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“A harmónia a mindenség mélyén lapuló állandó melódia.”
(Rejtő Jenő)


Patricia Briggs - Wolfsbane
The ​second Sianim novel from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Masques. For the last ten years, shapeshifting mercenary Aralorn has led a dangerous existence--a far cry from her noble upbringing. Now she must return home under the most unfortunate circumstances. Her father, the Lyon of Lambshold, has passed away. But when Aralorn and her companion Wolf arrive, the combination of their magic uncovers something wonderful yet alarming--he's not actually dead, but only appears so. Yet a dark mist is also very much alive within him... The Lyon of Lambshold has been ensorcelled by the ae'Magi, who's using him as a conduit to finally destroy Aralorn and Wolf. With her father as the pawn, can Aralorn overcome this mysterious mist with her magic? Or will she finally fall to the blackest of magic, losing not only her one true companion, but also her life...

Patricia Briggs - Zew ​księżyca
Seksowny ​sąsiad Mercedes Thompson jest... wilkołakiem. Mercedes, w swoim warsztacie, próbuje naprawić furgonetkę, która przypadkiem należy do... wampira. Z drugiej strony, sama Mercy też nie jest całkiem zwyczajna, a jej związek ze światem istot ożywających nocą nieuchronnie pakuje ją w kłopoty. Mroczne urban fantasy. Bohaterowie – zachwycająco nieludzcy. Wilkołaki mogą być niebezpieczne, gdy wejdziesz im w drogę. Wystarczy jednak zachować ostrożność, a - raczej - nie zrobią ci krzywdy. Bez trudu ukrywają swoją naturę przed ludźmi. Tylko że ja nie jestem człowiekiem. Potrafię je rozpoznać, a one rozpoznają mnie...

Samantha Shannon - Die ​Träumerin
Sie ​ist stark, sie ist schnell, und sie kann etwas, was sonst niemand kann: die Gedanken anderer auskundschaften. In einer Welt, in der Freiheit verachtet und Träume verboten sind, wächst die junge Paige zu einer Kämpferin heran. Doch dann wird sie erwischt und in eine geheime Stadt verschleppt, in der ein fremdes Volk herrscht, die Rephaim. Und wo sie Arcturus trifft, den jungen Rephait mit den goldenen Augen. Er ist das schönste und unheimlichste Wesen, das sie je gesehen hat. Seine Gedanken sind ihr ein Rätsel. Und ausgerechnet ihm soll Paige von nun an als Sklavin dienen…

Kai Meyer - Nachtland
Das ​Abenteuer geht weiter: Das zweite Buch des Spiegel-Bestsellers DIE SEITEN DER WELT von Erfolgsautor Kai Meyer um die junge Bibliomantin Furia. Die Reise ins Herz der Bücherwelt Schon seit Wochen roch Furia nach Büchern: Sie war auf dem besten Weg, eine erstklassige Bibliomantin zu werden. Immer tiefer dringt Furia in die magische Welt der Bücher vor. Das phantastische Reich mit seinen uralten Bibliotheken und Geschichten wird von den tyrannischen Drei Häusern regiert. Von einem geheimen Ort aus, dem Sanktuarium, herrschen sie über die Geschicke aller Bibliomanten und Exlibri. Doch Furia und ihre Gefährten leisten Widerstand. Um ihre Welt von den Unterdrückern zu befreien, begeben sie sich auf die gefährliche Suche durch die verborgenen Refugien nach dem Zentrum der Macht – und stoßen auf das größte Geheimnis der Bibliomantik. Die Fortsetzung des Bestsellers ›Die Seiten der Welt‹ »Sprudelt über von Ideen, abenteuerlichen Gestalten und phantastischen Wesen.« FAZ

Patricia Briggs - L'Appel ​de la Lune
" ​Les loups-garous peuvent être dangereux si vous vous mettez en travers de leur chemin. Ils ont un talent extraordinaire pour dissimuler leur véritable nature aux yeux des humains. Mais moi, je ne suis pas tout à fait humaine. " En effet, Mercy Thompson n'est pas une fille des plus banales. Mécanicienne dans le Montana, c'est une dure à cuire qui n'hésite pas à mettre les mains dans le cambouis et à sortir les griffes quand le danger frappe à sa porte. Mais ce n'est pas tout : son voisin très sexy est le chef de meute d'une bande de loups-garous, le minibus qu'elle bricole en ce moment appartient à un vampire, et la vieille dame très digne qui lui rend visite vient jeter des sorts sur son garage. Au cœur de ce monde des créatures de la nuit, Mercy se trouve mêlée à une délicate affaire de meurtre et d'enlèvement...

