New Fiction Titles for June 2017

We’re pleased to announce two new fiction titles this month. First up is Storm Constantine’s ‘A Raven Bound with Lilies: Stories of the Wraeththu Mythos‘.

Wraeththu – a new species or the next step in the evolution of humankind? Androgynous, and stronger in mind and body than their human predecessors, Wraeththu rose from the ruins of human civilisation to start afresh. New custodians of a battered planet, they have a choice:  work and grow to become worthy custodians of the world, or succumb to the lingering humanity within them, and perish as their forerunners did. Naturally magical, often possessing unearthly beauty, and sometimes deadly, the Wraeththu have captivated readers since Storm Constantine’s first novel, The Enchantments of Flesh and Spirit, was published in 1988.

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Since then, the author has completed three trilogies, three novellas and numerous short stories. This anthology collects all her published Wraeththu stories into one volume, and also includes extra material, including the author’s first explorations of the androgynous race and their world, dating back to the late 1970s.

From the ‘creation story’ Paragenesis, through the bloody, brutal rise of the earliest Wraeththu tribes, when hara fought for control and power, (Pro Lucror), and on into a future where they have overcome their savage beginnings, and strange mutations are starting to emerge from hidden corners of the earth, (Painted Skin), the fifteen stories within this book explore different shades and colours of the Wraeththu world.

With sumptuous illustrations by official Wraeththu artist Ruby, as well as pictures from Danielle Lainton and the author herself, A Raven Bound with Lilies is a must for any Wraeththu enthusiast, and is also a comprehensive introduction to the mythos for those who are new to it.

The second new titles is from Rhys Hughes, a prolific creator of strange and wonderful short stories. Salty Kiss Island collects for the first time Rhys’s fantastical love stories.

What is a fantastical love story? It isn’t quite the same as an ordinary love story. The events that take place are stranger, more extreme, full of the passion of originality, invention and magic, as well as an intensification of emotional love. Also, the voice that tells them has rather a different tone to a conventional romantic narrator.

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The stories in Salty Kiss Island are set in this world and others, spanning the spectrum of possible and impossible experiences, the uncharted territories of yearning, the depths and shoals of the heart, mind and soul. They are adventure yarns, whimsies and comedies, tragedies and paradoxes. They are melancholy, gleeful, philosophic or mystical. A love of language runs through them, parallel to the love that motivates their characters to feats of preposterous heroism, luminous lunacy and grandiose gesture. They include tales of minstrels and their catastrophic serenades, dreamers sinking into sequences of ever-deeper dreams, goddesses and mermaids, sailors and devils, messages in bottles that can think and speak but never be read, shadows with an independent life and voyagers of distant galaxies who are already at their destinations before they arrive.

The authors of these books are available for interview, as well as guest posts on blogs, and review PDF copies can be applied for by mailing info(at)immanion-press(dot)com.

Testimonials and more about Goddess 2.0

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Goddess 2.0: A New Path Forward, edited by Karen Tate has been getting a lot of testimonials and reviews.

Here’s a link to a new review of the anthology on Suep.

Here’s a link to a review on Druid life.

Here’s a link to a review on Mystic Living Today.

Here’s a review by Author Laura Perry.

And a review on Kindred spirits.

Here’s what Karen Tate, the editor has to say about why she created the anthology:

You are not alone if you believe domination and authoritarian patriarchy are destroying countless lives and our planet. There is a more sustainable alternative and it’s not new. In fact it’s ancient. Exiled for a time, but making a return, the Sacred Feminine has become indelibly integrated into our lives, reminding humanity during this time of crisis that the ideals of the Great She offer a pathway to secure a more sustainable future. As people lose faith in organized religion, as the paradigm of power shifts across the globe, as climate change quickly approaches a point of no return, people are leading using their divine intelligence gleaned from Goddess teachings to find solutions and sanctuary. They’re listening to their consciences, heart wisdom, and intuition to manifest a new normal. They’re practicing partnership, generosity, and compassion to establish a new way of being. They’re tapping into their empathy and morality as they hit the reset button. We are witnessing this awakening across the globe as people from all walks of life and cultures turn to Goddess, deity, archetype and ideal, to evolve from the malignant chaos we face today. Using the wisdom and activism suggested in Goddess 2.0; Advancing a New Path Forward, we see through the lens of spiritual, cultural and political leaders, old and new, male and female. They share the many ways Goddess Spirituality has grown and matured in the minds of Her advocates to inspire the birth of a new world and usher in a time of security, peace, joy, equality and prosperity for all.

