Wie Nunspeet zegt, zegt Van Vloten. De Sage van het Ronde Huis (Free Musketeers/Lecturium Publishers, 2014) OUT OF PRINT
Say Nunspeet and you say Van Vloten. The Round House Saga. When Frank van Vloten opens the doors of his villa in 1907, he will not suspect that his house will be the backdrop of a conspiracy theory in which occult rituals, prostitutes and murder will be featured. A thorough archival study revealed details ignored by conspiracy theorists, which shines a completely different light on the history of this house.
The Silent Listener. The Life and Works of J.H.W. Eldermans (Troy Books 2018)
The Richel-Eldermans collection is one of the most enigmatic sexual magic collections in the world, and can be found in the Museum of Witchcraft and Magic, Boscastle, United Kingdom. The collection consists mainly of works by J.H.W. Eldermans, a former civil servant who lived in The Hague, The Netherlands. His skills are of an undeniable high quality, and his works are not only made on paper, but also in metal, wood and bone. Who was J.H.W. Eldermans, and why was he interested in sexual magic to a degree that borders on obsession? Was Eldermans acquainted with Cecil H. Williamson? Was he a member of an occult lodge called Ars Amatoria? Was J.H.W. Eldermans an unknown magister in the occult art?
This book is also available as a standard hardback and special edition:
The press about The Silent Listener. The Life and Works of J.H.W. Eldermans
Wiccan Rede Lughnasadh 2018:
Was Eldermans an Occultist? Did he take part in rituals in secret societies? What drove him to make all the drawings, the artefacts …? Who was he?? Many of these questions are amply answered in this well-researched biography. For the Dutch audience, it is a gem. It is perhaps a pity that the collection didn’t remain in the Netherlands, but luckily Bob Richel had the courage to approach the MWM … and the rest is history. Thanks to Wilmar too for all the work he has done to make visible the work – and life – of Eldermans in the Netherlands. Highly recommended. (Morgana Sythove)
Paravisie, October 2018:
Sometimes you receive a book of which the visual aspects of the lay-out will promise a good read. It is totally cool when the high expectations are surpassed after reading it! The Silent Listener is such a book. It is written by Wilmar Taal, the man who studied the Round House mystery in Nunspeet a few years earlier, and it tells of the life and works of J.H.W. Eldermans: a probation officer who, hidden from everyone, turned his fascination for folklore, magic and the occult into a very expanded collection of self-made drawings, objects, manuscripts, photographs and notes. His fantasies, how beautiful and intriguing designed, were never meant for the general public. That we are able to see them, causes feelings of gratitude and shame. The first feeling however dominates, because his work is a unique ode to the human imagination, artistry and creativity. The only thing lacking is the Dutch translation!
The Gnome Manuscript part one: origins, habit and culture (Troy Books 2019)
In 2000, the mysterious Dutch ‘Richel-Eldermans collection’ was donated to The Museum of Witchcraft and Magic in Boscastle where, in 2003, a Dutch speaking student assisted in deciphering some of the written materials in the collection. It was during this process that the student discovered a fascinating manuscript concerned with Dutch gnome-folklore, and alerted the Meertens Institute in Amsterdam who were happy to receive a copy of the ‘Gnome Manuscript’, as it became known, on CD-Rom.
Another Dutch student subsequently graduated on a study of this manuscript, but still there were too many questions and mysteries concerning the information J.H.W. Eldermans collected throughout his life. The staff of the Museum of Witchcraft and Magic were most interested in the contents of this manuscript, and so a decision was made to publish a series of books that present translations of the intriguing handwritten content, with comments on the origins of the manuscript and studies of the places described therein. The information was categorized and this first part as ‘Origins, Habit and Culture’ and focuses on where the gnomes came from, what they were doing and what they expressed. The second part will look deeper into the magic concerning gnomes, and the third part will deal with leftover writings by Eldermans.
This book is also available as standard hardback and special edition:
The Gnome Manuscript part two: magical workings with nature spirits. Troy Books. (expected 2020)
The Gnome Manuscript part three: Miscellanous writings. Troy Books. (expected 2021)
Traveller in the frame of a strange painting. The occult life of Bob Laurentius Richel. In research.
The Devil may take me. Dutch folklore in 50 locations. In preparation
The Light of Egypt. Sexual Magic in the works of J.H.W. Eldermans. In preparation
Blauw Boek. De geschiedenis van de Nederlandse ufologie in preparation.
© 2018 Wilmar Taal