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What I Did in My Holidays: Essays on Black Magic, Satanism, Devil Worship and Other Niceties [Paperback]

Ramsey Dukes
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  • Paperback: 410 pages
  • Publisher: Mandrake Press Ltd (17 July 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1869928520
  • ISBN-13: 978-1869928520
  • Product Dimensions: 21.2 x 14.8 x 3.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,158,546 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a book about demonolatry. It was never meant to be: it began as a cobbling together of all my essays and stuff written in the last twelve years. But it turned out to have a pretty consistent theme. A theme that begins with Crowley's 'Aeon of Horus' and the new, Thelemic morality. From that viewpoint demonic pacts are re-appraised: are they not a negotiation with the demonic, as opposed to sworn allegiance. Many old and new demons lurk on these pages: black magic, sexism, elitism, Satanism, publishers, prejudice, suicide, liberalism, violence, slime, old age, bitterness, war and the new Age.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Detach from the mass hysteria 3 Sep 2007
By Nemin
Format:Paperback
This book is brilliant. Of course, the very topics mentioned on the front cover will mean that most people will steer well clear, in case they become contaminated with the devils germs but personaly I found the effects of the book were to allow me to step out of the melee of dualities that account for most of people's lives in our lopsided society. "In praise of Devil Worship" is a particularly brilliant chapter. This book will definitly change your perception of the world in a pleasent and useful way, providing you are willing to detach from your ideas, otherwise it may disgust.
This book is pertinent like no other book on the planet at the moment: anyone having trouble remembering why the idea of a War on Terror is like some kind of bad joke?
I have had this book for nearly 4 years now and I can always return to it and find it useful.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Remarkable, inspirational and thought provoking 21 May 2002
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In a way it's frustrating that when you get 'occult' attached to the description of your book you've removed 99.9% of your potential audience - frustrating because this book is *so* impressive it deserves to be extremely widely read. Ramsey Dukes has a clarity, and creativity, of thought that means each of the many and varied chapters of this book leaves you with something to think about long after you've finished reading. The world needs more original thought, and more people prepared to consider ideas too unusual for most people to work with. Read this book, whatever your current beliefs, it'll do you good.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A hell of a read. 20 Oct 2000
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
Ramsey Dukes never fails to amuse and he does not disappoint here. Ever entertaining, he has the uncanny knack of both titillating your desire for a rollicking good read, and making the reader think about the topics under consideration. He should be required reading for anyone considering a move into the dark byways of occulture - he smashes preconceptions and enlightens with one fell swoop... The only disappointment about this tome is that it is not longer and does not have any missives from the dark one himself!
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic read 17 Mar 2001
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
I am rather perplexed as to why there are not more reviews of this book.I know that i am probably one of the lucky few to have found it so the charlatan in me gives a wry smile. Ramsey has the unique ability to take the most common subjects,turn them upside down ,inside out, and give a completely different fresh vision.Thought provoking, funny,sad,enlightening and also practical. Highly recommended.Who knows where it will lead you.
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4.0 out of 5 stars What to do in your holidays 19 Aug 2002
By Nicholas Spicer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I can't remember when I last laughed out loud reading a book. Especially a book about... what is it about?
Magic ? Yes, because we can all use some magic in our lives - in fact, we are doing so without noticing it. Ever read adverts ?, watch T.V.? support a good cause ? You're doing magic. Dukes can help!
Philosophy ? Yes, because Dukes has thought deeply and curiously about the way things are, the way they work - or don't. Whatever you think, you'll find something new to think about in these essays. (You have been warned)
Psychology ? Dukes would disavow himself as a psychologist, but his efforts to understand why he thinks and does - and fails to do - are some of the 'laugh out loud' bits. And the wisest. I have an image of being led down byways by Dukes' self-deprecating tales, chuckling as I went, only to find it was a cul-de-sac. And a mirror instead of a way out.
Artificial Intelligence; What women really want; His Most Divine Holiness Sri Baba Rebop; Frank Sinatra's place in the witches' sabbath; Sir Roger Penrose's in consciousness studies; Passion Homes; Naughty things to do in New Age workshops; Virtual Reality. It's all here and more besides.
He did it in his holidays. Give yourself a treat and read it in yours.
5.0 out of 5 stars Sanity at its best! 14 Dec 2008
By A. Miles - Published on Amazon.com
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Lucid, sane, and highly informative ... "a must have for the serious occult practitioner!" Dare too see the world through the eyes of Ramsey Dukes. Enlightenment is contained within the pages of this fine tome!
3 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Both witty, and interesting. Highly recommended. 20 Dec 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This is a definate must for all practitioners of the occult. But don't take my word for it, read it for yourselves.
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