New and Forthcoming Titles – June 18

New Fiction

Immanion Press is releasing two fiction titles this month. ‘Mythumbra’ is the fifth collection of short stories by Storm Constantine, gathering all of her uncollected works. The previous volumes were ‘Mythophidia’, ‘Mytholumina’, ‘Mythangelus’ and ‘Mythanimus’.  This new book collects stories from various magazines and anthologies published over the last couple of years. It also includes a previously unpublished piece, ‘Master of None’.

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‘Long Indeed Do We Live’ is set upon a desiccated, barren future earth, where life exists only in artificial domes. But the spirit of nature – perhaps vengeful – is persistent and can find its way through the cracks. ‘From the Cold Dark Sea’ is a Lovecraftian story of the peculiar inhabitants of a mansion, next to the ocean in Cornwall. A young woman goes there to restore a mysterious old book that seems to tell a weird history of creatures of the sea. The peculiar inhabitants of the nearby town might well have stepped from the pages. ‘A Winter Bewitchment’ spins an elegant tale of fantasy, exploring the mysteries of feminine allure. A countess, bored of her marriage, wants one last splendid fling, but it’s the witchcraft of her young companion which enables this, and the results are unpredictable. ‘The Saint’s Well’ is a tale of the unseen in the landscape and how ancient beliefs persist in hidden corners of the countryside. An agent of the Vatican investigates the alleged manifestation of a saint in a small Welsh village in the 1950s. Is this down purely to the imagination of a child, or something more – and of much earlier times. These are but tasters for the tales within this collection, which presents Storm Constantine at her story-telling best. Includes black and white illustrations by the author and Danielle Lainton. Cover by Danielle Lainton.

Contents:

The Drake Lords of Kyla, Long Indeed Do We Live, A Winter Bewitchment, The Saint’s Well, At the Sign of the Leering Angel, Master of None, In the Earth, From the Cold Dark Sea, In Exile, The Secret Gallery, The Foretelling.

Para Spectral is the fifth in the ‘Para’ series of anthologies, stories written by various writers within Storm Constantine’s Wraeththu Mythos. Each volume has had a theme for authors to play with, and the most recent book, subtitled ‘Hauntings of Wraeththu’ is essentially a collection of ghost stories – although with unusual twists. The tales have been written by regular contributors to the Mythos and we welcome a new author to the ranks in Zane Marc Gentis.

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Hara are by nature acutely psychic, able to perceive far more beyond physical senses that humans ever could. In a haunted spot – whatever its nature, if only a lingering sense of guilt or terror from a past conflict – hara are more susceptible to witness whatever might have remained hidden to the majority of human eyes.

What ghosts might haunt a Wraeththu har? Phantoms of the dead – whether humans, hara or something else? Perhaps they perceive ‘stone tape’ memories of the past that have soaked into buildings, fields and forests to replay ancient events at certain times? They might face chaotic entities that cause havoc, or manifestations from etheric realms, beings that leak into earthly reality from the otherlanes. They could even experience inner hauntings, where a har harbours secrets of which he’s never spoken that come to plague him. All these and more manifest in Para Spectral. Includes 7 b/w illustrations by Storm Constantine. Cover by Ruby.

Contents:

Introduction – Storm Constantine
The Wraeththu: A Brief Definition of Their Origin
Recalled to Life – Maria J. Leel
A Handful of Sea Coins – Nerine Dorman
The Museum – Amanda Kear
The Kinder Lie – Fiona Lane
The Hardest Hue to Hold – E. S. Wynn
The Ghost of Who I Was – Zane Marc Gentis
Winds of Vengeance – Martina Bellovičová,
The Strangest Ghost of Apaley – Christiane Gertz,
The Emptiness Next Door – Storm Constantine,
Alas, What is Done in Youth – Wendy Darling

Future Fiction Releases

We’ve had inquiries about future Wraeththu Mythos novels. So, to answer readers’ questions: ‘Last Ride to Lyonis’ by Maria J. Leel is currently being written – we aim to bring this book out in early 2019. As for ‘Rosa Mundi’ by Kris Dotto – a book that has become almost legendary among Wraeththu enthusiasts – the author has not been able to complete the book. If we get any further news about this title it will appear on our blog or on our Facebook page. E. S. Wynn’s ‘Voices of the Silicon Beyond’, the concluding volume in his ‘Gold Country’ Wraeththu Mythos series will be published in August.

