As known among Tracy's close associates, Papal Magic: Occult Practices Within the Catholic Churchbook was written by Tracy R. Twyman. It's authorship was 'taken' by the other "Simon", when Tracy submitted sample chapters & an outline to the other "Simon" editor at HarperCollins [Peter Hubbard] for a review via email.
"I had HarperCollins, one of the largest publishers in the world, interested in my material. But when I sent them my sample chapters on request from one of the editors, they actually had one of their other authors (my former friend Peter Levenda, who had recommended me to them) steal my work and publish it as his own. The book Papal Magic by Simon (Levenda's pen name and the "editor" of the Necronomicon) was almost entirely ripped from one of my sample chapters, word for word. I can't afford a lawyer and thus can do nothing about it.
Tracy R Twyman
“The roots of the Hocus Pocus essay actually come from a detailed chapter outline I wrote for another book that I proposed to HarperCollins in 2006. I asked Peter [Levenda] if he could hook me up with his editor [Peter Hubbard] there. He gave me the guy’s email address, and I sent a 1-page query to the editor. The guy wrote back saying he was interested and wanted to see a detailed outline with sample chapters. I sent these to him. I never heard back from him. A few months later, Papal Magic came out. It followed my outline almost exactly.
Yes, I am saying that Peter Levenda stole my book. Probably on the advice of his editor [ Peter Hubbard at HarperCollins - William Morrow ]. It's not uncommon for editors to take book proposals they like from unknown authors, and give them to more famous authors to write, screwing the original author completely. I just didn't think Peter [Levenda] would do that to me, but he did."
“[W]ell, it took me a while to figure out what happened. After I didn’t hear back from the editor, I just forgot about the book proposal completely. I interviewed Peter for the radio show. Everything seemed kosher. He didn’t tell me about Papal Magic when it came out. I found it myself at the book store one day. And in fact, even when I read it, I noticed some similarities with what I had written, but I actually assumed that I had sent the proposal after Papal Magic was published, or after it was in production. I thought maybe that was why the publisher hadn’t gotten back to me–because he already had a book about the same subject in the works. Until one day I was came across the original emails I sent. I checked the dates of the emails and the dates of Papal Magic’s publication. And I looked at the chapter outline I had sent, and compared it with the book. In some cases entire paragraphs are almost identical. Then I realized what had happened."
Tracy R Twyman
Below is the email Tracy R. Twyman sent to HarperCollins’s Editor:
Papal Magic: Occult Practices Within the Catholic Church
Tracy R. Twyman
Dear r. [Peter] Hubbard,
I was given your email address by Peter Levenda, who told me that you might be interested in my book proposal. My name is Tracy R. Twyman. I have been a writer and researcher of obscure history for about ten years now. As Mr. Levenda already told you, I have put a lot of my focus into topics regarding the Holy Grail, the Knights Templar, the Priory of Sion, and the royal families, such as the Merovingians, which are believed by many people to have a divine lineage. For about seven years I published a magazine called Dagobert’s Revenge that explored these subjects. I even got a chance to visit Rennes-le-Chateau, France, at the center of these mysteries, when Fox Television brought me there for an interview in 2000. Then in 2004 wrote a book called The Merovingian Mythos and the Mystery of Rennes-le-Chateau, summing up my research.
The definitive source on this subject has always been the book Holy Blood, Holy Grail, by Michael Baigent, Richard Leigh and Henry Lincoln. Most of the other books written on the topic since the 1980s have merely probed the concepts already developed in this book. I used this book as my first source as well, but my research led me to expand greatly beyond the parameters previously defined by other authors on the subject.
In my book I did not come to a conclusion as to whether or not any of the more controversial claims regarding the Priory of Sion are tru. I can’t know for sure whether Jesus was married and had children, whether the Priory of Sion is really an illustrious organization with a 1000-year pedigree, or whether there is really a treasure called “the Grail” buried at Rennes-le-Chateau, France. But it seemed to me that nobody had even really understood what the Priory of Sion, and other persons promoting the same set of ideas, were trying to tell us. I felt that the Priory of Sion was speaking in a symbolic language, on the level of religious myth, and thus I approached my research as one of comparative mythology. I asked: “What is the Priory of Sion trying to make us believe, and if it were true, what would it mean?”
