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Aleister Crowley, the world’s wickedest man is back, to expose the truth

Aleister Crowley is alive and well in the elevated bliss of Shangri-La. After having covertly marionette’d polite rebellion and robust mischief around the world for seventy years, he is now back. The brawls with the Bosch, the scarletting of Senator McCarthy’s beak, and the unleashing of high and florid hippy love served as mere quacks and titters, for the biggest scrap of them all is now upon us, and only He can deliver us from the ill-lit and obsidian, who would take us to Orwell’s apocalypse.

Ian Thornton’s debut novel, The Great and Calamitous Tale of Johan Thoms (How One Man Scorched the Twentieth Century, but Didn’t Mean to) was published by Simon & Schuster Canada in September 2013. Harper Collins published worldwide on June 28th 2014 to coincide with the centenary of the assassination of Franz Ferdinand, the pivot of the novel. It was translated across Europe and taught at the Sorbonne.

Prior to becoming a novelist, Ian worked for Broadcast magazine in London and also for Variety. He is a co-founder of the global television industry publisher, C21 Media and www.c21media.net.

He covered the Royal wedding in London for CTV, Canada's premier independent broadcaster, and has recently written for Wisden Cricketer, The Guardian, The Hindu and for the Soho House magazine, House. He also wrote on the football World Cup in South Africa for the Canadian sports channel, The Score, and has worked for Queen’s University in Ontario, where his project was presented at the White House as part of President Obama's new media initiative.

Ian is the official biographer of the Compton cricket club in California and has been a judge on the largest Latin American film festival, Expresion en Corto. He is currently producing a feature documentary.

Originally from Leeds, Ian currently resides in Toronto with his wife Heather Gordon and their children, Laszlo and Clementine.


Prologue


I slept with faith and found a corpse in my arms on awakening;

I drank and danced all night with doubt and found her a virgin in the morning.

(The Great Beast)

They used to call me the most evil man in the world. The fools said that I was more influential than Jesus. They reckoned that I had seduced thousands of women and even more young men. They postulated that I was a friend of Hitler and a rabid lover of a burgeoning Prussia, and then a vile and eager Germany. Some snaggle-toothed and half-baked merchants of broad appeal buffoonery still chunter unconfident, childish and stammered lines that I advocated rape, paedophilia and black magic. They hypothesised with little regard for fact that I sacrificed children, brainwashed The Beatles and dined with a vermillion Satan. When they offered as gospel that I faked my own death; they were wrong (at that time) and yet now remain only half right. This was to be the highest of their rank achievements over several decades.

My name is Aleister Crowley, The Great Beast. 666. And I am here to tell you the truth.

You see, wouldn't you want to do just that, if instead of being blamed for trying to torch the twentieth century, you had not only been responsible, in large parts, for rescuing it, but also for having been the salvation of the next millennium too? I mean, what is the point of busting an infernal gut to save one generation, if one then sits by, lights a girthy and corpulent cigar, scratches oneself around the well-cut trouser and watches meekly as quite preventable mischief and horror ensues. One has one’s Will to consider, one’s destiny, one’s Magick. And all fair students of Magick should, at almost all cost, avoid Nazis, fools and spiritualists as they should avoid the police and syphilis.

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