Wordsworth Editions has released a revised and expanded second edition of Aleister Crowley’s The Drug & Other Stories.
The book brings together 54 of Crowley's stories with "extensive" editorial end-notes. Only 35 of Crowley’s stories were ever published in his lifetime (1875-1947) with most of the rest appearing in this collection for the first time.
Denounced in the popular press as '"the wickedest man in the world", Crowley's status as occultist, magician and rumoured spy for the British government as well as successful critic, editor and author, divided public opinion.
This edition of uncollected short fiction is “witty and thought-provoking" and "smart and unsettling in equal measures", with scenes set in locations that Crowley had lived and knew "intimately" including Belle Epoque Paris, Edwardian London, pre-revolutionary Russia and America during the First World War.
According to a spokesperson, the title story The Drug is "widely thought to be based on Crowley’s own first encounter with a psychedelic substance". His Black and Silver is a knowing early noir discovery that "anticipates an entire genre". Atlantis is a "masterpiece" of occult fantasy. While, editor, journalist and publisher Frank Harris considers The Testament of Magdalen Blair the "most terrifying tale ever published".
This revised edition of The Drug & Other Stories adds several additional stories - complete with the author’s previously unpublished annotations - including the Cabalistic allegory Ambrosii, Magi Hortus Rosarum.
The Drug & Other Stories is now available through retailers for £2.99.