My research led me to conclude that the mythos being promoted by the Priory of Sion actually pertains more to the ancient world than it does to the time of Christ. The sacred nature of the “Grail bloodline” they idealize comes from the belief that this lineage originated with the gods of our pre-Christian ancestors. The treasure called the “Grail” which they allude to as being hidden in some sacred spot, perhaps in Rennes-le-Chateau, France, could only be one much older than Jesus. After analyzing the literature published by the Priory of Sion, and the
legends that surround Rennes-le-Chateau, I came to the conclusion that they are speaking of the same thing referred to in Judeo-Christian scriptures as “the Cave of Treasures.” It is at once a tomb, containing the bodies of the Biblical patriarchs from Adam to Jacob, and an underground temple to God, built by Adam on divine orders. Its location is said to be inside of a mountain, and “in the center of the Earth.”
In The Merovingian Mythos, I argued that this is what certain people in the region of Rennes-le-Chateau have believed to exist within their own domains. This is the secret that the Priory of Sion claims to be guarding, albeit in coded language. I also give evidence that this same belief, or a very similar one, has been held by people all over the world, and throughout history, regarding other so-called “sacred spots” throughout the globe. Whether it is an imaginary manifestation of the collective unconscious, or an archetypal, ancestral memory built upon a real, historical prototype, many cultures have a myth about a sacred tomb, and subterranean temple, secreted inside of a mountain at the center of the Earth. I also did not discount the idea that there actually is a significant structure hidden within the mountains of Rennes-le-Chateau which has served as the basis for the mystery surrounding that village. There is physical evidence to suggest this.
Since the publication of The Merovingian Mythos two years ago, I have seen my theory become a wholly indispensable part of the Rennes-le-Chateau mystery, and many other researchers have now expanded upon my ideas. My book is taken seriously in the genre, which has much wider exposure now because of The Da Vinci Code. I even had the pleasure of being interviewed and having my book mentioned on a Da Vinci Code-related documentary by National Geographic.
But the most exciting development has come from a film documentary that I participated in recently, in which the producers have uncovered evidence that the secret of Rennes-le-Chateau really does pertain to the Cave of Treasures. They have interviewed people claiming to represent the Priory of Sion who have said this, and produced documents to this effect. Whether they are really Priory of Sion members, or just charlatans who have read my book, in unknown, but it is interesting. These producers have also been given exclusive permission by the government of Rennes-le-Chateau to film some excavations and tunnel explorations currently going on. They tell me that everything they’ve seen so far indicates that this underground temple may indeed exist. Last I heard, this documentary was being underwritten by Lions Gate Films, so I have every reason to believe that it will get good distribution when it comes out, and will be taken seriously.
Thus it is that I now propose to write a new book on the topic of Rennes-le-Chateau, summarizing my own research, and some of these latest developments. I was thinking of calling it The Cave of Treasures: Discoveries at Rennes-le-Chateau. I want to give it a light, narrative style of writing, appealing to a Da Vinci Code fan who wants to know more about the real-life treasure hunt for the Holy Grail that’s taking place in France right now. I will try to treat the dense history of the region, and the mythology surrounding it, in an unpretentious, digestible manner.
I hope this book idea interests you. Considering that HarperCollins has published Peter Levenda’s work, I thought that your company might consider my own work on equally esoteric but intriguing subject matter.
At the bottom of this email I have inserted my author’s biography. I have been writing professionally for some time, have developed a bit of a following, and have made a measurable impact on my chosen fields of research. I am also full of ideas for future projects, and my mind is always working on new ones. Should your company choose to pick me up as an author, I am sure that I could be a valuable asset for many years to come.
So please let me know your reaction to this proposal. I look forward to hearing from you. My full contact information is written below.
Tracy R. Twyman
Phone: (814) 676-2492
Mailing Address: 224 Hoffman Ave.
Oil City, PA 16301
Tracy R. Twyman is the author of several nonfiction books, including The Merovingian Mythos and the Mystery of Rennes-le-Chateau (2004, Dragon Key Press), and Solomon’s Treasure: The Magic and Mystery of America’s Money (2005). She is also the former Editor of Dagobert’s Revenge Magazine, a journal of esoteric history that was published from 1996 to 2003. In addition, Tracy R. Twyman has worked as a freelance journalist for newspapers and magazines since 1994. She has been interviewed as an occult expert numerous times for radio, television, print, and online media.