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Christopher J. Cranmer (Edinburgh, Scotland, UK)

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Nocturnicon: Calling Dark Forces and Powers
Nocturnicon: Calling Dark Forces and Powers
by Konstantinos
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.99

41 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Konstantinos comes of age, 5 Mar. 2007
I own every work written by Konstantinos; and he improves with every publication. With that in mind, it logically follows that his "Nocturnicon" will be his best work to date.

And it is.

I find his earlier work to be littered with fearfully sanctimonious, white-light claptrap, despite there clearly being a talent there. Konstantinos was one of those rare breeds that was actually a practicing magician who didn't feel the need to overstate and convolute his work in lieu of any real depth. And though his "Summoning Spirits" was bedeviled by this fact, the publication of "Nocturnal Witchcraft" showed where Konstantinos was heading and indicated that he was starting to care more about the magic and less about the guilt that inherently went with his practicing of it. The supplement to "Nocturnal Witchcraft" which was entitled "The Gothic Grimoire" was further testimony to the change; both are recommended.

It has been said by others who've read his books that he's only moving into what is his personal aesthetic preference (Gothic) and trying to write a craft round about it. He is. But those who understand how practical magic is applied can appreciate why this is a good thing. He is linking his magic into his own personal nature, finding that he can work better when under the jurisdiction of what stimulates him most. And because magic is a personal practice, something that is as natural as the many quirks a personality might hide, Konstantinos has made the best leap a magician can make; he's done it HIS way. And while "Nocturnal Witchcraft" and "The Gothic Grimoire" were still a little tame for my taste, they were a massive leap in the right direction.

And then comes "Nocturnicon".

Gone are the needless precautions and warnings, in comes the use of his own natural energy, his own choices and his own ideas of what works and why. And even the apologetic side of his earlier works has been almost completely overridden, replaced with just enough responsibility to stop the truly dependent and witless from blaming him for any adverse results. This book truly goes into dark magic (as in, what magic ALWAYS was) and presents it in a way that is concise and highly practical. In its dealing with subjects most magicians are desperate to avoid, its major charm is its uncaring presentation of the work. Konstantinos hasn't adopted the rites of Hades because he thinks they're evil or misunderstood, he's adopted them because they work for him. There are no unnecessary dire warnings, there are no pages of Satanic self projection and there are no sections that are deliberatly designed to be obscure and/or difficult to understand. In their place, he's put in practical works with aesthetically appealing props, writing that will appeal to those who are magically sensitive and he's done the one thing that the modern magician is scared to do:

He's used his imagination; he also encourages you to use your own.

"Nocturnicon" isn't perfect; but in todays world of pomp and nonsense, it's as close as you're likely to get. It's usable, it's clearly written, it's good value for money and it makes magic a subject for those who haven't the time for memorizing reams of pointlessly obscure and needless text.

Five stars.

The Demonic Bible
The Demonic Bible
by Tsirk Susej
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.51

8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Truly Demonic reading, 1 Mar. 2007
This review is from: The Demonic Bible (Paperback)
Unfortunately, there are many books that have wonderful titles and hopeless pages. While Mr. Susej doesn't quite fit the "hopeless" bill with this offering, it's only really useful to someone who wishes to make objective use of its references. Much alchemical work is needed here, as most of the material is produced subjectively with too much emphasis on pseudo Satanic meta-twaddle. Too often, I honestly felt Mr. Susej was merely trying to appear evil per se; with the accompanying maniacal and whooping laughter practically audible on some pages.

In saying that, the book does have strength in its references, correspondences and Demonic representations. The research is first class and Mr. Susej should be commended on his efforts here. Also as a literary work, the text is fairly easy on the eye and is better presented than other (annoyingly less lucid) works on the subject. In fact, it may well have been better published as a novel with an ear to the dramatic bent it lends itself to.

And not without skill I hasten to add.

All told, the book has its uses - it's just a shame that said uses aren't actually practical ones. If you're an established sorceror with a practical background to draw from, this book contains some interesting material. As a starting point, however, a would-be magician will find too much misdirection and needlessly obscure maze making.

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