“After [Aleister] Crowley’s death in 1947 the O.T.O. [Ordo Templi Orientis] began a slow, creeping death under the direction of the third world leader, a staunch paranoid German named Karl Germer. By the late-sixties less than a handful of members remained worldwide. Crowley’s sordid sex cult of Thelema, once sensationalized across the front pages of the newspapers worldwide, seemed destined for obscurity. Then in 1969, out of the ashes, arose Grady Louis McMurtry. He was one of the few surviving members from the 1940’s. He would become a primary figure, along with Phyllis Seckler, who were responsible for bringing the O.T.O. from its near death to the worldwide organization that it is today, having membership in the thousands. It is believed that of all Aleister Crowley’s disciples, the single individual who most effectively shaped the destiny of the modern occult revival, especially in the name of the Beast himself, was Grady Louis McMurtry.”
The Magickal Thesis and Poetry of Grady Louis McMurtry
Articles About Grady
The Magickal Link Vol. V, No. 6 July 1985 e.v. This issue caried a lengthy article titled “The Caliph’s Health.” It graphically described how Grady
McMurtry was suffering from pulmonary edema. The article also talked about the OTO and what would happen to the Order if and when Grady died.
Grady discusses Crowley’s first Caliph, Karl Germer. As well, he discusses how Germer died without appointing a successor to lead the Ordo Templi Orientis. Finally, he outlines the process by which he, Grady, activated his emergency authorization to restore the Order. From the O.T.O. Newsletter, Berkeley, CA, Vol. I, No. 2, Autumn 1977-Spring 1978.
From the O.T.O. Newsletter, Berkeley, CA, Vol. II, No. 1, Summer Solstice 1978-Spring 1979.
From the O.T.O. Newsletter, Berkeley, CA, Vol. I, No. 3, December 1977.
From the O.T.O. Newsletter, Berkeley, CA, Vol. I, No. 4, Spring Equinox 1978.
From the O.T.O. Newsletter, Berkeley, CA, Vol. II, No. 2, Autumnal Equinox, September 1978, An. LXXIV e.n.
From the O.T.O. Newsletter, Berkeley, CA, Vol. I, No. 2, Autumn 1977
From the O.T.O. Newsletter, Berkeley, CA, Vol. II, No. 7 & 8, Winter-Spring 1979, p. 3-6 and from the O.T.O. Newsletter, Berkeley, CA, Vol. III, No. 9, Summer, August 1979, p. 3-7
An historial letter of July 9, 1974. The entire purpose of the original article was to express his official position about the OTO, give a little history and review briefly the Caliphate letters. In fact, this was the very first place that they ever publicly appeared.
This is the preface written by Maj. Grady Louis McMurtry X° for the 1983 edition of θΕΛΗΜΑ: The Holy Books of Thelema (Maine: Samuel Weiser, Inc.), p. vii-xxvi, copyright © O.T.O.
“The nations of the Earth must have an incentive to attain unity. This incentive can be supplied only by a common goal, not some undefinable idea of Peace, and this common goal can be best presented through the medium of motion pictures.”
“It is the purpose of this paper to examine the present possibilities for the establishment of the Thelemic order as a force. In order to do so we must first determine those potentialities and trends inherent in the present day world of economics.”
Grady’s Masters Thesis in Political Science.