by Arkon Daraul
The author has traveled widely to track down the large number of surviving organizations, all of them strange, many of them evil, dangerous and subversive and he has attended ceremonies held by them.
Among many of the secret societies he includes are The People of the Peacock of Britain and Iraq, the fearsome ecstatics of Russia and the dreaded Assassins of Persia and Arabia.
Arkon Daraul is a pen name for the author and teacher of the Sufi tradition Idries Shah. Shah wrote over three dozen books ranging from psychology and spirituality to travelogues and culture studies.