Carcosa Collection

Ed Solomon

ED SOLOMON TRIBUTE

DESIGNS OF DENOMOLOS

 

For a time, the Carcosa Collection was graced with the presence of a giant in the field of storytelling magic, the amazing Ed Solomon.  All who knew him are sad in his passing into the next world.  He left a great legacy and helped mentor many in the field.

Below was the entry for his time here as an Artist in Residence.  Please keep his memory alive.

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Please click on the Image Above to be transported to the HOUSE OF DeNOMOLOS where you can read on the biographies of Ed Solomon and his colleague DeNomolos, as well as see their amazing body of work.

 

We are fortunate to have the learned sage Solomon allow the Carcosa Collection to feature some never before seen works...  now be absorbed into the narratives...

 

 

STORIES & ARTIFACTS

 

A SALUTE TO POE

 

 

The Crystal Planchette

 

 

The Ancient Box...For some reason in Carcosa, these images demand to be upside down

 

Ed is a creative genius

 

 

 

 

HAND OF CTHULHU

 

(Ssshhhh)

 

BEWARE what you read...

 

 

 

 

THE GOLDEN ORATOR'S TONGUE

 

Cast these runes and let chaos stamp your destiny?

 

 

MUMMY MADNESS

 

 

 

What a smile on that skull! He can locate a tarot image for you...

 

 

 

OOOPS.. transforming back to human form must be a real let down this morning for one werewolf...

 

And one more tale for the dark road...

 

THE GOLEM

 

 

 

Ed Solomon is a retired music teacher who spent forty-five years in the public school classroom teaching young children how to make music. Unknown to many in the musical circles, magic has been a lifelong interest and avocation dating back to the early forties when he first saw traveling magicians and the U.S.O. shows. A storyteller, he has been involved in magic in one form or another for over seventy years.

A published composer, author and arranger of educational materials, Solomon enjoys a quiet retirement in San Antonio, Texas. Active in the T.A. O. M, I. B. M., I.C.B.M., he is also co-founder of bizarre group known as the Spellbinders. A serious dabbler in the Arcane Arts, he is a lecturer and inventor of things magical while still being a curious skeptic. He has authored twenty eight books of presentations for the storyteller.

 


His performance venues have included each of The Phoenix Gatherings, T.A.O.M. conventions 1994, 1998 and 2005, the I.C.B.M. Gatherings, and the Charles Cameron Memorial Gathering in Scotland.

 


An occasional contributor to the Shadow Digest, Solomon has been published in the Linking Ring and the M.U.M., Smoke and Mirrors, The Altar Flame, Behind The Smoke And Mirrors, AM/PM magazine, Pansylvania Magazine, The Oracle Magazine, and some of his earliest work can be found in Abbott’s NEW TOPS ILLUSIONS, circa 1965, which is still available from your favorite dealer. He is currently writing a monthly column for the LINKING RING called “STORYTELLING MAGIC.”

 


Large portions of his crafted materials and ideas can be seen on the European site called Dragonskull.

 


He holds the Order of Merlin from the I.B.M. and the Order of Willard from the T.A.O.M. He also logged over twenty-five years as a member of S.A.M.

 

He is a life member of his local IBM and SAM groups. He was awarded outstanding Ring Parade and Best Column for the Linking Ring.

“Artsy Craftsy” is a term used to describe such dabblers, but forgiveness and absolution can be granted when you see the materials he has created. A serious flea-market connoisseur, many of his elaborate props started out as flea-market finds. He once described flea-marketing as a religious experience. “You always see people doing unto others and see all that junk and say aloud, thank God this isn’t mine and I don’t have to take it home.” Another of his quotes says, “A Sunday without flea-marketing is like a day without sunshine.”

 


In his role as a magical “Watson,” he reports the happenings and presentations of his “Holmes-like” friend, DeNomolos, sage, mage etc. A devotee to the art of presentation, Solomon will amuse and confuse you, but always entertain you in the craft.

 

 

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Who is DeNomolos?

 

 

 

By way of an introduction, DeNomolos is a somewhat elderly gentleman who is a retired educator. A collector of the unusual, a student of the black arts and a bizarrist by choice, he entertains a group of friends on a regular basis in his spacious home, which he describes as a wizard’s keep.

In his library is a collection of magical tomes, esoteric writings, scrolls and clay tablets from which he does his constant research into the unknown. Boxes of every shape and description fill any empty shelf spaces and display cases hold wonders, which only the Master of the Keep could describe.

To say that DeNomolos is an eccentric is an understatement. His knowledge, while humble, is all embracing and he will debate at the drop of a subject. As Devils advocate and protagonist, he can overwhelm you with verbiage, which, I suspect, is probably his only real vice.

His magical stories entertain and elucidate at the same time but He does however, tends to ramble and is often so caught up in his dissertations that he doesn't notice his guests nodding off.

It has been my privilege to be included in these evening activities and I have taken it upon myself to describe the proceedings as best I can. The material herein, was collected over several years and the body of the work is that of DeNomolos. In truth, some of this material is duplicated in his other writings. The Egyptian aspect is probably his forte and he will explain why in his introduction. Armed now with this information, you may now begin to delve into the remarkably strange world of DeNomolos. Read now as he explains.

In the late thirties and early forties, I sat in darkened movie theaters and watched the “B” grade horror movies that provided escape from the realities of the end of the great depression and the early stages of World War Two. Highly impressionable, the movies like the “Mummy” and the “Return of the Mummy” and “Abbott and Costello meet the MUMMY” stirred something deep inside of me and I decided that I would become an Egyptologist.

The whole bottom shelf of my grandfather’s library consisted of the National Geographic Magazine dating back to the very first issue and I absorbed every bit of information I could find about Egypt and the Pyramids. The public library was my next challenge. Primarily it was just getting past the librarian who sat at the front desk by the entrance like a big guard dog and barked at the children if they even thought about going into the reference section.

Archeology and Sociology were not acceptable for young people. We were expected to read the Hardy Boy Mysteries and things like that. My tastes ran to the works of Edgar Alan Poe and Lovecraft until I discovered E.A.Wallis Budge. His books on Egyptian civilization became my constant companions and opened the doors to what became a life long fascination with things Egyptian.

It was understood that the roots of most, if not all of the Western concepts of basic magic, could be traced back to the rites and practices of ancient Egypt. No one knows where these practices began but the records identify wizard priests back in the fourth Dynasty.

Egyptian magic was a part of their religion and practitioners taught that all-natural and supernatural force were gifts from the gods. The magic was in the action to be sure, but more important were the words, the names of things, the spoken rites and rituals.

Now you know and perhaps understand my fascination with things Egyptian.

DeNomolos, Sage, Mage, etc.

 


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And that was the entry.  The Carcosa Collection will keep it posted as a tribute to a giant in bizarre magic!

 

 

 

 

 

Tome Tribute

"They say foul beings of Old Times still lurk in dark forgotten corners of the world, And Gates stll gape to loose, on certain nights, Shapes pent in Hell."

From Unaussprechlichen Kulten

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