Wednesday, 9 November 2011

The Curse of Aleister Crowley?

Aleister Crowley yesterday
The Evening Standard took a break from writing about rich people going to parties, the children of rich people going to parties and how much of a tool they think Ken Livingston is to publicise the book London's Curse: Murder, Black Magic and Tutankhamun in the 1920s West End.
The book, and article, suggest that Aleister Crowley, on his way to inventing Thelema, was so annoyed at Egyptologists disturing Tutankhamun's tomb that he set about murdering six men in some sort of Hammer horror style revenge. These murders were then blamed on the supernatural curse of Tutankhamun when it was really just Crowley throwing people off balconies.

The research is described as a "unique analysis [our emphasis] of Crowley's diaries, essays and books and inquest reports" which appears to come to the conclusion of "Crowley, 'wickedist man in the world, what what. Drug taking bugger, and, Egyptian stuff, erm, Jack the Ripper sells well is somewhow involved somewhere. Must be a seriel muderer."

So, should the London Fortean Society invite author Mark Beynon in to give a talk?

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