Davisson’s vision is a rich distillation of subversive thought. Tribal, mythic, punk and anarchic, he is a serious thinker with the spirit of a mischievous sprite… —Trebor Healey, author of Sweet Son of Pan
He received a degree in Photography and Critical Theory from Hampshire College, Amherst, Massachusetts. He studied photography under former Photo League member and noted American realist Jerome Liebling and documentary folklorist Carrie Mae Weems.
A pioneer of rebel publishing, Sven co-founded the small, yet ground-breaking zine mektoub, which he produced from 1989 to 1995.
His short story “Dim Star Descried” was selected for Wilde Stories 2010: The Year’s Best Gay Speculative Fiction. After originally appeared in Peter Dubé’s anthology Madder Love: Queer Men and the Precincts of Surrealism (Rebel Satori, 2008.
In addition to Ashé Journal and mektoub, Sven’s work has appeared in Abrasax: Journal of Magick and Decadence, Velvet Mafia, The New Aeon, sneerzine, Lambda Book Report and the books The Starry Dynamo, Suffering the Night: Queering Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Madder Love: Queer Men and the Precincts of Surrealism, I Do/I Don’t: Queers On Marriage, Directions: Faith & Friends and High Clouds Soaring Storms Driving Low. See a complete listing below.
Summer 2004, Blackberry Books published a collection edited by Sven of short stories by best-selling Maine authors Ruth Moore (his great-aunt) and Eleanor Mayo. Moore was a bestselling author, known for her accurate portrayal of the ‘real Maine.’ Her seventeen books include the novelsThe Weir, Spoonhandle, A Walk Down Main Street and Speak to the Winds. Mayo, her life-long companion, was also an accomplished writer whose five published novels include Turn Home, Forever Strangers and October Fire. The collection, When Foley Craddock Tore Off My Grandfather’s Thumb is available at your local independent bookstore.
A collection of Sven’s writing The Starry Dynamo: The Machinery of Night Remixed was released by Rebel Satori in January 2007.
Rebel Satori published a collection of magickal essays The Star Set Matrix in 2014.
Sven was born in Maine, the eighth generation descendent of the area’s original European settlers. He now lives with his husband and their two dogs in New Orleans.
On “A Closer Walk With Thee” in Suffering the Night
…wonderful… —Lambda Literary Review
On “Dim Star Descried” in Madder Love
…a beautiful pitch-perfect literary urban fantasy… —Rainbow Reviews
On The Starry Dynamo
The bastard lovechild of William Burroughs and Aleister Crowley—or was he spawned of an orgy involving Rajneesh, Pan, Ginsberg, Foucault and a dozen or so of Burroughs North African wildboys?—Davisson’s vision is a rich distillation of subversive thought. Tribal, mythic, punk and anarchic, he is a serious thinker with the spirit of a mischievous sprite.
—Trebor Healey, author of Sweet Son of Pan
This is an interesting and—to use Davisson’s own term, experimental—book that deserves to be read, written by an important character in the long term history of Gay consciousness.
—Toby Johnson in White Crane Journal
The Starry Dynamo is a compelling and seductive collection. Sven Davisson’s work is erotic, haunting, spiritual and unafraid to take chances. A bold and riveting book.”
—Emanuel Xavier editor of Bullets & Butterflies and author of Christlike
An incredibly versatile religious scholar with a unique mind and equally complex personality…
—Raul Canizares, author of Cuban Santeria: Walking With the Night
On Ashé Journal
ASHE journal is the most relevant and interesting occult journal nowadays… -PAN.OR.RA.MA
All in all, Ashé is an interesting and wide ranging journal. Written from an experiential point of view the majority of works are reflective, insightful or inductive of further interest. The decision to give a voice to those not usually heard and to incorporate issues which are normally seen as ‘taboo’ within mainstream spiritual circles, or which incorporate unusual analysis makes it both an exciting, brave and challenging work. —philhine.org.uk (read
On When Foley Craddock Tore Off My Grandfather’s Thumb
I once lamented the fact that Ruth Moore’s short fiction had been lost-and-forgotten. No longer, and this wonderful book is treasure beyond treasure, as far as a lot of us Moore-ites are concerned. From the introduction (READ IT, Don’t argue: read it) straight through to Mayo’s even-longer-forgotten gems, it’s a delight. This is the way short stories about a place oughta be wrote, guys… never mind the minimalist eye-to-the-keyhole stuff, this is the real thing. It is very fashionable to sneer at ‘old-fashioned-magazine-ficiton’ these days. Ruth Moore didn’t give much of a rolling d..arn about fashion–she was her own person with her own voice in her own place. And one helluva storyteller to boot. —The Courier-Gazette (Rockland)
Readers are the beneficiaries of the ardent editorial hours of Sven Davisson, a nephew of Ruth Moore and the literary executive [sic] of the estate of both women, and Gary Lawless and his Blackberry Press. -Maine Sunday Telegram
Edited and eloquently introduced by Ms. Moore’s grand-nephew Sven Davisson, this collection of stories such as the title tale, “When Foley Craddock Tore Off My Grandfather’s Thumb,” or “How Come You’re Picking My Violets?” or “Aids to the Unwary” are variously funny, poignant or outrageous, but always have such a ring of truth to them… —The Bar Harbor Times
Kudos to Blackberry Books for the revival it continues to fuel. —Bangor Daily News