Those of you who followed my series of posts on A Complete Book of Magic Science and The Secret Grimoire of Turiel – including the comments – might be glad to hear that Phil Legard and I are teaming up in classic buddy movie fashion to clean up the mean streets of Detroit, or, failing that, to write an article of some sort on the two works and the connections between them.
I should add that we’ve also gotten a great deal of useful insight from Alan Thorogood, but we’re not sure how he feels about Detroit.
Right now, we’re going at this from two ends. On one, we have the bookshop of John Denley, at which Frederick Hockley assembled “several” copies of the CBoMS for his clients, all of which went out in the world in various guises and possibly small variations. On the other, we have the mysterious figure of Marius Malchus (I think we’ve pinned down the source for the name) and a curious magical order with which he was associated at the time of Turiel’s publication. We’d like to figure out how the two books connect, though I’m not hopeful that time and the secrecy of the occult community will provide an answer.
Thus, if any of my readers have any information, please get in touch with me through the comments. I’ve been hoping for years that I’d find an article about the mysterious Grimoire of Turiel, but now it looks as if Phil and I will have to write it.