The Story Behind …


Coven of the Scales: The Collected Writings of A R Clay-Egerton.

Every book has a story behind the story of how it came to be written. It may be about a life-long passion, a personal journey, the need to share an experience or knowledge. It may have been fermenting in the brain for years, or sprung fully formed from a blinding epiphany.  Whether it be fact or fiction, sometimes the story behind the story is almost as interesting as the published book itself …

 Coven of the Scales: The Collected Writings of A R Clay-Egerton. compiled by Melusine Draco

In the short time since his death, the reputation of Alastair ‘Bob’ Clay-Egerton has begun to pass into pagan legend alongside other contemporary characters such as Robert Cochrane and Bill Gray. There are numerous people who can lay claim to having worked with him — from those whose acquaintance was confined to a single public ritual, to those who trained with him over a long period of time.  Everyone has a favourite ‘Bob’ story which demonstrates his eccentricity or, more often than not, the speed of the put-down for those who insisted on making public idiots of themselves.  Few knew him on an inner magical level.

For this reason it is extremely difficult to describe his type of magical teaching except to say that, from personal experience, the student flew by the seat of their pants — often at a horrifying rate of knots!  This collection of viewpoints, opinions and perspectives were published under a variety of names, depending on the subject matter and only represent a very small percentage of his prodigious outpourings.  The bulk of the magical writings were penned by Alastair Clay-Egerton; the downright confrontational material by the greatly loved ‘old devil’ himself, Asmodaeus; while the wind-up pieces came from the ‘Spoonwielder’.

As he often said: “It may well be thought, and even said that, ‘Here is Asmodaeus stirring up strife and dissention again’, but this is not my intention.  Actually, it is never my intention to stir up discord for the sake of discord.  I merely wish to make people think, to stir up mental lethargy, to kick the complacent, and hope that we might all learn something in the process.”

Whenever possible, Bob speaks for himself and only the occasional editing of his writing has been carried out for the purpose of clarity and continuity. There is much, much more out there in the public domain that, if it were all collected together, would make up several bulky tomes. It is hoped that newcomers to the world of magical practice will gain some valuable insights into the ways of Old Craft (i.e. pre-Gardnerian) and, even if they may not agree with them, may go away with points to ponder.

There are no ‘secrets’ being given away here. Both Bob and Mériém, were prolific writers for the pagan press and this Collection is only a small selection of their magical thoughts and experiences that have appeared in print over many years. These extracts serve to give a brief glimpse into the all-encompassing occult teaching that was given to their students:  the Inner Mysteries will never appear in any book or publication. Neither will it be passed on to any who fail to achieve the level of practical working knowledge demanded by an Initiate of their Order.


Coven of the Scales: The Collected Writings of A R Clay-Egerton, compiled by Melusine Draco is published by Ignotus Press UK in both paperback and e-book format – available from Amazon.    ISBN: 978 1 78610 962 0





Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: