2018 was a great year, as it saw the long awaited publication of The Silent Listener and brought me some adventures along the way as well. I returned to my beloved Cornwall for the book launch in the Museum of Witchcraft and Magic in Boscastle, we launched the book in The Netherlands in June in The Hague at the Summer conference of the Pagan Federation International, the book received a great launch party at the Atlantis Bookstore in London in July and the book received some promotion in Belgium during the Belgian tour of November and December. And, not the least I might add, it received great press. I look back at 2018 with fond memories and a great collaboration with Troy Books, with whom I am going to continue to work for my upcoming Gnome Trilogy. We finished the first part called The Gnome Manuscript, and it is already shipped to Troy Books for the next stage of development, being the lay-out.
Looking back also requires a little bit of looking forward. 2019 will be a busy year for me, with the publication of The Gnome Manuscript and probably The Gnome Grimoire, I am working on a new book about Bob Richel as well, and the research stage is drawing to a close. The interviews have to be scheduled, some more records and drawings are going to be studied and the writing process will definitely start in 2019, so the manuscript will be ready in 2020. Once I am done with this book, tentatively titled Hermaphroditus. The occult Life of Bob Laurentius Richel, I will start work on the book The Twelve Keys of Eldermans, which will emphasize the works of Eldermans and his philosophical view of the world. In the meantime I might start work on another Dutch book, which will deal with the UFO-phenomenon in The Netherlands. And there is no more on the agenda, so after that I am kind of blank on what to do next.
I would like to express my gratitude to a lot of people, and many of them know who they are, but some people deserve a particular ‘thank you’ for making 2018 a year to remember. First of all Jane Cox and Gemma Gary, for the beautiful editions of my second book, and for the wonderful cooperation between us as publishing house and author. Second I would like to thank Jeannet and Martine Richel, Ruud Jongeling, Gerda van Zuuren and Jan Pauw for travelling to Cornwall and share this moment with me. Morgana Sythove of the Pagan Federation International deserves my gratitude, not only for the hospitality, but also the great review. Great reviews were also supplied by Niels Brummelman of Paravisie magazine and Prof. Dr. Theo Meder of the Meertens Institute, for which I am very grateful. Simon Costin of the Museum of Witchcraft and Magic for hosting the first book launch and Bali and Geraldine of the Atlantis Bookshop for hosting the second book launch in London. Finally Eva Vanootegem of Para Astro for the hospitality at their fairs in Hasselt, Deurne and Leuven, Belgium. Finally I would like to thank my wife Natascha for her undying support.
Everybody who bought The Silent Listener, thank you for your support and I hope the book lived up to your expectations.
I want to leave you by saying a very merry holidays and all the best for 2019, the year I turn 50, so don’t hesitate to tease me with this unnerving fact.
© 2018 Wilmar Taal