Saturday, December 17, 2011

Scarlet Imprint, Ebooks, & Etc

Some time ago I was quite critical of Scarlet Imprint, after they (and a few less savory characters joined them) complained about Piracy.

At the time, they were just preparing to – or just had – announce(d) their “Bibliotheque Rouge” books, and had not yet said a word about e-books or digital editions.

In November they announced that they'd be releasing their Rouge books in ebook formats while saying:
We want the same information which is in our fine editions and hardbacks to be accessible. We have also struggled to buy books, pay rent and put food on the table whilst being committed students of magick.”

This basically means that SI, in my book, can now complain about piracy as much as they want. They've met every criticism that I had initially over the discussion, and they've worked towards making their books accessible. This is something I not only applaud, but I further retract my earlier criticism(s).

Now, I'm still very critical about Llewellyn complaining about low book sales, but that's another matter entirely.


M.C. said...

I can honestly say that S.I.'s primary concern in publishing is to get the material they publish out and to those who will actually USE and learn from it. They only publish material they truly believe in. They could start releasing lesser quality content trash for cash style and make a lot more money than they do, but they are very principled, like Hadean and Teitan, and won't release a hardcover turd even if its sure to make them rich.

Llewellyn, on the other hand, publishes 90% crap. If its marketable and "not too dark", they'll publish it, and thats why their sales are as low as they are. They have some quality releases; Dunn's, The Golden Hoard releases they do with Skinner among them, but for the most part its just plain crap. Moloch has termed them llEWEllyn for a damn good reason!

Harold Roth said...

I think Llewellyn has always been kind of schizophrenic. They've always published ceremonial magic classics as well as fluffy stuff. Last I heard, they were saying that they were looking for new books on angels, because that was the big thing coming down the pike. Right. That said, their books are some of the most widely pirated that I have seen, which to me proves that piracy has nothing to do with price.

Mr VI said...

Not forgetting all of Frater UD's stuff is reason enough to cut Llewellyn some slack.

V.V.F. said...

Damn it. Now I have something resembling a reason to buy an eReader.

Lance Foster said...

I have a question I would like to ask the good people of this forum, who are familiar with the offerings of publishers like SI and other smaller occult presses.

Do you know of any books with a particular focus on place-magic? That is, how doing magic affects the "fabric" of a place, the room, the building, the grove, etc.? I am researching this just now and am not familiar enough with these resources, or if there are any others with this particular research focus.

I am an archaeologist and a landscape architect by education and training, and am integrating my "mundane" background and experiences in these fields with place-magic.

Jack Faust said...

Lance: I just wanted to let you know that I'm asking around about what books have discussions on the area of magick and mysticism you're primarily focused on. Off the top of my head, I can think of an essay by Jan Fries on the subject, but it appears to have vanished from the 'net at some point in the last three years. As for books just on the subject? I'll need to ask around more. If I find anything, I'll let you know.

Lance Michael Foster said...

Thanks Jack. I appreciate it :-)

Lance Michael Foster said...

Jack, I read about the 'salamander' on the train on your friend's blog. THAT was a trip. I have had a lot of interaction with genius loci, which is why I found your posts on psychogeography and the genius so worthwhile. I know I have been in motel rooms where people did SOME kid of operation and the atmosphere was disturbed. The IT guy in Duquette's "low magick" book had done something also at that school that Duquette had to banish/exorcise. And then there was a post on the now apparently permanently screwed-up about a cloakroom that had come "alive" in some way. In some of Fortune's Dr. Taverner tales, there are lots of instances of places affected by magic (The Whistling Room). In Graves' "Needles of Stone" he has a lot on magicians' affecting megalithic sites.

Lance Michael Foster said...

Here's the bit on the cloakroom:

"...In the '60s, (in Liverpool, in the UK), when I was 8, my school, Tiber Street Junior's, made this great display of installing what was SUPPOSED to be a brand new cloakroom.

Anyway, not long after this took place, I found myself alone in this cloakroom with a pair of twin boys from the year below, celebrated throughout the school for having extremely trendy Beatle-style haircuts.

Anyway, that day we started playing tick, and ducking out of the reach of one of the "Terrible Twins", (as me and my younger sister'd dubbed them), I inadvertently smacked into one of the coat hooks.

To the amazement of the three of us, the whole section the hook was part of seemed to momentarily come alive with cold fury and loathing - almost as if, if only it could, it would've ripped itself up by its foundations and chased us off down the street - at which point a sort of miniature lightning bolt, about two-and-a-half to three inches long arced out of the hook and shocked my hand.

Then, even as we us stood there, jaws gaping and paralysed on the spot, keeping one eye on the coat hook and glancing back and forth at each other wondering what to do next, the three of us were terrified to hear this coat hook, in the utterly hideous voice of a thoroughly nasty old man snarl, "Ah, now you didn't know we could do that, did y', y'little sh*t!" at which point I ran back to class, shaking like a leaf, and the twins ran straight out the school, their parents subsequently refusing to bring them back.

Now, whatever you make of that story, it's all very well for some people to say oh, people're always seeing and hearing things that aren't there, as if somehow that's both the explanation and the 'cure', but I'm aware of adults who, under the well-intentioned onslaught of "it's all in your head", went on to kill themselves over far milder experiences than that; but - God! - until now, it'd never occurred to me kids might be taking that option, too, (if not something far worse, given other data available to me)."