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The Book of the Black Dragon

Peter Hamilton-Giles

A grimoire in every respect this instructive piece of work should be regarded as a companion to the Dragon Book of Essex by Andrew D. Chumbley. As co-founder Peter Hamilton-Giles steers the practitioner towards addressing that which resides beneath and is therefore not so concerned with stellar transmissions. Building on the work that the author did with Chumbley at the time of the Dragon Column’s inception this work primarily focuses on the telluric/chthonic attributes and is therefore orientated towards working with those that have passed into the beyond. Accompanying the work will be meditative axioms of insight from which an overall sorcerous demeanour will be encouraged and furthermore inculcated. The book will be accompanied by a plethora of illustrations by Carolyn Hamilton-Giles.

It is the hope of Atramentous Press that this will be completed by the beginning of the summer and we plan to produce two books for the deluxe edition, one will be the working grimoire, the other will incorporate both the working cunning man book of olde and the meditative axioms.

Peter Hamilton-Giles has also authored The Witching-Other through Atramentous Press plus The Afflicted Mirror: The Study of Ordeals and Making of Compacts and The Baron Citadel: The Book of the Four Ways both of which were published by Three Hands Press. 


 Ritual Space and the Crooked Path Beyond

Peter Hamilton-Giles, photographic contributions by Daniel Yates and illustrations by Carolyn Hamilton-Giles.

All ritual actions are undertaken in a specified space, one which is defined by its general separation from the everyday. In this forthcoming book Peter Hamilton-Giles looks at the ways in which the practitioner colonises space so as to distinguish its presence from the norm. Working from his personal artefact collection Hamilton-Giles allows the book to subtly explore the use of place and space. To further increase the impact of this explorative narrative the book will contain a visually heavy aspect using renowned photographer Daniel Yates, who has managed to capture on film, for the very first time, the intimacy between artefacts and the greater ritual space. This will through the work of Yates be the first time a crooked path altar has been documented, but there is more to this than just the photographic eye being cast over the making of ritual space, for as a further addition Carolyn Hamilton-Giles has been invited to contribute illustrations that will act as an extrapolation of what the human eye is capable of seeing. Thus the book will move towards what we are capable of imagining from having come into contact with a living ritual space, while extending an invitation to consider how this might inform various sorcerous expressions of being.

Peter Hamilton-Giles has also authored The Witching-Other through Atramentous Press plus The Afflicted Mirror: The Study of Ordeals and Making of Compacts and The Baron Citadel: The Book of the Four Ways both of which were published by Three Hands Press. 

Daniel Yates is an occult photographer with an upcoming book release entitled Arcanum. His work can also be found in Witch-Ikon: Witchcraft in Art and Artefact and also features on the cover of Wyrd: Volume 3 alongside vasrious articles, both from Three Hands Press. His art has been exhibited in both Liverpool and Manchester with a solo exhibition scheduled for 2018 in London. You can learn more about him at

Carolyn’s artwork along with her ability to evoke the inner dimensions of the Other and the daemonic presence within came to prominence with the publication of Peter Hamilton-Giles’ first book The Afflicted Mirror. Since then she has been featured in journals as well as having had her artwork exhibited in Los Angeles. As her repertoire has grown she has made artwork available to buy, has taken on commission work, along with being involved in all subsequent publications by Peter Hamilton-Giles. Carolyn over the course of the three books she has been involved in, with the latter being The Witching-Other, has also honed the craft for exceptional book covers. Drawing on Victorian book aesthetics these have defined a new style of presentation for occult and esoteric works.


Pyrenean Witchcraft

Júlia Semproniana

Atop the snowy peaks, deep inside the ice age lakes, and among the green plains of the majestic Pyrenees there is a subtle but ancient rumour that can still be heard by the attentive ears of those curious and daring. This gigantic and majestic mountain range that separates the Iberian Peninsula from the rest of Europe witnessed the genesis of the crime of Witchcraft and the subsequent late medieval and early modern European witch-hunt. This episode, so apparently distant in time, provoked a deep structural transformation in the previous ways of living, and thus its aftermath is still detectable on its inhabiting spirits. The Pyrenees was presented to the rest of the world as the birthplace of the Witches’ Sabbat, a mystery nurtured with the imagery that had been inherited from the accusations of heresy made against the Albigensians and the Cathars combined with a series of unorthodox magical practices and pre-Christian places of worship. When witchcraft was established as a crime, the Land and its inhabitants quickly adapted itself to the new panorama, changing their disposition and self-perception, changing the way how it presented itself to the rest of the world: the early modern Pyrenees became a dark place. Even though the times of superstition may have already passed, its spirits have kept those loci with the utmost zeal, and Land has become self-conscious of its power and significance. But with cunning and dedication, the Land can still unfold its elusive message to its wanderers, so the fearless can find the steps that will lead him to the French Lande du Bouc, the Catalan Biterna, the Basque Akelarre, or the Aragonese Eras de Tolosa; in other words, to the Land of the Goat.

Júlia Semproniana is a researcher, teacher, and practitioner of Metzineria and Pyrenean Witchcraft. She is one of the founding members of the Gremi de l'Art, an initiative whose goal is to spread the magical traditions and lore of the Iberian peninsula through academic insight and both individual and collective practice. She is a co-founder of Occvlta, an endeavour focused on crafting high-quality herbal products and artefacts for the alchemist, the poisoner, the apothecary, and the practitioner of Witchcraft since 2013. She now resides in the Pyrenees of Catalonia and the focus of her work revolves around the awakening and remembrance of forgotten Witch and Plant lore.


Ritual Resonance: Contemporary Applications of Music in Magical Praxis

Kathryn Elizabeth Hawthorn

Kathryn has published articles in the Witches' Almanac as well as being a clasically trained cellist.

Ritual Resonance: Contemporary Applications of Music in Magical Praxis draws upon the universal aspects of pitch and resonance to explore their potential for use by the magical practitioner. Beginning with an exploration of the concept of resonance and its importance within music and occult practices, the difference between resonating and intoning is discussed in ways which aim to utilise the whole body as a resonator, drawing inspiration from methodologies such as the Guidonian hand and the Marcotone system of Edward Maryon.

The book expands on the use of pitch to explore intervallic and colour correspondences found within historical texts before offering Kathryn’s methodology for developing these into sigils.

These techniques are used as a basis for the creation of external and internal magical working spaces assisting the practitioner in becoming a living instrument and a composer of their own unique musical language which transcends cultural and spatial boundaries through mastery of the twin masks of dissonance and consonance.

The book will contain appendices of correspondences and templates to assist the reader in creating their own sigils and melodies. It is hoped that this book will facilitate both those who are new to music and those who are experienced musicians to integrate their skills within their individual praxis in a meaningful and informed manner.