Peter Levenda’s The Dark Lord: H.P. Lovecraft, Kenneth Grant, and the Typhonian Tradition in Magic

The Dark Lord: H.P. Lovecraft, Kenneth Grant, and the Typhonian Tradition in MagicPeter LevendaIbis Press – 2013 Imagine your kid’s birthday is coming up. You go to the dollar store and buy one of those premade piƱatas. You take it home and spend several days drawing intricate occult symbols all over it. The big day … Continue reading Peter Levenda’s The Dark Lord: H.P. Lovecraft, Kenneth Grant, and the Typhonian Tradition in Magic

The Black Pearl: The Memoirs of a Victorian Sex Magician

I have read a few occult pornos, the best of them by far being Inpenetrable/Spawn of the Devil. If you have read my review of that book, you might recall that I suggested that it seemed like a mildly erotic novel that had been rewritten to include ridiculously explicit scenes of perversion. Not only did … Continue reading The Black Pearl: The Memoirs of a Victorian Sex Magician

The Black Art: Rollo Ahmed’s Plagiarism of Montague Summers

The Black Art – Rollo AhmedSenate – 1994 (Originally published 1936) In 1935, right after The Devil Rides Out was published, Dennis Wheatley’s publisher asked him to write a non fiction book about the occult. Wheatley claims he was too busy at the time (he did eventually publish one in 1971), but he recommended that … Continue reading The Black Art: Rollo Ahmed’s Plagiarism of Montague Summers

Shirley Jackson – The Lottery, The Haunting of Hill House and We Have Always Lived in the Castle

A few months ago, I had decided to read some T.E.D. Klein, and I was trying to figure out where to start. I read on his wikipedia page that his story The Events at Poroth Farm “is notable for the insidious way in which the narrator’s responses to the works he is reading (including those … Continue reading Shirley Jackson – The Lottery, The Haunting of Hill House and We Have Always Lived in the Castle

Half a Decade of Blogging about Creepy Books

I got a notification during the week informing me that this blog is now 5 years old. My first post, a look at Wade Baskin’s translation of Collin De Plancy’s Dictionary of Witchcraft, was published on February 27th, 2015. Since then, I have reviewed almost 350 books. I’m a little bit surprised that I’ve lasted … Continue reading Half a Decade of Blogging about Creepy Books

Daughters of the Devil – Charles LeFebure

Daughters of the Devil – Charles LeFebure 1971 – Ace Books The blurb on the back of this book describes its contents as “true stories of unparalleled sadistic erotica”. The front cover claims that it contains “Chilling accounts of fourteen women who used their terrifying powers of Darkness and Evil to inflict Pain for Pleasure!” … Continue reading Daughters of the Devil – Charles LeFebure

Six Ghost Stories – Montague Summers

  Six Ghost Stories – Montague Summers Snuggly Books – 2019 A few months ago, I got an email from my pal Sandy Robertson telling me that Snuggly Books were going to release a collection of short fiction by Montague Summers. I have long been aware that Monty had written a collection of short stories, … Continue reading Six Ghost Stories – Montague Summers