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Delightful & Interesting,
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This review is from: The Drug and Other Stories (Tales of Mystery & The Supernatural) (Paperback)
This is an excellent collection of Crowley's short stories. His mastery of English is awesome, as are his wit and humour. If you enjoy the stories of E.A. Poe or E. T. A. Hoffmann, then you will enjoy most of the stories here. Most of the stories involve Crowley's beliefs in some way or other, but even if you are not a Thelemite, they are good and enjoyable, you just won't appreciate the deeper meaning hidden within. As Crowley does not blatantly force his philosophy upon the reader, this book can indeed be enjoyed by non-Thelemites. If, however, you happen to be a Thelemite, then this is a must buy: his explanations on matters Occult are simply brilliant and are a welcome addition to his technical writings which many of these stories elucidate. Mind-blowing too, his prose depictions of the Qabalah, his past incarnations, etc.
Crowley was predominantley an Occultist, not a story-teller, and this shows. Nonetheless, his skill is of a high standard, and given the price of the book, this is well worth it.