The final volume of the new editions of Tanith Lee’s ‘Blood Opera Sequence’ – ‘Darkness I’ – will be published in July with cover art by John Kaiine, 7 interior illustrations by Freda Warrington and an introduction by Sarah Singleton. John Kaiine has also asked us to bring out a new edition of Tanith’s novel ‘Vivia’, which we aim to publish in the last quarter of 2018.

Non-Fiction News

The Heart of the Elders: Good Elders and Their Influences’, by Lillith ThreeFeathers and Joy Marie Wedmedyk, will be published early this summer. The authors share astounding real-life experiences, magical blessings, and spiritual connections that prove the importance of Elders in Paganism. They provide essential advice to students and Elders on dedication, patience, accountability, being present for the experience, and using personal failure as a stepping stone. Building upon decades of unique personal experiences, they offer a practical guide to navigating respectful relationships across spiritual traditions. They include insights from interviews with more than thirty active Pagans/Neopagans, including noted teachers, writers, and Elders. No other book deals with the particular challenges of identifying Elders, their roles in our culture, and their impact on those they guide. The information gathered by the authors offers an adventure that will support your own personal path.

We’ve recently begun to work with author Simon Court on ‘The Inner Ways of Magic’ a four-volume series of books on path-working and visualisation. The series presents a complete manual of magic in the Western Esoteric Tradition, but focusing entirely with “inner” work, exercises using the imagination – also known as pathworking, the term used within the Tradition for vivid fantasy journeys. The first volume in the series ‘Paths of Earth and Moon’ will be released in the autumn and the subsequent titles will be published every 6 months.

Cornelia Benavidez’s new book ‘Transpiration: Poetry and Storytelling’ will also be published later this year. The first part of the book covers the author’s extremely interesting life growing up, and how her spiritual path developed. This is followed by her visionary and magical poetry. In the author’s own words from the introduction:

“All people wish and endeavour to be understood and to test boundaries for themselves. We desire to test and affirm what is true, for life is full of theories, possibilities and mysteries.  Storytellers, poets, scientists and adventurers all mine for their own kind of gold and, when they find it, their triumph is in not just the eureka of the find but the joy of sharing the journey as well as the discovery. In sharing with others, we are not just entertaining one another but teaching others of the joys and perils of the quest, be they internal or external. Perhaps one reason we have the drive to quest so bravely is to satisfy our hope of the other realities and possibilities available to us in life and beyond.  In this work are some of the highlights of my journey, what I have experienced and learned that has shaped my creativity and spiritual leanings. I hope that my journey from child to now makes you smile and encourages you to love in the face of our complex human existence and, most of all, teases your heart to write and speak of your own journey of experience and discovery.”

An as yet untitled book on dark goddesses, including pathworkings to visit these intriguing and sometimes almost forgotten deities, is still being written. It will include contributions from Caroline Wise, Andrew Collins and Storm Constantine, among others. More news when the project is further under way.

 

 

 

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Forthcoming Titles News for April 2018

Forthcoming Book News

We have two new titles for April 2018, which will be published on April 24.

For the fiction list we have ‘Venus Burning: Realms. The Collected Short Stories from ‘Realms of Fantasy’ by Tanith Lee. This volume collects, for the first time, all the stories Tanith wrote for this seminal US genre magazine and includes a Preface by the magazine’s founder and editor, Shawna McCarthy, who was a close friend of Tanith’s. There’s also an introduction by Jeremy Brett, who’s the curator for the SF/Fantasy Archives at the Cushing Memorial Archive and Library in Texas. The Cushing Memorial has been very helpful to us over the past few years, providing scans of Tanith’s rarer stories for the collections of hers we’ve published.

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The stories in this collection are among her best work, in which Tanith takes myth and fairy tale tropes and turns them on their heads. You might find fantasy swordsmen (Woman in Scarlet), vampires (Israbel), werewolves (Moonblind), dragons (The Children of his Old Age), ghostly dolls (Doll Skulls) and tales reminiscent of the Arabian Nights (I Bring You Forever), but these are nothing like stories of those genres you’ve read before. Lush and lyrical, deep and literary, Tanith Lee created fresh poignant tales from familiar archetypes. This book also includes three previously uncollected stories from her Flat Earth mythos.

“We published fifteen of Tanith Lee’s brilliant works. All of those wonderful, mystical, gorgeous, glorious stories are in this volume, and I’m so glad that Immanion Press is sharing them with new (and old) readers.”

