UK: Scarlet Imprint, 2010. Two volumes, paperback; 312 and 326 pages. New.
The author finds the sources of contemporary Western magic in the rites of the chthonic underworld in ancient Greece, rather than in folk superstition or the Key of Solomon. He asserts a continuity from the ancient cults of Dionysus and Cybele, through the Greek Magical Papyri, through the 11th-century Picatrix and from there into the grimoires of the 15th and 16th centuries.
Stratton-Kent wants to anchor the modern necromancer into an indigenous yet eclectic history which infuses European magic with the same vitality that we find in the African diaspora religions. The author is a lifelong practitioner of goetic and grimoire magic and is a recognised authority on the practice of this tradition.