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Review: Vampires, by Konstantinos

By Psyche | April 5, 2005 | Leave a comment

Vampires: The Occult Truth, by Konstantinos
Llewellyn, 1567183808, 179 pp. (incl. bibliography and index)

Konstantinos breaks vampires into two main categories, physical and non-corporeal, or psychic, vampires. Further, these are segregated into immortal and mortal blood-drinkers, and unintentional and intentional psychic vampires, with the latter being seen as more prevalent and more dangerous.

Vampires skims the surface and revisits many of the more popular vampiric figures in myth, legend and history, from Dracula to Countess Bathory; as well as a few second-hand anecdotes of psychic vampirism relayed to him by others and a brief encounter of his own. But perhaps most interesting are the letters from self-professed blood-drinkers, though some do read like letters to an agony aunt column, they are perhaps more indicative of mortal sanguinarians today (though this term is not present in this work). However, ludicrous leaps of faith are often required regarding the cause and explanations for the cases of vampirism presented.

Several methods for protecting oneself against psychic vampires are presented, and an entire chapter is dedicated to this subject. While he has advised others of this method and one has reported success, there is no mention of Konstantinos himself having a go at it. They may work, but most of the suggestions, even if used in combination, are hardly practical in most day-to-day situations requiring an immediate response.

Konstantinos’ conversational tone is often unfocused and repetitive, and would have benefited from some editorial tightening. The text is also peppered with statements such as ‘As in other sections of this book, what you are about to read cannot be completely proven…’ which seems odd in light of the subtitle purporting to reveal some ‘occult truth’. It is unclear why he feels he has to ‘prove’ anything, or why it would be assumed as fact by the reader even if he did. These comments are frequent and unnecessary, perhaps Konstantinos should have more faith in his readers.

Vampires is a brief trek through vampirism in myth and history to the modern day. The book is light and presumably well intended, but not on my recommended reading list for vampire literature.


Review: Summoning Spirits, by Konstantinos

By Taylor Ellwood | October 21, 2004 | Leave a comment

Summoning Spirits: The Art of Magical Evocation, by Konstantinos
Llewellyn books, 212 pp.

I found this book to be very well written, with no overt typos. The author is knowledgeable on the subject and as plus in my review mentions Franz Bardon, giving readers a chance to look at the work of an earlier occult author. Konstantinos provides readers a thorough examination of summoning spirits, including several different ways of evocation and exercises that can be used by the beginner or adept to ground him/herself and get a working knowledge of how to evoke before the actual evocations begin. He also provides a list of spirits the magician might wish to work with.

However, while I liked this book overall I did find the emphasis on Judeo-Christianity to be a bit much. Granted much of the tradition of evocation is centred around those religions, however I wish the author would’ve researched other magic systems such as Demonolatry so that he could present alternative ways of evocation that don’t involve calling on the Judeo-Christian god. At the least I would’ve liked to have seen a framework provided for magicians that might not be comfortable working with Judeo-Christian spirits