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Doing Business in the Adirondacks: True Tales of the Bizarre and Supernatural Paperback – March 21, 2003

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If words were music, this book would sound several thematic sine waves of thunderous Euro-Classical F major and all-American JAZZ. -- Black Kabbalist East Online, April 17, 2003

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INTRODUCTION by Eugenia Macer-Story This book describes a contest between the author and the "Thantatos" sorcerers which is an actual, subtle battle waged like an intuitive chess game. The book itself did not begin as a narrative of this situation. The intent originally was to describe the many anomalous and supernatural happenings which occur in the mountains and harbors of New York State. Then a pattern began to emerge from the data. This pattern was surprising and at first unacceptable to the rational mind. It seemed that several threads of inquiry were in fact one pattern of occurrence. Supposedly "human" interference such as crank calls, talismanic debris left on the property and evident surveillance by deceptively-marked vehicles was happening concomitant with "natural" phenomena such as storms, distant power outages, anomalous shrinkage and staining of clothing and other such events normally relegated to the category of supernatural fiction. Yet, in all honesty as a journalist, I had to record that the situation looked exactly as if a group of sorcery adepts was attempting to control my independent activities as a publicly-known artist/playwright and clairvoyant practitioner. For purposes of journaling these events, I named this unknown group the "Thantatos" organization as it seemed to me that their obsession was with death and control of life processes. Later, I found that this version of the name "Thanatos", a Latin word meaning "death", was actually in use by certain adepts who had recorded some of their correspondence in Internet postings. I also discovered that I was not alone in being mysteriously the focus of this odd attention, and that there had been a number of unexplained deaths and disappearances among U.S. researchers into the area of psychic perception, psychotronics and "ufo" phenomena. I realized that I was involved now in a contest with people who had developed extraordinary "powers" and were attempting to conceal their existence , as well as to downplay the understanding of these abilities among the public at large. Peter Levenda, an author mentioned in the first two printings of this book, contacted me in 2004 with the information that he is not the young fugitive mentioned in the tale about a covert black magick network. (page 155-56). After a brief correspondence, the possibility emerged that since the "real" author Peter Levenda had lectured during the 1980’s at the Magickal Childe bookstore, which was my connection point with the young fugitive fleeing alleged "black magick", that this young man may have assumed Levenda’s name in conversation at the store and later during his escape to the Southwest U.S. from some type of covert pressures in New York City. According to the "real" Peter Levenda, his only consistent personal connection with the Magickal Childe bookstore was via a jeweler from the New York City area . This is significant due to the fact that the young man using Levenda’s name in the early 1980’s was selling by mail order from the Southwest U.S. talismanic items of jewelry marked with "angel sigils". In this context also, the tale of the unfortunate and enigmatic "gem magician" (pages 13, 204-5, 208) may figure in a larger pattern of events as, according to recent news items, there is widespread use of traffic in diamonds and other gems as a form of money laundering in Africa , India, Indonesia and other Asian locations. Of course, this news is not particularly new or urgent, dating back as it does several centuries and into antiquity along the "silk route" through Africa and China. But we in the modern era tend to think that the sorcery associated with such ancient trade routes died out with modern transportation. Not at all. Thantatos sorcery is still very much alive.

THE TALE OF THE YOUNG MAGICIAN'S AMULET (revised) page155 In Fact: DO NOT BELIEVE THE PARAGRAPH IN ITALICS BELOW WHICH WAS THE ORIGINAL BEGINNING OF "THE TALE OF THE YOUNG MAGICIAN’S AMULET" IN THE FIRST EDITION OF THIS BOOK. CONSIDER THIS TALE CAREFULLY, DEAR READER, BUT DO NOT ALWAYS TAKE LITERALLY EVERYTHING YOU READ; FOR THE MAGICIAN WHO WRITES ABSOLUTES MAY BE DECEIVED. If so, this strategy was not successful. For I had recently learned that another of the Magickal Childe regulars from the 1980’s , now using the name Peter Levenda, had published a book on the magickal roots of Nazism52 and was thus being reviewed and featured on the dark occult ezine Dagobert’s Revenge. I had commented on my whimsical memory of Levenda, as a young man using an occult pseudonym, in public email list correspondence. But I was also aware that back in his "Magickal Childe" days Mr. Levenda had left New York suddenly to seek his fortune in the Southwest U.S. and had at that time been vending magickal amulets engraved with angel sigils and designed traditionally for various purposes. I had purchased one of these items by mail order, which I still own. So I am aware that the interest in occult topics displayed by Mr. Levenda is genuinely long term and specifically informed . OR THE MAGICIAN’S SPIRIT LINK MAY BE MAKING SOME VERY SUBTLE POINT. See the Introduction on page 2 of this book. I later learned that the young trickster from whom I ordered the "angel magick" talisman in the 1980’s was not actually the author Peter Levenda but was posing as Mr. Levenda for some arcane reason. Nevertheless, that does not invalidate the charm of his "angel magick" which has in the long run been of benefit to those who may read the cautionary tale continued as follows, exactly as in the original first edition of this book. Recall here, dear reader, the "twilight" warning on the enigmatic 2002 "Corporate Goth" web page, posted with no other overt comment.. I had purchased the amulet from the young man posing as Peter Levenda years ago because I felt he was in flight from something ‘evil" or dark he had encountered on the path in NYC and I wished to be supportive of his relocation. I do not think magickal protection can be purchased as the attachment of thought to an object is subtle and not always congruent with the visible and/or auditory symbols. As the old saying goes: :"The devil can quote scripture." The reverse can also be true. Those seeming to wear the cloak of darkness may actually be concealing their inner light from predatory vandals. ..excerpt--E.Macer-Story


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Magick Mirror Communications (March 21, 2003)
  • ISBN-10: 1879980169
  • ISBN-13: 978-1879980167
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 6 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,503,586 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michael Short on July 14, 2008
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It's bizarre, alright. Nonsensical is more accurate. After having read this book, I am unsure whether it's a work of fiction disguised as a poorly written, seeming delusional set of memoirs, or whether the author is indeed extremely paranoid.

According to Macer-Story, seeming everything that happens to her results from the actions of an evil cabal, which she calls Thanatos. Hearing a car start in the middle of the night? Thanatos has someone watching her. Trash in the yard? Curse by Thanatos.

Perhaps this book is useful as an inside look into the mind of someone suffering from paranoia. Otherwise, one to miss.
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