O9A in Contemporary Fiction

Note, June 2013: This is an updated, enlarged, and revised version of the article first published in February 2013.

Order of Nine Angles

Order of Nine Angles

The ONA In Contemporary Fiction

“The Order of Nine Angles…”

“They’re dangerous people, Jack”

“I guessed as much…The human sacrifice was the clue.” {1}

Over the past decade, the ONA has been mentioned in some works of fiction – both mainstream and otherwise. For instance, in Alex Unlimited: Split-Second Sight by Dan Jolley – who once worked for DC Comics – a 2007 work published by the US based Magna distributors Tokyopop.

“Order of Nine what?”
“Really aggressive. Not people you want to mess with…”

The ONA also appears in some of that genre named ‘fan fiction’, once confined to small sometimes underground zines {2} but now with its own internet sub-culture. For example, the following, from a story entitled An Unbreakable Bond authored by Ennauethys and part of the Anime/Manga sub-culture:

“Then there’s the order of nine angles which is not something you want to delve into…”

Mainstream Novels
The most detailed, and the most interesting, mention so far of the Order of Nine Angles in recent (non-O9A) fiction is in the novels of two mainstream authors.

1. The best-selling author Stephen Leather, a former journalist on newspapers such as The Times (of London) and the South China Morning Post in Hong Kong. His novels have been translated into more than ten languages and he has written for television shows such as London’s Burning and the BBC’s Murder in Mind series.

The following quotes, about the ONA, are from his 2011 novel Midnight, published by Hodder & Stoughton (ISBN 978144470066).

‘I’m on a steep learning curve,’ said Nightingale. He leaned forward, his arms resting on his knees as he held his beer bottle with both hands. ‘The last time we spoke you said that my father was part of a sect that practised human sacrifice.’

‘The Order of Nine Angles, yes.’

‘My father said I should talk to them. They were connected to my sister’s adoption and he said they might be able to help me.’

Wainwright exhaled through pursed lips. ‘They’re dangerous people, Jack.’

‘I guessed as much,’ said Nightingale. ‘The human sacrifice was the clue.’ […]

He says that Fairchild belongs to the Order of Nine Angles. Have you any idea what they do?’

Jenny shook her head.

‘They kill people,’ he said quietly.

In his newer novel, Nightmare, published in 2012 by 47North – ISBN 9781612182315 – the Order of Nine Angles appear to play an even greater role:

Nightingale leaned forward, both hands around his bottle of lager. ‘Let me ask you something, Marcus. Okay?’

‘Go ahead,’ said the lawyer.

‘Are you a member of the Order of Nine Angles?’ Nightingale resisted the urge to smile when he saw the look of surprise that flashed across the lawyer’s face. […]

‘So you know already. Yes, I am a member of the Order. Have been for years. So let me ask you a question in return, Jack. The Order goes to a lot of trouble to maintain a low profile, so who told you about us?’

‘A friend.’

‘An informant, you mean? I assume that your friend is an outsider. In the entire history of the Order no member has ever divulged any details of who we are or what we do.’ […]

The Order of Nine Angles? Trust me, there’s nothing charitable about them. Human sacrifice plays a big part in what they do. They call it culling.” […]

‘I’m serious, Jack. Fairchild is pure evil. Don’t even think about taking him on. He’s got the whole Order of Nine Angles with him. You go up against one and you’ll be facing them all.’

2. Conrad Jones – whose novels have topped the Amazon Kindle best-seller list – devotes a whole book (Child for the Devil, Thames River Press, 2013) to the machinations of the ONA, which is fictionalized as the “order of nine angels”, and whose narrative not only uses standard O9A terms such as culling, nexion, and mundane, but also creatively adds to them, as with the inventive term “culling chair”.

Child for the Devil concerns the link between the Order of Nine Angels and dozens of unsolved murders and missing children, and how members of this evil, dangerous, and influential Order try to stop this investigation by murder, by torturing someone to obtain information, by an attempted assassination, and by using their influence to get someone framed for murder.

Given the number of people who mis-spell the ONA name or who assume it is angels not angles, a Google search for ‘order of nine angels’ redirects to ‘order of nine angles’, as does Wikipedia; with the Order of Nine Angles as the ‘order of nine angels’ being mentioned in some books on Satanism, such as the 2009 Modern Satanism: Anatomy of a Radical Subculture.

The Evil ONA

What is interesting is that in contemporary fiction, of whatever genre, the ONA is portrayed as a decidedly evil group. The bad guys. Which is how it should be – culling is a clue – for the ONA admit they are:

(a) practising or disposed to practise evil;
(b) actually or potentially harmful, destructive, disastrous, or pernicious; baleful;
(c) malicious; mischievous, sly;
(d) bad in moral character, disposition
(e) hard, difficult, misleading, deadly, amoral {3}

and that “performing, with a congregation and with cantors trained in esoteric Chant, The Ceremony of Recalling with opfer ending” is one of the three basic tasks a new Initiate is expected to undertake {4}.

However, if one wanted to be accurate/pedantic, the Order of Nine Angles have more bad girls than bad guys, and bad ONA girls would certainly make interesting characters in a novel.

