Autumn/Winter Releases From Immanion Press

Autumn can be smelled in the air now, and the autumn equinox is only three weeks away. Time to announce our end of year publications.

September

We’ll be releasing a new fiction title in September – ‘The Company of Birds’ by Nerine Dorman. Reflecting the author’s fascination with birds, and owls in particular, this is a literary fantasy, with intriguing characters and a touch of grimdark in the plot. A beautifully rendered alternate world, where fire magic is outlawed, and political factions vie for power.

Cover Text:

“Sometimes a hero must burn all she holds dear.

Unrest brews in the city-state of Uitenbach, but its magi continue their work, even though the world outside the hallowed grounds of their academy seems to be tearing itself to pieces.

Newly divorced and still smarting from her philandering ex-husband’s rejection, Maga Liese ten Haven doesn’t want to draw attention to herself. When the mysterious Atroyan tribesman Malagai reveals to Liese that she is the heir to a forbidden magical legacy, she is thrust into a conspiracy that may foment a civil war. If she fails, her magic will consume her.

But what if the only way to right the wrongs her people have done to the Atroyan nation is to sacrifice everything?”

Book Details:
ISBN: 978-1-912815-03-6
P0154
Price: £12.99, $16.99, E15.99
368 pages

October

This month we’ll publish the next in our series of Tanith Lee rare story collections ‘A Wolf at the Door’.

Wolf at the Door Blog

Cover Text:

Tanith Lee, one of the world’s best writers of fantasy and horror, wrote hundreds of stories within her lifetime, spanning many genres. In this collection are thirteen tales, most of which only appeared in magazines or rare anthologies.

‘A wolf at the door’ implies hidden threat – until the door is open, we don’t really know what’s out there. It can also refer to misfortune, seen coming from a distance. And now the beast is upon you, scratching at the wood, its hot breath steaming on the step. Will you survive the encounter? Will the dawn save you – that good fortune you’ve longed for? The wolf might also be a metaphor for madness, another kind of predator that may creep towards a person unseen. Perhaps, once the door is opened, what you might have thought to be a threat turns out to be something else entirely. But of course, it can also be a werewolf…

Tanith enjoyed playing with genres and their tropes, and the stories in this collection range in mood and tone, from the light-hearted to the terrifying, the whimsical to the unsettling. A superb introduction to her work for the newcomer and a treasure trove for her enthusiasts.

With an introduction and illustrations by Storm Constantine and cover art by John Kaiine. Cover design by Danielle Lainton.

Contents: Huzdra, A Wolf at the Door, Venus Rising on Water, The Puma’s Daughter, The Return of Berenice, Sea Warg, Table Manners, The Werewolf, The Janfia Tree, Tiger I, Pinewood, Nightshade, Why Light?

Book Details:
ISBN: 978-1-912815-04-3
IP0155
296 pages
Price: £11.99 $15.99 E13.99

Also in October, Cornelia Benavidez’s next title ‘Petition for a Tomorrow: A Journey for Victor’ will be published. This follows on from her works ‘Victor H. Anderson: An American Shaman’, which explored the teachings and history of the creator of the Feri tradition, and ‘Transpiration’, a book of Cornelia’s poems that also included stories of her childhood and her discovery of alternative spirituality in 1970s San Francisco.

Petition for a Tomorrow’ tells the tale of Cornelia’s quest, as a young woman in 1986, to discover the spirits of Hawaii, which her mentor Victor intimated were a vital part of her spiritual growth. She and the friend who accompanied her to the mystical Islands had many adventures as they travelled around the sacred sites – a few of which were quite hair-raising! But Cornelia’s purpose was always to seek out the ancient gods of the Islands and ask for their help in preserving our world. The journey was filled with lessons and symbols, ending in a transforming experience at the mouth of a volcano.

A fascinating read, and a snapshot of an era, ‘Petition for a Tomorrow’ captures the spirit of emerging paganism in the world. Cover art by Peter Hollinghurst. (Cover art to be revealed soon.)

