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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. 

 Archaic traces in the Witch's Rock, Andorra

Archaic traces in the Witch's Rock, Andorra

Gods, Spirits and the Pyrenean Complex

Martin Locker

Despite separating France and Spain, two of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe, the Pyrenees has preserved a certain mystique as a wild, sparsely populated mountain range, where legends and traditions continue unabated by modernity. Unlike their Alpine counterpart, the Pyrenees contain rugged, broken terrain that holds a savage beauty, and has some of the earliest evidence of human occupation in Europe. This enduring prehistoric presence, coupled with the unique Basque culture, Roman and Iberian occupations, and the relative isolation of many communities, has culminated in one of the Pyrenees containing a varied series of rural traditions, many of which relate to witchcraft, pre-Christian practises and herb-lore.

The aim of this book is to explore the archaeological and folkloric evidence for these practises, tracing their possible evolution from prehistoric cults, the introduction of Classical and Iberian deities, and the synthesis of these traditions with Christian praxis which culminated in the infamous Basque witch trials of the 17th century. Pagan and Christian practises linked to rural life, witchcraft, divination and luck bringing/cursing will be explored, as will select pre-Christian cults. The book initially will provide a chronological history of the region from Prehistory to the 20th century, taking into account the influences of the Roman, Iberian and Basque pantheons in the development of Pyrenean religious culture. It will then use this historical outline to frame the proceeding chapters, which will investigate various folkloric, archaic and malefic elements of Pyrenean traditions and practises.

An appendix will also be included, which will outline the principle archaeological sites mentioned in the book, as well as a brief compendium of herb-lore gathered from the book’s research. The latter may indicate a direction for a future volume, should the data be sufficient.

Martin Locker has over a decade of experience in archaeology, both academic and field, and gained his doctorate in Medieval archaeology from University College London in 2013. He has published a variety of papers in books and journals, organised several academic conferences (including some with the Folkore Society), and excavated around Europe. He now lives and works in the Pyrenees as a freelance archaeologist, editor, tour manager and writer, and his various research interests in folklore and archaeology prompted him to found the Perennial Pyrenees project ( in mid-2017. This is his first book with Atramentous 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.

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The Book of Q’Ab-iTz

David S. Herrerias

The Book of Q'Ab-iTz  brings an altogether different feel to Andrew Chumbleys'  Dragon Book of Essex. Written principally in Spanish the book will be comprised of two versions, one in David's native tongue and one translated into English. Among these most enchanted pages we find the artistic descendant to Austin Osman Spare, for David's work truly captures and then transcends the spirit of Spare and Chumbley. What we then have with The Book of Q'Ab-iTz is the contemporary expression of the ophidian current as captured by a dedicated practitioner. As a consequence, this work not only brings further insight to manifesting the crooked path, but stands alone as a superlative manifestation of the Dragons' Column for which the Dragon Book of Essex was first designed.

David S. Herrerias is a self-taught artist involved in occultism and alchemy born in Mexico city in 1982. Part of his work approach is to enter consciously in communication with higher spheres through an inner alchemical process in order manifest them in some of his works, yet, he is still working in this process. David´s work has been exhibited in Murmurs from Beyond the Grave in L.A. in 2014. Some of his paintings and drawings have also been featured in music releases as album covers and illustrations, and two of his automatic drawings were released together with the Swedish debut poem ‘Pakt’ by Avgrund publishers. He also done work that has been featured in Clavis and has worked with Three Hands Press in recent years. He moved to Sweden in the winter of 2006 and he currently lives and studies in Gothenburg.