Free ebook: A Course in Demonic Creativity

My ebook about daimonic creativity for writers is now available for free download.

A Course in Demonic Creativity: A Writer’s Guide to the Inner Genius clocks in at 40,000 words and 174 pages, and is optimized for reading on a Kindle, Nook, iPad, or other ereader. Or you can of course read it on your laptop or desktop computer. The current PDF edition will soon be joined by Kindle and ePub editions.

Here’s the text of the virtual “jacket copy”:

Where does creativity come from? Why do ideas and inspiration feel as if they come from “outside,” from an external source that’s separate from us but able to whisper ideas directly into the mind? Why have so many writers throughout history—and also composers, painters, philosophers, mystics, and scientists—spoken of being guided, accompanied, and even haunted by a force or presence that not only serves as the deep source of their creative work, but exerts a kind of profound and inexorable gravitational pull on the shape of their lives?

These are all questions addressed by A Course in Demonic Creativity: A Writer’s Guide to the Inner Genius. This 40,000-word ebook (175 pages) was written and developed from key articles that I first published here at Demon Muse and other Websites. It represents a major expansion of those articles, and features full notes and an extensive bibliography detailing all of the sources of information — more than 40 books and 20 essays, articles, interviews, and videos — that I consulted in the writing of it.

About Matt Cardin

Teeming Brain founder and editor Matt Cardin is the author of DARK AWAKENINGS, DIVINATIONS OF THE DEEP, A COURSE IN DEMONIC CREATIVITY: A WRITER'S GUIDE TO THE INNER GENIUS, and the forthcoming TO ROUSE LEVIATHAN. He is also the editor of BORN TO FEAR: INTERVIEWS WITH THOMAS LIGOTTI and the academic encyclopedias MUMMIES AROUND THE WORLD, GHOSTS, SPIRITS, AND PSYCHICS: THE PARANORMAL FROM ALCHEMY TO ZOMBIES, and HORROR LITERATURE THROUGH HISTORY.

Posted on September 27, 2011, in Religion & Philosophy, Writing & Creativity and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.

  1. I had a post about daemons on my site but I took it down in the context of some changes I wanted to make. These daemons were more like ideas but ideas being alive and we being their hosts, they have the reality (psychic or physical) of spirit possession, that is, they can come to possess like spirits. I’ll put it up so you can check it out. Although, I like my papa William Blake, have a very idiosyncratic style, not very practical is it?

    I also see myself as an artist, fundamentally. It’s taken quite sometime to realize this, in fact, my whole life till now. The realization was however a wonderful experience since it surprised me and it came on the back of many years of suffering. As an artist, I simply create, from this comment I’m currently posting, I’m already creating and could do something this instant; the thing is it’s uncontrollable and it treats me like a student. It is a wonderful experience though it can be frustrating since no one understands you from time to time.

  2. Any news about the Kindle or ePub releases?

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