Book Details:
ISBN: 978-1-912241-12-5
MB0204
Price: £10.99, $13.99, E12.99
212 pages

December

Storm Constantine’s new novel will be released this month. ‘Breathe, my Shadow’ is a stand-alone Wraeththu mythos story set in the Almagabran town of Ferelithia. Wraeththu enthusiasts will know this place as a significant site in the history of Pellaz, who became Tigron of the Gelaming tribe. But that was decades ago. Now, it is the archetypal party destination, thronged with hedonistic tourists, vibrant with events and concerts. It seems nothing can touch its carefree atmosphere of celebration and indulgence. Even its local dehar, Kelosanya, is named for the madness of erotic desire. But Ferelithia wasn’t always a place of light and fun. It was built on blood sacrifice and the darkest of magics. Very few Ferelithians know exactly how their tribe wrested the town from the surviving humans in the area, and those who do know must keep the details secret. But the truth has a habit of rising from where it was buried.

The arrival in Ferelithia of a very strange har, who has a dark history of his own, sets events in motion. The Pale Ones begin to walk, and the mysterious Pard Witch begins to haunt the town and its inhabitants. His influence stretches far, touching the lives of four hara who were once in a Ferelithian band together. In far off Megalithica a rich and successful musician named Amorel is subjected to horrifying hallucinations. In Alba Sulh, the drummer Pharis finds his community threatened by a nebulous enemy that can only derive from his own past. Rue, Tigrina of Immanion, once a singer in the band, has unsettling encounters with a har who looks like somehar he knew a long time ago – and believed dead. Karn, the erstwhile guitarist, is now High Municiphar of Ferelithia – and he, of all of them, has the most secrets to control and contain. But until somehar can say for sure the threats derive from the past or from an unexpected current influence, they can’t protect themselves or their town. Whatever the consequences, a very dark history has to be faced.

The novel began life as a story in the ‘Para Spectral’ anthology, but Storm has taken it off in several different directions, with an additional cast of characters both old and new. She says:

‘When I wrote the (not so) short story, there was so much more I wanted to tell. I felt it simply finished at the end of a chapter rather than concluded the plot. This can often happen with my stories, and most often the urge to go further with them withers after a few weeks and I’m happy to leave them as they are. However, this one refused to lie down and do as it was told. Ferelithia fascinates me. It’s like the Ibiza of the Wraeththu world, but as with that island of hedonistic pleasure in our real world, Ferelithia has a mottled past, stretching back through history to the days of the ancient gods. (The captivating new documentary by Julien Temple about Ibiza’s history and culture was timely and inspirational, as I was able to watch it during the latter stages of writing the book.) ‘Breathe, my Shadow’ makes the characters face who and what they were. The past left them broken, and while some have recovered and made new lives for themselves others have not. So it isn’t simply a mystery, but a tale about atonement, recovery, forgiveness and acceptance. It is, however, still a ghost story.’

Cover art by Ruby. No cover yet, but here’s one of characters from the novel taken from the cover of Para Spectral.

Leupardra Web

We’ll also be releasing Bill Duvendack’s next book in December. ‘Psychic Protection’ follows on from his popular titles, ‘Vocal Magick’ and ‘Spirit Relations’.

Bill Duvendack new web

Cover text:

So, why another book on Psychic Protection? Hasn’t there been enough written on the subject? Yes, there has been a lot written about it over the years, but what sets Psychic Protection apart from the others is that it is practical and encompasses more than your usual protection techniques.

In addition to standard protection techniques such as specialized stones and herbs, you will find other more adaptable tools, and all of this information will be tempered with common sense. Beginning with the human body and the necessity of taking care of one’s self, Psychic Protection takes a comprehensive look at what you can do to protect yourself psychically speaking, and it is centered on sharing information that requires no particular tools. In addition to discussing the human body, a look at astral impressions, thoughtforms, and reading body language are included in this tome. The book itself is split into sections that correspond to the four classical elements of the Western Esoteric Tradition, and therefore time will be given to emotional and physical health as well as the more commonly known tools such as stones, oils, herbs, and certain rituals. For the novice or the experienced, this gives you what you need to protect yourself, even when you may not have your favorite tools on hand.

More details to follow for the December titles nearer to release dates.

 

Exciting News for Tanith Lee Fans

We have some exciting news we’d like to share. In December, we’ll be releasing a previously unpublished fiction work by Tanith Lee called ‘At the Court of the Crow’, which is something of a legend among core fans, because Tanith spoke about it, yet it never appeared in print.

