“If you can’t brave the darkness, you can’t bear the light. . . .”
Daemon Unbound: The Lost Conjurations of Ozman Droom. As many of my faithful readers know, the existence of this album/soundtrack/musical oddity, along with its merits and purported perils, has been a hotly debated topic among musicologists and occultists alike since the mid-to-late 1970s. Those who swear to its existence, however, have never been able (or seen fit) to produce any evidence to support their fervid and often bizarre claims. So it was with great interest, and more than a little bemusement, that I received the following materials on Imbolg of this year, sent via e-mail from a certain “Simon Magus” and attributed to the legendary Villa 9 Studios.
At first I thought it best to keep these materials to myself, but after a fortnight of intense contemplation and half a dozen rituals of half a dozen sorts, I have decided to post them here for the edification of any interested parties, and for closer examination by any esotericists willing to undertake the task.
For further information of an intensely interesting variety, see the liner notes included on the gatefold image below, and do let me know if they jibe with (or contradict) any personal recollections or experiences that you yourself have had with Daemon Unbound: The Lost Conjurations of Ozman Droom.
From the liner notes on the above gatefold:
Over the past several decades, a growing number of individuals, with nothing to offer as proof save their own vague recollections, have attested to the existence (or rather past existence) of an obscure and enigmatic album called Daemon Unbound: The Lost Conjurations of Ozman Droom.
Some attestants describe said album as having been an aural companion piece to a book of dubious authorship and sinister reputation entitled The Untold Tales of Ozman Droom. Others insist that the album was a soundtrack to a film or TV series pilot they recalled being traumatized by as children but have since been unable to track down or to verify to the satisfaction of objective skeptics. Still others aver, though always off the record, that the album served as an elaborate incantation or psychosonic hypersigil whose power and scope grew greater and more beguiling with each new listener but whose ultimate purpose is yet to be revealed.
All such suggestions, though admittedly intriguing and excellent fodder for midwinter ghost stories, could be dismissed as little more than urban myth and far-flung fancy—until recently, that is, when a reel-to-reel master recording of the album in question turned up in West Lothian, Scotland, among the archives of the infamous and ill-fated Villa 9 Studios.
Dated 1973 and performed by The Holy See with Robin Spriggs (the latter a name that some allege is a pseudonym for Ozman Droom himself), the recording consists of twenty-one tracks of haunting melodies, trippy leitmotifs, weird soundscapes, and spoken-word diablerie that, taken as a whole, form an arabesque ritual of decidedly potent effect.
The significance of this unsettling discovery we leave to you, the listener, to whom we now proudly, though with considerable trepidation, present this newly mastered edition of Daemon Unbound: The Lost Conjurations of Ozman Droom. Partake of it if and as you wish, but with the full knowledge that, in so doing, you have willingly aligned yourself with whatever mysterious energies, transcendental intentions, and unaccounted-for entities have brought it into being.
For all my friends who have been curious enough and kind enough to inquire, following is a brief list of my current “doings of interest.”
Item: Polishing up Baltazar Bumbertazm’s Book of Ineffable Drooms, a comprehensive collection of prose poetry that I hope to have turned in to the publisher by early 2017.
Item: Will appear as “Harley” on the TV drama Containment, premiering on The CW in early 2016.
Item: Will appear as “The Man” in the off-kilter indie comedy Gilda Sue Rosenstern: The Motion Picture! in late 2016.
Item: Closing in on completing the design of a fast-paced adventure board game featuring a host of all your favorite characters from The Wyrd City Chronicles.
Item: Currently at work on a new collection of fiction, also promised to a publisher but whose title and subject matter must remain, for the nonce, undisclosed.
Item: Will soon begin autographing 500 signature pages for a special edition of Madhouse, a shared-world horror anthology due out from Dark Regions Press sometime in 2016.
Item: About to begin work (as an actor) on the second season of a super exciting TV series (emphasis on the word “super”) that I’m not yet allowed to discuss. So let’s just leave it at that.
That’s enough for now, I think.
Thanks, dear friends, for your kindness and curiosity. Go forth and make big magic!
