Brief Notes for January

A few things to enjoy and/or look forward to:

  • I’ve uploaded my article from the Journal for the Academic Study of Magic, “The Role of Grimoires in the Conjure Tradition,” to my Academia.edu account. It’s almost ten years old, but it might be of interest.
  • Scarlet Imprint has opened pre-orders for its latest book, Jinn Sorcery by Rain al-Alim, which includes translations of rituals to summon these creatures from a private collection.
  • I’ll be taping Roejen Razorwire’s Project Archivist podcast on Sunday.  Topics will be grimoires, including the Simon Necronomicon.
  • The Museum of Witchcraft and Magic in Cornwall is hosting a conference on ritual magic in May.  If you can get there, it might be worth checking out.
  • My classic D&D group has just arrived in Clark Ashton Smith’s Averoigne, one of the settings in a classic module not to be named here.  It’s funny to go to D&D forums and hear people lament the fact that they can’t get the articles on Averoigne that Richard Becker and I wrote for Worlds of Cthulhu.
  • Finishing up our Iron Heroes campaign. I like what the system was aiming to do, but I’m not fond of the execution.
  • My other group has been playing Shadow of the Demon Lord, which I’d describe as an apocalyptic fantasy game like a simplified 5th D&D, but adding complexity by assigning each character three roles as they progress through their careers. Some elements of it seem rough around the edges, but we’re already planning another campaign.
  • The snake is handling the snow and ice well, by simply avoiding them.

 

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  1. Hi Dan, Just want to say that I enjoy reading your reviews of all those grimoires. Fascinating. Not that I could afford any, and at my age it isn’t practical to start another collection of stuff, however attractive it might be.
    Anyway…my main reason for writing is to suggest an article you might find interesting. The Nov. 6, 2017 of THE NEW YORKER: “Fantastic Beasts and How to Rank Them, by Kathryn Schulz. The beliefs in such creatures as angels and demons, elves and monsters of various kinds. How and why we may or not believe in ’em, and which may be more or less plausible entities.
    Look for it in your local library if you have time. It may even be online.

    Dave P.


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