Patricia Briggs - Les ​Liens du sang
"Grâce ​à la science, les bûchers de sorcières, ordalies et autres lynchages publics appartiennent au passé. En contrepartie, le citoyen modèle, rationnel et respectueux de la loi, n'a pas à s'inquiéter des créatures qui errent dans la nuit. Je voudrais parfois être l'un de ces citoyens modèles..." La mécanicienne auto Mercedes Thompson a des amis un peu partout... y compris dans des tombeaux. Et elle doit une faveur à l'un d'entre eux. Pouvant changer de forme à volonté, elle accepte de prêter main-forte à son ami vampire Stefan pour remettre un message à un autre mort-vivant. Mais ce vampire inconnu est loin d'être ordinaire... tout comme le démon qui le possède.

Andrzej Sapkowski - Die ​Dame vom See
Ciri, ​Prinzessin von Cintra und Schützling des Hexers Geralt von Riva, ist auf geheimnisvolle Weise in eine fremde Welt versetzt worden. Dort trifft sie auf einen jungen Ritter namens Galahad, der sie für die Dame vom See hält und dem sie ihre Geschichte erzählt: die Kriege und Machtkämpfe, die seit Langem tobten, haben ihren Höhepunkt erreicht. Vilgefortz mit seinen Helfershelfern stellt sich zur Schlacht, bei der viele von Geralts Gefährten ihr Leben lassen müssen. Und es droht neue Gefahr in Gestalt des Kaisers Emhyr von Nilfgaard. Er wird von derselben uralten Prophezeiung geleitet, die auch das Handeln von Vilgefortz und Ciri bestimmte. Wiewohl im Besitz überwältigender Übermacht, scheut Emhyr bei der Konfrontation mit Geralt und Ciri vor der letzten Konsequenz zurück: Denn mit Ciri verbindet ihn mehr als nur die alte Weissagung...

Richelle Mead - Der ​rubinrote Zirkel
Nachdem ​ihre geheime Liebe ans Tageslicht gekommen ist, sind Sydney und Adrian nirgendwo mehr sicher. Alchemisten und Moroi haben es gleichermaßen auf sie abgesehen. Da entdeckt Adrian ein magisches Geheimnis, das die Welt der Moroi für immer verändern könnte.

Richelle Mead - Falsche ​Versprechen
Als ​Alchemistin ist es Sydneys Aufgabe, die Geheimnisse der Vampire zu bewahren und gleichzeitig die Menschen vor den Blutsaugern zu schützen. Da gerät Jill Dragomir, die Schwester der Vampirkönigin Lissa, in tödliche Gefahr, und die Moroi müssen sie verstecken. Um einen Krieg zwischen den Vampiren zu verhindern, soll Sydney über Jill wachen. Gemeinsam flüchten sich die Mädchen an einen Ort, wo niemand eine Vampirin vermuten würde: ein Internat für menschliche Schüler in Kalifornien. Doch damit fängt der Ärger erst richtig an ...

Richelle Mead - Mrazivý ​bozk
Druhé ​pokračovanie najlepšej upírskej série súčasnosti. Upírska akadémia sa vracia s Mrazivým bozkom. Rose miluje Dimitriho, Dimitri možno cíti niečo k Tashi a Mason by položil vlastný život, len aby mohol byť s Rose. Na Akadémii sv. Vladimíra sú zimné prázdniny a Rose sa cíti všelijako, len nie sviatočne. Útok strigojov postavil všetkých do pozoru a Akadémia je priam zaplavená strážcami vrátane Rosinej matky Janine Hathawayovej. A akoby slovné a fyzické potýčky s matkou nestačili, Dimitri má oči len pre Tashu, Mason sa až po uši zamiloval do Rose, ktorá sa každú chvíľu ocitá v Lissinej hlave, práve keď si to rozdáva so svojím frajerom Christianom. Strigoji vo svojich útokoch nepoľavujú a moroji ani strážcovia nechcú nič riskovať, a tak je výročný lyžiarsky zájazd pre všetkých povinný! Zasnežené pláne a luxusné lyžiarske stredisko poskytujú len ilúziu bezpečnosti, ktorú musí Rose opustiť, keď jej traja kamaráti zaútočia na silnejších a nebezpečnejších strigojov. Rose prichádza na pomoc iba Christian, ale každé hrdinstvo má svoju cenu.

