Magick – 10,000 words

Posted: May 21, 2012 in Horror, Novels

Magick is now at 3 chapters and 10,000 words.

The book is coming together as a story, or rather as three stories:

– the story of Boleskine House, which has a sinister history dating from the Jacobite Rebellions

– the story of occultist Aleister Crowley and his Abramelin Ritual, interrupted with dire consequences

– the story of four friends who arrange a weekend in Boleskine House, tempted by its macabre reputation

This is a work of fiction, but much of it is drawn from what we would now call “stuff on the internet”. There are many biographies of Crowley and most of these focus on either his notoriety or the idea that he was a misunderstood genius. The truth is undoubtedly somewhere between these two extremes and, although a free-spirited, artistic and charismatic intellectual, he did revel in his diabolical reputation and indulge a sexual appetite probably unparalleled in history.

Those studies which take his occult interests seriously tend to conclude that something went horribly wrong at Boleskine, following a well-intentioned attempt to summon a guardian angel, which summoned things far worse and tainted his life thereafter.  This is the perspective that it suits this novel to take.

The history of Boleskine is dark and compelling – a church burning down with its congregation, Highland feuds dating from the Jacobite Risings, ghostly severed heads, gruesome suicides and accidents. The place has become a character in this book, rather than simply a setting.

However, one part of Boleskine’s history this book doesn’t really touch upon is its ownership by legendary Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page. He bought the place in 1971 and restored it (in Crowleyesque style) but didn’t seem to spend much time there, leaving it in the hands of a friend.  Since Page sold the place in the early 90s, normal people apparently live there, and this story leaves them (hopefully) untroubled.

Having said that, I’m intrigued by a rumour  that some criminals tried to raid the place in the 1980s, attracted by its world-famous owner… they were never seen again. Or so it says, on the internet, which is good enough for me.

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