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Periodical: Occult Press Review

Summary:  From Pat Deveney's database:

Occult Press Review, The.
A Monthly Publication Devoted to Higher Thought in all its Phases / "Occultism bespeaks the search for God, the Great Cause back of all Nature. It embraces a knowledge of the fineral natural forces not generallp perceptible to the outer five senses in man".
Fiat Lux
1922--1923? Monthly, bimonthly (irregular)
Los Angeles, CA. Publisher: New Era Press. Editor: R. Caswell Werner (?); Charles Stansfeld Jones ("Frater Achad"), contributing editor and then editor.
1/1, August 1922. 32-40 pp., with additional advertising supplements, $1.50 a year.

The journal seems to have ceased with 3/4, November 1923, since that issue included as a supplement three mimeographed pages of the conclusion of William Barker's "Tarot of the Year," which had been running since December of the previous year. The journal was intended originally as a review of current periodical literature on the occult, an idea tried several times before without notable success, and combined its extensive reviews with original contributions by and excepts from of the likes of screenwriter-occultist Henry Christeen Warnack, whose work was reprinted by the New Era Press, Louis Plante, Rolla H Waffle, Mary E. Thedick ("Color: First Aid to Beauty"), Agnes Glasgow, William Barker, R. Caswell Werner, Katherine Poor, Clarence H. Foster, T. Sharper Knowlson, et al. To excite controversy and interest, the journal carried long conflicting excerpts on H.P. Blavatsky's metaphysical status, leaving it for the readers to reach their own conclusions. There were extensive advertisements for the publisher's own book service and publications and for minor New Thought mages and astrologers and their lessons and institutes, like Yacki Raizizun, Ph.D.,Llewellyn George, and the Institute of Business Success of Chicago, and the journal may have had some connection with Agnes E. Marsland of Washington, D.C., since it carried prominent advertisements for her books, the Esoteric Brothehood, and for the Esoteric. This staid pattern changed with the appearance of "Frater Achad" (Charles Stansfeld Jones, 1886-1950), who first began to appear in the journal in February 1923 and eventually created cover art for the journal and, it seems, became its editor. Jones was one of Aleister Crowley's first neophytes in the A.A., and went on, in occasional bouts of sanity, to play a significant role in the M.M. and O.T.O. When this journal ceased he contributed to the Occult Review. The table of contents of the journal is given in www.lashtal.com. LOC Houdini Collection.

Issues:Occult Press Review V1 N3-4 Oct-Nov 1922

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