From Jonathan Davies, of the respected Midian Books:
Apocalyptic Witchcraft, the new book from Peter Grey at Scarlet Imprint is an important book. I think it is worth stating this at the beginning. I will go further and say this is the most significant book on modern witchcraft (or rather witchcraft) I have ever read. As stated before, I write very few reviews (due to the nature of my role as a bookseller) but it is no coincidence that the two reviews on this blog are for Scarlet Imprint titles. Scarlet Imprint are publishers with intent. Peter Grey and Alkistis Dimech have an agenda and, as popular conception has it, that makes them dangerous.
Apocalyptic Witchcraft is a book about witchcraft, but not the narrow, urbanized and ghettoized witchcraft that we seem to have backed ourselves into …
Clive Harper writing for The Wiccan:
This is a beautiful book.
This is a clever book.
This is a dangerous book.
This is a beautiful book. The copy I have is an attractive hardback book, bound in rough black linen cloth, stamped with a dule of white doves. For afficionados of fine book-arts, I understand that there will be an even more sumptuous edition, comprising of 81 slipcased copies bound in hammered gold morocco (ed note: sold out). For those with less extravagant tastes there is also a paperback edition at £15 and for those who prefer e-books, there is a digital version at £10.
This is a clever book. Citing authorities as disparate as De Lancre and Debord, Ginzburg and Grant, Parsons and Plath, the author’s erudition underscores his graceful prose. Written with verve and brio, is is rightly described as “a polemic… not an exhaustive history.” Time after time one reads sentences with a jewel-like clarity, for example he brilliantly encapsulates the traditional outsider status of witchcraft – “You will find the witch at the end of a pointed finger.”
This is a dangerous book in that it makes you think. Grey challenges many of the ‘givens’ of contemporary Craft. As he puts it – “Witchcraft casts its glamour through these pages, but it will not be prettified. The sickle moon cuts. The curse harms. The wound bleeds. Without these there is no life in witchcraft.” Acknowledging the place of drugs, sex and malefica, this is no book for an interfaith gathering. It is however a book which will inspire, provoke thought and excite!
Atticus Hob writing on the Pennies from the Boneyard blog:
Peter Grey has flayed open our expectations, and laid bare the throbbing red heart of the present, and of the future. His knife, in this instance, is the newest publication from Scarlet Imprint: Apocalyptic Witchcraft.
P. Sufenas Virius Lupus gives an erudite and scholarly response on the Eternal Haunted Summer blog:
… Peter Grey is interested in restoring the cultus and practice of witchcraft in the modern world as a practice of “sex, drugs, and rock ‘n’ roll”; the only difference is that by “rock ‘n’ roll,” Grey’s book tends to mean “poetry,” but otherwise, “sex” and “drugs” should be brought back, brought forward, and brought out far more than they have been or should have been in more recent decades. Further, the cleaning-up of the public image of witchcraft and the distancing of itself from some of these things which the overculture has considered unpalatable should be avoided at all costs, and an unapologetic approach should be taken to these matters wherever they might arise …
… In addition to the many other excellent chapters in this book, I must give particular compliments to Grey on the subject of lycanthropy in the chapter “A Wolf Sent Forth To Snatch Away A Lamb” (pp. 112-135). In both academic and occult/pagan/polytheist literature on lycanthropy and werewolf traditions, there are very few treatments in existence at this point that are as compact, insightful, honest, and accurate in overall terms as that of Grey in this book …
The full review can be read here ›
The next review is from The Luciferian Revolution blog and gives a very thorough breakdown of the book for those who are not sure what to expect:
… I believe that this book is another important milestone within the world of occult publishing and witchcraft in general. For those who are already on the fence and have some inkling as to what this book relates to, my whole recommendation and this post can be summarised quickly and simply: it’s an important work, if you are the least bit interested, order a copy at the next available opportunity …
Another personal response:
…There is so much contained in this book whether Wiccan, traditional, atheist or polytheist you will get something out of it and gain a better perspective on witchcraft in general. I recommend this book to any practioner the way I would Art of War to someone interested in military strategy …
Full review can be read here ›
Apocalyptic Witchcraft can be ordered here ›