What am I talking about you might ask?  Sacred Feminine ideals are the new liberation thealogy.  Here’s what I mean.

There is no doubt people all over feel under siege considering the domination under which we are attempting to live.  Here in the United States, predator capitalism, globalization and bad trade deals for labor resulted in good paying jobs being shipped overseas where corporations could pay workers slave wages, leaving Americans with few options for decent paying jobs.  People now work longer hours for lower wages than they brought home decades ago, with many living on credit cards to make ends meet.  The elderly suffer little dignity in their retirement while the poor and disabled have slim opportunities or economic security as our tax dollars never seem invested in their quality of life.  The vast income disparity between the “haves” and the “have nots” grows every year as the latter witnesses the elites immune from accountability for their actions on the uneven playing field.  Bankers can destroy the economy and not go to jail while the average person might be incarcerated for a minor offense – but we have to keep those privatized prison cells full!  Both political parties have presided over the decimation of the middle class and the largest income disparity in our country’s history.  The American Dream is all but dead as the poor and middle class are relegated to little more than cannon fodder or consumer status, both fulfilling their roles keeping our corporate masters rich and their greed satiated.

Climate change threatens our security and the health of Mother Earth, our only home, but we ignore the warning signs because it affects the bottom line.  The bees are still dying while our acidic oceans face potential mass extinction but corporations are people now, so says the Supreme Court of the United States, and with their immense profits, they are legally buying democracy, leaving the 99% with little to no representation in government.  Fracking is being sold across the globe with seeming little regard for the poisoning of our ground water by multi-national corporations, or the growing concern it might be contributing to earthquakes, not to mention the collapse of property values of homeowners as they can set fire to the water from their kitchen faucets.

Failed, yet not abandoned, “trickle-down” economic ideologies and austerity budgets can be blamed for our dangerous crumbling infrastructure, hardly limited to the now-famous lead poisoning of poor children and adults living in Flint, Michigan.  Journalism, as the Fourth Estate, or fourth branch of government, protecting democracy, is dead, but not unbiased.  Voting irregularities left many people in the United States feeling they must petition the United Nations to monitor our elections during the Hillary Clinton vs. Bernie Sanders presidential campaign.  With corporate interests the priority,  “news readers” on the nightly news perpetuate the fear-mongering or divide and conquer strategy, allowing racism and bigotry to fester, and the wrong people targeted as the blame for the chaos, fear and escalating unease, all kept under control, of course, by the ever increasing militarization of our local police forces.

Let’s not forget, men still believe they have a religious mandate to control women’s sexual lives and what they can or cannot do with their bodies, all under the guise of their concern for women’s health and morality, while women in the 21st century have yet to receive social or economic parity in the developed world.

And the sad truth is, as the curator of this anthology, I do not think any of this is hyperbole.  I wish it were.  The good news is, there is an answer, and more and more people are catching on.

The Sacred Feminine, deity, archetype and/or ideal offers humanity solutions and sanctuary, from womb to tomb, from the boardroom and bedroom to the voting booth, as readers will discover within the pages of this book.  Exiled for a time, but making a return, the Sacred Feminine has become indelibly integrated into our lives, reminding humanity during this time of crisis that the ideals of the Great She offer a pathway to a secure and more sustainable future.  As people lose faith in organized religion and bastions of authority, as the paradigm of power shifts across the globe, people are leading from the grassroots, using their divine intelligence gleaned from Goddess teachings to find answers.  They’re listening to their consciences, heart wisdom and intuition to manifest a new normal.  They’re practicing partnership, generosity and compassion to establish a new way of being.  They’re tapping into their empathy and spiritual morality as they hit the reset button.  We are witnessing this awakening across the globe as people from all walks of life and cultures turn to the Feminine to evolve from the malignant chaos we face today.

