Page 253. " Leonardo da Vinci's original sketch "
Mona Lisa
Public DomainMona Lisa - Credit: Leonardo da Vinci

Crowley evidently was a friend and muse (if that’s possible for a demon) to Leonardo da Vinci, who gifted him the sketch of his most famous painting, The Mona Lisa


The word Armageddon is derived from the battlefield of Megiddo.

Creative Commons AttributionMegiddo_0665 - Credit: hoyasmeg / James Emery
Page 258. " Holy water. You bastard "
The Church of Santa Maria at Cintoia, Florence, Italy. Facade. Holy-Water Font with Madonna
GNU Free Documentation LicenseThe Church of Santa Maria at Cintoia, Florence, Italy. Facade. Holy-Water Font with Madonna - Credit: Cyberuly

 Holy water is water that has been blessed and is used to cleanse the soul. In popular culture and folklore it is a defence against demons and other unholy beings.

Page 259. " Do you feel lucky? "

The second of two quotes from Clint Eastwood’s iconic Dirty Harry character. The first is “Make my day”


Page 269. " picked out the words HELL'S ANGELS. "
Hells Angel procession
Creative Commons Attribution Share AlikeHells Angel procession - Credit: SanFranAnnie / Ann Larie Valentine

The Hells Angels are a motorcycle gang. Members typically ride Harley-Davidson motorcycles. The gang is listed as one of the “big four” motorcycle gangs by American and Canadian intelligence agencies for alleged violence, trafficking stolen goods, drug dealing and extortion.

Their motto is "When we do right, nobody remembers. When we do wrong, nobody forgets".

Page 271. " I haven't seen you since Mafeking "
Mafeking Cadet Corps, 1899-1900.
Public DomainMafeking Cadet Corps, 1899-1900. - Credit: Zaian, permission PD-OLD

 Mafikeng, formerly Mafeking, is a city in South Africa. During the Second Boer War, the city came under siege from October 1899 to May 1900. An outnumbered English garrison successfully defended the city against 8,000 Boer troops until relief arrived.

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Page 275. " REVELATIONS, he said. CHAPTER SIX. "

And I looked, and behold, a white horse. He who sat on it had a bow; and a crown was given to him, and he went out conquering and to conquer.

When He opened the second seal, I heard the second living creature saying, “Come and see.” Another horse, fiery red, went out. And it was granted to the one who sat on it to take peace from the earth, and that people should kill one another; and there was given to him a great sword.

When He opened the third seal, I heard the third living creature say, “Come and see.” So I looked, and behold, a black horse, and he who sat on it had a pair of scales in his hand. And I heard a voice in the midst of the four living creatures saying, “A quart of wheat for a denarius, and three quarts of barley for a denarius; and do not harm the oil and the wine.”

When He opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth living creature saying, “Come and see.” So I looked, and behold, a pale horse. And the name of him who sat on it was Death, and Hades followed with him. And power was given to them over a fourth of the earth, to kill with sword, with hunger, with death, and by the beasts of the earth.

Revelation 6:2-8