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AscendantI mentioned, a little over a month ago, the imminent release of a new anthology of essays on theology written from a polytheist perspective. It's now available in both print and ebook formats, and can be ordered here. Here's a glimpse at the contents: 

Introduction: Theology: What It Is, Why We Need It by Michael Hardy 
From the Desk of the Editor-in-Chief by Rebecca Buchanan
Why Theology? by Wayne Keysor
Approaching Theology Through the Divine Individual by Brandon Hensley
The One and the Many: An Essay on Pagan Neoplatonism by John Michael Greer 
Two Models of Polytheism by Edward P. Butler
You Can’t Offend the Gods by Patrick Dunn
The Hellenic Gods and the Polis by Gwendolyn Reece 
Of Lying Gods and True Religion by Wayne Keysor
Moral Humans and the Immoral Gods: An Examination of the Problem of Divine Evil in Contemporary Paganism by Wayne Keysor

That is to say, a fine robust banquet of essays on the gods and their relations to us and to the rest of the world. There's going to be a second volume, too, as this first collection has attracted plenty of interest and enthusiasm. Stay tuned! 

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The Conspiracy Bool Another podcast interview with JMG, this time on Jim Harold's Conspiracy Corner podcast. The theme, of course, is the history of secret societies, with reference to JMG's new book The Conspiracy Book. You can listen to it online here











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ChorazinI'm delighted to announce that the third volume of The Weird of Hali, my epic fantasy with tentacles, is now available for preorder here. Here's the back cover blurb...

Something Sleeps Within The Hill...
 
A last desperate hope brings Justin Martense to the little town of Dunwich in the Massachusetts hills. Justin’s family lies under an ancient curse brought down on them by an ancestor’s terrible deed. Once in each generation, one of the descendants of Gerrit Martense is summoned in dreams to Elk Hill, near the town of Chorazin in western New York, never to return. Now Justin has received the summons; a cryptic message from Nyarlathotep, the messenger of the Great Old Ones, sends him to Owen Merrill, who might be able to solve the riddle of the Martense curse soon enough to save Justin’s life.
As the two of them travel to Chorazin and begin to trace tangled clues reaching deep into the region’s colonial past, strange forces gather, and so do the enemies of the Great Old Ones. Far below the brooding stone circle that crowns Elk Hill, one of the forgotten powers of the ancient world turns in restless sleep—and before they can unravel the secret of Chorazin, Owen and Justin will have to face archaic sorceries, monstrous beings, and the supreme nightmare chronicled centuries before in Ludvig Prinn’s The Mysteries of the Worm...
 
I'm very pleased with the way this one turned out. On to final revisions on the fourth book -- The Weird of Hali: Dreamlands...
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The Conspiracy BookThose of my readers interested in secret societies, or looking for a gift for someone who likes odd corners of history, may want to know about a new book of mine, just out from Sterling Publishing. The Conspiracy Book is a history of secret societies in the Western world, told in a hundred historical vignettes. It's a quick read, not to mention a gorgeously illustrated hardback with the kind of attractive cover you don't get often these days -- if you've seen my earlier Sterling title The Occult Book, this is the same sort of thing. Sterling is Barnes and Noble's house publisher, you can order copies here, or pick one up at your local B&N if you've got one -- but don't tell anyone that you've read it. ;-)
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Bruno bookI just got my author's copies of the new Azoth Press edition of my translation of Giordano Bruno's De Umbris Idearum -- that's On the Shadows of the Ideas in English. 

Oh my. 

It's a gorgeous piece of work: printed in black and red on archival acid-free paper, with elegant layout, and fully illustrated with Bruno's own diagrams and a set of magical images; attractively and sturdily bound. The magical images, by the way, were selected by me and executed by a gifted artist, Alex McVey; they were chosen to have specific talismanic effects -- bringing happiness, wisdom, and prosperity to anyone who owns the book. (If someone's going to do me the favor of buying one of my books, I'm going to do them a favor where I can..)

