Darklore Volume 9: Now Available!

After a year's hiatus, we're back! I'm happy to announce that the ninth instalment of our Darklore anthology series covering hidden history, fringe science, the occult and general Forteana is now available for sale! You can pick up your copy from any number of online retailers through a simple search. But for simplicity's sake, here are the links to Amazon for both the paperback, and the limited edition hardcover:

Paperback

Limited Edition Hardcover

Darklore Volume 9 Cover

The latest release has themes of magic and mysticism running through it, with essays from regulars including Mike Jay and Robert Schoch, as well as a conspicuous newcomer to our pages: the great Alan Moore!

Here's the summary of the essays in Darklore 9, taken from the introduction of the book:

Within the pages of Volume 9 we have Blair MacKenzie Blake surveying and reinterpreting the infamous grimoires of centuries past; Alan Moore asking if magic is in any way relevant to the modern world, advocating a scorched earth approach and new beginnings; John Reppion using a fictional work to illustrate the origins and practice of various magical traditions; and Cat Vincent looking at the origins and practice of various magical traditions and showing how many of them come from fictional works.

No Darklore release focuses on just one topic though. And so, along with the magical core of Volume 9, we have a number of fascinating articles on other topics of interest: Mike Jay reviews the 'hidden
history' of the 19th century Club des Hachischins; Adam Gorightly looks at the amazing, controversial life of Kerry Thornley, co-creator of Discordianism and one-time JFK assassination suspect; Robert Schoch takes us beyond the Hollywood version of the werewolf to better understand the origins of this archetypal monster; Paul Devereux introduces us to the shamanic plants of the Americas; and Greg Taylor finds that the history of research into meteorites offers a valuable lesson to science on the value of listening to eye-witness reports.

Thanks for all your support of the Darklore series - it helps to fund this website, and also provides financial support for contributors so that they can continue researching and writing about the stranger side of life.

I'm sure all readers will enjoy this latest instalment in the series. For those of you who remain unconvinced, I'll publish some sample articles at the Darklore website (and here at TDG as well) in the coming week.

Enjoy!!

(Note: Leaving this up on the front page for a few days, regular daily updates can still be accessed via the 'river of news' page view.)

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Hi,

Amazon UK gives both as Out of Stock, do you think they'll get more soon, or is it a glitch in the availability matrix?

Regards,
Eric

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Jubalon_Flux wrote:

Hi,

Amazon UK gives both as Out of Stock, do you think they'll get more soon, or is it a glitch in the availability matrix?

Regards,
Eric

The 'out of stock' should be a glitch on Amazon's part - the book is definitely available to them within 24 hours of ordering. The question is whether Amazon *wants* it to seem available in that time...in the past, there has been some suggestion that Amazon might be presenting un-needed difficulties in ordering books from certain printers that are in competition with their own Createspace publishing/printing business...

Kind regards,
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Hello Greg,

I'm a new official member to The Daily Grail website, but I've been perusing your website for years, now. I absolutely love it, and I have all the "Darklore" volumes and Paul Devereux's "The Long Trip". I greatly appreciate all that you do, and your fellow grailers! Now, speaking of "Darklore", specifically the freshly released Volume 9, I have taken notice of the exchange between you and Jubalon_Flux. I ordered volume 9 Friday morning and it said it would be delivered on Wednesday of this week. I have a prime membership and choose next-day shipping. With what you mentioned to Jubalon_Flux, I e-mailed Amazon about this. I copied and pasted your response to him on my Amazon e-mail. *Below I have copied and pasted their response to me, plus my original message to them, not that you need the whole response, but just in case. The reason they gave is that the closet fulfillment center did not have the book available, so they had it shipped from another one instead of waiting for the closer one to receive the book. Does this sound normal to you? And finally, what book should I use my $10 promotional credit on? Thanks for the help and I look forward to more obscure and arcane information from the Daily Grail repository. Cheers.

*Hello Michael,

I've reviewed your comments and I'm really sorry for the delay in the delivery of the package. We really didn't expect this to happen.

Please don't worry I'll help you with this right away.

I understand when you pay for Prime, you expect a quality service (Shipping) which can value the money you made. This usually doesn't happen.

Being a Prime Member, you are very much eligible to receive high level of service from us and I am very sorry that we were not able to meet your expectations in this case.

