Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law. – AL I:40

“Grady’s first poem, “Ballet Sol,” also became one of his first published pieces, appearing alongside “The Parish Parson” in the July 1941 issue of Lou Goldstone’s publication Fantasia. Lou Goldstone was a well-known science-fiction illustrator and would later become a frequent visitor to the South Orange Grove Avenue residency of the OTO by the mid-40’s. Grady, or possibly Jack Parsons, brought him there. Lou Goldstone would later be responsible for introducing his friend, L. Ron Hubbard, to the OTO in August of 1945.”

A Biography of Grady Louis McMurtry, Disciple of Aleister Edward Crowley
Volume One – 1918-1962, by J. Edward Cornelius
RED FLAME No. 12 [CA: Berkeley] 2005, pg. 27

Cover of Fantasia Magazine of July 1941, the first magazine in which Grady Louis McMurtry published one of his poems. Inscribed at the top "for Jerry" and signed "Grady" The title is in Gothic script. The center is taken up with a large woodblock print of a being of fire towering over a man brandishing two pistols, pointing in two differernt directions. July 1941 is written below the center image.

To see a better version of these two poems please consult Grady’s Poetry section. Specifically, a typed version of Grady’s  “The Parish Parson” can be found on this page. Likewise, a typed version of Grady’s poem “Ballet Sol” can be found on this page.

Page from July 1941 Fantasia magazine bearing Grady Louis McMurtry's first two published poems, "The Parish Parson" and "Ballet Sol." The titles are handwritten, while the poems themselves are typed. At the bottom is handwritten "By Grady L. McMurtry."

Love is the law, love under will. – AL I:57