The translation -- well, I've tried to make it as clean and readable as possible, scholarly without being academic; there's an extensive introduction, an abundance of footnotes, a final essay explaining how to put Bruno's methods into practice, and a glossary of terms. Bruno's not easy to follow even at the best of times, but I've done my best to help those who want to master the most advanced Art of Memory of the Renaissance era. I hope it finds its appropriate audience.
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And another one! This isn't exactly new, but the first volume of my seven-volume epic fantasy with tentacles, The Weird of Hali, has just become available in trade paperback format, after more than a year in fine hardback:



It's currently available on Amazon here, and will be on its way through the usual distribution channels shortly. I'm delighted, to say the least.

Meanwhile book 5, The Weird of Hali: Providence, is in final edits, and book 6, The Weird of Hali: Hyperborea, is 90% finished in draft. The saga slithers rugosely to its conclusion... ;-)
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...and another book of mine hits the shelves. I know, they're coming fast and thick just now.



This anthology contains all the short fiction from my former blog The Archdruid Report -- the three midwinter tales from 2006, "Adam's Story" from 2007, and all the rest of it, except for Retrotopia and Star's Reach (which of course have been published in book form already). I'm very pleased with the collection; it includes some of my best writing, and now that The Archdruid Report is going away, this is where you can read these stories should you want to do so. Copies can be ordered from the publisher here.
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Another new book of mine, and one I'm particularly pleased to see in print!



The Weird of Hali: Kingsport is the second novel in my epic-fantasy-with-tentacles heptalogy, The Weird of Hali, which takes H.P. Lovecraft's fiction and stands it on its head. Those tentacled horrors and sinister multiracial cultists? Yeah, they were the good guys all along: the old gods of nature and their worshippers, slapped with the usual blood libels by the cultural mainstream.

Each volume is written as a standalone novel and can be read independently of the others. The viewpoint character in this one is Jenny Parrish, whom readers of the first novel, The Weird of Hali: Innsmouth, will remember as one of Owen Merrill's housemates. She's finishing up a postgraduate year at Miskatonic University in Arkham, Massachusetts, prior to beginning grad school there. A letter invites her to spend the winter holidays with her relatives in Kingsport, ten miles away on the coast, whom she's never met; there's a certain ancient festival held there once each century, this is the year, and Jenny's invited...

Lovecraft fans will already know that his story The Festival provided a chunk of the raw material, and may suspect -- accurately, as it happens -- that the Terrible Old Man puts in an appearance. (He'll be a major character in the sixth book, The Weird of Hali: Hyperborea.) Robert Chambers' The King in Yellow and Arthur Machen's The White People also contribute their quota, as do the stories of Clark Ashton Smith. That said, it's not just a pastiche; this is my own quirky vision decked out in borrowed finery, and I hope my readers will have as much fun reading it as I had writing it.

BTW, this is the fine edition; the ultra-super-duper-fine edition, traycased and bound in shantak hide, will be out a bit later, and the ordinary trade paper edition is at least six months out, maybe more. The trade paper edition of The Weird of Hali: Innsmouth is now in preparation and I hope to be able to announce it shortly.
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Yet another book of mine to delight the hearts of fans of the Druid Revival...





I've heard the Coelbren described as "Welsh runes," and yes, they look kind of runic. They were invented by Iolo Morganwg -- yes, I also just heard the sudden gasp from the more doctrinaire end of the Celtic Reconstructionist scene -- and used for a while by Welsh bards before the Gorsedd movement succumbed to creeping respectability. A chance discovery on my part -- a reference to a medieval Welsh grammar, the Dosparth Edeyrn Dafod Aur, translated, annotated, and published by Iolo's disciple John Williams ab Ithel in 1856 -- led me to what is apparently the only surviving source on the symbolism and meanings of the Coelbren alphabet, and the result is this book. Divination, symbolism, meditation, scrying -- yep, it's all there. You can order a copy from the publisher here.

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