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In my mailbox: The Return of the Discontinued Man

This book will be available July 8th. Make sure to add “The Return of the Discontinued Man” to your must read list this Summer. Mark Hodder’s work is an essential read for the steampunk fan.

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The Return of the Discontinued Man (A Burton & Swinburne Adventure)


It’s 9 p.m. on February 15, 1860, and Charles Babbage, the British Empire’s most brilliant scientist, performs an experiment. Within moments, blood red snow falls from the sky and Spring Heeled Jack pops out of thin air in London’s Leicester Square. Though utterly disoriented and apparently insane, the strange creature is intent on one thing: hunting Sir Richard Francis Burton!

Spring Heeled Jack isn’t alone in his mental confusion. Burton can hardly function; he’s experiencing one hallucination after another–visions of parallel realities and future history. Someone, or something, is trying to tell him about … what?

When the revelation comes, it sends Burton and his companions on an expedition even the great explorer could never have imagined–a voyage through time itself into a twisted future where steam technology has made a resurgence and a despotic intelligence rules over the British Empire!

How to Unmake a Sea Serpent: The Case of the Scoliophis Atlanticus

Originally posted on EsoterX:

“Ocean: A body of water occupying about two-thirds of a world made for man – who has no gills.” – Ambrose Bierce
I object to the name sea "monster".  Its more like sea "awesome".
I object to the name sea “monster”. Its more like sea “awesome”.

The process of unmaking monsters is often as illuminating as the process of making them.  Not debunking them, rather historically revising them, for certainly a “hoax is a hoax, of course, of course” and humans are indeed predisposed to regard the unfamiliar with horror (evolutionarily important, since before we figured out that rocks were good for hitting things over the head with, it was a good bet that the unfamiliar was distinctly interested in eating you), rather I’m speaking of the steady and inexorable reinterpretation of phenomena into noumena (that which is known without the use of senses) over time. The mechanism by which conventional wisdom asserts itself to explain away the anomalistic across the years…

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In my mailbox: The Theban Oracle

The Theban Oracle: Discover the Magic of the Ancient Alphabet That Changes Lives


I want to thank the good folks at Weiser Books for this review copy. The book will hit the shelves May 1st for those of you who are interested in Theban mysteries.

Based on the ancient magical writings of 14th-century magus, Honorius of Thebes, the Theban Oracle is a codex employed for centuries as a means of devotion and divination. Used by such masters of the occult sciences as Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa, Dr. John Dee, Francis Barrett, and later Gerald Gardner, it has remained relatively obscure and elusive to the modern practitioner. Until now.

In this book, author Greg Jenkins, PhD, offers both the complete history of this medieval magical system and a working manual for the modern mage to utilize it. In these pages, you’ll find:

  • How to make and care for your own set of stones.
  • A variety of methods for divination, from using just one stone to using nine stones and more.
  • How to use the Theban stones for spellcasting, including love and purification spells and Theban incense and candle magick.
  • A complete lexicon of the Theban alphabet with a who’s who of Theban history along with divinatory meanings and how they relate to the modern world.
  • A quick reference to the sacred herbs and angelic orders associated with each symbol.

Week in review

I didn’t sleep well this week, and I’ve been in a bit of a mental fog. Last night, I only managed a couple of hours sleep before the morning thunderstorms rolled in …

The weather is nice and the flowers are blooming.

I’ve reviewed “The Casebook of Newbury & Hobbs” this week. It was a fun read. I’ve also made a video review of Legenderry #3.

On the gaming front, I’ve downloaded a couple of Steam games. I’m a bit old-fashioned when it comes to digital purchases. I’d rather have a physical copy. Having said that, Steam is a good deal. I guess that I need to join the 21st Century and embrace ebooks and Steam games.

My Klout score remains steady at 46, but my Youtube subscribers have increased to 481. That’s all for this week — have a great weekend!