The ceremony took place in the tabernacle, upon a wooden stage with a background painted to look like drapery. Strang sat upon a throne made of wood, covered in cloth and stuffed with moss. He held a wooden scepter and wore a bright red robe trimmed with white, perhaps looking a bit like Santa Claus. An entourage of men with various church titles surrounded him, like dukes, earls, and barons at a court.

John J Miller, The Polygamist King: A True Story of Murder, Lust, and Exotic Faith in America

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Painted Black

Julianus reviews Painted Black: The Chilling True Story of the Wave of Violence Sweeping Through Our Hometowns by Carl Raschke in the Bkwyrm archive. This book promises to to relate “from drug killings to heavy metal– the alarming true story of how Satanism is terrorizing our communities.” What it actually is an error-ridden compendium of […]

the drugs they use to control my pain and mood sometimes make me see things.

Suzanne Collins, Mockingjay

“We do not whine about pain and loss! It is a gift. Burn your hand and understand fire, child! You don’t learn about the frost by asking for its name. You give it a finger…a toe. Hmm?”

J. Kelley Anderson, Casting Shadows

“Everyone admits that we have reached the summit of wisdom, scaled the loftiest pinnacles of morality, put the crown of perfection upon the cranium of progress, and everyone knows perfectly well how this remarkable result has been achieved. But at the first hint that anyone proposes to take a step farther on this road, he is universally set down as a lunatic of the most dangerous type. However, the most savage Lolos are content with that diagnosis, whereas the most enlightened English add that the pioneer is not only a lunatic but a pervert, degenerate, anarchist an the rest of it—whatever terms of abuse chance to be in fashion. The abolition of slavery, humane treatment of the insane, the restriction of the death penalty to serious offences, and of indiscriminate flogging, the admission of Jews, Catholics, Dissenters and women as citizens, the introduction of the use of chloroform and antiseptics, the application of stem to travel, and of mechanical principles to such arts as spinning and printing, the systematic study of nature, the extension of the term poetry to metres other than the heroic, the recognition of painting other than voluptuous coloured photographs as art, and of music other than classical melody as art—these and a thousand similar innovations have all been denounced as chimerical, blasphemous, obscene, seditious, anti-social and what not.”
Chapter 55 from Confessions

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Michael Moorcock: Fiction, Fantasy and the World’s Pain

Hermetic Library fellow T Polyphilus reviews Michael Moorcock: Fiction, Fantasy and the World’s Pain by Mark Scroggins. Mark Scroggins supplies a very accessible chronological survey of the many novels of Michael Moorcock, with an emphasis on the unifying themes and continuity devices that tie them—even the “literary,” non-fantastic ones—into a single oeuvre. The study covers […]

The Painter

The Painter (2014) from Glendalina Ziemba on Vimeo.   The Painter is a video from Glendalina Ziemba, in the Hermetic Library video pool. “The Daemons come for those whose hearts are most pure. And the ones with the purest hearts are the ones who have never loved”. — St. Markos, from The Painter. And the […]

Urban Magic in Early Modern Spain

Urban Magic in Early Modern Spain: Abracadabra Omnipotens by María Tausiet, part of the Palgrave Historical Studies in Witchcraft and Magic series, from Palgrave Macmillan, may be of interest.

Maria Tausiet Urban Magic in Early Modern Spain from Palgrave Macmillan

“From treasure-seekers and the lovesick to quacks and charlatans, from true believers in magic to those eager to exploit them, the people of early modern Saragossa and their wealth of beliefs and customs are brought vividly to life within these pages. Drawing on the graphic and revealing evidence recorded by the different courts in this Spanish city during the 16th and 17th centuries, Tausiet captures the spirit of an age when religious faith vied for people’s hearts and minds with centuries-old beliefs in witchcraft and superstition. Magic and religion might be seen as opposing forces but here are shown to be opposite sides of the same coin, as reflected in the book’s subtitle, a powerful incantatory phrase combining that most magical of magic words and the essential quality of God Almighty.” [via]

Surrealist Painting 1919-1939

Hermetic Library fellow T Polyphilus reviews Surrealist Painting 1919-1939 by Jose Pierre:   This tiny softcover book has eleven unnumbered pages of text, illustrated by fifteen plates; or fifteen plates contextualized by a brief essay, depending on how you look at it. The page size is roughly that of a postcard, and the plates are […]