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Saturday, March 4, 2023

Update on the new RAW book about Crowley

The planned new Hilaritas book of Robert Anton Wilson writing about Aleister Crowley, built around the discovery of a long unpublished RAW essay about Crowley, seems to be advancing.

In a post at the Hilaritas Press website, Rasa reveals the name of the planned new book, and announces an effort to find suitable cover art.

The title of the new book will be Lion of Light: Robert Anton Wilson on Aleister Crowley.

Rasa writes,

"We tried various AI attempts at making an “Aleister Crowley Lion of Light,” but none of them seemed good enough – all of them are posted here. Some were very odd. A couple were hilarious. One made RAW into Larry of the Three Stooges, and RAW really would have preferred to be modeled after Moe, if anyone. A couple of the images were not bad. One, the one featured here at the top of this page, seems closest to what we are looking for, but even that one seems lackluster to us. 

"If any one of you clever folk out there want to create your own attempt at a Crowley Lion of Light, we’d love to see what you come up with. If it’s really great, we’ll use it on the cover, giving you credit in the book’s front matter, and of course sending you a copy of the finished book."

More at the announcement, including how to submit an image. 

My earlier post gives some background on the book. 

                                                           Another rejected cover image. 


Ron Hogan said...

Yeah, right now these pretty much look like Riff Raff from Rocky Horror gained a substantial amount of weight. But I do like the direction in which they’re headed.

Rarebit Fiend said...

@Ron- Richard O'Brien did play Dr. Dee in Derek Jarman's Jubilee, so I think Crowley might appreciate the comparison.