Furthermore, the ONA with its japes, sinister games, tests, Labyrinthos Mythologicus (5}, amoral Satanic ethos and evil intent, certainly dupe people, toy with mundanes, and most certainly do not shy away from manipulating others (the wannabes, the muppets) behind-the-scenes. As one O9A member recently commented:

“The current public internet face of the Order of Nine Angles (or the Order of Nine Angels as some people often call it) is just a façade to detract from what really goes on and to diabolically mislead the public and those with a curious interest in the ONA […] with the whole ‘internet-pretendu-crowd’ – those claiming to be ONA via the internet – being dupes as well, so that their websites and blogs are worthless as a source of information about the real Order of Nine Angles.”

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(Updated June 2013)


{1} Midnight, a novel by Stephen Leather, published by Hodder & Stoughton (ISBN 978144470066)

{2} In the 1990′s, a printed underground USA publication entitled Factsheet Five used to list many such zines published by a variety of sub-cultures.

{3} Toward Understanding Satanism (pdf). See also Praxis and Theory of The Order of Nine Angles (pdf).

{4} The three basic tasks are:

1) Undertaking the basic minimum physical challenges – which for men are (a) walking thirty-two miles, in hilly terrain, in under seven hours while carrying a pack weighing at least 30 lbs; (b) running twenty-six miles in four hours; (c) cycling two hundred or more miles in twelve hours. For women, the minimum acceptable standards are: (a) walking twenty-seven miles in under seven hours while carrying a pack weighing at least 15 lbs. (b) running twenty-six miles in four and a half hours; (c) cycling one hundred and seventy miles in twelve hours.

2) Undertaking the Grade Ritual of External Adept, and then the basic Grade Ritual of Internal Adept (at least three months living in the wilderness alone).

3) Performing, with a congregation and with cantors trained in esoteric Chant, The Ceremony of Recalling with opfer ending.

As noted in many texts including O9A Chic (pdf) and Pretenders, Frauds, and The Order of Nine Angles (pdf), the internet-pretendu-crowd are not part of the ONA. The ONA has consistently stated that in order to advance to the Grade of Internal Adept the candidate must not only have learnt Esoteric Chant and the Star Game, and undertaken Insight Roles, but also culled. Those claiming to be ONA should be asked if they have:

(1) Undertaken a culling?
(2) Undertaken the rite of external adept?
(3) Trained for and achieved the basic physical challenges of our Way?
(4) Undertaken several Insight Rôles?
(5) Undertaken the rite of internal adept or spent at least three months alone in the wilderness?
(6) Indulged in violent, ‘criminal’, and other amoral activities for six months to a year?
(7) Acquired skill in esoteric chant and performed it with a group?
(8) Acquired skill in the advanced form of the star game?
(9) Undertaken rites to invoke the dark gods using a large crystal tetrahedron?
(10) Run a group/nexion/temple of many individuals for a year or two – and so had to deal with their questions, the squabbles, the rivalry?
(11) Had that group/nexion/temple plan and conduct the tests for selecting an opfer and then perform a rite of sacrifice?
(12) Sinisterly manipulated or incited someone, or several, into undertaking a culling and/or an act of terror?
(13) Sinisterly manipulated or incited someone, or several, into a life of violence and/or crime and/or of practical heretical/adversarial activism disruptive of the status quo?

If they have not done all these things – or have only done a few and are not in the process of doing or planning to do the rest – then they are only pretending to be O9A.

{5} According to Anton Long, writing in 2011,

“Our Labyrinthos Mythologicus is (a) a modern and an amoral version of a technique often historically employed, world-wide among diverse cultures and traditions both esoteric and otherwise, to test and select candidates, and (b) a mischievous, japing, and sly, part of our sinister dialectic.

Thus and for example, we, the Order of Nine Angles, have presented to outsiders – and to those incipiently of our kind – a series of tests, a modern Labyrinthos Mythologicus, and which tests begin with them being expected to distil our essence from our apparent conflicting opposites. For the majority now rely for information on what is presented to them via a medium such as the Internet, rather than on their own intuition, their empathy, their Occult skills, or on their own character when they (knowingly or unknowingly) meet with one of us in the real world.

For like attracts like. If they trust in and rely on words presented on some impersonal medium, then they will see only words and probably get confused by such words. But if they have our particular character, they will just know, and thus understand beyond the words and the disinformation we have spewn forth for over forty years to ensnare, entrap, enchant, entice, confuse, incite, dissuade, and jape.

For we are unashamedly elitist. Thus we have certain, particular, standards and if someone does not reach those standards, they are quite simply not good enough for us.

For instance, for those desirous of following our Seven Fold Way we have certain physical standards, and Grade Rituals for them to undertake: what we term the three basic ONA tasks. If they fail in these tasks, they fail – there are no excuses, and they can try again until they succeed and meet our standards, or they can go elsewhere. If they succeed, then and only then are they that type of our O9A kind.

Remember therefore that the ONA is a shapeshifting nexion, in the world of the mundanes, and presents as a confusing, dark, labyrinthine, satanic/non-satanic entity, and therefore does/does-not exist, never has existed, and is/is-not defunct; which is/is-not nazi; which was/is/never-was a honeytrap; whose written texts sometimes contradict each other; and is/was merely an urban legend.

As we have said/written for some forty years, we expect individuals to work things out for themselves, and thus use or develop their own judgement, and use or develop their own Occult abilities.”