“Fry-Ups with the Poets and Prophets”: Crowley, Yeats and 36 Blythe Road in “The Green Book” #6


The Samhain 2015 issue of The Green Book–writings on Irish gothic, supernatural and fantastic literature–includes Martin Hayes’ “Fry-Ups with the Poets and Prophets,” a look at the fraught relationship between W. B. Yeats and Aleister Crowley; the old G.D. headquarters at 36 Blythe Road; and what has become of that building since the fateful confrontation there. Readers of this blog may remember that Martin Hayes is also the author of the graphic novel Aleister Crowley: Wandering the Waste (Markosia, 2014). Indeed, The Green Book gave a very positive review of Wandering the Waste in its October 2013 issue (#2).

Aleister Crowley cover

In addition to Crowley and Yeats, issue #6 of The Green Book includes a few other articles that will be of interest to readers of this blog, such as:

  • a forgotten story by Bram Stoker, “Saved by a Ghost”;
  • a short reminiscence about the Great War by Lord Dunsany, “Stray Memories”;
  • an Ernest A. Boyd’s article on the mystic “AE.”

Here’s the full table of contents:


“Editor’s Note” by Brian J. Showers

“Saved by a Ghost” by Bram Stoker

“Some Comments on ‘Saved by a Ghost'” by David J. Skal

“Early Influences on Lafcadio Hearn” by John Moran

“Stray Memories” by Lord Dunsany

“Fry-Ups with the Poets and Prophets” by Martin Hayes

“AE: Mystic and Economist” by Ernest A. Boyd

“Something in His Blood: An Interview with David J. Skal” by John Edgar Browning


  •     Mervyn Wall’s The Unfortunate/Return of Fursey (Darrell Schweitzer)
  •     Craftsman Audio’s Complete Ghost Stories of Le Fanu (Rob Brown)
  •     Caitriona Lally’s Eggshells (John Howard)
  •     Ivan Kavanagh’s The Canal (Bernice M. Murphy)

Notes on Contributors

For full details, including ordering information, see the Green Book website.

Richard Kaczynski

Richard Kaczynski is the author of the biography Perdurabo: The Life of Aleister Crowley (2002; rev exp ed 2010), the history Forgotten Templars: The Untold Origins of Ordo Templi Orientis (2012), the novel The Billionth Monkey (2015), Panic in Detroit: The Magician and the Motor City (2019), along with a bunch of other books, articles, and chapters that you can read about at his website, www.richard-kaczynski.com.

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