Alkistis Dimech and Peter Grey are the powerhouse tag team behind Scarlet Imprint, one of the premier purveyors of what I call dank esoterica. Their new book, The Brazen Vessel, is a collection of selected texts, essays and presentations that documents the creative, magical partnership of Alkistis and Peter from 2008 to 2018.
Alan Abbadessa is in the house to talk about a docu-series he’s producing called Hindsight 20/20, the first episode of which is online now. It’s called 9/11 Spider-verse, and it explores a cinematic world where 9/11 conspiracy theories are just the tip of the iceberg.
Cavan McLaughlin is a broadcaster, creative media practitioner and Senior Lecturer in Media Production at the University of Northampton, with research interests around the role of spirituality and occultism in contemporary visual culture. He joins the show to talk about his forthcoming book and conference, both titled Trans- States.
Daniel Duke is a descendant of the outlaw Jesse James and the author of the book “Jesse James and the Lost Templar Treasure: Secret Diaries, Coded Maps and the Knights of the Golden Circle.” Dan’s contention is that Jesse left behind treasure, maps to it, and that it might not be material gold that we’re hunting for.
Bob Frissell is the author of, among other things, “Nothing in This Book Is True, But It’s Exactly How Things Are”, which was just re-released with a 25th anniversary edition. Bob’s book is considered an underground classic in the realm of metaphysics and spirituality, and it explores everything from higher consciousness and human evolution to sacred geometry, the secret government, UFOs, Atlantis and so much more.
Aaron French has written what he says is the first academic paper focused on the Mandela Effect, which was recently published by the academic journal Correspondences: Journal for the Study of Esotericism. Aaron’s paper looks at how this recent phenomenon became such a popular conspiracy theory and Internet meme; how it sheds light on our contemporary technoscience culture; and aspects of it that are familiar to esotericism.
Erik Davis is back in the house for a second time to rap a bit about his latest book High Weirdness: Drugs, Esoterica and Visionary Experience in the Seventies, which charts the emergence of a new psychedelic spirituality that arose from American countercultural voices of the 1970s, including Philip K Dick, Terence McKenna and Robert Anton Wilson.
Pam Grossman is the host of The Witch Wave podcast and has a new book out called Waking the Witch: Reflections on Women, Magic and Power, which has been described as a whip-smart and illuminating exploration of the world’s fascination with witches, why they’ve intrigued us for centuries and why they’re more relevant now than ever.
Janaka Stucky is a mystic poet, performer, and founding editor of the award-winning press Black Ocean. He’s here to talk about his latest book of poetry, Ascend Ascend, recently released by Jack White’s publishing imprint, Third Man Books. The book is rooted in the Jewish mystical tradition of merkabah literature, chronicling an ascent up the kabbalistic sefirot.