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:

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

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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.

Strindberg’s Ghost Sonata by Tanith Lee

Tanith Lee wrote hundreds of short stories, not only for big, prestigious anthologies and magazines, but for small press publications that might not have reached so wide an audience. Many of these stories have remained uncollected, unseen by the majority of Tanith’s avid readers. Immanion Press will be releasing three collections in 2019, featuring these rare gems of literature.

The first, ‘Strindberg’s Ghost Sonata and Other Uncollected Tales’ came out this month.  The stories included are: Strindberg’s Ghost Sonata, Among the Leaves so Green, Ceres Passing, Cold Spell, Felidis, Goldenhair, Last Drink Bird Head, Herowhine, In the Balance, The Origin of Snow, The Pain of Glass, Question a Stone, A Tower of Arkrondurl, Two Lions, a Witch and the War-Robe, The Woman, Persian Eyes, The Three Brides of Hamid-Dar, Beauty is the Beast, Elvenbrood, and a story that has never been published before – The Iron City. Cover art is by John Kaiine.

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Review PDFs of the book are available upon request by mailing editorial(at)immanion-press(dot)com

Review of Skin Spirits by Facing North

Re-posted from: http://facingnorth.net/Animals/-Totems/skin-spirits.html

Even casual readers of this blog should understand that Lupa is a friend of mine.  But don’t let that make you think that this means I am going to slant this review in her favor. Having said that, this is an excellent book.

I took my time reading this work.  It is dense, filled with information and should be a must-read for anyone who decides to work with any kind of animal parts in their practice.  It has every relevant bit of information to keep you from getting in trouble either ethically, legally or magickally that I can think of.

See, there are a lot of laws, from the federal level right on down to the local city level, that govern the use of animal remains.  Those laws not only govern how they can be used, but if they can be shipped to a friend as a gift.  Simply sticking it in the mail can get you fined, something you may not want to deal with.  Lupa has assembled the regulations that you may have to deal with so you can reference things easily.  She also gives you tools to look up things in your local area to make sure you aren’t running afoul the local regs.

She goes into depth on how to clean a skin magickally to either work with the spirit inhabiting it or how to get rid of the spirit altogether.  The ethical section talks about using a skin if you don’t know where it came from, and how much trust you should put in a dealer of such items.  For example, what kind of consequences might there be to using a skin off the cat that was run over by a car. I can’t say enough that is good about this book.  If you are dealing with ANY kind of animal parts, you need this book.  If you work with animal parts in your ritual magick, you also really need to read this book, it could save you a lot of trial and error effort. This is normally the place where I talk about what is wrong with a book, but in this case I really can’t criticize this work.  While nothing is absolutely perfect, what this book attempts to do is to inform the reader about these topics.  In that, it achieves its goal.  Because of that achievement, and the fact that it is about as complete as it is possible to be, I can’t criticize it.

As such I give this book 5 stars of 5.  This is the highest rating I can give to a book, and this one certainly earned the rating.  Granted this book is of limited use to others. It is something that should be read by anyone who is either into shamanism, animal spirits or who is thinking of becoming so involved or uses any animal parts in ritual.

~Review by Erin

Storm’s Review of Pea Green Boat Magazine

A short while ago a magazine by the name of Pea Green Boat published their first edition called Uncanny featuring an interview with Tanith Lee (an author with Immanion Press). Storm’s review of this magazine is below as well as a download to the issue featuring the interview. 

Had a look at the online science fiction magazine Pea Green Boat: Uncanny, mainly because it has a (very good) interview with Tanith Lee in it. Tanith’s interview concerns in particular her novels that have embraced the concept of the Uncanny Valley – The Silver Metal Lover, Metallic Love and The Electric Forest.

PGS is an amazingly good quality publication. I was particularly impressed by the sheer amount of material, all of high standard.  This issue (Uncanny) focuses upon the aforementioned Uncanny Valley, which is summed up by a contributor to the short You Tube movie ‘The Uncanny Valley: HUNGRY BEAST’ as ‘the gap between seeing and believing’. It also concerns how we react to simulated humanity, and how this really takes us into the realm of the Uncanny, where not all is comfortable. Here’s a link to the film: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OzxBpz7Xjl0&feature=youtu.be

Definitely worth a watch, and extremely informative before you actually read the magazine!

PGS’s Uncanny issue explores this concept in depth, with oodles of fascinating snippets of information. Highly recommended.

PGB: Uncanny (Vernal-Equinox-2012)