On the Secret Teachings and the Hidden Mythos

Hermetic Library Fellow T Polyphilus reviews The Gnostic Notebook: Volume Five: On the Secret Teachings and the Hidden Mythos by Timothy James Lambert. Reviewed on the basis of a complimentary copy from the author. (Nevertheless, this review contains only my usual biases.) Although the jacket copy refers to a forthcoming “new book” from Timothy James […]

The Art of H P Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos

Hermetic Library fellow T Polyphilus reviews The Art Of H.P. Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos edited by Pat Harrigan and Brian Wood. This book’s title isn’t as precise as it might be. A more accurate title would be The Art of Cthulhu-Themed Games. And specifically, this collection is drawn all from the “heavy” end of the Cthulhu […]

The Satanic Rituals

The Satanic Rituals: Companion to The Satanic Bible [Amazon, Abebooks, Bookshop, Local Library] by Anton Szandor LaVey, reviewed by Majere, Pr.ODF in the Bkwyrm’s Occult Book Reviews archive. The Satanic Rituals is the “companion” text to LaVey’s “Satanic Bible”, and is an expansion of the material given in the last two sections of the latter. […]

But in this story, as in so many others, what we really discern is the deceptive, ambiguous, and giddy riddle of violence, passion, poetry, and symbolism that lies at the heart of Greek myth and refuses to be solved. An algebra too unstable properly to be computed, it is human-shaped and god-shaped, not pure and mathematical.

Stephen Fry, Mythos [Bookshop, Amazon, Publisher]

Hermetic quote Fry Mythos human-shaped god-shaped not pure and mathematical

Mask of Silver

Hermetic Library Fellow T Polyphilus reviews Mask of Silver: An Arkham Horror Novel [Bookshop, Amazon, Publisher] by Rosemary Jones, part of the Arkham Horror series. Mask of Silver is the first properly jauniste “Arkham Horror novel,” which is to say: Of the now ten full novels (not counting the separate run of novellas) based on […]

Four Against the Great Old Ones

Hermetic Library Fellow T Polyphilus reviews Four Against the Great Old Ones: The Pen and Paper Solo Game of Lovecraftian Horrors [DriveThruRPG, Publisher] by Marco Arnaudo and Andrea Sfiligoi. Four Against the Great Old Ones is a horror adventure game for 1-4 players with an optional referee, but it seems mostly aimed at solitaire play. […]

Dark Revelations

Hermetic Library Fellow T Polyphilus reviews Dark Revelations [Amazon, Publisher] by Amanda Downum, part of the Arkham Horror Files universe, and “includes four promo cards for Arkham Horror: The Card Game, featuring a new investigator—the writer, Gloria Goldberg.” Other than the 1920s Arkham setting and the conceit of a forbidden tome, Dark Revelations is relatively […]