Ray Sherwin

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Ray Sherwin (born 1952 in Yorkshire, England) is an English occult author and publisher. Together with Peter J. Carroll, he is one of the originators of the system of magical discipline called chaos magic.[1]

In the late 1970s, he began publishing a magazine called The New Equinox, an irregular journal dealing with Thelemic magick, chaos magic and related subjects. He developed chaos magic theory and early rituals.[2]

In 1978, he co-founded the Illuminates of Thanateros with Carroll, later publishing Carroll's book, Liber Null. Also during 1978, Sherwin wrote and published The Book of Results. These two books, Liber Null and The Book of Results, were the first books written on the topic of chaos magic.[citation needed] Sherwin disavowed the IOT in 1982 because he disapproved of a developing priesthood.

He is also the author of the magical texts The Theatre of Magick and Strange Smell in the Car.


  • The Book of Results. Morrisville, NC: Lulu Enterprises. 2005 [First published 1978]. ISBN 978-1-4116-2558-7. (Foreword by Peter J. Carroll)
  • The Theatre of Magick. Lulu.com. 2006 [First published 1982, Sorcerer's Apprentice]. ISBN 978-1-4303-0199-8.
  • Aromatic Oils. Mandrake of Oxford. 2010. ISBN 978-1-906958-03-9.
  • The Cardinal Rites of Chaos. Occultique. 1985. ISBN 978-1-906958-03-9.
  • VITRIOL. Morton Press. 2015. ISBN 978-1-906958-03-9.;Audiobooks
  • Sherwin, Ray; Mullaney, Nigel (2008). The Chaos Magick Audio CDs Volume 6: The Singing Tadpole & Best Before the End of the World. The Original Falcon Press. ISBN 978-1-935150-51-0.

  • Sherwin, Ray (1986). "Introduction". In Crowley, Aleister (ed.). Liber Agape & De Arte Magica (Annotated). Kadath Press.


  1. ^ Chris Mathews (2009). Modern Satanism: Anatomy of a Radical Subculture. Greenwood Publishing Group. p. 116. ISBN 0-313-36639-X.
  2. ^ Rosemary Ellen Guiley (2006). The Encyclopedia of Magic and Alchemy. Infobase Publishing. p. 180. ISBN 0-8160-6048-7.

Further reading[edit]

  • Clarke, Peter Bernard (2006). Encyclopedia of New Religious Movements. Psychology Press. pp. 105ff. ISBN 978-0-415-26707-6.
  • Drury, Neville (2011). Stealing Fire from Heaven: The Rise of Modern Western Magic. Oxford University Press. pp. 251ff. ISBN 978-0-19-975099-3.
  • Morris, Brian (2006). Religion and Anthropology: A Critical Introduction. Cambridge University Press. pp. 303ff. ISBN 978-0-521-85241-8.
  • Penczak, Christopher (2007). The Temple of High Witchcraft: Ceremonies, Spheres and the Witches' Qabalah. Llewellyn Worldwide. p. 58. ISBN 978-0-7387-1165-2.

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