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This is a true story... It is a terrible story; but it is also a story of hope and of beauty. Written by Aleister Crowley, Diary of a Drug Fiend tells the story of young Peter Pendragon and his lover Louise Laleham, and their adventures traveling through Europe in a cocaine and heroin haze. The bohemian couples’ binges produce visions and poetic prophecies, but when their supply inevitably runs dry they find themselves faced with the reality of their drug addiction. Through the guidance of King Lamus, a master adept, they use the application of practical Magick to free themselves from addiction. Released in as his first published novel in 1922 and dubbed “a book for burning” by the papers of the time, Diary of a Drug Fiend reveals the poet, the lover, and the profound adept that was Aleister Crowley..

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Diary of a Drug Fiend | Aleister Crowley

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Dubbed "the wickedest man in the world" by the popular press and self-styled "the Great Beast 666", Aleister Crowley was an English occultist, drug addict and alcoholic, secret agent, explorer, bankrupt, poet, painter, magician, and mountaineer as well as the inventor of the religion of Thelema. He also had a genius for causing scandal wherever he went. This collection of his work consists of the novels Diary of a Drug Fiend and Moonchild; The Book of Lies and The Book of the Law (both cryptic expositions of his esoteric philosophy); the play Household Gods; and some of his early poems from White Stains. If you want insight into the occult, the arcane, or even the terrible highs and lows of drug addiction, then this is the book for you..

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Diary of a Viagra Fiend | Jayson Gallaway

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Announcing a major new comic talent -- from dancing in S+M clubs to snorting Viagra, a brilliant, unflinching, and uproaurious set of stories from the edge of sex. It all starts when "Lolita," Jayson Gallaway's nineteen-year-old girlfriend, delays their connubial bliss by deciding to alphabetize their CD collection. Little does she know, however, that Gallaway has recently ingested Viagra to see what happens. Well, the entire city of San Francisco can see what's happened -- for God's sake, it's hard to miss. But by the time the CDs have been arranged, the light of morning isn't the only thing that's soft. So Gallaway does what any self-respecting lover would do: He crushes the last little blue pill and snorts it. Though it "burns like nothing I've ever snorted in my life," the moment of madness leads to " a physical congress that is indeed the stuff of legend." And so begins Jayson Gallaway's hilarious ride around his libido, a titillating, tumultuous, and downright funny trek with stops on the TV show 20/20, quality time with the San Francisco fire department and their metal cutter, at Burning Man, and in a slew of sex and S+M clubs. By the time we reach his attempt to donate sperm (for financial gain, you understand), we're almost expecting his mom to call. And then she does so, right in the mid-tug. "Be a good boy and God Bless," she says, before hanging up. With unmatched candor and an eye for side-splitting one-liners, Jayson Gallaway proves himself to be a sort of David Sedaris of the bedroom. Diary of a Viagra Fiend is a stupendously funny debut from a passionately outspoken humorist..

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Household Gods | Aleister Crowley

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Dubbed "The Wickedest Man In the World", Aleister Crowley is best known for his occult writings and interests, but in a seemingly contradictory and bewildering list he also dabbled as a poet, mountaineer, chess player, painter, astrologist, spy, yogi, hedonist, bisexual, drug-taker and critic of society. He wrote the sacred document of Thelema, The Book of the Law. Household Gods is a play by the notorious Crowley..

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The Book of Thoth (Egyptian Tarot) | Aleister Crowley

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This book describes the philosophy and the use of Aleister Crowley's Thoth Tarot, a deck of Tarot cards designed by Crowley and co-designed and painted by Lady Frieda Harris. The Thoth Tarot has become one of the best-selling and most popular Tarot Decks in the world. It is also one of the most original interpretations of the tarot, incorporating astrological, numerological, Egyptian, and Qabalistic symbolism. While there are many other useful guides to this famous tarot deck, there are no others that explain the deck in its designer's own words. The book is divided into four major parts: * Part One: The Theory Of The Tarot. * Part Two: The Atu (Keys or Trumps). * Part Three: The Court Cards. * Part Four: The Small Cards. Part One is further divided into three chapters; Part Two into two chapters and an appendix; Part Three into one chapter; and Part Four into one chapter. The book includes a list of plates depicting the Tarot cards as seen by Crowley and Harris..

