Dylan Thomas, Aleister Crowley and Victor Neuburg caught in a surrealist web. What if the Beast returned and you were not sure if he were the best or worst thing that had ever happened to you? Sybarite among the Shadows finds Victor Neuburg on 11 June 1936 with the poet he discovered, Dylan Thomas. They embark on a quest whose object is Neuburg's old master, the Great Beast 666; settings, the Surrealist Exhibition, and pubs and clubs of bohemian London; characters, Augustus John, Nina Hamnett and Tom Driberg. Neuburg confronts his demons; Crowley does too. They also meet something far more menacing: MI5's plot to avert the Abdication. Sybarite among the Shadows grew out of the 1977 International Times short story subsequently published in America and Russia. Since writing the original story while living on Ibiza, Richard McNeff has worked internationally in education and the art world. Early contact with connections of the Beast sparked his interest in Crowley.