Although Nevill was born in England, Australians like to ignore
the fact and claim him as the most respected and influential writer
on occultism, spiritual art, shamanism and alternative medicine
ever produced in their country. A rummage through his interview
on this site adds a slim but calorific slice of credibility to
this claim since he was Norbert, a boy ... sorry, nor but a boy
of ten when his family removed to the land down under and a bit
to the left.
of the right age to get the most out of the 60's, Nevill not only
managed to open his own particular doors of perception but to
remember what was on the other side long enough to write it down
for the rest of us. Far from winding up a fabulous Furry Freak
Brother, he remains one of the most lucid writers on all matters
pertaining to the far side of perception. Possibly
he didn't inhale.
His many books include the first serious overview
of occultism in Australia: Other Temples, Other Gods (co-written
with Gregory Tillet and published in 1980); The Occult Experience
(the book of a major documentary released in 1985 featuring,
among others, Margot Adler, Alex Sanders, Janet and Stewart Farrar,
and H R Giger); and Pan's Daughter, the first biography of Australian
artist, non-Wiccan Witch, and all round good time girl, Rosaleen
Norton. He has also published studies on Castaneda, the spiritual
in art, and the esoteric uses of music.
walking (and sometimes sitting down) compendium of esoteric knowledge,
his only supernatural mishap was the freak numerological accident
in the 70's that tragically robbed him of the last 'e' in 'Neville'.