This is a blog dedicated to the darker and stranger books that I have been reading. There are no strict limits as to what I’ll cover here, but most of it will fall in spooky, paranormal, occulty, Fortean territory. Browse through a few posts and you’ll get the idea. Why read this garbage? Well…
‘I have always been interested in the oddities of mankind. At one time I read a good deal of philosophy and a good deal of science, and I learned in that way that nothing was certain. Some people, by the pursuit of science, are impressed with the dignity of man, but I was only made conscious of his insignificance. The greatest questions of all have been threshed out since he acquired the beginnings of civilization and he is as far from a solution as ever. Man can know nothing, for his senses are his only means of knowledge, and they can give no certainty. There is only one subject upon which the individual can speak with authority, and that is his own mind, but even here he is surrounded with darkness. I believe that we shall always be ignorant of the matters which it most behoves us to know, and therefore I cannot occupy myself with them. I prefer to set them all aside, and, since knowledge is unattainable, to occupy myself only with folly.”
– Dr. Porhoët (from W. Somerset Maugham’s The Magician)
I read plenty of other books that don’t quite fit the mould of this blog too. Aside from reading, I like drinking tea and listening to heavy metal.
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“These metaphysics of magicians,
And necromantic books are heavenly;
Lines, circles, scenes, letters, and characters;
Ay, these are those that Faustus most desires.”
Faustus – Act I, Scene I
“My God, my god, look not so fierce on me!
Adders and serpents, let me breathe a while!
Ugly hell, gape not! come not, Lucifer!
I’ll burn my books!—Ah, Mephistophilis!”
Faustus – Act V, Scene II