Crowley, Aleister; Starr, Martin P
Teitan Press, Chicago, USA, 1987. Hardcover. First Edition. 200 pages. Mild shelf-wear, faint scratches to jacket. Very Good.
A wonderfully entertaining series of detective stories, featuring the Daoist mystic and psychologist Simon Iff, who solves crimes by probing hearts and minds. “Simple Simon,” an idealization of Crowley in old age, sees through the complexities of human misdeeds, from murder to bank theft, to the plain truth behind them. The characters and themes in The Scrutinies of Simon Iff were the basis for Crowley’s famous novel of Magick and Intrigue, Moonchild.
Written and published serially in America during the First World War under the pseudonym of “Edward Kelly,” these have been collected for the first time by Martin P. Starr. The introduction and notes make plain the facts behind the fiction, for many of the characters and incidents were drawn from the author’s life. The book is certain to delight readers of detective and supernatural fiction, as Crowley was a master of both genres. The 200 page hardcover edition is printed on acid-free paper andillustrated with a portrait of Crowley.