Aleister Crowley’s Fiction Reading List

Zanoni
by Sir Edward Bulwer Lytton. Valuable for its facts and suggestions about Mysticism

A Strange Story
by Sir Edward Bulwer Lytton. Valuable for its facts and suggestions about Magick.

The Blossom and the Fruit
by Mabel Collins. Valuable for its account of the Path.

Petronius Arbiter
Valuable for those who have wit to understand it.

The Golden Ass
by Apuleius. Valuable for those who have wit to understand it.

Le Comte de Gabalis
Valuable for its hints of those things which it mocks.

The Rape of the Lock
by Alexander Pope. Valuable for its account of elementals.

Undine
by de la Motte Fouque. Valuable as an account of elementals.

Black Magic
by Marjorie Bowen. An intensely interesting story of sorcery.

Le Peau de Chagrin
by Honore de Balzac. A magnificent magical allegory.

Number Nineteen
by Edgar Jepson. An excellent tale of modern magic.

Dracula
by Bram Stoker. Valuable for its account of legends concerning vampires.

Scientific Romances
by H. Hinton. Valuable as an introduction to the study of the Fourth Dimension.

Alice in Wonderland
by Lewis Carroll. Valuable to those who understand the Qabalah.

Alice Through the Looking Glass
by Lewis Carroll. Valuable to those who understand the Qabalah.

The Hunting of the Snark
by Lewis Carroll. Valuable to those who understand the Qabalah.

The Arabian Nights
translated by either Sir Richard Burton or John Payne. Valuable as a storehouse of oriental magick-lore.

Morte d’Arthur
by Sir Thomas Mallory. Valuable as a storehouse of occidental Magick-lore.

The Works of Francois Rabelais
Invaluable for Wisdom.

The Kasidah
by Sir Richard Burton. Valuable as a summary of philosophy.

The Song Celestial
by Sir Edwin Arnold. “The Bhagavad-Gita” in verse.

The Light of Asia
by Sir Edwin Arnold. An account of the attainment of Gotama Buddha.

The Rosicrucians
by Hargrave Jennings. Valuable to those who can read between the lines.

The Real History of the Rosicrucians
by A. E. Waite. A good vulgar piece of journalism on the subject.

The Works of Arthur Machen
Most of these stories are of great magical interest.

The Writings of William O’Neill (Blake)
Invaluable to all students.

The Shaving of Shagpat
by George Meredith. An excellent allegory.

Lilith
by George MacDonald. A good introduction to the Astral.

La-Bas
by J. K. Huysmans. An account of the extravagances caused by the Sin-complex.

The Lore of Proserpine
by Maurice Hewlett. A suggestive enquiry into the Hermetic Arcanum.

En Route
by J. K. Huysmans. An account of the follies of Christian mysticism.

Sidonia the Sorceress by Wilhelm Meinhold.
The Amber Witch by Wilhelm Meinhold.
These two tales are highly informative.

Macbeth; Midsummer Night’s Dream; The Tempest
by W. Shakespeare. Interesting for traditions treated.

Redgauntlet
by Sir Walter Scott. Also one or two other novels. Interesting for traditions treated.

Rob Roy
by James Grant. Interesting for traditions treated.

The Magician
by W. Somerset Maugham. An amusing hotchpot of stolen goods.

The Bible
by various authors unknown. The Hebrew and Greek Originals are of Qabalistic value. It contains also many magical apologues, and recounts many tales of folk-lore and magical rites.

Kim
by Rudyard Kipling. An admirable study of Eastern thought and life. Many other stories by this author are highly suggestive and informative.

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