Thursday 24 September 2015

Charles Williams - War in Heaven

The Holy Grail surfaces in an obscure country parish in England and becomes variously a sacramental object to protect or a vessel of power to exploit. A group of three dark magicians attempt to use it as a power base and a means of destruction. The three who oppose them are an Archdeacon, a Duke, and a Clerk in a publishing house.

The battle of good versus evil is played out over the acquisition of the Grail which passes between the two sides. The use of the Grail by the forces of evil displays characters that are not your stereotypical villains. There is the banality of evil about them that makes what they do even more scary.

Of the three Inkling fantasy writers Charles Williams is the least known and appreciated. Yet, his series of supernatural fantasy novels are every bit as interesting and original as the books by C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien.

No 44 in Dennis Wheatley Library of the Occult.

Pages: 260
ISBN: 9781329376878

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Friday 18 September 2015

James Stephens - The Crock of Gold

The Crock of Gold by James Stephens
Truly unique, it is a mixture of philosophy, Irish folklore and the battle of the sexes all with charm, humour and good grace.

The Leprecauns of Gort na Cloca have their pot of gold stolen and for revenge kidnap the Philosophers' children Seamus and Brigid which sets into motion a series of events involving Angus Og, the Thin Woman of Inis Magrath, the fairy folk of the Shee, and the wise and profound musings of all involved.

It all rotates around the astonishing story of what happens when Pan shows up in Ireland, what Angus Og does about it, and what becomes of the Daughter of Murrachu who gets caught in between them. A mad-cap quest ensues as fairies, leprechauns and a philosopher being hunted by the police all get involved in the antics of the two gods.

“A really wonderful and unique book”

Pages: 188
ISBN: 9781329377615

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Thursday 10 September 2015

Herminie Templeton Kavanagh - The Adventures of Darby O'Gill and the Little People

These Whimsical folktales bring you the jumble and tumble of men and magical creatures who walk the lanes of the Emerald Isle by day and wander its fields by night. This history sets forth the only true account of the adventures of a daring Tipperary man named Darby O'Gill among the Fairies of Sleive-na-mon. These little people had long been feared by the good folk, always frightened that some curse might lead even the best of souls unto an exile in the fairy realm. Darby may not be able to hold onto their boon of three wishes or avoid being the butt of a joke, but he does earn the respect of their King and the chance to be merry with his friends from the enchanted realm. The Adventures of Darby O'Gill brings together the tales originally published in Herminie Templeton Kavanagh's two books, Darby O'Gill and the Good People, and Ashes of Old Wishes. The stories, filled with humor and adventure, bring Irish fairy mythology to life, as Darby and other characters meet these supernatural creatures.

Pages: 396
ISBN: 9781329377929

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Friday 4 September 2015

Clarence Darrow - The Story of My Life

Clarence Darrow (April 18, 1857 – March 13, 1938) was an American lawyer and leading member of the American Civil Liberties Union. He was best known for defending teenage thrill killers Leopold and Loeb in their trial for murdering 14-year-old Robert "Bobby" Franks (1924). Some of his other notable cases included defending Ossian Sweet, and John T. Scopes in the Scopes "Monkey" Trial (1925), in which he opposed William Jennings Bryan (statesman, noted orator, and three-time presidential candidate). Called a "sophisticated country lawyer", he remains notable for his wit, which marked him as one of the most famous American lawyers and civil libertarians. Today, Clarence Darrow is remembered for his reputation as a fierce litigator who, in many cases, championed the cause of the underdog; because of this, he is generally regarded as one of the greatest criminal defense lawyers in American history and therefor has he served as a model for almost every lawyer on film or television.

Pages: 472
ISBN: 9781329374096

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