First Protocols of Queer Goetia

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A very small, powerful set of mythopoetic instructions for working with the queer

dead, composed after the overlapping underground worlds of the Bay Area lost

thirty-six of their people in the Ghost Ship Fire.

Queer: “strange, peculiar, eccentric.” From the German quer meaning “oblique, perverse, odd,” which in turn comes from the Old High German word for “oblique,” twerh, which is derived from the root terkw-, “to turn, twist, wind,” as in “the labyrinth turns, twists, winds.”

Goetia: “the invocation of daemons or spirits” from the ancient Greek goeteia, “sorcery,” from goes, “sorcerer, wizard,” ultimately derived from goao, “to wail, to cry,” as in mourning or in a funeral rite.