Sacrum Regnum II

August 13, 2013

The second issue of the Hieroglyphic Press Journal “Sacrum Regnum” is out. This one contains some poems by my sister, Loha Connell. (click on the link)

If you purchase this with Issue I, there is also a nice deal of only 20 pounds for the two.

Here is the info:

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Release Date: IN PRINT 

We begin as we did before with a range of short stories. In the first, John Howard’s Into an Empire, a stamp collector and amateur historian begins to detect the presence of a more allusive realm, whilst in Charles Wilkinson’s The Human Cosmos a retiring jeweller looks back over his life whilst trying to make sense of a series of seemingly minor events. A scent of autumn and melancholy pervades this piece as it does the next: Colin Insole’s Dreams from the Apple Orchards , a nightmarish reminiscence of a childhood touched by wartime tragedy and cultural guilt. Our fiction selection closes with a powerful story of lost love in Post-Soviet Hungary, courtesy of Thomas Strømsholt.

As for translations we are very happy to present a newly translated short story from the acclaimed Polish writer Stefan Grabinski, entitled Red Magda . Our thanks to Grabinski stalwart Miroslaw Lipinski for providing this piece. Additional material, in verse format at last, comes in the form of translations from Baudelaire and Fernando Pessoa and new poems from Loha Connell and Bethany van Rijswijk.

We finish with an array of reviews, articles and additional material. Mark Valentine explores the works of Claude Haughton, a neglected ‘thirties novelist whose stories of Archangelic powers abroad in London are only just being rediscovered; Martin Echter provides an appreciation of the anarchist and decadent adventurer Hanns Heinz Ewers, and Nigel Jackson examines Mary Butts’ From Altar to Chimney-Piece via the cosmic symbolism of René Guénon and the Traditionalist school.


Prolegomenon – Editorial

I. Into an Empire by John Howard
II. The Human Cosmos by Charles Wilkinson
III. Dreams from the Apple Orchards by Colin Insole
IV. Szépassony-völgy by Thomas Strømsholt

Special: An Interview with Quentin S. Crisp

Magical Daoism by Quentin S. Crisp

Poetry & Translations:
Poems, both original & translations, from John Cairns, Mark Valentine, Loha Connell & others

The Stranger Who Opens the Door – The Novels of Claude Houghton by Mark Valentine
Hanns Heinz Ewers and the Cult of the Master Artist by Martin Echter
Obscene Ikons: Desacralization & Counter-Tradition in the Work of Mary Butts by Nigel Jackson

Reviews – including but not limited to reviews of the following volumes:
The Last Gold of Expired Stars by Georg Trakl
The Ten Dictates of Alfred Tessler by D.P. Watt
The Glory and the Splendour by Alex Miles
All God’s Angels, Beware! by Quentin S Crisp

In the Days to Come – recently released & forthcoming titles column