Wormwood Star: The Magickal Life of Marjorie Cameron Paperback – 1 May 2014
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"After reading Wormwood Star, I was left very impressed with Spencer Kansa’s treatment of Cameron. To have gone to all the effort he did to provide the public with a compassionate yet balanced, and not gushingly fannish portrayal of such a complicated figure. He walked the fine lineof keeping his head out of la-la land and grounded in facts, providing the necessary perspective for the reader, making Cameron’s legendary status undeniable and understandable. This story really did need to be told once and for all, so hats off to him for doing it." Zeena Schreck, co-author of Demons of the Flesh: The Complete Guide to Left Hand Path Sex Magic.
"Wormwood Star is a fascinating and very, very well-researched look into Cameron’s perplexingly strange life. Crisscrossing the country and tracking down all of the various characters the author spoke to must have been quite a chore and, as a reader and long-time admirer of Cameron’s work, I’m grateful for the attention Spencer Kansa paid to detail." Richard Metzger, Dangerous Minds.com
"Wormwood Star describes a magickal woman and artist, not as a tragedy as is all too tritely easy to do to those who have been allotted the role ofa magickal partner, but as a true Babalon. A woman and creative being in her own right who, rather than change to the dictates of oppressivesociety, became a defining part of a changing one. Fabulous!" Charlotte Rodgers, author of The Bloody Sacrifice.
"Wormwood Star is a superb effort on every level, incorporating impeccable research and very well observed view points with a flair for explaining abstruse concepts and ideas in a concise and succinct way. More to the point, it brought Cameron alive for me. This very well written, entertaining and exciting work deserves to be widely regarded as one of the best books of 2011!" Stephen Sennitt, author of The Infernal Texts: Nox and Liber Koth.
"Spencer Kansa brings to life the countless cabals and social occasions which Cameron enjoyed to the hilt. He might as well have been there when it all happened too, so authoritative is his knowledge and feel for the sometimes penniless world of the practicing magician."Joe Ambrose, Outside Left.com
"A groundbreaking biography....that signals a big step towards Cameron’slong overdue recognition." Marc Olmsted, The Beat Review.
"Wormwood Star is a little gem. I respect the author for stepping way beyond the mainstream to go in search of Cameron." Nina Antonia, author of Johnny Thunders - In Cold Blood.
"Wormwood Star is a pulsating account of a vibrant individual. Someone who lived her life in a magickal way and whose legendary position in occult annals has been skillfully captured and shared in this well-researched bio."
-- Spirituality Today.
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In the meager writings by and about Jack Parsons Cameron was elevated somewhat to celebrity by osmosis, being that she was Parsons' 'scarlet woman' for a bit.
When Parsons died tragically in an explosion Cameron was not heard from again, by me anyway, and I yearned to learn about her life after Parsons.
This startlingly good bio from Spencer Kansa has put put Cameron back into the public eye.
I imagine that it's a daunting task to write a bio of a woman as mysterious as Cameron.
Since so little was written about her there is no chance of doing a hack job, a book that is a mere rewriting of other books and newspaper items.
Writing about Marjorie Cameron's life would take research and Spencer Kansa did just that, and then some.
Just the right amount of time is spent on Cameron's interesting childhood and early adulthood which led to her meeting Parsons and taking part in the occult rituals that he was performing in 1940s California. It was also interesting to learn that Cameron also did a stint in the military during WW2.
After Parson's death the life that Cameron led was astounding from her early beatnik days of living alone in a remote shack, to her time in the art scene of 50s California, her continual dabbling in the occult and her unsuccesful trip to Europe to meet Crowley. He died before she got there.
Through all her changes Cameron stayed true to her art and painted extremely interesting and frightening works, many of which she destroyed for reasons of her own. All data that I was totally unaware of before reading this book.
Falling in with film director Kenneth Anger Cameron starred in some of his works and stole the show as she did in the Curtis Harrington film 'Night Tide', with Dennis Hopper.
The book shows how effortlessly Cameron moved from the beatnik era to the hippie era, like a female Neal Cassady.
Check out the photos of a young tough chick Cameron, red hair up, ciggie in hand, with Parsons in the 40s. Then check out her mid life photos in long hair and hippie garb and in later life, grey hair down to her shoulders and hugging a tree.
Never have I read a bio where the writing and the photos mirror each other as in this book and I have read a lot of bios.
Highly recommended for anybody interested in the life of a very interesting and exotic woman artist who lived by her own rules.
I read somewhere that a Herbert Huncke bio is in the works. I can only hope that Spencer Kansa is the author of that book.
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yet a hopeless romantic. Her talent was cosmic, yet she was full of flaws. She was also made of laughter and grief and irony and stories. Her creative source was boundless. She made art and magick and drama wherever she went. She was also a woman of the earth and of family.
This book does a good job revealing her history and her mystery via all the people she touched. The source of her Vision was her own. All the men in her life helped her become who she was. And what she created. This book is a work of love and devotion. It is good to not sensationalize Cameron, but to try and understand her journey. Sometimes this book rides in the middle of those 2 poles, but it is certainly worth reading.