Hacking the Necronomicon – Lovecraft’s Legacy, Part 2

In this series of posts, I’m reviewing books on Lovecraftian Occultism alongside the Wordsworth collections of Lovecraft’s tales. I’m finding it quite insightful to read through the bizarre works inspired by Lovecraft’s horrors while these horrors are still fresh in my mind. This post delves a little deeper into Lovecraftian Occultism, focusing on two books … Continue reading Hacking the Necronomicon – Lovecraft’s Legacy, Part 2

The Satan Sleuth Series – Michael Avallone

Philip St. George III, aka the Satan Sleuth, is wealthy, vengeful, sexy, equipped with ridiculous gadgets, and he loves solving spooky mysteries. Yeah, he’s basically a mix of Batman, James Bond and Scooby Doo. This is a series of three novels that I first read about in Paperbacks from Hell. I spent a stupid amount … Continue reading The Satan Sleuth Series – Michael Avallone

Alembic – Timothy d’Arch Smith

Alembic – Timothy d’Arch SmithDalkey Archive Press – 1992 Alembic is a novel about alchemy, insanity, sex, drugs, rock’n’roll and  magic. If that doesn’t make you want to read it, this blog isn’t the place for you. Alembic is the only novel by Timothy D’Arch Smith, a name you might recall from my earlier posts … Continue reading Alembic – Timothy d’Arch Smith

Carnal Alchemy – Sado-Magical Techniques for Pleasure, Pain and Self-Transformation

I’m interested in sadomasochism and Occultism in roughly the same way. I don’t practice either, but I find them both rather intriguing. On seeing the title of this book, I knew I’d have to read it. The main idea in here, as far as I can tell, is that S&M can be used for magical … Continue reading Carnal Alchemy – Sado-Magical Techniques for Pleasure, Pain and Self-Transformation

One for the Rockers – Shelia Bristow Garner’s Night Music, Garrett Boatman’s Stage Fright and Frank Lauria’s The Foundling

Heavy metal has a long history of borrowing elements from the realm of horror fiction. Anthrax wrote Among the Living about Stephen King’s The Stand, Iron Maiden have Phantom of the Opera, Moonchild and lots of other songs about literature, Metallica did Call of Kutulu and The Thing that Should not Be about Lovecraft’s work (their … Continue reading One for the Rockers – Shelia Bristow Garner’s Night Music, Garrett Boatman’s Stage Fright and Frank Lauria’s The Foundling

Sexuality, Magic and Perversion – Francis King

This post was originally intended for Saint Valentine’s day, but I made some startling discoveries whilst writing it and had to postpone its publication until things were sorted out. Sexuality, Magic and Perversion – Francis King Citadel Press – 1974 (Originally published 1971) I hadn’t read anything by King when I bought this book based on … Continue reading Sexuality, Magic and Perversion – Francis King

Robert Anton Wilson, the Last Great Irish Modernist?

James Joyce and Albert Einstein are drinking in a pub together when a panicked man rushes into the bar. Jimmy, Albert and Sir John Babcock, the man claiming that he’s being pursued by a devil, leave the bar and go to Einstein’s apartment where Babcock recounts the mysterious occurrences that have led him to this … Continue reading Robert Anton Wilson, the Last Great Irish Modernist?