Using the wisdom and activism suggested in Goddess 2.0; Advancing a New Path Forward, we see through the lens of spiritual, cultural and political leaders, old and new, male and female.  They share the many ways Goddess Spirituality has grown and matured in the minds of Her advocates to inspire the birth of a new world and usher in a time of security, peace, joy, equality and prosperity for all. Talking about everything from abortion and women’s health, to caring economics and new ways of seeing the Divine, everyone in this anthology offers a thread of the new tapestry for humanity’s future and we invite you to delve in, dig deep and find your sacred roar!

Meet the contributors:  Anne Baring, Starhawk, Carol P. Christ, Riane Eisler, Barbara G. Walker, Cristina Biaggi, Elizabeth and Robert Fisher, Shirley Ann Ranck, Bob Gratrix, Patricia ‘Iolana, Nancy Vedder-Shults, M. Isidora Forrest, Karen Tate, Amy “Amalya” Peck, Linda Iles, Andrew Gurevich, Charlotte L. Cressey, Delphine DeMore, Tabby Biddle, Trista Hendren, and Harita Meenee.

Here are some testimonials from readers who have enjoyed the Goddess 2.0 anthology.

“We women are often afraid to be thought of as pushy or bitchy if we assert ourselves willfully with the force of our passion. But the planet is in desperate need of our spiritual wisdom. The time couldn’t be more crucial. Starting here, starting now, we must claim our rightful duties as healers, as leaders, as visionaries. We have the whole world in our very capable hands. And here is the perfect hand book to get us going!”

– Donna Henes, author of The Queen of MY Self: Stepping into Sovereignty in Midlife

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I think the book you have put together with contributions from these most interesting and articulate women and men will be of great value to assist the emergence of a new culture…. and we should all be immensely grateful to you for the amount of work you have put into planning and organizing it.

Anne Baring, Author of The Dream of the Cosmos: a Quest for the Soul

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Goddess 2.0: Advancing a New Path Forward is a stirring cry for partnership, generosity, compassion and empathy, qualities the world so desperately needs.  It could not have come at a better time.

—  Sam Daley-Harris,  Founder of Center for Citizen Empowerment and Transformation and author, Reclaiming Our Democracy: Healing the Break between People and Government

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When the world is in trouble, not a single political, cultural or spiritual leader will solve our problems. Goddess Spirituality becomes active through our own actions. Karen Tate points the way. The new consciousness will arise from many sources. Her book gives them a voice.

— Martin Weyers, Joseph Campbell Foundation, Artist, and Visionary

All hails for Goddess 2.0! At this dire time on our planet these voices of the Sacred Feminine(Goddess)heed the call to save the Earth and all Her creatures and humanity!

Le’ema Kathleen Graham

Author and Visionary Dancing Priestess

Thoughtful essays provoking the question: How do we embody the Goddess in practice, enacting the life-affirming values of the Sacred Feminine through the transformation of social, economic, and political institutions?

Lisa Sarasohn, author of The Woman’s Belly Book: Finding Your True Center for More Energy, Confidence, and Pleasure

This book contains important keys to the new society we must have if we are to survive on Earth, keys that open many new doors as the old doors of Patriarchal Capitalist business-as-usual slam shut. After reading Goddess 2.0 and other books written and/or edited by Karen Tate it is no longer legitimate to despair. The alternative is directly before us. The necessary shift in thinking is this: nurturing by humans and Mother Earth does not entail subservience but it must become the model for a liberated, empathetic  and egalitarian humanity.

Genevieve Vaughan,  The Gift in the Heart of Language:the Maternal Source of Meaning (Mimesis International, 2105)

“Hurrah for Karen Tate!  An intellectual High Priestess,  she has been working to bring back the Goddess to all peoples for more than twenty years. Congratulations!” –  Z Budapest

