J. H. (Herbie) Brennan
began a journalistic career at age eighteen and at twenty-four
became the youngest newspaper editor in his native Ireland.
His early career background included magazine work, hypnotherapy,
counseling, advertising and marketing.
Herbie Brennan trained in Qabalah with the Society of the Inner
Light and with Helios, the immediate precursor of the Servants
of the Light. With his wife, the therapist and author Jacquie
Burgess, he was co-founder of Sacred Science, an informal movement
dedicated to the investigation and promotion of the links between
modern psychology and physics on the one hand and esoteric practice
on the other.
Herbie has also had a lifelong interest in psychical research
and is a member of the Society for Psychical Research in London.
Following the publication of his early books on out-of-body
experience and paranormal phenomena, he began a long working
relationship with SoL's Director of Studies, Dolores Ashcroft-Nowicki
that continues to this day.
The relationship led to a series of joint seminars on ritual,
esoteric and spiritual practice which were quickly recognised
as leading-edge investigation into mystical techniques. Dolores
continues to teach with a packed seminar, lecture and workshop
programme in the U.K. and the United States, but Herbie has
currently withdrawn from this area of activity to concentrate
on his own writing interests.
Today, much of their work together is concerned with Dolores'
for many years now has allowed her to function as a high grade
- and high level - Mediator. Their first joint book project,
The Magical Use of Thought Forms, was published by Llewellyn
in the U.S. in December 2001.
Herbie's first book on out-of-body experience, Astral Doorways,
became a specialist best-seller and went on to become a classic
in its field.
By his mid twenties, he had published his first novel, an historical
romance brought out by Doubleday in New York. At age thirty,
he made the decision to devote his time to full-length works
of fact and fiction and since then has published more than sixty
books, many of them international best-sellers.
Today he is a full-time author with an interest in transpersonal
psychology, spirituality, comparative religion, reincarnation,
esotericism, quantum physics and psychical research. He has
broadcast and lectured widely throughout UK and Ireland.
His seminars have included modules on reincarnation research,
the astral plane, dream work, healing, spiritual development,
psychical research, sub-nuclear physics and magical training.
Herbie is as comfortable in the children's market as he is
creating adult books, with an enviable track record for both
fact and fiction. He has a keen eye for novelty, both in technology
and market development. He was among the very first writers
to create adventure gamebooks. His GrailQuest series has sold
in the millions internationally... and is still going strong.
With a background that includes writing for radio, the creation
of boxed games and computer software, perhaps his greatest strength
is ideas, particularly in the diversification of publishing
product into allied fields like audio or CD-ROM.
Herbie Brennan lives with his wife, the crystal therapist and
author Jacquie Burgess, in an old rectory in Ireland.