Shawna McCarthy – founder and editor of ‘Realms of Fantasy’

Table of Contents:

Preface by Shawna McCarthy; Beauty, Darkness and Sensuality: The Magic of Tanith Lee’s Writing: An introduction by Jeremy Brett

The Story Told by Smoke (From the Journals of St. Strange); Doll Skulls (a Paradis novelette); Death Loves Me; Old Flame (From the Journals of St. Strange); The Lady-Of-Shalott House; I Bring You Forever; The Woman in Scarlet; The Children of His Old Age; The Man Who Stole the Moon (A Story of the Flat Earth); Moonblind; Israbel; Stalking the Leopard; En Forêt Noire; The Snake (A Story of the Flat Earth); Our Lady of Scarlet (A Story of The Flat Earth)

 For the non-fiction list, Megalithica Books, we’re publishing ‘Zodiac of the Gods’ by Eden Crane.

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The Dendera Zodiac, an elaborate bas-relief sculpted on a twelve-inch stone disc, was found on the ceiling of a chapel in the Temple of Hathor at Dendera in central Egypt. This artefact revealed how the twelve months of the Ancient Egyptian year were presided over by a particular god, goddess or mythical creature – creating a system of ‘natal signs’ similar to western astrology. This book presents a new interpretation of the Dendera Zodiac, exploring character analysis for each sign, revealing your relationship with the god or goddess who presides over your month of birth.

Zodiac of the Gods also offers a primer for Egyptian magic, focusing upon the deities of the year. The vivid pathworkings enable you to connect with these ancient gods and goddesses, and work with their energy to influence and improve your life, to help you realise your goals and desires.

When you engage in ritual, you put your intentions out into the universe, connecting with the source of all, whatever you believe that to be. Within this book, the gods and goddesses are imagined as different masks for the universal life energy, so that you can relate to it more meaningfully and visualise it easily.  Understand what the ancient divine forms represent, learn about their symbols and meaning, and how these aspects are mirrored within you, and you’ll come to know more about yourself.

Should you want to receive a review PDF of either of these titles, or interview the author of Zodiac of the Gods, please mail Storm at editorial(at)immanion-press(dot)com

 

 

New Titles for December 2017

Immanion Press is holding a launch event on December 7th in Stafford UK to celebrate the publication of six titles.

Two of the new releases are hardback limited Collectors’ Editions of the Grimoire Dehara series – Book Three Nahir Nuri, which Storm Constantine co-wrote with Taylor Ellwood, and also a reissue of the hardback of the first volume Kaimana, which came out in 2005. While the first volume’s text hasn’t been expanded or changed, (other than a few errors corrected), it does include several extra illustrations from artist Ruby, and one by the late Billie Walker-John, who did quite a few Wraeththu Mythos illustrations back in the 90s.

The new Grimoire Dehara book is also being released in paperback at the same time.

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On the fiction side, we have ‘Dark Dance’ by Tanith Lee, the first in her Blood Opera Sequence, (long out of print), featuring an introduction and interior illustrations by Storm Constantine. The second volume, ‘Personal Darkness’ will be released in early 2018, and will feature an introduction and interior illustrations by Freda Warrington. The third book in the series, ‘Darkness, I’, will be published one to two months after the second volume, and will feature an introduction by Sarah Singleton. All three books will have cover art by John Kaiine. The ‘Blood Opera Sequence’ is Tanith’s unique and baroque exploration of the vampire myth.

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‘The Darkest Midnight in December: Ghost Stories for the Winter Season’ features a cover by Danielle Lainton and stories by J. E. Bryant, Storm Constantine, Louise Coquio, Wendy Darling, Nerine Dorman, Rosie Garland, Jessica Gilling, Suzanne Gyseman, Misha Herwin, Rick Hudson, Rhys Hughes, Hannah Kate, Fiona Lane, Fiona McGavin and Adele Marie Park. With seven illustrations by Storm Constantine and Wendy Darling.

The ghost story is a Christmas tradition; shadows looming over the brightly-lit tree in a room where logs crackle in the hearth, and the smell of spice and brandy fill the air. Outside the weather is chill; perhaps snow is falling. The house is far from town – lights twinkle in the distance. And over the festive season, as people gather to celebrate and welcome in the New Year, eerie breath might be heard in a dark corridor, hurrying footsteps overhead, a sigh in the depths of a stairwell. When all are supposed to be happy and secure, the intrusion of fear, grief or sadness are alien, and yet bizarrely integral to a time of celebration whose roots lie in ancient, pagan festivals. What stirs in the darkness?

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Now that humankind is on the edge of extinction and the androgynous Wraeththu have inherited the earth, hara have developed their own spiritual systems, often based upon ancient beliefs that developed when humanity had been closer to the earth.

