Wormwood Star the Magickal Life of Marjorie Cameron

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In the first ever biography written about her, Wormwood Star traces the extraordinary life of the enigmatic artist Marjorie Cameron, one of the most fascinating figures to emerge from the American Underground art world and film scene. Born in Belle Plaine, Iowa, in 1922, Camerons uniqueness and talent as a natural born artist was evident to those around her early on in life. During World War 2 she served in the Womens Navy, and worked in Washington as an aide to the Joint Chiefs Of Staff. But it was after the War that her life really took off, when she met her husband Jack Parsons. By day Parsons was a brilliant rocket scientist, but by night he was Master of the Agape Lodge, a fraternal magickal order, whose head was the most famous magus of the 20th century Aleister Crowley. Gradually, over the course of their marriage, Parsons initiated Cameron into the occult sciences, and the biography offers a fresh perspective on her role in the infamous Babalon Working magick rituals Parsons conducted with the future founder of Scientology, L Ron Hubbard. Following Parsons death in 1952 from a chemical explosion, Cameron inherited her husbands magickal mantle and embarked on a lifelong spiritual quest, a journey reflected in the otherworldly images she depicted, many of them drawn from the Elemental Kingdom and astral plane. Throughout the 1950s and 1960s Cameron became a celebrated personality in Californias underground art world and film scene. In 1954 she starred in Kenneth Angers visual masterwork, Inauguration of the Pleasure Dome, stealing the show from her co-star Anais Nin. The budding filmmaker Curtis Harrington was so taken with Cameron, he made a film study dedicated to her artwork entitled, The Wormwood Star. He then brought Camerons powerful and mysterious presence to bear on his evocative noir thriller, Night Tide, casting her alongside a young Dennis Hopper. Cameron was an inspirational figure to the many artists and poets that congregated around Wallace Ber

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"After reading Wormwood Star, I was left very impressed with Spencer Kansa’s treatment of Cameron. To have gone to all the effort he did to provide the public with a compassionate yet balanced, and not gushingly fannish portrayal of such a complicated figure. He walked the fine lineof keeping his head out of la-la land and grounded in facts, providing the necessary perspective for the reader, making Cameron’s legendary status undeniable and understandable. This story really did need to be told once and for all, so hats off to him for doing it." Zeena Schreck, co-author of Demons of the Flesh: The Complete Guide to Left Hand Path Sex Magic.

"Wormwood Star is a fascinating and very, very well-researched look into Cameron’s perplexingly strange life. Crisscrossing the country and tracking down all of the various characters the author spoke to must have been quite a chore and, as a reader and long-time admirer of Cameron’s work, I’m grateful for the attention Spencer Kansa paid to detail." Richard Metzger, Dangerous Minds.com

"Wormwood Star describes a magickal woman and artist, not as a tragedy as is all too tritely easy to do to those who have been allotted the role ofa magickal partner, but as a true Babalon. A woman and creative being in her own right who, rather than change to the dictates of oppressivesociety, became a defining part of a changing one. Fabulous!" Charlotte Rodgers, author of The Bloody Sacrifice.

"Wormwood Star is a superb effort on every level, incorporating impeccable research and very well observed view points with a flair for explaining abstruse concepts and ideas in a concise and succinct way. More to the point, it brought Cameron alive for me. This very well written, entertaining and exciting work deserves to be widely regarded as one of the best books of 2011!" Stephen Sennitt, author of The Infernal Texts: Nox and Liber Koth.

"Spencer Kansa brings to life the countless cabals and social occasions which Cameron enjoyed to the hilt. He might as well have been there when it all happened too, so authoritative is his knowledge and feel for the sometimes penniless world of the practicing magician."Joe Ambrose, Outside Left.com

"A groundbreaking biography....that signals a big step towards Cameron’slong overdue recognition." Marc Olmsted, The Beat Review.

"Wormwood Star is a little gem. I respect the author for stepping way beyond the mainstream to go in search of Cameron." Nina Antonia, author of Johnny Thunders - In Cold Blood.

"Wormwood Star is a pulsating account of a vibrant individual. Someone who lived her life in a magickal way and whose legendary position in occult annals has been skillfully captured and shared in this well-researched bio."
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