Robert Jordan - Winter's ​Heart
Rand ​is on the run with Min, but his destination is a mystery to Cadsuane. Mazrim Taim, leader of the Black Tower, is revealed to be a liar, but his purpose remains shrouded in secrecy. Perrin is hunting desperately for Faile, now a prisoner of Sevanna's sept. With Elyas Machera, Berelain, the Prophet, and a very mixed army of disparate forces, he is moving through country rife with bandits and roving Seanchan ...while the man called Slayer is stalking the Wolf Dream and Tel'aran'rhiod. In Tar Valon, the schemers and counter-schemers in Elaida's White Tower are shaken to the core when Egwene and the rebels appear suddenly outside the walls. In Ebou Dar, the Seanchan princess known as Daughter of the Nine Moons arrives - and Mat, who has been recuperating in the Tarasin Palace, is introduced to her. Will the marriage that has been foretold come about?

Susan Dennard - La ​bruja de la verdad
La ​tregua entre los tres imperios del continente está a punto de llegar a su fin. Safiya, una joven bruja de la verdad capaz de discernir siempre si alguien está mintiendo, ve ahora como nobles sin escrúpulos desean conseguir ese don a cualquier precio para afianzar su poder en la corte. Acompañada de su amiga Iseult y con la ayuda del astuto príncipe Merik, Safiya deberá huir de un implacable brujo de la sangre cegado por su afán de venganza y hacer frente a emperadores y mercenarios que no pararán hasta conseguir capturarla.

T. J. Klune - A ​Destiny of Dragons
Once ​upon a time, the wizard’s apprentice Sam of Wilds got his happily ever after in the arms of his cornerstone, Knight Commander Ryan Foxheart. A year has passed, and while Sam’s been captured five or six more times since then, things are pretty great. His parents are happy, Gary and Tiggy still eat sass for breakfast, Randall is somehow alive despite being older than the gods, the King rules with a gentle hand, Kevin the dragon is as gross as ever, Morgan sighs a lot, Ryan continues to be dashing and immaculate, and Sam is close to convincing Prince Justin they will be best friends forever. Life is good. Until it’s not. Because Vadoma, the leader of the Gypsy clan and Sam’s grandmother, has come to the City of Lockes with a dire prophecy written in the stars: a man of shadows is rising and will consume the world unless Sam faces his destiny and gathers the five dragons of Verania at his side. And she brings along her second-in-command, a man named Ruv. Ruv, who Vadoma says is Sam’s true cornerstone.

T. J. Klune - A ​Wish Upon the Stars
Nearly ​a year ago, blinded by grief and betrayal, Sam of Wilds made a desperate decision to follow the Great White into the Dark Woods. Now, he emerges to a world changed. The City of Lockes is a prison. The King has been locked away in the dungeons. The Kingdom of Verania has fallen, and the Dark wizard Myrin sits on the throne. But soon after his return, Sam learns of a resistance fighting in his name led by a courageous knight, a defiant prince, a pissed-off unicorn, and a half-giant who wants to smash everything in sight. If he has any hope of defeating the villains who have taken their home, Sam must face the consequences of his choices—and the friends he left behind.

T. J. Klune - Ravensong
A ​Green Creek Novel - Sequel to Wolfsong Gordo Livingstone never forgot the lessons carved into his skin. Hardened by the betrayal of a pack who left him behind, he sought solace in the garage in his tiny mountain town, vowing never again to involve himself in the affairs of wolves. It should have been enough. And it was, until the wolves came back, and with them, Mark Bennett. In the end, they faced the beast together as a pack… and won. Now, a year later, Gordo has found himself once again the witch of the Bennett pack. Green Creek has settled after the death of Richard Collins, and Gordo constantly struggles to ignore Mark and the song that howls between them. But time is running out. Something is coming. And this time, it’s crawling from within. Some bonds, no matter how strong, were made to be broken.

