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 […]

Deep Roots

Hermetic Library Fellow T Polyphilus reviews Deep Roots by Ruthanna Emrys. Deep Roots is the third Aphra Marsh story of the mid-century US from the perspective of Lovecraftian “monsters.” While all these tales show a thorough acquaintance with and considerable affection for the whole Lovecraft oeuvre, they each have one or two signal stories to […]

The Devil’s Footsteps

Hermetic Library Fellow T Polyphilus reviews The Devil’s Footsteps: A Dr. Caspian Novel of Horror by John Burke. When I picked up this mass-market paperback in a used book store, it looked like a cheesy contemporary occult thriller from the 1970s. I was mistaken, and the book amply exceeded my expectations for it. It is […]

The Necronomicon Files

The Necronomicon Files: The Truth Behind The Legend by Daniel Harms and John Wisdom Gonce, reviewed by Bkwyrm, in the archive of Bkwyrm’s Occult Book Reviews. Hooray! A book about the Necronomicon that actually explores the myth and legend behind this “terrible text” with accuracy, scholarship, and a sense of humor. Before those of you […]

Cthulhu’s Reign

Hermetic Library Fellow T Polyphilus reviews Cthulhu’s Reign edited by Darrell Schweitzer. As one among innumerable collections of Lovecraftian short fiction, a couple of features distinguish the recent Cthulhu’s Reign. First, all of the stories are new, evidently commissioned for this volume, with none garnered from zines and prior anthologies. Second, the unusual theme that they share is […]

Stars of Black

Hermetic Library Fellow T Polyphilus reviews Stars of Black: Contemplations upon the Pale King by Julian M Miles. Stars of Black is a self-published collection of weird horror short stories by Julian M. Miles. Although the jacket copy also refers to Ambrose Bierce, it’s clear that this cycle is rooted in the four seminal jauniste […]

Summary for two weeks ending Jan 13th, 2019

Here’s a summary of activity for two weeks ending January 13th, 2019. There’s been a lot of recent escalation of ongoing tumult in social media services. Most notably, Google+ is shutting down, earlier than previously announced, and the API that allows external processes to post is shutting down even earlier. Tumblr has crumbled under to […]

The House of Toad

Julianus reviews The House of Toad by Richard Tierney in the Occult Book Reviews archive. A sort of modernised Cthulhu Mythos novel featuring a Black Magician named “J. Cornelius Wasserman” who is fond of saying, “Let thine own Will become the Law of Laws.” Like many such books, it starts out interesting and then succumbs […]

To Fight the Black Wind

Hermetic Library Fellow T Polyphilus reviews To Fight the Black Wind by Jennifer Brozek. This Arkham Horror novella is the one trained on psychologist Carolyn Fern, and it takes her from Arkham Sanitarium to the Dreamlands, a milieu that H.P. Lovecraft highjacked from Lord Dunsany, and which has featured occasionally in Cthulhvian gaming over the […]