John Kaiine has only recently asked if we’d like to publish this work, and because it needs nothing doing to it, save being scanned from a very clean manuscript and then copy edited, we thought a Yule release would be ideal for it. The truth is, we couldn’t wait to bring it out and didn’t want fans to have to wait too long for it either!

At the Court of the Crow’ was intended to be the start of a much longer novel, but Tanith only completed this first section, which stands alone perfectly well as a novella. This will probably be the last previously-unpublished longer work of Tanith’s her readers will ever see, so it’s very special. It’s beautifully written, and hauntingly strange, which makes the fact it was never completed even more poignant.

At the court of the crow web

John has provided some material from an interview Tanith did in 2011, which sheds light on this mysterious story.

Tanith Lee:

“[At the Court of the Crow] is an unfinished work which was offered here and there as an example of the finished novel I wanted to write. Responses were negative or strangely confused. No one bought the work. And so far I haven’t completed it. It is, this one, an (to me) interesting and weird project. A rural place, feeling somewhat 1900, but where stars crash on the ground by night. Something apocalyptic happened, it seems, some years before, and civilization ground to a halt. There is the House, and the Town, and the Plain between, where you must Never venture after dark for fear of the peculiar and lethal creatures that teem there. And then the Old Man turns up, gorgeous of voice, unholy and persuasive of character. To the lonely, obscure young woman (oh, her again!) trapped in the house, with her cruel and ridiculous relatives, does he represent a way out, or the way… to Hell? Or both.”

We hope all appetites are whetted for this rare, delicious work. Cover art by John Kaiine, design by Danielle Lainton. More details, such as precise release date and cover price, to follow soon.

New Titles for the Dog Days!

The Dog Days are now upon us, and for a few days at least the UK has sweltered in the kind of intense shimmering heat commonly associated with the heliacal rising of Sirius!

We will be releasing 3 new titles on 1st August, along with the ‘official launch’ of ‘The Green Stone’ by Graham Phillips and Martin Keatman. Although we released the book earlier in the year, the text has been slightly revised to correct a few errors. Graham also plans to promote the title, now that he has more time, following the release of his recent ‘Wisdom-Keepers of Stonehenge’.

Also released on 1st August is ‘Coming Forth by Day: A System of Khemetic Magic Book One’ by Storm Constantine – quite appropriate for the Dog Days, as this time of year was of prime significance in Ancient Egypt (or Khemet as it as known in the past), not only because of Sirius’s rising with the sun but because of the annual inundation of the Nile. Storm’s new magical system includes visualisations she created for her teaching workshops in Egyptian (Khemetic) Magic and also her correspondence course, as well as a wealth of fresh material formulated for the magical group she works with. This first book concentrates upon the Ennead, the ‘royal family’ of deities associated with Heliopolis, counting among them such celebrated gods and goddesses as Isis, Osiris, Set and Nut. Storm has written both a pathworking and a full ritual for each of the nine members of the Ennead, plus members of their extended family – Horus, (the son of Isis and Osiris), Serket, (the consort of Horus), the Sons of Horus, Anubis (the son of Osiris by Nephthys), Anput (consort of Anubis) and Kebechet (their daughter). Storm discusses the ethics of magic and how we can interpret ancient deities for our modern times. She also provides information on the magical purpose of each deity, what offerings you can give during ritual, and how to construct sacred space with an Ancient Egyptian theme. As with Storm’s best-selling ‘Sekhem Heka’ (Immanion Press 2008), which offered a new system of healing based upon the practices and deities of Ancient Egypt, ‘Coming Forth by Day’ presents vibrant workings, pertinent to our times, and a host of information and ideas, while remaining respectful of the origins of these ancient deities.

The book will be released in both paperback and eBook form. The printed book will contain extra illustrations by Storm herself, while both formats will include many pictures by Ruby and Danielle Lainton. The beautiful cover art is by Danielle Lainton.