Goddess 2.0: Advancing a New Path Forward is a book of deep spirit and caring toward all.  The authors in this anthology are calling for compassion in a country and, indeed, much of the world, which increasingly considers money to be the most important underlying factor of civilization: a paradigm of patriarchy.  The authors suggest a very different paradigm, both moral and spiritual, that is essential at this time, when destruction of natural resources, wars, ethnic cleansings, and acts of terrorism are the norm.  The suggestions offered in this anthology include that of Cristina Biaggi, who appeals to us to embrace the Dark Goddess — to embrace and process terror and death, with compassion.  Karen Tate, the editor of this anthology, asks us in her own essay to reawaken to myths and sacred stories of the feminine, in order “to set people free to lead a more creative and authentic life.” Trista Hendren asks us to build bridges instead of walls: to connect with one another. Starhawk’s essay argues that health care is a moral issue, and that it must be given universally. Carol P. Christ asks us to re-connect to the feminist peace movement, a movement which supports life instead of condemning soldiers and civilians to death. Riane Eisler proposes that recognizing the critical importance of “women’s issues” is essential for everyone, women and men, young and old, and that “caring societies” are not only more compassionate but also more economically successful.  This is just a taste of the jewels in the pages of this book: there are many more very important writings within.  Our world desperately needs the wisdom of these deeply spiritual people.

Miriam Robbins Dexter, author of Whence the Goddesses: A Source Book; Sacred Display: Divine and Magical Female Figures of Eurasia; and co-editor/author of Foremothers of the Women’s Spirituality Movement: Elders and Visionaries.

“I believe we all worked hard before we incarnated to ensure we would emerge during these times. And perhaps part of our ‘insurance’ that we would get it right (this time) was that we would all read (and re-read) Goddess 2.0 to re-mind ourselves of who we are, and why we’re here. The Goddess (2.0) within us all (men and women) is crucial—and it’s even more crucial that she not stay within…but take center stage in our outer lives. Reading this book is sure to help you enact your sacred pact for being here at this precious time.”

~Kelly Sullivan Walden, author of “Discover Your Inner Goddess Queen” and the “Love, Sex & Relationship Dream Dictionary”

Goddess 2.0 could not have arrived at a better time. We are a nation at a cultural crossroads – and we have just chosen to take a very dark path leading us backwards. The contributors of Goddess 2.0 point the way to a future that is different than the past. Patriarchy and authoritarianism have divided, exploited and almost ruined our planet and oppressed the lives of billions, while enriching a very few. If humanity is to find a way forward, it will be because we collectively choose to take a different path. Think of the contributions to this book as guideposts along that path to a better future. Karen Tate has done us all a service by compiling this amazing anthology.  — Tim Ward, Publisher and author of The Savage Breast: One Man’s Search For the Goddess

To learn more and get your copy of the Goddess 2.0, go here.

 

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.

 

Screams Out of Abaddon

By Philip Emery

Screams Out of Abaddon

‘Echoes out of Abaddon’ is an e-book due to be issued by Immanion at Halloween time. The cover of the book resembles a screaming mouth.

Yes it is mine, albeit with photoshopped dental work…

Any resemblance to Edvard Munch’s painting ‘The Scream’ is less than unintentional and entirely appropriate for a collection of gothic monologues or speeches (speech is another country, they scream differently there).

The image is particularly appropriate for one of the monologues, ‘Incarnate, which is one extended silent scream.

There are several versions of ‘Incarnate’, one of which can be found in another Immanion e-book collection ‘The Celt in the Machine’. In fact there are more versions of this story than there are of Munch’s picture, and almost as many versions as there are of my other story ‘Wednesday’s Child’, which can also be found in the same collection.

A graphic version was published in ‘Fourth Incarnation’ magazine, which took its name from the original title of the story – this by the way the first published work of pro comics artist and writer Gary Crutchley (http://gcrutchley.blogspot.co.uk/ ) who went on to work for 2000AD and Accent UK.

Gary allows the protagonist, Jemma, to scream, or at least whimper, during the proceedings, which she doesn’t do in the short story or the monologue. Although she very much wants to. And her failure to call out is different in each. In the first, under hypnotic paralysis, at the moment she realizes the truth of her situation, as her doctor explains:

“I’m sorry. Truly sorry. Believe that if nothing else, Jemma. You understand, don’t you? I can’t allow you to -”

Tony Caglin presses the remote and the tape squeals into rewind.

“understand, don’t you? I can’t allow you to -”

Tony Caglin presses the remote and the tape squeals into rewind.

“can’t allow you to -”

presses the remote and the tape squeals into rewind.

“allow you to scream.”

presses the remote

“to scream.”

presses the remote

“to scream.”