For Songs to Earth and Sky, Storm Constantine invited some of the Wraeththu Mythos writers to explore the eight seasonal festivals of the year, (plus the ninth minor celebration in early December), to dream up new beliefs and customs, new myths, new dehara – the gods of Wraeththu. These stories delve into magic, nature, the supernatural, and local folklore. As different communities develop among Wraeththu, so fresh legends spring up – or else ghosts from the inception of their kind come back to haunt them. From the silent, snow-heavy forests of Megalithican mountains, through the lush summer fields of Alba Sulh, into the hot, shimmering continent of Olathe, Songs to Earth and Sky explores nine festivals within the Wheel of the Year, bringing its powerful spirits and landscapes to vivid life.

Nine brand new tales, including a novella, a novelette and a short story from Storm herself, and stories from Wendy Darling, Nerine Dorman, Suzanne Gabriel, Fiona Lane and E. S. Wynn. The Deharan system of magic explored in these stories reinvents the Pagan Wheel of the Year with an androgynous focus, and will be fascinating both to fans of the Mythos and those who are new to it.

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Review PDFs of any of these titles can be obtained by mailing editorial(at)immanion-press(dot) com. More details can be found on our web site www.immanion-press.com

New Fiction Title

Phil Emery’s new ebook ‘Echoes Out of Abaddon: Nine Gothi Monologues’ is now available through all branches of Amazon.

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An e-chapbook collection of nine gothic monologues and one bonus duologue. Includes:

‘Fourth Wall’: an actor on stage realizes the true horror of his situation…

‘Identity Crisis’: once admired by Ian McMillan on Radio Three’s arts programme ‘The Verb’, a mild-mannered accountant moonlights as a grim crusader for justice…

‘Twilight Shifts’: a robotic toll booth demands a gory fee for passage, and in its companion piece ‘After Twilight’ the urban belief tale is given an equally strange and bloody makeover…

Other ‘echoes’ include an aggrieved car owner remonstrating with Godzilla, a writer traumatized by the technological implications of the traditional rejection slip, and a young woman discovering the horrific secret behind her nightmares of past lives. And in the bonus duologue, a private eye in Downtown Postholocaust encounters some homicidal guys-in-black.

Also included is a new version of Phil Emery’s eerie Radio Four Extra monologue ‘ID’ and an introduction by the play’s producer.

 

Family Coven: Birthing Hereditary Witchcraft now Available

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After the solitary practice of Wicca comes the legacy creation of Family Coven: Birthing Hereditary Witchcraft. Packed full of practice and magical insight, this book provides tangible ways for practitioners to construct their own hereditary legacy of witchcraft and how to preserve that legacy for generations to come.

Crabtree takes the standard Wiccan techniques and crafts them expertly together, from a familial stand point that is inclusive and rich. Simple rituals designed by the author, and used by her family and many others, bring a fresh and intuitive perspective to family practice rarely found in books on Wicca. Crabtree draws directly from her own far-reaching experiences, demonstrating how anyone can have a familial spirituality that is inclusive and leaves the pain of indoctrination far behind.

For every mother priestess or father priest who wanted to craft a spiritual practice for their family, or for any person wondering what their spiritual legacy might look like, Family Coven: Birthing Hereditary Witchcraft is the road map to finding that practice and crafting that view.

You can order copies on our site.

The Pop Culture Grimoire has been re-released

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The Pop Culture Grimoire (originally published in 2008) has just been re-released in print. We are also still looking for submissions for The Pop Culture Grimoire 2.0.

The Pop Culture Grimoire features essays on how to integrate popular culture into your magical practice and gives you access to creative applications that you can use to inspire your own exploration and experimentation. With essays by notable magicians Lisa McSherry, Lupa, Patrick Dunn, Bill Whitcomb and many more, The Pop Culture Grimoire offers a variety of perspectives on how to make pop culture magic work in your life. In the book you will learn how to:

Use your Ipod to create a music based Tarot reading
Create a pop culture music theme list that you can use for magical rituals
Build your own pop culture toolkit
Use World or Warcraft or other online games in magical rituals
And much much more…

Now on Kindle: Turquoiselle and Para Kindred

Now on Kindle: Turquoiselle and Para Kindred

Two Immanion Press titles newly available on Amazon Kindle:

Turquoiselle
by Tanith Lee
Amazon US Kindle | Amazon UK Kindle | IP Book Listing 

Para Kindred: Enigmas of Wraeththu
Edited by Storm Constantine and Wendy Darling
Amazon US Kindle | Amazon UK Kindle | IP Book Listing 

Both books are also available in trade paperback edition.