Fine Esoteric Books and Images

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

It is our profound pleasure to announce Sylvan Dread, the long-awaited collection of preternatural fiction from Richard Gavin for release in late June 2016. Three Hands Press readers will be familiar with Richard's work as co-editor and contributor to our own occult fiction anthology Penumbrae, but also his nonfiction esoteric and occult writings which have appeared in Clavis Journal and Starfire. Most recently, Richard has authored a book on Night Consciousness for Theion Press entitled The Benighted Path: Primeval Gnosis and the Monstrous Soul.

The twelve tales in Sylvan Dread examine the Sinister Pastoral, the transgressive power emergent from the landscape, the Forlorn Place, and the nightmare-inducing power of its concealed entic forms. Of this genre, the author has said:

"Too often human beings mistake the man-made environments that cloister them as being the world entire. But Nature was made neither by us nor for us. This primordial truth is one that many of my characters must grapple with in Sylvan Dread. The inversion of everyday preconceptions about life and death, materialism and the imaginal; the rush of the Hidden into the apparent; the sudden rending of the veil; these are what I consider to be the essential hallmarks of the Sinister Pastoral."

This quote is taken from a longer interview with the author that will soon be released in Volume 5 of our official prospectus Auspices. Sylvan Dread adds significant depth and adumbration to the oeuvre of one of the most important authors working in occult fiction today, and can be purchased here

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Both the special and the deluxe editions of Peter Hamilton Giles' The Baron Citadel have now arrived. Pictured here is the deluxe slipcased edition bound in full charcoal buckram, and limited to 50 hand-numbered copies. Copies will begin beging mailed MArch 31, and continue through the first week of April.

Friday, March 25, 2016

Special and deluxe editions of Martin Duffy's Effigy: Of Graven Image and Holy Idol have now arrived at Three Hands Press and are shipping in the coming weeks. Pictured here is the deluxe edition, bound in quarter chestnut goatskin and brick cloth, limited to 63 hand-numbered and slipcased copies.

Last night Daniel A. Schulke of Three Hands Press spoke at Five Months Gallery in San Francisco in support of Effigy, with a talk entitled "Effigies, Poppets, Simulacra, and Embodied Occult Images." This event was just one in a month-long exhibition called Marvellous Strange, featuring the original work of Raven Ebner and others.  Discussed in the talk were the varying traditions of image magic populating varied historical strata, as well as the rationales and methods for animating magical fetishes. Raven also spoke to the crowd about the creation of the poppet and effigy images for Martin's book. Our thanks to Annetta Black of Odd Salon for her grace and finesse in curating this event, and to Clint and Alexis who worked the sales desk.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Standard hardcover editions of Martin Duffy's highly-anticipated book Effigy are now arriving at our warehouse after brief holiday production delays. At 560 pages, this colossal treasury of image magic, featuring fetishes, poppets, and talismans, is perhaps our most lavish visual offering since 2011's The Occult Reliquary. Illustrated with original full-colour images by San Francisco Bay Area artist Raven Ebner, the book is certain to become an essential reference work for those studying or practicing at the intersection of the occult and creative arts. Shipping begins January 15 and will continue through the end of the month. Deluxe and Special Editions will be released at the beginning of March.