Or does she fail? At least the writer, through Tony Caglin, allows the tape machine that’s been recording Jemma’s past lives as she relives them to voice her horror for her…

The monologue version in ‘Echoes out of Abaddon’ allows her to fail again – at least fail differently if not better:

I’m sorry. Truly sorry. Believe that if nothing else, Jemma. You understand, don’t you? I can’t allow you to –

The lights go out. Silence.

– allow you to scream…

Or does she fail? Perhaps the writer, this time, through the darkness of the stage, gives Jemma’s horror a voice…

In fact perhaps every one of the monologues in the e-book, even the comedic ones, is a silent scream. Unless of course you’d care to read them aloud…

Postscript: All punning allusions to that famous publicity soundbite for the film ‘Alien’, to a certain ‘Carry-On’ film, and to one ‘Violet-Elizabeth Bott’ have been removed out of uncharacteristic consideration for the readers’ sensibilities.

Echo of the Postscript: Gary has long since moved on to bigger and better things, so I’m now looking for another artist to collaborate with on some new comics/graphic novels. My collection of stories and verse, The Celt in the Machine, now available from Immanion, actually includes a couple of comic scripts which I’ve adapted into short stories… To make things absolutely clear, I’m not looking to commission artwork, but to make contact with an artist to work on projects to submit speculatively to publishers. My email address is necrom1antra@yahoo.co.uk

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Grimoire Dehara Book 2: Ulani

Immanion Press, through its imprint Megalithica Books, is pleased to announce the publication of Grimoire Dehara Book Two: Ulani. This is the second volume of the pop culture magic system based on the mythos of Storm Constantine’s popular fantasy novels, the Wraeththu series. The focus of the system is the Dehara, androgynous deities that represent the alchemical rebis, the conjunction of male and female, spirit and matter.

The book is fully illustrated by artist Ruby, with additional illustrations by Storm Constantine. It will be available as a limited edition numbered hardback of 50 copies, a paperback and eEbook. The printed editions will contain more illustrations than the eBook.

Following on from Grimoire Dehara: Kaimana, this book explores Ulani, the second tier of the system, incorporating the levels Acantha, Pyralis and Algoma. The practitioner now accesses deeper realms of magical knowledge, utilising their creativity and imagination as a vehicle to study the self.

Grimoire Dehara: Ulani includes:

Working within etheric realms

Sikaara – the deharan version of the energy system of the body and the study of its centres

Xephelax – the deharan Underworld

The dehara of alchemy and alchemical transformation

The Constellati – beings of the cosmos

Divozenky – the mind of the earth

Creating a Spiritual Pearl

This book is an essential addition to the library of any experimental practitioners of magic interested in new systems, as well as fans of Storm’s work, who want to know more about the magic described in the novels.

The authors are available for interview through info@immanion-press.com. Review PDFs can also be acquired from the same address.

An online community Nayati Dehara (www.nayatidehara.com) has been set up for those interested in this pop culture magic system. All visitors are welcome.

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Grimoire Ulani now Available

Grimoire Ulani by Storm Constantine and Taylor Ellwood is now Available!

Grimoire Ulani

Grimoire Ulani now Available

Grimoire Dehara: Ulani is the second volume concerning the pop culture magic system based on the mythos of Storm Constantine’s popular fantasy novels, the Wraeththu series. The focus of the system is the Dehara, androgynous deities that represent the alchemical rebis, the conjunction of male and female, spirit and matter.

Following on from Grimoire Dehara: Kaimana, this book explores Ulani, the second tier of the system, incorporating the levels Acantha, Pyralis and Algoma. The practitioner now accesses deeper realms of magical knowledge, utilising their creativity and imagination as a vehicle to study the self.

The book is fully illustrated by artist Ruby, with additional illustrations by Storm Constantine.

Grimoire Dehara: Ulani includes:

Working within etheric realms

Sikaara – the deharan version of the energy system of the body and the study of its centres

Xephelax – the deharan Underworld

The dehara of alchemy and alchemical transformation

The Constellati – beings of the cosmos

Divozenky – the mind of the earth

Creating a Spiritual Pearl

This book is an essential addition to the library of any experimental practitioners of magic interested in new systems, as well as fans of Storm’s work, who want to know more about the magic described in the novels.

This book is available in paperback and a limited edition hardback version.