"I've got a feeling that if you're reading this book, it found you. Not the other way around."
I'll never forget the day I first found this book. I was [...], somewhat sheltered, hanging out at a Border's on a Saturday. I was looking at another book near the metaphysics section (that had nothing to do with metaphysics of any sort), when I glanced over and I saw the bold red words Gothic Grimoire staring at me. At the time my love of "dark things" was dormant (I was known for loving macabre art, music, and movies at a very young age, which of course resurfaced later and then some) as at the time I was taught to fear God and that darkness was bad... I couldn't stop staring at the book. I put down what I was reading and, after looking around to see if my family was around, I picked up Gothic Grimoire and I started reading it. And I saw those words.
I could feel the gears turning, the outrageous idea of Emily, the innocent[...] Christian in a baby pink shirt and shorts, being completely intrigued by the ideas contained therein. The warnings of using fire and blood, the idea of darker energies really being out there. If I had money that day, I might've found a way to sneak it into my parents' house, but as I didn't, I put it back on the shelf, remembered the author Konstantinos, and knew I had to come back for it later.
I'll skip over my personal and spiritual evolution and cut to the chase: a few years later I buy the book and I remember the feelings I had at Border's - strongly intrigued, this time without fear of retribution.
I don't know why Nocturnal Witchcraft often gets grouped together with this book. Nocturnal Witchcraft may be helpful for beginners, has a few things in it that I found useful, but ever so often you are reminded of an intended Wiccan audience... this is not Gothic Grimoire. While Gothic Grimoire refers to the gods, the religious undertone is far less present, which is exactly my cup of tea. I'm neither atheist nor agnostic, however I do not follow organized religion nor one group of gods. In this book, you are more free to explore darkness without religious backing (as in Nocturnicon - but that's a different review).
Gothic Grimoire contains an initiation rite into darkness, so to speak, as you "die" and are reborn into a darker, more spiritual, being. (I had to be a little creative doing this one, but I've nothing but benefited as a result.) You decide: teamwork or solo? You learn to perfect your intuition, delve into astral projection and create your own aura (how others perceive you), just to name a few.
Do not only read the book, but practice with it... and soon you see that there is no single book that can encompass the occult that entices us. Gothic Grimoire is not the be-all-end-all of dark magick. It is the beginning. I believe I got such strong vibes from it as it was the first book of its type that I ever saw... and inspired me to keep exploring. I strongly recommend that one buy the book, read it, practice from it, learn from it, and then open one's mind to even more great things. If you're looking for a good place to get started, this is the book for you.