Tuesday, 26 July 2011

Pomba Gira, the Keys to the Kingdom and the Sacred Harlot

Crossed Keys is getting a very strong initial reaction.
Both the nature of the contents and the form of the book are attracting high praise.

Two contrasting and lively reviews may be read here: http://burn-victim.blogspot.com/2011/07/devils-days.html and here: http://ravenconjure.blogspot.com/2011/07/book-review-crossed-keys.html

Both are blogs worth following.

By producing a working version of the Black Dragon and Enchiridion, Michael Cecchetelli has demonstrated the applicability of grimoire magic to the modern practitioner. His own personal journey is a testament to this. These are not books designed to sit on shelves but as Jake Stratton-Kent has opined, should be slipped into one's pocket and carried to the cemetery.

Though it can be valuable to provide reproductions of manuscripts from the library vaults, and here we cite the excellent work of Golden Horde and that of Joseph Peterson at the Twilight Grotto, Scarlet Imprint is engaged in a quite different project. We intend to illustrate the practical magical work that these texts are capable of inspiring. For that reason the Black Dragon is supplied with the working corrected seals which bring it into line with The True Grimoire, and make it possible to work the texts in parallel rather than preserving them in aspic.

The grimoire tradition is our neglected Western hoodoo. It also has profound implications for our understanding of Witchcraft, as it is within the grimoires that we find the catalogues of spirits and familiars, as well as the spellcraft, tools and techniques that high magic has not preserved. Again, we wish to stress that the divides betweeen witchcraft and magic are largely artificial, and that both communities should be engaged in more open dialogue. The grimoires are one place that this can occur.

For those whose curiosity is piqued, Crossed Keys is available in an egalitarian paperback Bibliotheque Rouge edition though you may be unable to resist the charm of the Good Catholic edition hardback.

Nicholaj de Mattos Frisvold continues to gain kudos for his masterly study of Palo Mayombe,  The Garden of Blood and Bones. For a proper understanding of necromancy, this is an essential text. It is rare to gain such access to the inner workings of Palo, and as an initiate, Nicholaj has written a respectful and insightful book which is suitable for both Paleros and those outsiders who wish to learn about the real nature of Palo rather than simply the shock value of encountering skulls in iron cauldrons.

Nicholaj has a further work on Pomba Gira imminent from Scarlet Imprint.
Book lovers beware, this is a real piece of candy...
Subscribers will be able to pre-order this title on Friday July 29.
If you wish to be added to our subscriber list, email us.
Pomba Gira is already at the printers and  will be published in time for his appearance at The Summer of Love.

The Red Goddess
is in stock and shipping in Her Bibliotheque Rouge incarnation, graced with incredible artwork from Christopher Conn Askew, fresh typography and burning with vitality. This Love letter to Babalon continues to ignite the imagination and inspire devotion to the Sacred Harlot. The Love Goddess is revealed in all her apocalyptic fervour. From Babylon to Jerusalem, Patmos to Prague, this is the missing history of the Holy Whore.
Perhaps it is time you were seduced? 

The Summer of Love
is fast approaching. Make your plans to join the boldest souls of the modern magical revival for a day and night of revelry in high summer.
This is a very rare chance to catch Nicholaj de Mattos Frisvold in the UK, who will be speaking on the mysteries of Pomba Gira, the devil's mistress.
Jake Stratton-Kent will be cutting his customary dash, with serious reviews for his game-changing Geosophia finally starting to see the light.
Peter Grey will be presenting fresh research on both Red and Black Dragon. Stephen Grasso brings the Brixton voodoo. Alkistis Dimech roots magick in the body of the dancer. Ulysses Black takes off the masks. With dance and ritual performances, djs and disorder, this is going to be a blast. 
Tickets are available here     

Our best,

In Nomine Babalon

Peter and Alkistis

Monday, 11 July 2011

Crossed Keys unlocked

Crossed Keys arrived on Thursday and all subscriber copies have been sent.
Books have reached the United Kingdom already and should touch down in Europe and the United States before too long.

This is the first English translation of the Enchiridion of Pope Leo III bound with the Black Dragon.
Our congratulations to Michael Cecchetelli, who has written himself into the grimoire tradition with his dedication and fortitude. A living example of how the grimoire tradition continues to be relevant to the life, stuggle and triumphs of the modern magus.

These are the first pictures of the Good Catholic edition.

The shot black and gold bookcloth changes dramatically in the light, as befits this very curious prayerbook of the interwoven celestial and infernal influences which stand behind the grimoire tradition. An important pair of texts for those working with Red Dragon, Grand Grimoire and Grimorium Verum spirits.

The Good Catholic edition of Crossed Keys is available here: http://www.scarletimprint.com/crossedkeys.htm

The fine sable et d'or edition is fully subscribed and is in the process of being bound.
The bibliotheque rouge paperback edition is also now in stock, continuing our commitment to making these works available to all students.


Friday, 1 July 2011

Ink and Blood


The sliver of an eclipse this morning ends a week of computer meltdowns, phonecalls to printers and paper merchants, editing and expresso. It has been a veritable week of ink and blood, and this blog is to bring you all up to date on where we stand across our forthcoming titles.

Crossed Keys
It has been a longer than usual wait for our subscribers on this title as the Italian cloth on the standard edition took an extra month to arrive. One of the challenges of being a small publisher is in sourcing the bespoke materials for our projects, and the unavoidable delays this can incur.
Today we approved the blocked cover, and have been admiring the shot black and gold cloth. As befits this pairing of infernal and celestial grimoires the character of the book changes as the light strikes it. Photographing it accurately might prove problematic, but that again underlines the difference between the digital facsimilie and the book itself as a magical object.
The stamped canting arms are balanced, the typography charming, and we are extremely enthusiastic about these curious texts, the Black Dragon and the Enchiridion, being made available in the English speaking world.
Book blocks are all printed gathered and sewn. Our prayers should be answered next week when the finished books arrive and we can get them packed and shipped to you all.
Again, our thanks for your patience. If you haven't pre-ordered, the Crossed Keys page is here: http://www.scarletimprint.com/crossedkeys_subscribe.htm

The fine Sable et d'Or editions is taking shape on the bindery bench, with the dragonskin leather having winged its way over from France, and one of our most spectacular bespoke marble papers to date. All copies of the fine edition are reserved or sold. This will be a treasure of a book.

In preparation for the arrival of our latest title(s) we have been through our stockroom, which is a suitably Raiders of the Lost Ark affair. There, nestling at the back were a few boxes of the platinum silk bound Datura's, which is great news for those who thought they had missed out on this title. If you would like to purchase one of these copies, email us at scarletimprint@gmail.com and we will organise an invoice for you. Datura is a serious work of poetry, lovingly edited by Ruby Sara and will be followed next year by Mandragora along with  a rouge edition of Datura.

The Red Goddess
It has been a feverish process getting The Red Goddess ready for Her Bibliotheque Rouge incarnation. We want this edition to be rather special, so we commissioned a new cover. 
We are going to be coquettish about it for a little longer, but we will upload an image when pre-order opens on July 7.
For now we thoroughly recommend looking at the website of Christopher Conn Askew www.sekretcity.com whose powerful iconographic work will grace the Rouge edition.
From the response we have been getting since the 7/7/7 edition sold out, this book will catch fire.

Full details on The Red Goddess pre-order will be sent out to our subscribers on July 7, if you are not already on our subscriber list, email us to be added at: scarletimprint@gmail.com

We hope you all enjoy your weekends, ours will be spent working on Pomba Gira, with the aim to have it ready for August and The Summer of Love. More ink, more blood...