William Burroughs' written work alludes to many occult themes, rites and objects. This biographical study goes under the surface of these to reveal a fascinating other life, of the author's actual involvement with magic: the workings he undertook, the magic he practised, the rites he performed, and the experiences he shared with other magical practitioners. The author draws on his personal knowledge of many occult practitioners who had personal contact with Burroughs Genesis P-Orridge, John Balance, Peter Christopherson, Terry Wilson) and access to the papers of Cabell McLean, Williams' lover and student, c.1976-1983. A must-read for anyone interested in the Beat generation and their wilder shores of activity.
Oxford, UK: Mandrake of Oxford, 2014. Paperback, 252 pages. New.