The new publicity drive for ‘The Green Stone’ is to coincide with the build up to the Green Stone 40th Anniversary Convention on 26th/27th October, which will be held in Wolverhampton, UK. Click here for more details: Green Stone Convention. Immanion Press will be present at the event to sell books. Authors Andrew Collins, Graham Phillips, Storm Constantine, Richard Ward, Deborah Cartwright, and Caroline Wise will be on hand to sign copies of the books they worked on for Immanion Press: SHE: Primal Meetings with the Dark Goddess by Storm Constantine and Andrew Collins (with articles by Deborah Cartwright, Richard Ward and Caroline Wise); Zodiac of the Gods by Storm Constantine and Graham Phillips (writing as Eden Crane) and of course ‘The Green Stone’. We’ll be giving more details of this convention nearer to the time, but anyone wishing to secure a ticket may use the URL above to reach Andrew Collins’ web site, which gives all the information. Books will be subject to a discount for the event.

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We also have two new fiction titles out on 1st August.

‘Scatterstones’ by Fiona Lane is a Wraeththu Mythos novel. Fiona was fascinated by the idea of the Gimrah tribe in Jaddayoth, who had a minor role in Storm’s third Wraeththu book, ‘The Fulfilments of Fate and Desire’. Ideas inspired by this landscape developed into Fiona’s story of Hanu, a young eskev of the estemble (or horse farm) known as Scatterstones. He’s rather an outsider and feels more affinity for the horses he cares for than for other hara. When the foal Tezuk is born, Hanu feels very close to the horse, even though he proves to be intractable and wild – also an outsider among his kind. When tragedy hits Scatterstones, only Hanu knows the truth behind it and how a terrible threat hangs over his home. But nohar will believe him. He realises he must deal with this looming danger alone, with only the part-feral Tezuk to aid him. With an introduction by Storm Constantine, the book has cover art by Danielle Lainton featuring the landscape depicted in the story.

Our second August fiction title is ‘Love in a Time of Dragons’, Immanion Press’s latest collection of Tanith Lee’s rare and uncollected tales. ‘A time of dragons’ might conjure the image of a fantastical medieval world, with knights dark and light, clever sorcerers and witches, doomed kings and charmed innocents. Love might seem to be very much a part of such a world, where passions rage and honour fires the blood. But the truth is that dragons come in many guises, even into modern times. As does love. Even in Tanith Lee’s most fantastical fairy tale worlds and medieval fantasies, the beating heart within her stories reveal aspects of the human condition – its weaknesses and strengths, its passions, its yearning. In this volume of tales, most of which have not been collected before, the author takes up her sword to face the dragons – not to slay them, but to see their stories reflected in the blade. For be sure they each have one to tell… Contents: Love in a Time of Dragons; Uous; Age; Battle; The Champion; Exalted Hearts; King’s Mage; Saxon Flaxen; The War That Winter Is; After I killed Her; The Demoness; Northern Chess; Sun City; Three Days; The Mermaid

The book has an introduction by Craig Laurence Gidney (author of ‘Skin Deep Magic’ and ‘Sea, Swallow Me’). The cover art is by John Kaiine and its design by Danielle Lainton. Storm has created 8 black and white illustrations for the interior. These illustrations will not be in the eBook of the title.

The eBook versions of the books will be released in September.

Our summer book launch will be held this coming Thursday (1st August) at the appropriately-named The Dog House in Stafford. Details on Immanion Press Facebook Page. This event is co-hosted by Hart Magical Gifts. We will have copies of all our main titles at the event, and Storm and Graham will be on hand to sign their books.

The Dog House, Stafford

Hart Magical Gifts, Natural Healing

 

New Web Site Imminent

As well as redesigning our blog pages, (still ongoing), Danielle and Storm have been working hard on creating a new web site for Immanion Press/Megalithica Books. This has needed to be done for a long time, as we’ve not given the site a new look for over a decade.

Here are a couple of screen shots of the Home page:

home page

home page 2

And to give an idea of how we’ve revamped author and staff pages:

staff page 2

Staff page 1

To all our authors reading this: by all means send us new pictures and bios for the site, as a lot of the ones we have are quite old. In particular, we’ve noticed that many web site links no longer work, so updates will be appreciatively received. 🙂

We envisage the site to go live within the next couple of weeks. Once the web site is finished Storm and Danni will return to giving the Immanion Press blog a new look.