Did you know one of Aleister Crowley’s daughters was alive and living in Oakland California until as recently as November 2014, when she died of natural causes. She was born in Cefalu, Sicily, where Crowley had set up his Abbey of Thelema, exactly one hundred years ago to the day on 26th November 1920. Her mother was a recently widowed American – Ninette Shumway, also known as Isabella Fraux – and the daughter’s name was Louise Shumway – although Crowley actually christened her Astarte Lulu Panthea.
Being Aleister Crowley there were inevitably complications because not only was Ninette Crowley’s lover but he also had another mistress – Leah Hirsig – living with him. In fact the two women met while they were both crossing the Atlantic from the US to Europe on the same ship. Anyway fast forward a few months to Sicily – Leah Hirsig already had one child by Crowley and was pregnant with another. Sadly the child died and Leah subsequently miscarried – this led Crowley to conclude that Ninette, now in her 8th month of pregnancy, had worked some kind of witchcraft or spell, so they exorcised her and cast her out of the Abbey for the duration of her pregnancy.
This is the exorcism ritual they used…
NINETTE FRAUX. Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law. Initiation purges. There is excreted a stench and a pestilence. In your case two have been killed outright, and the rest made ill. There are signs that the process may lead to purification and things made safe within a short time. But we cannot risk further damage; if the hate is still in course, it had better coil back on its source. Keep your diary going carefully. Go and live in Cefalu alone; go to the hospital alone; the day before you come out send up your diary, and I will reconsider things. I shall hope to see the ulcers healing. Do not answer this; simply do as I say. Love is the law, love under will.
Ninette’s daughter – Louise – was born a healthy child and returned to United States in 1930 where she was brought up by her mother’s older sister Helene Fraux. Despite her bizarre childhood, Louise lived a conventional life. She graduated from the University of California, she became a school teacher, she married (becoming Louise Muhler), she had children, grandchildren and great grandchildren and for 50 years was a member of her local presbyterian church. Clearly the triumph of nurture over nature.
Curated by English barrister and Reuters correspondent turned editor, author, blogger, podcaster, award-winning tech journalist, storyteller, and sometime werewolf hunter Charles Christian. He writes, he drinks tea, he knows things. This site also has links to Charles' books and the Weird Tales Show videos and podcasts.
Descended from a motley crew of smugglers and rogues, Christian was born a chime-child with a caul and grew up in a haunted medieval house by the harbourside in the Yorkshire seaside town of Scarborough. He now lives in a barn on a ley-line in rural East Anglia. His latest book is The Mysterious Wold Newton Triangle: Wraiths, Werewolves & Other Weird Tales from the Yorkshire Wolds (Haunted Landscapes Volume 2)
According to folklore a caul-shrouded chime-child can't drown at sea but can see and talk to faerie folk and also has protection against spells cast by malevolent sorcerers. And yes, he was once commissioned to go on a werewolf hunt on the night of a full moon by a newspaper. Spoiler alert: he didn't find one. (Or it didn't find him.)
Latest Video Post
Latest book: The Wold Newton Triangle
Virtual Tip Jar
You can now support Urban Fantasist, its podcasts and its new video channel through our Virtual Tip Jars on PayPal and Patreon, giving you a choice of ad hoc or regular payments.
Tel: +44(0)1986 788666
Tel/Txt: +44(0)7786 738172
WhatsApp etc: +44(0)7786 738172
"The only way to keep folklore alive is to share it" ...comment from viewer on YouTube channel
"Charles Christian... a man of paranormality" ...Howard Hughes, Talk Radio UK
"Cynicism has always been a part of your (very impressive) brand" ...Kirk Fackre
"Your storytelling set the scene for a fascinating evening of stunning music and terrifying drama" ...Chris Caswell
"I can't help myself. Yesterday, I went back to this post over and over again and it made me laugh out loud each time. So now I'm bringing it to all my followers with the recommendation to follow Charles Christian because he posts lots of stuff that brightens my day and will brighten yours, too" ...LinkedIn commentator
"A great witty intelligence in the world. We need more CC and less monkey-brained politicians" ...Julia Bohanna
"I love your posts, always something interesting to read and often funny" ...Karen Morton
"I was saddened to see you have retired your podcast. I never would have found your books without it. Well if a good story deserves rereading a good podcast demands relistening. Looking forward to your next stage with the time this change will afford you. Happy Trails, Pardner" ...Jonathan Neuhaus
"You are a great and generous host" ...Patti Negri, The Hollywood Psychic
"I host a daily morning show in Las Vegas and I like your shows very much. I love the way you pace your voice and thoughts is fantastic and you have a way of making your guest interviews sound more like conversations. Just wanted to let you know" ...Clay Baker
"The ever wonderful Charles Christian and his Weird Tales Show"...Into The Portal Podcast
"The Master of Mysteries & Folklore" ...Fantasy Radio UK
"The witty and knowledgeable Charles Christian."
"We poled our fans on their favorite podcasts and that's how I heard of Weird Tales Show. You are well loved by the geekiverse, and fans of folklore history and monsters!"
"Charles Christian is really out there cool."
"Charles Christian defiantly makes my world a brighter, funnier place."
"The legendary Charles Christian at his eclectic best..."
"Charles Christian is my inner spirit animal, thank you for making me laugh."
"You always make me laugh! Thank you for brightening my day with your dark humour."
"the funny, wonderful and slightly cantankerous Charles Christian"
Charles Christian's Books