I've checked your order details and see that the items are not available at our Fulfillment center.Please know that,we shipped and deliver the items from the nearest fulfillment center from your location.But the items were not available at that fulfillment center.

Instead of waiting until the supply of items, we've shipped these item from another fulfillment center, hence they was a delay in delivery.I am very sorry about this we certainly didn't expect this to be happen.

Please don't worry I've contacted the shipping department and confirm you that your package will be shipped by the end of the day. And I personally have created a followup for your order so that once it is shipped I'll personally contact the carrier and request them to deliver the package without any delay.

***To make up for the inconvenience caused I've issued a $10.00 promotional certificate to your Amazon.com account, which will automatically apply the next time you order an eligible item sold and shipped by Amazon.com. Your promotional balance doesn't appear in Your Account, but will always display at checkout when you place an order through the Shopping Cart for an eligible item shipped and sold by Amazon.

I assure you that you'll be receiving the package soon within or by the end of September 5, 2016. I'll personally take care that you will receive the package without any delay.

However in rare case if you don't receive the package in the given time frame I request you to please write us back so that we can help you accordingly.

One of our aims at Amazon.com is to provide a convenient and efficient service; in this case, we haven't met that standard. I'm truly sorry, and I hope you'll give us another chance in the future.

Your patience and understanding is highly appreciated in this matter.We look forward to seeing you again soon.‚Äč

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Original Message
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09/04/16 01:01:30
Your Name: Michael L. Wallace
Order Id: 002-0391094-6693044
Selected Order Items:
Darklore Volume 9
Comments:The issue you chose indicates you may need us to take action on your order. Please include the following information:

Item name:
Please tell us if you would like a Replacement, Refund to a gift card, or a Refund to the original Payment method:
Description of issue: The order attached to this e-mail was ordered Friday morning, and I selected next day shipping. The response to this order was that it would take 1 to 2 days for processing. It says, also, that the order will arrive Wednesday, September 7th. Below I have *copied and pasted a question on the Daily Grail web site from a purchaser of the same book posed to the publisher of this book, Greg Taylor. The name of the publishing company is Daily Grail publishing. I understand that they are talking about the Amazon UK inventory of this book, but if you read the publishers response, according to him there should be no delay as the book is readily available to Amazon within 24 hours of ordering it. With that being said, what is this 1 to 2 day processing about if the book is readily available, and why wouldn't it be delivered to me by Saturday some time, or, at least Tuesday, due to the holiday on Monday? I have noticed this issue before when I ordered from this publisher through Amazon. I still want the order, just inquiring about the delivery date. Do not cancel. Please advise. Thank you.

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leahcim wrote:

The reason they gave is that the closet fulfillment center did not have the book available, so they had it shipped from another one instead of waiting for the closer one to receive the book.

Thanks for the info Michael. From all I've been told (though I can't vouch for the authenticity of the information), the books are sent direct from the printer. We use print-on-demand, so when Amazon get an order, they tell the printer, the printer creates the book and sends it out. That's why the book should never be 'out of stock' - within hours of an order, the book exists and is ready to ship.

How Amazon actually implements this, and whether it has changed since I first heard this, is another question.

Quote:

And finally, what book should I use my $10 promotional credit on? Thanks for the help and I look forward to more obscure and arcane information from the Daily Grail repository. Cheers.

Obviously depends on what topics you're currently interested in, so that's really up to you! I'm currently reading Ed Yong's fascinating book 'I Contain Multitudes' (see here for more on the topic: http://www.dailygrail.com/Fresh-Science/... ), but again, that's currently what *I'm* interested in! I can say, though, that we do have a really good read coming up in a new book, hopefully before Christmas...unfortunately, I can't say much more about it at this stage!

Also worth noting, seeing as you have The Long Trip: Paul Devereux's article in DL9 is a slightly modified chapter excerpt from that book. Had another really fascinating 'shamanic' article lined up that fell through at the last minute, and thought Paul's TLT writings on the topic would be a great replacement that kept the balance of Darklore 9 right.

Again, thanks for the info on Amazon...can be difficult for me to figure out what is happening at times once the book has left my hands and gone to the printer, so it's helpful to see how your transaction played out!

Kind regards,
Greg
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Greg wrote:
leahcim wrote:

The reason they gave is that the closet fulfillment center did not have the book available, so they had it shipped from another one instead of waiting for the closer one to receive the book.

