Scarlet Imprint has been described, more than once, as a subversive publisher. So when we were offered a manuscript by Carl Abrahamsson we knew that we were the home for it.
With the publication of Reasonances, we are reaffirming our commitment to occulture as a force for change.
Art can function as a magical weapon.
When I began my own exploration of magick, it was a disreputable, dirty and dangerous thing to pursue. More than that, it was allied to a counter-cultural sensibility which rejected the blood temperature media of the mainstream and instead sought out its own neglected Saints.
This meant a pursuit of outsider artists, writers, painters, film-makers and dissidents with the empowering necessity of creating a culture of our own. It meant research to glean the information that was properly termed occult. It meant a ruthless pursuit of self-knowledge.
This seems to have been replaced by the simple circulation of online memes for clicks and kudos.
One vital force in establishing Occulture was Thee Temple of Psychick Youth whose…
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Our latest title Reasonances, an anthology of selected essays, lectures and interviews by occultural pioneer Carl Abrahamsson, is now available to pre-order. Reasonances is a subversive, creative, psychedelic collection of 23 essays spanning thirteen years at the forefront of occulture and magic, followed an interview with the author by Sylvie Walder. In 4to format (230 x 210 mm), 176 pp, text printed in black and orange throughout, and illustrated with eight black & white portraits, Reasonances is issued in two hardback editions:
The standard Mercurial edition, limited to 530 copies, bound in a mandarin cloth stamped with a device in silver and gold, and embossed azure endpapers.
The fine Auracular edition, limited to 53 copies, hand-bound in quarter iridescent salmon skin and grey cloth. A return to the source, having swum against the current! With nonpareil marbled endpapers, silvered edges, and presented in a lined slipcase.
Both editions can be ordered here: www.scarletimprint.com/books/reasonances
Reasonances: Essays, lectures, interviews 2000 - 2013
The unifying question of this diverse and stimulating collection can perhaps be stated thus: how does magic hack culture? Or perhaps even: what is the role and magic of the artist?
Abrahamsson proposes strategies of engagement that draw from TOPY, Thelema and Satanism, with which he is intimately acquainted. His magic is that of the interzone, the hinterland, of the unseen forces that drive culture forward. Reasonances is therefore a nexus of heretical possibilities investigated with a calm reflection that goes beyond his native Scandinavian cool. It is with great generosity of spirit, a candour and lack of dogma that he outlines his understanding of magic as art. For Abrahamsson, boundless creativity is a necessary expression of Will. He suggests that we should be actively producing culture, artifacts, artworks, happenings. And that these ’facts on the ground’ could be understood as a gesamtkunstwerk, the Mega Golem, that will leak into popular and unpopular consciousness. He wants us to reason, to act, to live with meaning. To do our Will.
With an understanding of Magician as Artist, in a process of moving from what is hidden to what becomes seen, he employs a methodology that has become apparent in the thirteen years of work that this collection represents. The essays address a multitude of topics and persons, including the history of occult art, the formula of Babalon as supra-sexual transformation, the mechanics of magic; and provide a complete vision of a magician who is engaged with counterculture, occulture and incursions into the wider culture. Furthermore, he provides a constellation of Stars by which to navigate these evolving realms. Japanese masochist and master writer Yukio Mishima and German novelist Ernst Juenger are considered, as are Bulwer Lytton of Vril fame and Australian artist Rosaleen Norton. He twice interviews artist of light Kenneth Anger, with whom he has a rare friendship, and is found in conversation with Beat avant-garde filmmaker Conrad Rooks. He recites his death rune for mentor Anton LaVey, and eulogises his friend Lady Jaye. These ’stars’ are carefully observed with his astrolabe, enabling us to see into the past, comprehend where we are in the present, and project ourselves forward into a magical future.
Carl Abrahamsson is a pioneer of occulture whose life adventure has seen him forge a personal and lasting bond with Church of Satan founder Anton LaVey, contribute as a Thelemic thinker in OTO, administer TOPYSCAN and TOPYEUROPE at the height of Thee Temple ov Psychick Youth, as well as working with Genesis Breyer P-Orridge in the guises of Psychic TV/Thee Majesty with his own White Stains project. He is the founder of the respected journal The Fenris Wolf and the publishing house Edda (with Fredrik Söderberg). He is a writer, curator, conspirator, photographer, documentary film maker, and agent of change.