The Hand of Robert Cochrane
"Over the years, particularly as a book dealer, I would pick up all manner of interesting esoteric tomes and volumes of forgotten lore. Sometime around 2002 I acquired this book on witchcraft by Justine Glass. It was not in brilliant condition, i'd say it was in 'good' condition, but it was nevertheless a first edition and was signed by the author. I added to my collection and thought nothing more about it."
"It was some years later when I found myself idly flicking through the book and coming upon numerous pages filled with biro annotations. Reading them I noticed a certain vitriolic criticism. The annotator was taking what was being said rather personally. I looked back at the inscription from the author and saw it was 'review copy' gift to 'Roy and Jane'. I had recently read the excellent slim volume 'A Poisoned Chalice' by Gavin Semple, which had detailed the life, and more particularly the tragic events surrounding the apparent suicide of enigmatic pagan and founder of the Clan of Tubal-Cain, Robert Cochrane. I was reminded of this book because within it I had learned that Robert Cochrane's given name was Roy, and that his wife was called Jane."
"A quick re-reading of the book and the annotations appears to strongly suggest that Robert Cochrane himself penned these passionate remarks. It is perhaps a matter of interest to both adherents of his lineage of Traditional Witchcraft, and to academics studying the lives of 20th Century occult figures."
"One last point made this discovery all the more pertinent, and that was the date, mere months before his tragic demise. I'll confess it sent a very strange chill through me."
Reproduced here are a selection of the 13 pages that feature Cochrane's annotations.