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The Practice of Enochian Magick | Aleister Crowley

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Enochian magick is a powerful system of ceremonial magic based on the 16th-century writings of John Dee and Edward Kelly, who claimed that their information was presented to them directly from angels. It is named after the biblical prophet Enoch and is perhaps the most powerful and elegant of all magical systems. Dee and Kelley’s work has formed the basis for countless magical systems, such as the Golden Dawn, and has inspired magicians from all the generations that followed, including the famed Aleister Crowley. This book presents readers with the Enochian selections from the Equinox, a magical journal published by Aleister Crowley. It features Crowley’s distillation of the work of Dee and Kelley along with an introduction by Lon Milo DuQuette, master occultist..

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Precious Metal | Albert Mudrian

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Decibel magazine is regarded as the best extreme music magazine around. Precious Metal gathers pieces from Decibel's most popular feature, the monthly “Hall of Fame” which documents the making of landmark metal albums via candid, hilarious, and fascinating interviews with every participating band member. Decibel's editor-in-chief Albert Mudrian, has selected and expanded the best of these features, creating a definitive collection of stories behind the greatest extreme metal albums of all time. Black Sabbath’s Heaven and Hell * Diamond Head's Lightning to the Nations * Slayer's Reign in Blood * Napalm Death's Scum * Repulsion's Horrifed * Morbid Angel's Altars of Madness * Obituary's Cause of Death * Entombed's Left Hand Path * Paradise Lost's Gothic * Carcass' Necroticism- Descanting the Insalubrious * Cannibal Corpse's Tomb of the Mutilated * Eyehategod's Take as Needed for Pain * Darkthrone's Transilvanian Hunger * Kyuss's Welcome to Sky Valley * Meshuggah's Destroy Erase Improve * Monster Magnet's Dopes to Infinity * At the Gates' Slaughter of the Soul * Opeth's Orchid * Down's NOLA * Emperor's In the Nightside Eclipse * Sleep's Jerusalem * The Dillinger Escape Plan's Calculating Infinity * Botch's We Are the Romans * Converge's Jane Doe.

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Addiction and the Recent American Novel | Marek Lewandowski

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Master's Thesis from the year 2012 in the subject English Language and Literature Studies - Literature, grade: 2.1, University of Stirling (English), course: English Literature, language: English, abstract: In order to begin to explore the evolution of the notion of ‘addiction’, and understand how it has become an integral element of today’s reality, it is first important to establish a historical foundation by resorting to the reports of individuals who we know were involved in substance use, some of whom perhaps did not experience the burden of addiction themselves, but knew or cared for addicts. These texts were an appeal to the imagination; expressions of misery, loss, and degradation. They open up the history of addiction and give valuable insight into how tendencies changed over time; how present-day social norms, values, and beliefs on the topic formed; and what led to the mechanism of addiction becoming firmly ingrained into Western society. Romanticism was fascinated by the irrational quality of dreams, nightmares, reveries, and hallucinations. Many of the pleasures and pains of De Quincey’ s ‘love affair’ with his chosen substance were shared by writers like Coleridge, whose stories of composing poetry, like the one of how he found inspiration to compose ‘Kubla Khan’ (1797), showed clearly the role that intoxicants and the dreams induced by them played in the process of imaginative creation. Molly Lefebure’s narco-biography of Coleridge, A Bondage of Opium (1974), effectively argues, that he and De Quincey supplied an early typology of ‘the addict’: ‘their lives were itinerant, they left grand literary schemes unfulfilled, and they were dogged by poverty and squalor’ . Also, Fanny Trollope, in late middle-age, is known to have established a routine of writing her books by night, ‘helped by laudanum and green tea’..

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A Slice of Christmas Magic (The Magic Pie Shop, Book 2) | A. G. Mayes

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A magical Christmas mystery perfect for fans of Debbie Macomber!.