‘A Course in Demonic Creativity: A Writer’s Guide to the Inner Genius’ – A (still) free ebook
Recently, after repeated hacks over at Demon Muse (in the form of bot attacks, I assume) had finally tried my patience and technical skills to their limit, I decided to shut the site down for good. But that left no home for A Course in Demonic Creativity, the PDF ebook I developed from material published at Demon Muse from 2009 to 2011. When I took the site down, downloads were nearing the 4000 mark.
Because of the continued interest, I’ve decided to make the book available right here at The Teeming Brain. I’ve been gratified and humbled to read people’s praise of it during the past two years, and to witness how it keeps finding its way to individuals who grasp, appreciate, and resonate with its viewpoint and message.
If you’ve never read it, and if you choose to do so now, I sincerely hope you find that it enhances your creative engagement with your own demon muse.
(Click the cover or the linked title below to download the PDF)
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 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 that 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. The book’s starting point is the proposition that we all possess a higher or deeper intelligence than the everyday mind, and that learning to live and work harmoniously and energetically with this intelligence is the irreducible core of a successful artistic life. We can call this inner force the unconscious mind or the silent partner. We can call it the id or the secret self. But muse, daimon, and genius are so much more effective at conveying its subversive and electrifying emotional charge, and also its experiential reality.
Your unconscious mind truly is your genius in the ancient sense of the word, the sense that was universal before it was fatefully altered several centuries ago by historical-cultural forces. Befriending it as such, and interacting with it as if it really is a separate, collaborating presence in your psyche, puts you in a position to receive its gifts, and it in the position to give them to you.