Ontological Graffiti preorders open!!!

8We often stared in amazement at Michael Bertiaux’s work in Kenneth Grant‘s Typhonian Trilogies. You will be pleased to know that Fulgur Limited‘s publication of Michael’s masterpiece Ontological Graffiti will include large sized, full-colour plates of many of these paintings. Further, many of these works will be fully explored, including details of their creation and ritual use.

Ontological Graffiti is the fast selling pre-publication title in Fulgur’s 24 year history. This limited edition, 480+ page beast of a book can be prordered here – https://fulgur.co.uk/books/michael-bertiaux/ontological-graffiti/.

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Michael Bertiaux’s Ontological Graffitti coming soon (for real)

In a bold awaking from a short slumber, the infamous publisher Fulgur has completely updated their website. They are, as the expression goes, back with a vengeance, and have announced a (very) long-awaited title:

Michael Bertiaux’s Ontological Graffitti will be published later this year.

A heavy book (in every sense of the word), covering a very important period in the development of Bertiaux’s magical universe, OG will be Fulgur’s most ambitious title published to date. Over 400 pages of lucid text, fully illustrated in full-colour with Bertiaux’s amazing artwork, this title will cover the period between his return from Haiti and his eventual leadership in various occult orders such as the OTOA/LCN and the Monastery of the Seven Rays.

This book gets our highest possible recommendation, both in terms of it’s content, and in Fulgur’s planned presentation.

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Brian Butler restores Kenneth Anger’s triptych version of ‘Inauguration of the Pleasure Dome’

Anger is an energy.

Anger is an energy.

The restored and enhanced triptych version of Kenneth Anger’s Inauguration of the Pleasure Dome will play one night only (25/6/15) at the Max Linder Panorama in Paris. For those unaware, this classic occult film will interest Aleister Crowley/Thelema fans due to its content, as well as readers of Fulgur Limited’s recent Songs for the Witch Woman, as it features Marjorie Cameron as the Scarlet Woman.

Michael Bertiaux article and interview in Abraxas #5

Abraxas 5

Abraxas 5

Abraxas – International Journal of Exoteric Studies is a collaboration between Treadwells Bookshop and Fulgur Esoterica which presents the best words and images of the international esoteric movement in a high quality printed format. 

Issue 5 has been announced today, and is available for pre-order. It offers 180 pages of “essays, poetry, interviews and art”. Some of these pages include, “Meeting Le Maître: An Introduction to the Art of Michael Bertiaux”, a contribution by Ariock of Black Lotus Kult, concerning our friend and teacher Michael Bertiaux. This work is focused on presenting biographic information concerning Michael’s art, followed by a brief interview. It is packed with full-colour photos of Michael’s paintings and of his studio, all presented in the exceptional Abraxas standard.

Both the paperback and hardcover version are limited editions, with the hardcover being an edition of just 300 deluxe volumes (black cloth sewn hardback w/dust jacket,  gold-stamped design by Panos Tsagaris, and an original s/n print by Bea Kwan Lim).

Publisher’s info;

“Printed using state-of-the-art offset lithography to our usual high standard, contributions for Abraxas #5 include an interview by Pam Grossman with Greek artist, Panos Tsagaris; an analysis of Aby Warburg’s Mnemosyne Atlas by Silvia Urbini, a visual interpretation of the Dionysian mysteries by Arrington de Dionyso; a substantial essay from Shasha Chaitow on the grandfather of esoteric art, Joséphin Péladan; an introduction to the art of Michael Bertiaux by Ariock Van de Voorde; reminiscences by Caroline Wise of her friend Olivia Robertson (1917-2013), and much more…”

To order, or for more information, see http://fulgur.co.uk/shop/abraxas/issue-5/

Michael Bertiaux at Work in his studio.

Michael Bertiaux at Work in his studio.

Returning to “normal”

We host a number of occult artists and writers at the BLK Kompound as they come to town for the Seattle Esoteric Book Conference. This kept us busy before and after the event, but it was a joy to have our friends near. The 2012 EBC was an absolute delight to attend, and we will get to work on a review for you to read in time. We now need to make room on the walls for new works by Liv Rainey-Smith and Hagen von Tulien.

Following the EBC, we held our annual Black Lotus Kult Celebration. This year’s party was held in honor of Fulgur Limited’s 20 years of publishing. We are proud to have their books in the BLK Library and we are looking forward to another 20 years from Fulgur!

Shiva Mass

Earlier in the day of the BLK Celebration, before the festivities, we performed a version of the Shiva Mass that we received from Michael Bertiaux. In this picture from later in the evening, Kindle Cimmerian performs a Mass closing ritual.

After the Celebration, we found a VERY secluded retreat for our Autumnal Equinox workings. Now we are back home, and ready to start work again. New music, writings and performances will be coming soon and increasing in frequency in the New Year. We will also be posting more pictures from this, and previous year’s BLK Celebrations.

Esoteric Book Conference

We are heading out on our annual pilgrimage to the Esoteric Book Conference. With presentations from the likes of Robert Fitzgerald, Daniel Schulke, Adam Parfrey, Craig Williams and many more, it is sure to be entertaining and informative. Our friend Liv Rainey-Smith is helping direct the art show, and we are looking forward to seeing it!

If you you are an occult book fan, you will want to come out; esotericbookconference.com

Those interested may find reviews of previous EBCs on Starfire’s Facebook page; www.facebook.com/StarfirePublishing/notes