T. J. Klune - The ​Lightning-Struck Heart
Once ​upon a time, in an alleyway in the slums of the City Of Lockes, a young and somewhat lonely boy named Sam Haversford turns a group of teenage douchebags into stone completely by accident. Of course, this catches the attention of a higher power, and Sam’s pulled from the only world he knows to become an apprentice to the King's Wizard, Morgan of Shadows. When Sam’s fourteen, he enters the Dark Woods and returns with Gary, the hornless gay unicorn, and a half-giant named Tiggy, earning the moniker Sam of Wilds. At fifteen, Sam learns what love truly is when a new knight arrives at the castle—Knight Ryan Foxheart, the dreamiest dream to have ever been dreamed. Naturally, it all goes to hell when Ryan dates the reprehensible Prince Justin, Sam can't control his magic, a sexually aggressive dragon kidnaps the prince, and the King sends them on an epic quest to save Ryan's boyfriend, all while Sam falls more in love with someone he can never have. Or so he thinks.

T. J. Klune - Wolfsong
Ox ​was twelve when his daddy taught him a very valuable lesson. He said that Ox wasn’t worth anything and people would never understand him. Then he left. Ox was sixteen when he met the boy on the road, the boy who talked and talked and talked. Ox found out later the boy hadn’t spoken in almost two years before that day, and that the boy belonged to a family who had moved into the house at the end of the lane. Ox was seventeen when he found out the boy’s secret, and it painted the world around him in colors of red and orange and violet, of Alpha and Beta and Omega. Ox was twenty-three when murder came to town and tore a hole in his head and heart. The boy chased after the monster with revenge in his bloodred eyes, leaving Ox behind to pick up the pieces. It’s been three years since that fateful day—and the boy is back. Except now he’s a man, and Ox can no longer ignore the song that howls between them.

Rebecca Chastain - Magic ​of the Gargoyles
To ​help a baby gargoyle, Mika will risk everything... Mika Stillwater is a mid-level earth elemental with ambitions of becoming a quartz artisan, and her hard work is starting to get noticed. But when a panicked baby gargoyle bursts into her studio, insisting Mika is the only person she'll trust with her desperate mission, Mika's carefully constructed five-year plan is shattered. Swept into the gritty criminal underworld of Terra Haven, Mika must jeopardize everything she's worked so hard for to save the baby gargoyle from the machinations of a monster--and to stay alive...

Paul Harrison - Elements ​of Pantheism
Do ​you feel a deep sense of belonging and wonder in a forest or by the ocean? Are you speechless with awe when you see the Milky Way strewn with stars? Do you find it hard to conceive of a divinity separate from the beauty of nature or the power of the universe? Then you are probably a pantheist. The heart of Pantheism is reverence for Nature and the Universe. It offers a vibrant alternative to theism and atheism, with a joyful and accepting approach to life on this earth. Pantheism dates back to the very first Greek philosophers, and was the religious viewpoint of many famous thinkers and artists, including Marcus Aurelius, Spinoza, Wordsworth, Whitman, Emerson, Thoreau, Einstein, and Frank Lloyd Wright. The dominant religious approach of the nineteenth century, pantheism is seeing a modern revival as the underlying world view of the environmental movement, of leading scientists, and of nature-revering paganism. This accessible, clear and authoritative handbook is the only available introduction to the history, theory and practice of Pantheism.

Sherrilyn Kenyon - Fantasy ​Lover
Being ​trapped in a bedroom with a woman is a grand thing. Being trapped in hundreds of bedrooms over two thousand years isn't. And being cursed into a book as a love-slave for eternity can ruin even a Spartan warrior's day. As a love-slave, I know everything about women. How to touch them, how to savor them, and most of all, how to pleasure them. But when I was summoned to fulfill Grace Alexander's sexual fantasies, I found the first woman in history who saw me as a man with a tormented past. She alone bothered to take me out of the bedroom and into the world. She taught me to love again. But I wasn't born to know love. I was cursed to walk eternity alone. As an ancient Greek general, I had long ago accepted my sentence. Yet now I have found Grace-- the one thing my wounded heart cannot survive without. Sure, love can heal all wounds, but can it break a two-thousand-year-old curse?

Anita Valle - Maelyn
Is ​Maelyn a real princess? Or a royal mistake? Maelyn was not born a princess. The king found her as a child, the lone survivor of a poor village slaughtered by Red Fever. Suddenly she became a princess of Runa Realm, the first of nine orphans adopted by the king. By her eighteenth year, Maelyn rules over Runa and a family of nine sisters. But some call the princesses frauds and imposters, a handful of urchins raised into royalty. Even Uncle Jarrod, the High King of Grunwold, seems determined to prove that Maelyn no longer deserves to be a princess. With a family losing faith in her, and a kingdom growing dangerously hostile, even Maelyn begins to wonder if she is truly a real princess. And if her riches will turn to rags once again.... The Nine Princesses novels chronicle the adventures of an unconventional family of princesses, the struggles they face in a kingdom often hostile to their humble origins, and the day-to-day dramas of nine young women whose personalities often clash like swords. Fans of Gail Carson Levine and Shannon Hale would enjoy these princess novels.

