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Matthew Levi Stevens

The Beat Godfather, The Great Beast, & the Necronomicon

Ever since his youth William Burroughs had been intrigued by magic and the occult, reading the Egyptian and Tibetan Books of the Dead and Eliphas Levi’s History of Magic while he was at Harvard. Evidently, with his return from the Old World to the New, he had not left such interests behind.

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The Magical Universe of William S. Burroughs

He begins to talk of Black Magic and Curses in Morocco, travelling with
Medicine Men up the Amazon, and Astral Projection and Dream Control. I
realise that for Burroughs all this is utterly real, the “Magical
Universe” in fact.

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