Thanks for the info Michael. From all I've been told (though I can't vouch for the authenticity of the information), the books are sent direct from the printer. We use print-on-demand, so when Amazon get an order, they tell the printer, the printer creates the book and sends it out. That's why the book should never be 'out of stock' - within hours of an order, the book exists and is ready to ship.

How Amazon actually implements this, and whether it has changed since I first heard this, is another question.

Quote:

And finally, what book should I use my $10 promotional credit on? Thanks for the help and I look forward to more obscure and arcane information from the Daily Grail repository. Cheers.

Obviously depends on what topics you're currently interested in, so that's really up to you! I'm currently reading Ed Yong's fascinating book 'I Contain Multitudes' (see here for more on the topic: http://www.dailygrail.com/Fresh-Science/... ), but again, that's currently what *I'm* interested in! I can say, though, that we do have a really good read coming up in a new book, hopefully before Christmas...unfortunately, I can't say much more about it at this stage!

Also worth noting, seeing as you have The Long Trip: Paul Devereux's article in DL9 is a slightly modified chapter excerpt from that book. Had another really fascinating 'shamanic' article lined up that fell through at the last minute, and thought Paul's TLT writings on the topic would be a great replacement that kept the balance of Darklore 9 right.

Again, thanks for the info on Amazon...can be difficult for me to figure out what is happening at times once the book has left my hands and gone to the printer, so it's helpful to see how your transaction played out!

No problem with giving the info on Amazon, my pleasure. As far as my book interests go, I am more into the occult/esoteric material and the afterlife/quantum connection, and Ufo phenomena. Oh, by the way, I forgot to mention that I also have your book, "Stop Worrying! There Probably is an Afterlife." How I forgot to mention that, I have no idea, please excuse me. I've always enjoyed the writings of Robert Schoch, Blair MacKenzie Blake, and yourself. With the mention of a forthcoming book, hopefully by Christmas(?), you say, I am anxiously awaiting this new arrival. Whenever you have time, if you would like to give me some suggestions that you would consider essential reads and authors that would be an authority in the above-mentioned interests, that would be greatly appreciated. And by the way, I believe I'm going to order the book you're currently reading, "I contain Multitudes", by Ed Yong. I've worked at The Vitamin Shoppe for thirteen years, where we sell probiotics. I have a few books on the microbiome and intestinal flora where our friendly microbes thrive! Thanks for your time and knowledge.

Cheers to you and yours,

Michael

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leahcim wrote:
Greg wrote:
leahcim wrote:

The reason they gave is that the closet fulfillment center did not have the book available, so they had it shipped from another one instead of waiting for the closer one to receive the book.

Thanks for the info Michael. From all I've been told (though I can't vouch for the authenticity of the information), the books are sent direct from the printer. We use print-on-demand, so when Amazon get an order, they tell the printer, the printer creates the book and sends it out. That's why the book should never be 'out of stock' - within hours of an order, the book exists and is ready to ship.

How Amazon actually implements this, and whether it has changed since I first heard this, is another question.

Quote:

And finally, what book should I use my $10 promotional credit on? Thanks for the help and I look forward to more obscure and arcane information from the Daily Grail repository. Cheers.

Obviously depends on what topics you're currently interested in, so that's really up to you! I'm currently reading Ed Yong's fascinating book 'I Contain Multitudes' (see here for more on the topic: http://www.dailygrail.com/Fresh-Science/... ), but again, that's currently what *I'm* interested in! I can say, though, that we do have a really good read coming up in a new book, hopefully before Christmas...unfortunately, I can't say much more about it at this stage!

Also worth noting, seeing as you have The Long Trip: Paul Devereux's article in DL9 is a slightly modified chapter excerpt from that book. Had another really fascinating 'shamanic' article lined up that fell through at the last minute, and thought Paul's TLT writings on the topic would be a great replacement that kept the balance of Darklore 9 right.

Again, thanks for the info on Amazon...can be difficult for me to figure out what is happening at times once the book has left my hands and gone to the printer, so it's helpful to see how your transaction played out!

