A review of my forthcoming book The Secret Teachers of the Western World

Here’s a link to a review of my forthcoming book The Secret Teachers of the Western World, which will be released on December 8 2015.

I’ve also written essays for two other publications coming out this month. The Secret Tunnels of England is another fine product of Antony Clayton’s ongoing obsession with what’s happening underground. My contribution, “The Occult Underground,” looks at a variety of different aspects of what we can call “subterranean mysticism.” The fact that it’s another book with the word “secret” in its title is sheer coincidence… And in Lord of Strange Deaths, a collection of essays edited by Mark Pilkington and Phil Baker to mark the hundredth anniversary of the appearance of Sax Rohmer’s fiendish super-villain, Fu Manchu, I write about Rohmer’s life-long fascination with the occult and take a look at his only non-fiction book The Romance of Sorcery.

And let me mention here that my recent talk on the origins of western philosophy, “Of Two Minds,” at Canterbury Christ Church University, went well and was a pleasure to give. The audience was very receptive and enthusiastic I’m sure that the course in Myth, Cosmology and the Sacred offered there must be remarkable.

2 thoughts on “A review of my forthcoming book The Secret Teachers of the Western World

  1. Gary – I just pre-ordered your book. I hadn’t been getting updates from your site so I thought you’d been quiet. Apparently not – good old Amazon alerted me to your book and immediately ordered it.

    In the meantime, I have to ask if you have seen the movie “Her”. I just watched it. Brilliant movie – for me it is perhaps the deepest and broadest movie in its implications. I’d be interested on your take on it, and if you haven’t seen it, I would suggest it heartily.

    Not a simple technology story or exploration of love, but rather a profound early meditation on the nature of consciousness in light of technology that is coming. It suggests a lot more than it states, but a very interesting movies.

    It reminded me of the movie “Ex Machina”, but much broader. We are living in very exciting times.

    1. Hello John. Very good to hear from you. I’m sorry that you’re not receiving any of my recent posts. Nothing too exciting, just a mention of a few books I’ve contributed essays to, and other bits and pieces. I wonder if you’ve seen the pre-publication reviews of The Secret Teachers of the Western World at the Publishers Weekly and Kirkus sites? I’ve posted them last month. Many thanks for letting me know about “Her.” I haven’t seen it and will look out for it. Trust all is well with you. All the best, Gary

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