Magic Words: A Dictionary
The Pencil Witch
Seance Parlor Feng Shui
The Care and Feeding of a Spirit Board
Divination By Punctuation
Heirs to the Queen of Hearts: Tracing Magical Genealogy
How to Believe in Your Elf
The Skeleton Key of Solomon
The One Minute Mystic
The Egyptian Secrets in Your Name
The Original Cloudbuster (iOS App)
Oracle of the Two-Fold Gods
The Young Wizard's Hexopedia
Of Drinking in Remembrance of the Dead
Nostradamus Predicted Your Next Diet
How to Hoodoo Hack a Yearbook
Magic Archetypes
Astragalomancy: A Loaded Guide
The JINX Companion
Machinarium Verbosus
A Field Guide to Identifying Unicorns by Sound
The Ghost in the [Scanning] Machine
Trump L'Oeil: Tarot of Portmeirion
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Of Drinking in Remembrance of the Dead

Illustration from Drinking in Remembrance of the Dead 112 cocktail recipes to be drunk in remembrance of the dead. The profoundest reason for drinking to the dead to the point of intoxication is to foster a sense of concord with the departed.  By way of example, for the Germanic peoples of late antiquity, “The excessive enjoyment of an intoxicating beverage (beer), often in tandem with the funerary rite, can be seen here as a solidarity ritual: it puts those who remain among the living into a kind of transcendent, paranormal state.  This is the same state in which the deceased himself now seems to exist, whereby the funerary rite can be accepted as a ‘following into death.’”

PRAISE FOR OF DRINKING IN REMEMBRANCE OF THE DEAD

“This book appeals to a wide group of people. Those who like interesting cocktail recipes, those with an interest in traditions, and those who appreciate good design. If you're not one of these types, then surely you know someone who is. Give them this book as an inexpensive, and unexpected, present. I've already purchased six copies!”  —Gordon Meyer, author of Smart Home Hacks

“I’m just over the moon with this. . . . It is a fun little romp around some of the most off-the-beaten-path drinks (without forgetting the favorites) hinted with a touch of cocktail esoterica, witchcraft, and deviltry. . . . So cool!”  —Thomas Kleiner, of Chicago’s Club Lucky



About the Author


Craig Conley is a magic enthusiast and scholar.  Recognized by Encarta as “America’s most creative and diligent scholar of letters, words and punctuation,” his intensive and eccentric research has led him to compile a true masterwork entitled Magic Words: A Dictionary.  He has also authored One-Letter Words: A Dictionary, among other strange and unusual lexicons, and is a regular columnist for Pentacle magazine.  Conley’s ideas are often decades ahead of their time.  He invented the concept of the “virtual pet” in 1980, fifteen years before the debut of the popular “Tamagotchi” in Japan.  His virtual pet, actually a rare flower, still thrives and has reached an incomprehensible size.

Featured Works:
  • Magic Words: A Dictionary
  • Magic Archetypes: The Art Behind the Science of Conjuring
  • The Skeleton Key of Solomon
  • The Collected Oldest Trick(s) in the Book(s)
  • Esoteric Articles
  • Trump L’Oeil: Tarot of Portmeirion

    Published Works
    Published Works by Craig Conley


  • Online Resources


  • Jeff McBride’s YourMagic.com
  • Eugene Burger’s MagicBeard.com
  • Rebuilding a Mystery
  • Abecedarian blog
  • Magic Words blog
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