Ecpyrosis: The Best of Starfire Volume One Starfire Publishing Ltd, London, 2010. Paperback, full-colour cover, sewn binding, large format, 304 pages. Two plates in colour.
This long-awaited title will at last be released in early February 2011, and is now available for ordering ahead of publication…
The first issue of Starfire was published in 1986, and the fifth issue appeared in 1994. These years encompass Volume One, the constituent issues of which have long been out of print and appear but rarely on the second-hand market. This selection of articles and artwork from these first five issues is newly typeset, and the artwork has wherever possible been freshly scanned to give sharper and clearer reproduction.
Ecpyrosis is an alluring, informative and substantial publication, 304 pages long and printed on Essential Velvet, a weighty, good quality coated paper. There are sixteen articles drawn from the five issues of Starfire, together with the best of the artwork. Also included are two new colour plates: a frontispiece consisting of detail from the cover artwork by Kyle Fite, and an endispiece of the covers of the constituent issues of Starfire. Ecpyrosis is available in a robust, sewn-bound softbound, and is now available for advance ordering. Contents of Ecpyrosis include:
From issue 1 of Starfire (1986): Great Dismal by Linda Falorio – a short story of the evocation of a creature from the chthonic depths of Great Dismal Swamp; Going Beyond by Michael Staley – an essay on non-duality; The Stélé of Revealing and the Abomination of Desolation by Stephen Dziklewicz – an essay considering the gematria and other aspects arising from these twin terms of The Book of the Law .From issue 2 of Starfire (1987) : Cults of Cthulhu by Peter Smith – an essay on H. P. Lovecraft and the Cthulhu Gnosis; The Hiss of the Serpent by Stephen Dziklewicz – considerations of the serpent and related imagery in The Book of the Law . From issue 3 of Starfire (1989): A Statement on Lam – setting out some techniques to facilitate contact with Lam; The Heart of Thelema by Michael Staley – considerations of Thelema; Disciple of Dagon by Peter Smith – a study of Clark Ashton Smith; The Babalon Working consists of two parts: Belovèd of Babalon by Michael Staley – a study of Jack Parsons; and The Book of Babalon by Jack Parsons – his detailed account of the Babalon Workng which he performed with Marjorie Cameron and L. Ron Hubbard. From issue 4 of Starfire (1991) : Meditations on Liber AL by Lindsey Calvert – considerations of The Book of the Law ; Ciphers in Flesh by Mouse – on poetry as inspired text; The Vision and the Voice by Michael Staley – an introductory essay on Crowley's 1909 Working.
From issue 5 of Starfire (1994) : Zos: The New Flesh of Desire by Gavin Semple – an examination of the sorcery of Austin Osman Spare; Lam: The Gateway by Michael Staley – an essay on Lam; Wisdom for the New Flesh by Andrew Chumbley – some considerations of a modern sorcery; Supping at the Angel & Feathers by Michael Staley – an essay on the Knowledge and Conversation of the Holy Guardian Angel.
Starfire Publishing Ltd., BCM Starfire, London WC1N 3XX, United Kingdom.