Aleister Crowley's Simon Iff
Do what thou
wilt shall be the whole of the Law.
The Scrutinies of Simon Iff by Aleister Crowley were
once published, circa 1917-1918 E.V., in The International magazine, but
since that time these six short stories featuring the character of Simon Iff,
one of the protagonists of Moonchild, have not been available.*
Likewise, the others, Simon Iff Abroad, Simon Iff Psychoanalyst and
Simon Iff in America, a total of seventeen short stories, were never
before published and have remained so, unavailable to most students of Crowley
and Thelema, until I grew tired of this state of affairs and published them in
a simple form, without the benefit of copyright to make certain they remained
in the public domain. Each order filled cost me dear, but it was
important to me to make this material available and keep the Iff stories from
being used and monoplized to personally benefit a few at the expense of the
many. Every order I filled to accomplish this task did not put money
into my pocket, but just the opposite. Each order represented a
financial loss I could ill afford. Now, with the Castle of the Silver
Star, I can offer this material to all at relatively no expense to myself but
for the time spent to prepare these wonderful stories for the Internet.
During my first Great Magical Retirement at the Mt. Nebo
Hermitage I corresponded with James Wasserman, an editor at the time for Samuel
Weiser, Inc. Occasionally we conversed over the telephone as well.
When he asked me if I would like to have copies of the Simon Iff stories I
replied enthusiastically in the affirmative. I figured he was simply
trying to kiss up to me, and I doubted his actions were ethical, but I saw an
opportunity here to obtain this rare material by doing nothing more than
saying "Yes!" Later, our correspondence having run out of steam, Mr.
Wasserman hooked up with Marcelo Ramos Motta and his S.O.T.O.. That did
not go well for Mr. Wasserman. He and the late Sr. Motta had the
inevitable falling out that was common to all relationships with mad Mr.
Motta, and Mr. Wasserman's employment with Weiser ended. Showing a
further lack of good judgment, Mr. Wasserman next took up with the late Grady
Louis McMurtry (Caliph Hymenaeus Alpha) and the Caliphate pseudo-o.t.o..
Time passed. The Iff stories were not published.
On the Winter Solstice of 1977 E.V. I began The Newaeon Newsletter.
I was gradually and casually investigating the Caliphate gang since my 1st G.M.R.,
and soon after publishing the first numbers of TNN I began corresponding with
Helen Parsons Smith (Soror Grimaud), a surviving, elderly member of the
original Agape Lodge of the genuine Ordo Templi Orientis, and publisher of
Crowleyana. Her relationship with Grady McMurtry and his ex-wife Phyllis
Seckler (Soror Meral), et al, was always strained, and this seems to have been
a contributing factor to her decision to assist me with Newaeon in small but
significant ways. During this time I gave her my most readable
typscripts of the Iff stories as a donation to her publishing efforts, asking
only that she mention my contribution somewhere in the book or books and that
she make no more than a fair profit from the publication of this material.
More time passed. HPS hoarded the Simon Iff stories.
The Caliphate pseudo-o.t.o. was not making the material available to all, as is
usual for the gang, restricting access to material that could possibly
assist others to discover and accomplish their True Wills. This
situation was starting to annoy me. And so, I did my best to make these
stories available to as many interested parties as possible, albeit in a
rough typescript form. My intention was to eventually retype everything
and make the material more presentable, but one thing led to another and I
never found the time to do this. Now that I have been dragged into the
computer age and cyberspace, I have found a better way make the Simon Iff
stories available to all ... and this is it!