Anita Valle - Sinful ​Cinderella
And ​you thought the stepsisters were wicked.... I'm not who they think I am. A docile girl who meekly obeys her stepmother and stepsisters. Some kind of sick angel who cheerfully bears their mistreatment. That's what I WANT them to think. Because then they won't suspect what I'm really up to. The ball, the prince - it's all part of my plan to come out on top. Stepmother and her demented daughters will pay for every floor I have scoured, every sneer I have borne. They don't know about the white magic, how I use it to enhance myself. They can't see that my heart is black as midnight, rotten as a poisoned apple. They're about to find out.

Chris Cannon - Burning ​Bright
Bryn ​is back for her senior year at the Institute for Excellence, also known as shape-shifting dragon school. She isn’t sure which is scarier, the life-force sucking dragons stalking campus or the fact that she’s officially betrothed to Jaxon, a guy who will never love her. Not that she could ever love him, either… That’s just ridiculous. Senior year should be fun. Her parents are alive, she’s finally fitting in, and she’s learning how to be a Medic. But what’s with Jaxon giving her strange looks? He runs hot and cold, and he doesn’t even have the excuse of being a hybrid fire-and-ice-breathing dragon like her. One minute they’re having a great time and the next, she wants to blast a fireball at his head. The marriage contract of doom looms over them--unless this match not made in heaven kindles a flame…

Chris Cannon - Trial ​By Fire
Bryn’s ​hopes for a peaceful new semester at school go up in smoke when someone tries to kill her—again. She’s not sure which is scarier, facing the radicals who want to sacrifice her for their cause, or her impending nightmare of a Directorate-arranged marriage to her nemesis, Jaxon. The one bright spot in her life is Valmont, her smoking-hot knight who is assigned to watch over her twenty-four hours a day. Is what she feels for him real or just a side effect of the dragon-knight bond? At this point, stopping the impending civil war might be easier than figuring out her love life. She may have to live in their world, but she doesn’t have to play by their rules.

Leife Shallcross - The ​Beast's Heart
A ​sumptuously magical, brand new take on a tale as old as time—read the Beast's side of the story at long last. I am neither monster nor man—yet I am both. I am the Beast. The day I was cursed to this wretched existence was the day I was saved—although it did not feel so at the time. My redemption sprung from contemptible roots; I am not proud of what I did the day her father happened upon my crumbling, isolated chateau. But if loneliness breeds desperation then I was desperate indeed, and I did what I felt I must. My shameful behaviour was unjustly rewarded. My Isabeau. She opened my eyes, my mind and my heart; she taught me how to be human again. And now I might lose her forever.

Melissa Albert - Wo ​alles beginnt
Geh ​hin, wo alles beginnt … Hazel Wood zieht alle in seinen Bann. Seit Alice denken kann, wird sie vom Unheil verfolgt. Dann stirbt ihre Großmutter, die mysteriöse Märchenerzählerin Althea Proserpine, und kurz darauf verschwindet Alices Mutter spurlos. Zurück bleiben die Worte „Halt dich fern von Hazel Wood”. Alice spürt, dass sie ihre Mutter erst wiedersehen wird, wenn sie an den Anfang ihrer eigenen Geschichte geht. Schritt für Schritt entdeckt sie eine unheimliche Wahrheit – sie selbst ist eine Figur aus Altheas Märchen! Um endlich frei zu sein, bleibt Alice nur eine Wahl: Sie muss nach Hazel Wood … Dorthin, wo alles beginnt. Ein Roman wie ein Rausch: Herausragender, international gefeierter All-Ager mit absoluter Sogwirkung, düsteren Märchenelementen, eingebettet in das urbane Setting New Yorks.

Melissa Albert - La ​puerta del bosque
Alice, ​una chica de diecisiete años, y su madre se han pasado la mayor parte de sus vidas de un sitio para otro, siempre un paso por delante de la extraña mala suerte que les pisa los talones. Pero cuando la abuela de Alice, la esquiva autora de un libro de cuentos espeluznantes, muere en su finca del bosque, Alice descubre hasta dónde puede llegar su mala suerte. Su madre desaparece y deja un extraño mensaje: no te acerques al bosque de los avellanos. Para recuperarla, Alice tendrá que adentrarse en el mundo en que nacieron las historias de su abuela y donde quizás encuentre la razón del monstruoso y estremecedor origen de su historia.

