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The Skeleton Key of Solomon
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The Care and Feeding of a Spirit Board

Sample Page What can we say authoritatively about the nature of this esoteric volume, beyond the presumption that it was a cherished heirloom and the fact that it was mostly lost to a fire? Historical truths are often inconclusive, pointing as they do in ambiguous directions toward fading memories and secret archives. What we can say is that occult forensic specialists have delicately pieced ashes back together. Read now with delight this most present prescient volume; protect it from any fire save that of your understanding enthusiasm.


“This little volume arrived in my post this morning.  A curious volume, comprised of burnt pages and type-written instruction, describing the care for one’s spirit or talking board.  Any fan of Borges or Calvino or Danielewski will find much to delight in it.  It is a puzzle to be deciphered and re-deciphered, to be followed to the letter, and to be treated carefully, as any occult treatise should be.  Highly recommended!”  —Timothy

“Sometimes the most interesting bits of knowledge turn up in the places you least expect them to.  Unless you are reading Professor Oddfellow.  With an impish delight that belies a serious tone, Oddfellow always manages to amuse while imparting forgotten wisdom...  The Care & Feeding Of A Spirit Board is a smart and delightful education.”  —Adam McFarland

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.

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  • Trump L’Oeil: Tarot of Portmeirion

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