Michael Crew was the childhood friend of Dominic Swain who was struck by lightning at age eight, creating a Lichtenberg figure pattern on his body.


This article contains information from later episodes of The Magnus Archives, and may contain major spoilers for the setting and plot.

After being struck by lightning, Mike was pursued throughout his life by a strobing, branching figure that tormented him with the illusions of storms.

At age seventeen, he encountered the book A Journal of the Plague Year, which infected his house and killed his parents. He started looking for more books in the hope of finding one that would release him from his tormentor. (MAG 91)

In 1996, he found a book titled The Boneturner's Tale, apparently from the library of Jurgen Leitner, and deposited it in Chiswick Library along with four other books. (MAG 17)

From late 1997 to early 1998, Michael Crew frequented Lions Street Books, and eventually bought Ex Altiora, using it in a ritual to protect himself from the creature that was pursuing him. (MAG 46)

In 2005, he walks by Stephen and Grant Walker's house, watching their attempts to enter through a window via a ladder. (MAG 75)

In 2006 he encounters Stephen and Grant again, on top of the Tour Montparnasse, where Grant disappears along with Crew. (MAG 75)

In late 2012, the Jurgen Leitner-owned book Ex Altiora later showed Swain a Lichtenberg figure, setting him at ill at ease. (MAG 4)

In 2017, Jonathan Sims is given Crew's contact details by Jude Perry (MAG 89). After Sims confronts him and takes his statement, Crew is knocked out (then killed and buried) by Alice Tonner. (MAG 91).

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