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Summary of Aethyrs for Inktober 2016

Inktober has come and gone, and so has the premiere of Aethyrs. Here’s a full list of Aethyrs panels I’ve posted for Inktober.

Aethyrs panel 0 In the Beginning

  1. In the Beginning …
  2. There was Nothing.
  3. Nothing gets boring really fast.
  4. Nothing decided to become Something.
  5. Something isn’t much better than Nothing.
  6. But at least it’s Something.
  7. As brothers fight ye!
  8. Sup? Dude.
  9. You suck.
  10. No. You suck.
  11. Ever get the feeling?
  12. No. But, I bet you do.
  13. Your hostility betrays a weakness.
  14. I’m not being hostile.
  15. Yes? Maybe. No!
  16. You’re wrong.
  17. I just haven’t figured out how.
  18. I always knew you were a scorpion.
  19. You failed to understand.
  20. Why won’t you just talk to me?
  21. I’m ignoring you.
  22. No, I don’t!
  23. Until you get caught.
  24. You.
  25. I’d rather be alone.
  26. Why are you here?
  27. Service me.
  28. It isn’t about you.
  29. Why do you have to be that way?
  30. Helping you understand isn’t a priority.
  31. I give up.
  32. Mind your own business.

Pretty Deadly

Hermetic Library fellow T Polyphilus reviews Pretty Deadly Volume 1 by Kelly Sue Deconnick, and illustrated by Emma Rios, Jordie Bellaire and Clayton Cowles.

Kelly Sue Deconnick Emma Rios Pretty Deadly

This collection of the initial issues of Pretty Deadly is a good read, with lots of sex, violence, and numinosity, set in the Old West. The storytelling is inventive, and on the mythic level which is central to the narrative, it deals with the ruler of the Land of the Dead, and issues surrounding that character’s affines, other relations, and succession of office. The art is loose and dynamic, with a muted palette — very different than superheroic four-color.

Although the story ends with a momentous climax, and it seems to conclude a reasonably full plot, it may be intended as simply an “origin” scene-setting for a continuing series. [via]

Afterlife with Archie #6

Afterlife with Archie #6, with regular and variant covers, by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and Francesco Francavilla, a story about Sabrina the Teenage Witch in an asylum with Dr Lovecraft, is part of the collection at the Reading Room. You might also be interested in the upcoming series Chilling Adventures of Sabrina that begins in October.

Afterlife with Archie 6

“The Nether-Realm”: The unthinkable has happened: Riverdale has become ground-zero for the zombie apocalypse, and the surviving members of our gang have been forced to flee their beloved home. However terrible things have been for Archie and friends, they’ve been MUCH worse for Sabrina the Teenage Witch. Banished to witches’ purgatory after using the dreaded Necronomicon, she’s now fighting for her immortal soul! The award winning team of writer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and artist Francesco Francavilla continue their celebrated run on the critically acclaimed series. A perfect entry-point for new readers as the smash horror TEEN+ hit of the season continues! Definitely NOT for all ages! [via]

Afterlife with Archie 6 variant

Omnium Gatherum: July 20th, 2014

An irregular hodgepodge of links gathered together … Omnium Gatherum for July 30th, 2014

Afterlife with Archie issue 6
“Afterlife With Archie” Issue 6 is a comic every Lovecraft fan will enjoy — Mike Davis, Lovecraft eZine


Here are some top gatherum posts from the BBS this week:

  • The Baphomet Sculpture Hidden in Brooklyn — Jena Cumbo, Village Voice

    “Lucien Greaves (a.k.a. Doug Mesner), one of the people who commissioned the sculpture, that now sits in a warehouse in Red Hook, Brooklyn, asked the sculptor — we’ll call him “Jack” — to forgo the breasts. This Baphomet is smooth-chested and muscular, with thin, shapely lips and rectangular pupils. The sculptor based his physique on a blend of Michelangelo’s David and Iggy Pop.”

  • ‘Join us in our ritual,’ beckons Cthulhu-based cryptocurrency — Adrianne Jeffries, The Verge

    “Written in the voodoo cultspeak of futurist horror writer H.P. Lovecraft’s short story, ‘The Call of Cthulhu,’ the creepy Cthulhu Offerings may be the most confusing digital currency yet.

    ‘The time draws near, the return of The Great Old One is upon us,’ writes the developer. ‘Join us in our ritual.'”

  • 70,000 Year-Old African Settlement Unearthed — Past Horizons

    “During ongoing excavations in northern Sudan, Polish archaeologists from the Institute of Archaeology and Ethnology in Poznań, have discovered the remains of a settlement estimated to 70,000 years old. This find, according to the researchers, seems to contradict the previously held belief that the construction of permanent structures was associated with the so-called Great Exodus from Africa and occupation of the colder regions of Europe and Asia.”