This, however, is not quite the end of the story. Before
the Simon Iff stories could get here, they had to be put into HTML form. I
knew nothing of this then. Obviously things have changed. However,
then I was going to the public library every day to use their computers just
to struggle with e-mail and learn now to surf the Net. A righteously
disgruntled member of the Caliphate, Ellen (Soror Rhia), was helping me to get
the web site begun, but she found the task that she had enthusiastically
volunteered to take on a bit more work than she had anticipated. I had
given her a copy of the Iff stories and she was going to put them into HTML
format. However, when a "friend" of hers in the Caliphate pseudo-o.t.o.,
one Chris Feldman (Christeos Pir, Frater Vitriol, etc.), offered to do this
for her, she eagerly accepted his help. Then, instead of doing what he
had offered to do, Chris proceeded to use the Simon Iff stories to give some
worth to his inconsequential Caliphate camp newsletter, betraying me, but more
importantly betraying his friend, Ellen. Chris and I exchanged a few
e-mails messages over this matter. Speaking like a true Caliphate
toadie, so used to doing what he's told, he asked me what I wanted him to
do. I merely replied that I wanted him to do the polite, responsible,
ethical thing. The problem for Chris was that on his own he could not
determine what this meant, so he resorted to an attempt to insult me, along
with a program of speaking ill of me behind my back. After the way the
Caliphate has hoarded these stories and restricted your access to them,
I found Mr. Feldman's behaviour particularly rude. But it is now of
I hope you enjoy these stories written by the Master Therion
under the nom de plume Edward Kelly, and that you find value in them beyond
Love is the law,
love under will.
The Newaeon Newsletter
*Some time after I published
and distributed The Scrutinies of Simon Iff (and the other three
collections), Teitan Press published a very nicely done edition of
Scrutinies. Because this material is currently available in this
form, I will not at this time place these stories on Castle of the Silver
Star. It is only because I do not wish to be redundant and waste space
on the Newaeon site. However, I have put Scrutinies into HTML
format and The Complete Simon Iff Collection is now available on disk,
for Windows only. For further information, please see the bottom of the
next page. As for the Teitan Press edition of The Scrutinies of Simon
Iff, I recommend it highly.
NOTE: In editing these stories, a
job not well done by myself in the earlier typescripts, I decided to retain all
archaic forms of speech and writing originally used by Aleister Crowley,
including such things as the hypenation of words like "to-day". Also I
retained many of the capitalizations, changing these one way or another merely
for the sake of consistency. Other than small matters such as these, I made
no substantial changes in the original typescripts by Aleister Crowley. In
reading these stories, one should remember the time in which they were
written, within the first two decades of the 1900's.
Tired of all the copyright nonsense and the misuse
of Crowleyana to lure sincere students into a pseudo-Thelemic "fraternity" that
is little more than a money making scam? For a wealth of downloadable
material written by Aleister Crowley and expertly proofed and edited,
visit by way of the button below the Yohonza Rare Crowleyana web site.
Numerous times in the past this web site has been pulled from
the Internet only to return again and again. To blame for these
disappearances of Yohonza: the Caliphate pseudo-o.t.o. which preaches that
"The word of Sin is Restriction", but which restricts your access to
Crowleyana inan effort to "corner the market" and be the only distributors of
work that is,for the most part, in the public domain. They threaten
publishersand others with bogus copyright claims, and do everything in their
power tokeep others from freely distributing this material for your
benefit, as Aleister Crowley would have wanted it, thus thwarting your
attempts to discover and accomplish your True Will. Such actions
prove that they are not what they claim to be, that they are not
Thelemites. The Caliphate pseudo-o.t.o. proves itself to be
hypocrites, liars and extremely unthelemic - the very antithesis of
March 3, 2002 E.V. Note: on or about February 28th I discovered that Yohonza had been pulled once more from the Internet, denying you the rare and valuable Crowleyana you desire and perhaps need to assist you in discovering and accomplishing your True Will. It has since been restored, but for how long I do not know. If it again disappears, count on it once more reappearing. And by the way, it has been assumed by some that I am the owner and manager of the excellent Rare Crowleyana Yohonza web site but this is not true. I have given my assistance to the site's owner and provided him with some of the Crowleyana on his web site, but it was put on the Internet and is excellently maintained by another - a friend and associate of mine. It has also been wrongly assumed that Anthony Naylor owns and maintains this site - he does not.
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