Fine Esoteric Books and Images

Monday, June 8, 2015

In the name of the venerable St. John the Baptist, we herald the approach of Summer with the announcement of Radomir Ristic's Witchcraft and Sorcery of the Balkans for a release in July. This long-awaited book is packed with obscure information on witch lore and magic of the Balkan areas of Serbia, Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Macedonia and Bulgaria. Containing a number of illustrations, the book has a special 8-page color section on heavy stock.

Leather copies of Penumbrae, our occult fiction anthology published in April, are in the final stages of binding this week and will be shipped June 17. This very special edition, which is now sold out, has had a number of additional refinements to the binding, and represents a new aesthetic direction of our book designs, in collaboration with The Key Printing and Binding of Oakland. 

Those in our readership anticipating announcement of the book The Marks of Teth by Amodali are advised to read her new essay The Magical and Erotic Phenomenology of Ritual Performance within the Babalon Current. The article gives a glimpse of the wyrd informing Amodali's upcoming book, the distillation of many years of practical work within the acana of the Babalon Current. The author is pictured here in a recent image by Anima Nocturna.

This past Spring Three Hands Press incepted the limited edition prospectus Auspices, a full colour bulletin featuring images, essays, special offers and news about upcoming releases. Free with every order shipped, the stock of Volume I is now entirely exhausted. Volume 2, featuring a curious traditional ritual of Serbian witchcraft translated by Radomir Ristic, and an interview with Raven Ebner, will be released June 25th. Raven's phantasmagoric art, which will be featured in Martin Duffy's upcoming book on Image Magic, will be exhibited at the 7th annual Esoteric Book Conference, held in Seattle this September 26th and 27th.

Friday, February 27, 2015

We have just announced Penumbrae, our new Occult Fiction Anthology edited by Richard Gavin, Patricia Cram, and Daniel A. Schulke. Containing thirteen preternatural tales by writers as diverse as Kenneth Grant, Caitlín R. Kiernan, Andrew D. Chumbley, Michael Cisco and Don Webb. The book moves beyond the known categories of 'weird fiction' to encompass something greater, a state of embodied power rooted not in the devices of occult content or expression, but in the active state it conjures in the reader. Notably, among the present group of authors are many practitioners of varying esoteric magical traditions, whose lifelong perspective of the occult lends creative foison to this work.  Lee Morgan, one of the authors whose work appears in Penumbrae, discusses the particulars of this newly emergent genre in her essay "A Rational Derangement". We are excited to bring these works forward to a wider audience of both literati and occult students and practitioners, crafted in the fine press tradition that Three Hands Press has become known for. Penumbrae will be released in April and pre-orders are now being accepted.

Three Hands Press welcomes witchcraft author Radomir Ristic, known for his articles in the UK quarterly The Cauldron and his book Balkan Trational Witchcraft. The focus of Radomir's work lies in traditional folk magic, sorcery, and witchcraft of South-eastern Europe, and a new book will be forthcoming this year.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Three Hands Press wishes our readers the best for the newly-minted year. 2015 will see an expansion of our titles, which will begin to emerge from the presses in mid-February. Featuring works from Richard Gavin, Patricia Cram, Peter Hamilton-Giles, Amodali, Andrew D. Chumbley, and Michael Howard, our authors and artists will be turning out a diverse and strange esotery for the next six months. The close of 2014 was marked with the limited-issue of artist Liv Rainey-Smith's woodblock print Lux Stellarum, which was specially commissioned  for Three Hands Press. Representing  the Lady Babalon and the Beast, this remarkable image, printed 4 color letterpress by Dependable Letterpress, appropriately appeared at the Winter Solstice, to drink the last drops from 2014's  chalice.

In cooperation with esoteric publisher Ouroboros Press we have just released Volume 3 of Clavis: Occult Arts, Letters, and Experience, featuring the articles of Richard Gavin, Stuart Sudekum, Andrew Larson, Fredrik Eytzinger,  and John Major Jenkins.  

The Special edition of Hands of Apostasy, our watershed anthology on traditional witchcraft, is now shipping, and we thank all for their patience and understanding of the inevitable delays in the the fine binding process. Bound in quarter olive goatskin with corners, it features a daimonic cover image by James Dunk. Our thanks go out to Danya and Ivar at the Key Printing and Binding for working with us to realize one of the most beautiful fine editions we have yet produced.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Three Hands Press is pleased to announce we have signed British artist-magician Amodali for her forthcoming book The Marks of Teth. The book, which concerns the mysteries of Babalon and sex magic from the perspective of a female adept, will be published in 2015, and formally announced early that year. Those acquainted with Amodali's work through her acclaimed projects Mother Destruction and Liber Incarnadine will welcome this new work of magical literature, which also features her original artwork realised as an essential part of the ongoing manifestation of the Babalon current. Combined with Three Hands' dedication to fine occult deisgn, this watershed book is the result of 25 years of dedication and practice in the continua of the work of the Scarlet Woman and the priestesshood of Babalon, a little-explored and much misunderstood pathway of modern occultism. Amoldali will be speaking about The Marks of Teth at the 6th annual Esoteric Book Conference, held in Seattle September 6 and 7. In a recent interview, Amodali recently spoke with our own Robert Fitzgerald, Patricia Cram, and Daniel A. Schulke about the arcana of this groundbreaking work.  READ INTERVIEW