TOBIAS CHURTON


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“Tobias Churton gives the deluxe treatment to Aleister Crowley’s often-overlooked final years. As a life of magick, romance, controversy and intrigue draws to a close, the Beast crystallizes his incredible experiences into his most mature works, does his part for the war effort, reinvents the Tarot, and forges relationships that will carry his legacy well beyond his lifetime. Crowley beguiles and endures to the very end.”

RICHARD KACZYNSKI, AUTHOR OF PERDURABO: THE LIFE OF ALEISTER CROWLEY AND A CRITICAL EDITION OF CROWLEY’S THE SWORD OF SONG



“Aleister Crowley has found the biographer he could have wished for. By staying close to the original sources, Tobias Churton has managed to dive deeply into the emotional life of an unparalleled religious thinker who celebrated life. Aleister Crowley in England is like the man himself, both profound and witty, imaginative and joyous.”

FRANK VAN LAMOEN, ASSISTANT CURATOR AND RESEARCHER, STEDELIJK MUSEUM, AMSTERDAM



“With delightful prose, new information to share, and his ever-present understanding of Aleister Crowley’s humour and humanity, Tobias Churton expertly separates the man, the myth and the legend, revealing the clearest picture available of the world’s most famous occultist.”

TAMRA LUCID, WRITER, PRODUCER AND AUTHOR OF MAKING THE ORDINARY EXTRAORDINARY (ABOUT HER FRIENDSHIP WITH MANLY P. HALL IN LOS ANGELES), IS FOUNDER MEMBER OF EXPERIMENTAL ROCK BAND LUCID NATION



“Resettled in the UK, neither financial problems nor failing health could stop “The Great Beast” from creating the Thoth Tarot and a multitude of occult classics. Churton’s masterful study of these final decades of Crowley’s life is as revealing as it is entertaining.”

CARL ABRAHAMSSON, WRITER, PUBLISHER, MAGICO-ANTHROPOLOGIST, FILMMAKER, AND PHOTOGRAPHER, IS AUTHOR OF OCCULTURE



“Tobias Churton's excellent series of books exploring the different phases of Aleister Crowley's life and work continues here, revealing much of the deeper details often overlooked in the Beast’s later years. By the time Crowley returned to England in the early 1930s, his world was in disarray. He would remain in financial straits for the rest of his life, dependent on the generosity of his followers. His reputation was severely hampered by his notorious time spent at Cefalu in Sicily, and the gutter-press condemnation of him as “the wickedest man in the world.” Yet, his devotion to his mission to spread Thelema to the world never wavered. This was also the crucial period when he met two people who would greatly influence the spread of his legacy through their personal association with him: Grady McMurtry and Kenneth Grant. Churton has a true gift for finding and correlating the different connections Crowley made with people who were first drawn by his reputation, only to be bewitched by his personal magnetism into staying when they had every reason to shun him. I hope this is not the final chapter in Churton’s multi-volume biography of one of the most tragic yet fascinating figures of the 20th century.”

TOBY CHAPPELL, BASED IN ATLANTA, IS MUSICIAN, WRITER, LECTURER AND AUTHOR OF INFERNAL GEOMETRY AND THE LEFT-HAND PATH