Montague Summers
b. April 10, 1880
d. August 10, 1948

The Reverend Alphonsus Joseph-Mary Augustus Montague Summers was born at Pembroke Lodge, near Bristol, England on April 10, 1880. It is believed that he simply claimed the title of 'Reverend' because it is not exactly known to which religious order he belonged. Personally, I'd heard he was a Catholic priest, but was excommunicated because of his unorthodox practices concerning the occult.

Summers is the author of a large number of books on witchcraft and the occult, and was an occassional associate of Aleister Crowley (Crowley enjoyed exagerating his evilness just to spook Summers, who would then take it seriously and write about it in his books). Among the texts he either wrote or edited are:

And oddly enough, edited a collection of the complete works of Afra Behn.

Montague Summers died suddenly at his home in Richmond on August 10, 1948, and was buried three days later in the local cemetery. Some say he was buried in full priestly regalia. Some doubt.

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