Aleister Crowley (1875 - 1947)By Darren Barnett
Author and Occultist, spent his final years in Hastings. Cremated in Brighton.
Aleister Crowley was a notorious figure who attracted a huge amount of publicity during his lifetime. His most famous books are probably 'Magick' and the 'Book of the Law'. At his funeral in 'Brighton his Hymn to Pan' was read out which was interpreted as a black mass and caused a great deal of controversy at the time.
He's a fascinating character and its well worth reading up on his life story although his novels can be heavy going! The lead villain in 'The Devil Rides Out' is inspired by Crowley and he's also on the cover of Sgt Pepper!
This page was first added to The Deckchair website on 23/10/2008.
This page was amended on 09/03/2016