He has everything he should want in life. A good job. A nice home. A nice car. A beautiful wife and family. A retirement plan. An active social life. A prestigious reputation. Envious neighbors. A pet dog. There remains an emptiness inside.
In a search for meaning he begins a journey from which he cannot return.
Grasping at everything he can, experiments in ritual magick lead him into the realms of sex, drugs, organized crime, aliens and angels as his life spirals further and further up and down the paths of initiation and illumination while grappling with insanity, annihilation and transformation.
Decide for yourself if Confession of a Black Magician is a biography... or a work of fiction.
Confessions is a direct tale of an inner process that might occur as you wade into the world of the occult. Reading at times almost journal-like, this is a useful (and generally more engaging) companion piece for all your dry books of correspondences and rituals. Recommended for both those just getting involved in the occult and for 'old heads', though perhaps for different reasons. If you've been through the process, it'll probably make you smile or even laugh in places where beginners are likely to get frightened or pulled in by suspense.
I loved the story! Crowley's Diary of a Drug Fiend or John St. John for the modern day, with sympathetic and recognizable present-day archetypes and characters. The parallels with the protagonist's life and that of Jack Parsons intrigued me, and compelled me to read more. It worked like magic, quite literally. Paced like a well-planned ritual, and equally effective.
Richard S. Carbonneau
Confessions is an excellent read, written with a sense of urgency that carries the story along. Indeed, fast paced doesn't even begin to cover it. I devoured it in a matter of hours. If sex, drugs and an ambiguous redemption sound like your cup of tea, this is definitely a book worth checking out.
A wonderful fantasy-like writing, apparently mixing facts with fiction leading you to dazzling dreams changing hope into horror, at the move of a wand!