Starfire Publishing Ltd., London, 1997. First edition. 128 pages; full colour dustjacket by Steffi Grant, utilising a painting by Crowley.
On learning that an ancestor was executed for witchcraft in the sixteenth century, the narrator is prompted to explore her history. Research having failed, he resorts to magical means and exposes an array of malefic forces poised to invade the Earth. In a deserted Welsh ruin he discovers a grimoire revealing traffic between alien entities and their terrestrial agents. Rumoured to have lain for centuries in the existence of a Scottish clan, the grimoire’s existence is known to a very few. Among them are powerful occultists such as Aleister Crowley and Phineas Black, desperately tracking it down. The grimoire alone holds the keys ─ and the Sign of Protection . . .
This Nightside Narrative, published as the first in Kenneth Grant’s series of novellas, was written as an introduction to the final volume of the Typhonian Trilogies, The Ninth Arch. It thus takes up some of the elements of the series of Oracles collected in ‘The Book of the Spider’ and weaves them into a multi-layered stream of dream consciousness. Although at times not an easy read,Against the Light is a profound and glittering jewel in the corpus of Grant’s work.
Book is in near fine condition with a very small bookstore stamp on front free endpaper else fine.