016


The difference between magick and therapy is that, for magick, truth lies in experience, whereas therapy is concerned with questions of “meaning” and “interpretation”. The therapist traces the meaning of symptoms back to the unconscious, over and over again. In other words, issues on the surface are exposed as being the product of issues hidden at a lower level. It is all “about” issues. Magick, on the other hand, enables us to experience issues directly as something else – as a “demon”, an “angel”; as something other.

Duncan Barford
Occult Experiments in the House

personal demon…

August 30, 2016

Nosferatu by Mariano Perez Clemente

You have become my own personal demon. You haunt me, tempt me, drive me mad with wanting you, and I can no longer blame prophecies or powers or fate. It’s just you. I have chosen you.

Kristina Douglas


Probably the most haunted location in Cornwall (if not the world!), Pengersick Castle boasts over twenty ghosts walking (floating?) its grounds, near Praa Sands, and within its atmospheric Tudor beamed rooms. A quick glance at Pengersick’s long history, which includes the practice of Black Magic, an uneasy pact with demons, rape, murder, robbery, and smuggling, we may more easily understand why these spectres should abide here.

John Milliton, builder of the Tudor tower, is rumoured to be the Dark Lord who dabbled in the black arts at Pengersick. He’s supposed to have conjured a demon in the tower, and his ghost has been seen in many rooms of the castle. He, so they say, became a recluse shortly after murdering a London man and attempting to murder his wife with poisoned wine.

Henry Pengersick, another restless spirit, was excommunicated following an attack on a priest. He was believed to have murdered Brother Thomas of Hailes Abbey in Gloucester – and it is possibly the ghost of this same Brother Thomas, in flowing brown robes and wide-brimmed hat, that has been regularly observed in the small wood at the bottom of the medieval garden.

Often, ghostly Latin chants have been heard throughout the Castle.

Today visitors enter the tower through the original doorway. Many, here, are struck by an ‘overwhelming sense of malignancy’, and some, as a result, decline to go any further. A sixty-five step spiral staircase takes you to the battlements above. Here, the ghost of a thirteen year old girl may tempt the unwary to step a little too closely to the battlements edge, and hence into oblivion! The girl, in life, fell from these battlements to her death.

Doors slam unexpectedly. Voices shout in rooms where no one is present. Footsteps echo in empty passageways. Keys rattle, ominously. Pengersick Castle is a ghost hunters paradise – but be warned. Not all these sad phantoms are benign; some, nurtured on madness, wish you ill and would have you join them in Pengersick’s gallery of phantoms.

You have been warned!


mask of an evil demon

On my wall hangs a Japanese mask of gilded wood, the mask of an evil demon.

With sympathy, I see the veins at his temples swelling, showing what a strain it is to be bad.

Bertolt Brecht
The Mask of Evil

Make the dead return…

December 15, 2014


The Burmese tribe known as the Karen are renown due to the power of their wizards. They can resuscitate corpses. This they do by grabbing the souls of sleeping people and placing them in the body of the recently deceased. As the sleeper dies, the dead return.

No rest for the wicked in Burma, boys and girls.

Amongst these same Karen maybe found the terrible demon known as Kephn. Its favorite meal is the human soul, which it savers and slowly devours, luxuriating in the anguished screams of the soul’s owner.