Unpublished Aleister Crowley writings reveal ‘short-story writer of the highest order’

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The Drug and Other Stories contains never-before-published short stories by occultist Aleister Crowley.

Alison Flood via The Guardian:

But he was also the author of more than 70 stories, only 35 of which were published before his death. Now Wordsworth Editions has released The Drug and Other Stories, which includes five works that have never been published before: Ambrosii Magi Hortus Rosarum, The Murder in X. Street, The Electric Silence, The Professor and the Plutocrat and The Ideal Idol.

Wordsworth director Derek Wright says he was approached by the organisation holding the copyright to Crowley’s works in November 2008 about publishing some of the occultist’s short fiction, including previously unpublished material.

“As a result, we made contact with William Breeze, a specialist in the works of Crowley and the current head of Ordo Templi Orientis, an international organisation of which Crowley had been a member. The first edition of the book was published in 2010 and proved enormously popular with both the adherents and followers of Crowley throughout the world and the more general reader,” said Wright.

“It was during discussions earlier this year for a new cover for the book that Mr Breeze suggested that this would be an opportune moment add further new, unpublished material, together with recently discovered notations to the texts by Crowley, plus further new material in the endnotes covering the most recent research into his life and works.”

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