No problem with giving the info on Amazon, my pleasure. As far as my book interests go, I am more into the occult/esoteric material and the afterlife/quantum connection, and Ufo phenomena. Oh, by the way, I forgot to mention that I also have your book, "Stop Worrying! There Probably is an Afterlife." How I forgot to mention that, I have no idea, please excuse me. I've always enjoyed the writings of Robert Schoch, Blair MacKenzie Blake, and yourself. With the mention of a forthcoming book, hopefully by Christmas(?), you say, I am anxiously awaiting this new arrival. Whenever you have time, if you would like to give me some suggestions that you would consider essential reads and authors that would be an authority in the above-mentioned interests, that would be greatly appreciated. And by the way, I believe I'm going to order the book you're currently reading, "I contain Multitudes", by Ed Yong. I've worked at The Vitamin Shoppe for thirteen years, where we sell probiotics. I have a few books on the microbiome and intestinal flora where our friendly microbes thrive! Thanks for your time and knowledge.

Cheers to you and yours,

Michael

Although my book has shipped now, I had to send Amazon another message. *Below I've copied and pasted my message and the response I got. What I noticed in the response from them, is that now, they are blaming the delay on the publisher (you). I can't believe it. I can't wait for the book, thanks.

Michael

*Message From Customer Service
Hello,

*I totally understand your concern regard to the delivery of you shipment. I regret for the inconvenience. I'll look into this and give my best to help you with this.

We expect order #002-0391094-6693044 to be delivered by Wednesday, September 7, 2016.

If an item isn't readily available, shipping selections may reduce shipping transit time, but won't impact how long it takes us to obtain the item or prepare it for shipment.

You can find more information here:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/d...

In this case, I see that the item has unusually taken long time to ship. The delay was occurred from the publisher side. On priority, I've escalated this issue to our shipping department, they'll investigate into it and see to it that such issues are not repeated with your future orders.

On this occasion to compensate for the inconvenience I've personally followed up with your issue so that I'll issue a full refund of shipping charges to your original payment method once the item is shipped.

If there is still something that I missed to mention or I could still do to assist you with this issue, please let me know. I would love to always here from you. Be assured that in Amazon, your words are always appreciated and there's always someone more than willing to listen to you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

http://www.amazon.com/contact-us

We can certainly understand that this was not what you expected when you placed your order and we realize that you had been counting on us to deliver your order promptly, surely we've let you down in this case. I hope you'll consider this an isolated incident and give us another chance to serve you in the future.

Rest assured. We stand behind all the orders placed with us.

Your patience and understanding is appreciated.

We look forward to seeing you again soon.

We'd appreciate your feedback. Please use the links below to tell us about your experience today.

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Oh also: added your username to our 'Trusted Users' list, so in future when you post you shouldn't have the hassle of captchas and other anti-spam measures. Great to hear from you!

Kind regards,
Greg
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Greg wrote:

Oh also: added your username to our 'Trusted Users' list, so in future when you post you shouldn't have the hassle of captchas and other anti-spam measures. Great to hear from you!

I appreciate you doing that, as it will allow faster messaging and peace-of-mind, ha, ha. Also, thanks for your prompt and swift replies to my message. I can only imagine how busy you must be. Cheers.

Michael

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Looks great, both outside and in.

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Ordered hardback from Amazon UK on 3rd Sept, as of today, order status is 'Delivery estimate: We need a little more time to provide you with a good estimate. We'll notify you via e-mail as soon as we have an estimated delivery date.'

The previous 8 volumes all arrived within a week, and that's with me ordering as soon as they were available too!

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dogbolter wrote:

Ordered hardback from Amazon UK on 3rd Sept, as of today, order status is 'Delivery estimate: We need a little more time to provide you with a good estimate. We'll notify you via e-mail as soon as we have an estimated delivery date.'

The previous 8 volumes all arrived within a week, and that's with me ordering as soon as they were available too!

That sucks - Amazon should be able to get their hands on a copy within a day, maybe a couple of days for the hardcover. Hopefully it turns up pronto for you. Thanks for the info on the wait period all the same.

Kind regards,
Greg
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8 days shy of a Danny Boyle homage. Primetastic.

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8 days shy of a Danny Boyle homage. Primetastic.

Could be worse...takes about 6 to 8 weeks if you live outside of the U.S... ;)

Thanks for the heads-up on the delivery time.

Kind regards,
Greg
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And...the hardback arrived from Amazon and is, to borrow the Python's description of The Most Holy Grail, very nice!