Richard C McNeff is the author of the cult short story ‘Sybarite among the Shadows’ which grew into the occult and espionage-themed novel, Aleister Crowley MI5 (first published as Sybarite among the Shadows). He also wrote the memoir, With Barry Flanagan: Travels through Time and Spain, and the satire, The Dream of Boris: Deceived Kingdom. He is a contributor to the Guardian, Fortean Times, Wormwood and Boulevard Magenta. He was born in London and has lived in several parts of Spain, including Ibiza.
You can pluck someone like an instrument if you know the way to tune their heart.
May 1941, Ian Fleming of Naval Intelligence recruits Aleister Crowley to crack the recently captured Rudolf Hess by exploiting their mutual fascination with the occult. To fill in the background to Hess’s disastrous flight, Fleming provides the diary of Albrecht Haushofer, the deputy Führer’s assistant. 1945 finds Crowley in a boarding house in Hastings where he tutors Will, a fledgling priest, in Latin. The victim of a Soviet honey trap, Will steals a file that reveals the devastating consequences of Crowley’s mission and discovers the true identities of the Reception Committee waiting for Hess in Scotland. Is the file genuine or a black-ops fake concocted by British Intelligence? Can a crazed rocket scientist in California supply the answer, or ‘M’, the Beast’s controller? Featuring Dion Fortune, Anthony Blunt, Hitler, Jack Parsons, and the Beatles, Aleister Crowley MI6 is a riveting spy thriller anchored in fact.
Aleister Crowley as himself in all his occult and charismatic glory – a manipulative, overbearing, bizarre yet compelling character. Fiction could hardly have invented him: he is a gift of a character to any novelist & Richard C McNeff has accepted him, unwrapped the parcel and given him his head. —Martin Booth (author of Crowley biography A Magick Life – on Aleister Crowley MI5).
Neil Haley and Kim Sorelle interview Richard about Aleister Crowley MI6: The Hess Solution:
Richard talks about his life, writing and the influence of Aleister Crowley on Ab-Soul, Joe Meek, Graham Bond, David Bowie, Jimmy Page, Ozzy Osbourne and Red Hot Chili Peppers.