Melissa Albert - The ​Hazel Wood
Seventeen-year-old ​Alice and her mother have spent most of Alice’s life on the road, always a step ahead of the uncanny bad luck biting at their heels. But when Alice’s grandmother, the reclusive author of a cult-classic book of pitch-dark fairy tales, dies alone on her estate, the Hazel Wood, Alice learns how bad her luck can really get: Her mother is stolen away―by a figure who claims to come from the Hinterland, the cruel supernatural world where her grandmother's stories are set. Alice's only lead is the message her mother left behind: “Stay away from the Hazel Wood.” Alice has long steered clear of her grandmother’s cultish fans. But now she has no choice but to ally with classmate Ellery Finch, a Hinterland superfan who may have his own reasons for wanting to help her. To retrieve her mother, Alice must venture first to the Hazel Wood, then into the world where her grandmother's tales began―and where she might find out how her own story went so wrong.

John Eldredge - Wild ​at Heart
Every ​man was once a boy. And every little boy has dreams, big dreams: dreams of being the hero, of beating the bad guys, of doing daring feats and rescuing the damsel in distress. Every little girl has dreams, too: of being rescued by her prince and swept up into great adventure, knowing that she is the _beauty_. But what happens to those dreams when we grow up? Walk into most churches, have a look around and ask yourself: What is a Christian man? Without listening to what is said, look at what you find there. Most Christian men are... bored. In _Wild at Heart_, John Eldredge invites men to recover their masculine heart, defined in the image of a passionate God. And he invites Women to discover the secret of a man's soul and to delight in the strength and wildness men were created to offer.

Aleister Crowley - Konx ​Om Pax
Konx ​Om Pax: Essays in Light, first published in 1907. The name Konx Om Pax is a phrase said to have been pronounced in the Eleusinian Mysteries to bid initiates to depart after having completed the tests for admission to the degree of epopt (seer). This phrase, is not immediately intelligible in Greek, and a number of theories have been advanced as to its origin and meaning. The front cover image, portraying the title "Konx Om Pax" in stretched letters, is said to have been designed by Crowley while smoking hashish.

Aleister Crowley - Magick ​Without Tears
In ​1943 Aleister Crowley initiated a circle of correspondence by way of magickal training for a number of his students. It eventually resulted in this volume of 80 letters, Crowley's personal commentary on his own magickal training and insight. This is Crowley at his best, leading you gradually into the magickal philosophy behind one of the great mystics of our century and illuminating all that was previously unapproachable in earlier writing. These letters show him not to be a "drug dimmed addict," an image fostered by legend, but rather as a vital, intelligent avatar, perhaps more lucid in these last years than in his youth. Magick Without Tears is no less than a personal encyclopedia of magickal instruction, annotated by experience and explained in unguarded language. Crowley covers: how to use the Qabalah as a tool rather than merely a system of reference; the symbols of magick; etymology and its philosophy; the three major schools of magick—white, black, and yellow—and their approach to life and use of power; hints for meditation and astral projection; the Yi King; The Book of the Law; the Tarot; Astrology; the importance of talismans, lamens and pentacles; how to distinguish prophecy from coincidence; etc. etc.

Aleister Crowley - The ​Drug and Other Stories
With ​an Introduction by William Breeze and a Foreword by David Tibet. This volume brings together the uncollected short fiction of the poet, writer and religious philosopher Aleister Crowley (1875 1947). Crowley was a successful critic, editor and author of fiction from 1908 to 1922, and his short stories are long overdue for discovery. Of the forty-nine stories in the present volume, only thirty were published in his lifetime. Most of the rest appear here for the first time. Like their author, Crowley s stories are fun, smart, witty, thought-provoking and sometimes unsettling. They are set in places he had lived and knew well: Belle Epoque Paris, Edwardian London, pre-revolutionary Russia and America during the first World War. The title story The Drug stands as one of the first if not the first accounts of a psychedelic experience. His Black and Silver is a knowing early noir discovery that anticipates an entire genre. Atlantis is a masterpiece of occult fantasy, a dark satire that can stand with Samuel Butler s Erewhon. Frank Harris considered The Testament of Magdalen Blair the most terrifying tale ever written. Extensive editorial end-notes give full details about the stories.

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