🙂 First of all, sorry, but nope, I don’t do love spells. Rather, Liberation Gothic love magic is the spiritual and political orientation that shapes my spiritual, magical and creative practices, as well as my academic work, and that I write about here. It’s an orientation that has its roots, as you’ll see from my stuff, in my life-long love of The Phantom Of The Opera – especially the #BrilliantOriginal Andrew Lloyd Webber stage-musical – and my ChristoPagan approach to that relationship.
So, then, I have three main, on-going creative projects apart from my academic work, though I’m sure others will follow. They are:
My podcast – In This Labyrinth: Touching the Heart of The Phantom Of The Opera (currently on extended hiatus pending major reboot, although hopefully coming back some time in early 2023.)
I discuss Phantom in all its brilliance! And I often explore the story through Disability-centred intersectionality. I talk a lot about the Lloyd Webber musical obviously, because its especially rich and brilliant. But I talk about other incarnations of the story too, including Phanfiction!
Spirit And Voice.
This will eventually be my YouTube channel, but for right now I’m beginning it as a thing on my Soundcloud along-side my audio-zines (see below). Basically, it’s the space where I share my music – mostly covers for now, but hopefully, eventually, some of my own original songs as well. And it’s also the space where I sshare some elements of my practice of ChristoPagan Phantom Magic, which is what I call my own spiritual and magical practice within the larger framework of Liberation Gothic love magic.
My (forthcoming) Audio-zines – Where Night Is Blind and Phantom Of The Future.
I originally conceived of the first of these projects as a print zine, but realized it would work much better for me – and be far more authentic to mee – as a spoken-word project. It’s an autoethnographic zine where I explore Phantom, Phanship, trauma, spirituality, magic and theatre/the arts.
Phantom Of the Future, meanwhile, is a zine which tries to imagine the Lloyd Webber stage-musical of Phantom produced equitably and sustainably. It tries to imagine what such a production might itself be like, but also what broader social and economic transformations might best support it. Though, it also tries to imagine how the show might itself contribute to those transformations coming into being.
In addition to the above, I also read Tarot. See the Tarot And Voice sub-page of this site for details. So do drop me a contact if you’re interested!
So those are my main projects and activities. This site, then, will have updates on all of those periodically, but also my extra writings. Although, some of those will go on my Patreon, too. And you can also, of course, follow me on my various social media. I’m @Phantom_magick on Twitter and @phantom_magick on Instagram, and my podcast is @ITLPodcast on Twitter.
Anyway, I hope you enjoy all my offerings, as they’re all very much labours of love!