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Apocalyptic Witchcraft, by Peter Grey

Reviewed by P. Sufenas Virius Lupus

Scarlet Imprint is one of the foremost modern occult and talismanic book publishers, creating works of quality and integrity in their content, but also — a far more rare and thus more greatly appreciated characteristic — books of astonishing beauty and sensual appeal. These books want to be stared at, smelled, touched, and, most importantly, read and cherished. While some of their books are only available in such beautiful hardcover editions, a gradual number are also being offered in e-book format, and in affordable paperback editions — but even the latter are appealing in their exterior binding and covers, at least from my perspective. Peter Grey’s Apocalyptic Witchcraft is one of their most recent books, and Grey himself is one of the founders of the publisher. I absolutely devoured this book when it arrived in the post. While many people might find some of Grey’s assertions challenging, the reading itself is not difficult, and in fact flows quite nicely and pleasurably. I’m a slow reader at the best of times, but this was never a chore to read or understand.

Too many reviewers and potential readers have been or might be put off by some of Grey’s ideas because they are radical in their condemnation of many of the excesses of modern (and particularly industrialized, technologized, and commercialized and consumerist) life, and may get stuck with those difficulties while ignoring or missing the more interesting and potentially revolutionary aspects of Grey’s work as a result. I invite anyone who does read Apocalyptic Witchcraft to put those concerns as far aside as possible while they consider his manifesto — indeed, his work reads that way at points, in a passionate and poetic fashion, and pages 14 to 17 are a thirty-three point “Manifesto of Apocalyptic Witchcraft.”

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