Lucifer: princeps

Lucifer: princeps
By Peter Gray, Scarlet Imprint 2015

The big draw for me (other than an interest in the books contents) was the stunning chartreuse binding and the 3/4 crowned dust jacket. Visually, this is a stunning book. It will stand out amongst any collection.

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One thing that is obvious about the ‘Standard’ and ‘Limited’ edition books that Scarlet Imprint publish is that Peter and Alkistis (the other half of Scarlet Imprint) have a love of the book binders art.

The first ‘standard’ book I purchased from them was JSK’s “The Testament of Cyprian the Mage” which prompted me to write to Peter Gray praising the typography and setting in the book. Believe me, an eye for typography is a rabbit hole you don’t want to fall into. Alkistis obviously fell down this rabbit hole a long time ago and has exercised a discerning eye when setting out this book.

The design, binding, type setting and typography of the book is simple and beautiful. For somebody afflicted with the ‘disease’ that notices kerning, line spacing and use of alternative glyphs Alkistis Dimech has performed alchemy, turning the thoughts of Peter into a beautifully presented text on heavy white paper (yes, I’ll admit I’m a bit mad when it comes to good design).FullSizeRender.aaef6a3301324f43b448d7f60fb44406

The chapters in the book are…

A History of Error
Formulation of the Curse
The Dawn Breakers
The Shining One
Holy Mountain
Scorched Heavens, Burned Earth
A King in Search of a Crown
The Invisible God
A Goat for Azazel
The Serpent in the Garden
Fall and Flood
The Key
A Mass of Blood and Feathers
Children of Enoch
The Cloven Hoof

The work goes a long way to demystifying Lucifer and his origins. It’s a book that clearly has taken a lot of time and some serious in depth study by the author. As much as I enjoyed reading the book I did have to occasionally refer to a dictionary. My English isn’t terrible but as a native speaker it was far from my favourite subject at school. Peter’s prose easy to follow but the occasional word had to be looked up for clarification. Also, a good biblical knowledge will help as there is many references to passages or events in the bible as well as geographical locations. Several times I had to look up maps on the Internet just to have a clear understanding of how the story moved from place to place.

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On a first reading I was left with a ‘wow!’ feeling upon completing the book. I know I only got a portion of the message from the book and it is a book that I’ll have to read again, probably several times. Each time gaining more from the book and understanding better all the details. The follow up, Lucifer: praxis is scheduled for release in the middle of 2017.

If you have an interest in Lucifer, the mythos, the fallen angel, the bringer of light, the association with Satan then you will enjoy this book. As somebody who was raised as a protestant and taught that Lucifer and Satan were basically the same this book changed my perceptions.