The SmartMonsters Bookstore

 
SmartMonsters' games are not for everyone. We write for adults with fairly rich educational and cultural backgrounds. We assume our players like to read, and know how to type. We don't write for kids. If this sounds like you, welcome!

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The works listed here have all been used in some way as background for TriadCity, our flagship game.
 
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Books About Magic

777 And Other Qabalistic Writings of Aleister Crowley, Crowley, Samuel Weiser 1990
A Case of Witchcraft: The Trial of Urbain Grandier, Rapley, McGill Queens Univ Pr 1999
A Garden of Pomegranates: Skrying on the Tree of Life, Regardie, Llewellyn 1999
A General Theory of Magic, Mauss, OOP 0000
A Rosicrucian Notebook: The Secret Sciences Used by Members of the Order, Schrodter, Samuel Weiser 1992
A Wicked Pack of Cards: the Origins of the Occult Tarot, Decker, et al, St. Martin's 1996
Ancient Astrology, Barton, Routledge 1994
Ancient Christian Magic: Coptic Texts of Ritual Power, Meyer / Smith, eds., Princeton 1999
Ancient Philosophy, Mystery, and Magic: Empedocles and Pythagorean Tradition, Kingsley, Oxford 1997
Body Guards: Protective Amulets & Charms, Morris, Element 1999
Bud, Blossom & Leaf : The Magical Herb Gardener's Handbook, Morrison, Llewellyn 2001
Conjuring Spirits: Texts & Traditions of Late Medieval Ritual Magic, Fanger, ed., Pennsylvania State U. Press 1998
Cunningham's Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs, Cunningham, Llewellyn 1985
Curse Tablets and Binding Spells from the Ancient World, Gager, ed., Oxford 1999
Diary of a Drug Fiend, Crowley, Samuel Wieser 1977
Do What Thou Wilt: A Life of Aleister Crowley, Sutin, St. Martin's 2002
Forbidden Rites: A Necromancer's Manual of the Fifteenth Century, Kieckhefer, Pennsylvania State U. Press 1998
Giordano Bruno and the Hermetic Tradition, Yates, U. Chicago 1991
Gnosis and Hermeticism from Antiquity to Modern Times, van den Broek, et al, SUNY 1997
Gnosis: An Esoteric Tradition of Mystical Visions and Unions, Merkur, SUNY 1993
Gnosis: The Nature and History of Gnosticism, Rudolph / Wilson (translator), Harper 1987
Hellenistic Magic and the Synoptic Tradition, Hull, Alec R Allenson 1974
Jesus the Magician: Charlatan or Son of God?, Smith, Ulysses Pr. 1998
La Bas (Down There), Huysmans, Dover 1978
Literary Modernism & the Occult Tradition, Surette / Tryphonopoulos (eds.), OOP OOP
Lucifer Rising : A Book of Sin, Devil Worship and Rock 'n' Roll, Baddeley / Woods, Plexus Publishing 1999
Magic in the Ancient World, Graf, Harvard 1999
Magic in the Middle Ages, Kieckhefer, Cambridge 1990
Magical and Ritual Use of Herbs, Miller, Inner Traditions 1992
Moonchild, Crowley, Samuel Wieser 1996
Music and the Occult: French Musical Philosophies, 1750-1950, Godwin, U. of Rochester 1995
Music, Science and Natural Magic in Seventeenth-Century England, Gouk, Yale 1995
Natural Magic; Potions and Powers from the Magical Garden, Greer, Llewellyn 2000
Perdurabo: The Life of Aleister Crowley, Kaczynski, New Falcon Publications 2002
Raising Hell: A Concise History of the Black Arts and Those Who Dared Practice Them, Massello, Perigee Books 1996
Sexuality, Magic and Perversion, King, Carol Pub. Group 1974
The Art of Memory, Yates, Pimlico 1992
The Birth of Modernism: Ezra Pound, T.S. Eliot, W.B. Yeats, and the Occult, Surette, McGill-Queens U. Press 1994
The Black Arts, Cavendish, Perigee Books 1967
The Bluesman: The Musical Heritage of Black Men and Women in the Americas, Finn, Interlink Pub. Group 1998
The Book of Thoth: a Short Essay on the Tarot of the Egyptians, Crowley, Samuel Wieser 1998
The Chemical Wedding of Christian Rosencreutz, Foxcroft (Translator), Kessinger 1997
The Confessions of Aleister Crowley, Crowley, Arkana 1989
The Egyptian Hermes: A Historical Approach to the Late Pagan Mind, Fowden, Princeton 1993
The Eternal Hermes: From Greek God to Alchemical Magus, Faivre / Godwin (translator), Phanes 1995
The Gnostic Religion, Jonas, Beacon 1979
The Golden Ass, Apuleius / Walsh (translator), Oxford 1999
The Golden Dawn: A Complete Course in Practical Ceremonial Magic/4 in 1, Regardie, Llewellyn 1989
The Golden Fleece and Alchemy, Faivre, SUNY 1993
The Greek Magical Papyri in Translation: Including the Demotic Spells: Texts, Betz (ed), U. of Chicago 1996
The Hermetic Brotherhood of Luxor: Initiatic and Historical Documents of an Order of Practical Occultism, Godwin, Samuel Weiser 1995
The Language of Demons and Angels: Cornelius Agrippa's Occult Philosophy, Lehrich, Brill Academic Pub 2003
The Life and Many Deaths of Harry Houdini, Brandon, Kodansha 1995
The Magician's Companion: A Practical and Encyclopedic Guide to Magical and Religious Symbolism, Whitcomb, Llewellyn Publications 1993
The Rise of Magic in Early Medieval Europe, Flint, Princeton 1994
The Rosicrucian Enlightenment, Yates, Routledge 1993
The Rosicrucians: The History, Mythology, and Rituals of an Esoteric Order, 3d ed., Wilson, Samuel Weiser 1998
The Tree of Life, a Study in Magic, Regardie, Samuel Weiser 1983
Three Books of Occult Philosophy, Agrippa et. al., Llewellyn 1994
Vampires: The Occult Truth, Konstantinos, Llewellyn Publications 1996
William Blake, Raine, Thames & Hudson 1985
Witchcraft and Magic in Europe: Ancient Greece and Rome, Ankarloo / Clark, eds., U. of Pennsylvania 1999
Witchcraft and Magic in Europe: The Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries, Ankarloo / Clark, eds., U. of Pennsylvania 1999
Witchcraft and Magic in Europe: The Twentieth Century, Ankarloo / Clark, eds., U of Pennsylvania 1999
Zanoni: A Rosicrucian Tale, Lytton, Kessenger 1942