“His alleged fetish for eyes, it is important to note, is said to have been more intellectual and spiritual than sexual in nature. Be that as it may, according to several anonymous correspondents, it did indeed manifest in the practice of oculolinctus, though in a context so reverent and ritualized as to pass for an act of sacrament. Various texts contained within The Untold Tales of Ozman Droom (“Eye Candy,” “I of the Beholder,” “Eyes and Gnosis,” “If Thine Eye Be Single,” “Liber I,” etc.)—although not offered as confirmation of these assertions—should nevertheless prove of considerable interest to readers of a speculative bent.”—The Untold Tales of Ozman Droom
“A hard-to-describe yet highly entertaining compilation, The Untold Tales of Ozman Droom is an experience weird fiction fans should not pass up.”—Rue Morgue
“Fanciful, sly, and always brilliant, author Robin Spriggs evokes a splendid world of eccentric darkness that is his and his alone.”—Tomb of Dark Delights
“It turns Its eye, Its single eye, from dream to dream to dream, and spies in each a dream undreamt of tales as yet untold, of Monstrous Things that cannot be yet come to be withal, upon a whirling sphere of blue (inward grown and lost to time), where Then and Now, and Here and There, and You and It . . . are One.”—The Untold Tales of Ozman Droom
“By no means,” said a certain gentleman diabolist, “is the film an adaptation of the book whose title it dimly recalls, but rather what amounts to something of a cinematic appendage—or tentacle, if you will—unfurled from the innermost fane of the text in question to probe the psychosphere for minds more attuned to images and music than to words, therein to proclaim itself ‘an artist’s meditation on the nature of creativity,’ or, even more pretentiously (though no less sincerely), ‘a performative depiction of the mysterious process whereby all works of the imagination conjure themselves into being.’”
- Written and Directed by Robin Spriggs
- Photographed and Edited by Kelly O’Neal
- Scored and Soundscaped by Klimchak
- Introducing Ada le Fay as “Scucca”
- Synopsis: A gentleman diabolist and his hirsute familiar perform an unspeakable rite.
- Tagline: Stranger than the sum of its parts.
- Running Time: 7 minutes
- Production Company: Mean Mama Dog
- Status: Post-production
How do you know it’s the catalogue of the greatest occult book auction of all time? Because it says so right on the cover. Designed by Andrew Leman, of the H. P. Lovecraft Historical Society, this is the front jacket art of The Starry Wisdom Library, an anthology of erudite and sanity-endangering essays edited by intrepid journalist and historian Nate Pedersen and slated for release from the UK’s foremost specialist genre publisher, British Fantasy Award-winning PS Publishing.
Included in the catalogue is a perilous monograph of my own, taking as its subject the all but inscrutable Dhol Chants and based in part on the research of a certain O. F. Droom, much of whose oeuvre (such as it is) can be found in my newly released The Untold Tales of Ozman Droom.*
The complete list of dark luminaries whose work can be found in this ominous omnibus is as follows: Scott David Aniolowski, Glynn Barrass, Edward P. Berglund, Scott Brents, Jesse Bullington, Allyson Byrd, Ramsey Campbell, Matt Cardin, S. J. Chambers, Michael Cisco, Carrie Cuinn, Owen Davies, Gemma Files, Richard Gavin, Christopher Hanson, Daniel Harms, Stephen Graham Jones, S. T. Joshi, Jonathan Kearns, John Langan, Andrew Leman, Livia Llewellyn, H. P. Lovecraft, Nick Mamata, Silvia Moreno-Garcia, Edward Morris, Scott Nicolay, Robert M. Price, W. H. Pugmire, Joseph S. Pulver, Sr., Pete Rawlik, Liv Rainey-Smith, Jayaprakash Satyamurthy, Ann K. Schwader, Darrell Schweitzer, Robin Spriggs, Simon Strantzas, Molly Tanzer, Keith Taylor, Karin Tidbeck, Donald Tyson, Genevieve Valentine, Kali Wallace, Kaaron Warren, Don Webb, Jeffrey Wells, F. Paul Wilson.
In short, beware; The Starry Wisdom Library has just the book for you.
*As of today, August 1, 2014.
For those who might appreciate an early and objective opinion on The Untold Tales of Ozman Droom (I certainly did), here’s a link to a review in Publishers Weekly.
Other impressions have begun to appear hither and yon, most notably on Goodreads, for which I am equally grateful.
Ordinarily, for the sake of my creative process, I avoid paying undue attention to reviews, but bringing this particular book back from the underworld was such a strange and troublous task that I’m delighted to find it resonating with at least an honest few.
In a life crammed to bursting with things that must be done, choosing which books are worthy of your time is a matter of no small importance. So whether my sharing of these early reviews leads you to or from The Untold Tales of Ozman Droom, I will have done a good deed for the day, and will sleep all the better tonight.
Thanks for reading, friends.