  • The Occult Knowledge – Strategies of Epistemology in La Société Voudon Gnostique — Maria Liberg, a Bachelor thesis in Religious Studies at University of Gothenburg, supervised by Henrik Bogdan

    “The academic research on Western esotericism in general and contemporary occultism in particular has been largely neglected in earlier scholarship and has only recently gained serious academic attention. This thesis examines how the contemporary occult group, La Société Voudon Gnostique, headed by David Beth and an organization under the general current Voudon Gnosis, legitimate their claims to knowledge, mainly through three discursive strategies of epistemology offered by Olav Hammer, namely: the appeal to (1) tradition; (2) scientism as a language of faith; and narratives of (3) experience. Since Hammer argues that these strategies can be found in esoteric currents in general, but only examines theosophy, anthroposophy and New Age as well as only examining “esoteric spokespersons” this thesis aims at examine them in relation to contemporary occultism as well as in relation to both the spokesperson and to “ordinary adherents”. In order do this, La Société Voudon Gnostique works as a case study in qualification of being a contemporary occult group that has gained no academic attention before.

    The conclusions of this thesis are that the strategies are all prevalent, to a more or less extent, in La Société Voudon Gnostique and they are also used by the adherents. Besides the strategies proposed by Hammer, this thesis argues that the secrecy and elitist approach, which can be found in the texts, also can be seen as a discursive strategy of epistemology.”

  • Christian Persecution: The Movie! — Scott Stenwick, Augoeides; about the forthcoming movie Persecuted

    “Persecuted, is based on a laughably impossible premise that the audience is supposed to find threatening. In this case, it’s the government attempting to legislate religion, something Poor Oppressed Christians are totally for until they realize that religious freedom also applies to non-Christians. Then they go off the rails about how wrong and unfair it is that they aren’t treated as special and given more privileges than everyone else.”

  • The True History of Libertarianism in America: A Phony Ideology to Promote a Corporate Agenda — Mark Ames, NSFWCORP at Alternet

    “Pull up libertarianism’s floorboards, look beneath the surface into the big business PR campaign’s early years, and there you’ll start to get a sense of its purpose, its funders, and the PR hucksters who brought the peculiar political strain of American libertarianism into being — beginning with the libertarian movement’s founding father, Milton Friedman.”

    “That is how libertarianism in America started: As an arm of big business lobbying.”

  • Aldous Huxley quoted at Reversed Alchemy — Michael Gilleland, Laudator Temporis Acti

    “Certain authors possess the secret of a kind of reversed alchemy; they know how to turn the richest gold into lead. The most interesting subjects become in their hands so tedious that we can hardly bear to read about them.”

  • Ian Clark quoted at The Limits of “Unlimited” — Barbara Fister, Inside Higher Ed

    “By speaking up, we are not only defending public libraries but the entire notion of public services. Silence is not how we defend ourselves against an ideological battle, it is how we surrender.”

  • More Songs for the Witch Woman — John Coulthart, feuilleton

    “It’s been a great pleasure in recent years seeing the welling of interest in Cameron’s work. In 2001 when I was compiling notes for an abandoned study of occult cinema, Cameron as artist, witch or mere human being was a shadowy presence about whom nothing substantial seemed to have been written; her art was impossible to see anywhere, all one had were fleeting references in books”

  • Love Spells — Sarah Anne Lawless

    “Love spells are black magic. Love spells to manipulate the body, heart, and soul. Love spells to dominate, to bind, to cause destruction and madness and pain.

    Love spells are not about love, they are about the lustful eye and the selfish heart. Be honest with yourself about it and then move on to the work at hand.”

  • Bible Stories for Newly Formed and Young Corporations — Tom the Dancing Bug, Boing Boing

    Tom the Dancing Bug Bible-stories for Young Corporations detail


  • Stick-Gods — Inonibird

    “‘Stick-Gods’ is the culmination of over a dozen years of fascination with Ancient Egypt—particularly, its mythology and deities. Whether you’re studying Egyptology, a practicing Kemetic or just a fan of myths, there should be something in there for you! I’m doing my best to balance informed content with a fair bit of silliness. …And puns. Lots of puns.”

    Inonibird Stick-Gods


  • William Blake’s Sexual Path to Spiritual Vision, by Marsha Keith Schuchard — Gesigewigu’s, Spiral Nature; a review of William Blake’s Sexual Path to Spiritual Vision from Inner Traditions

    “Reading William Blake one cannot help but realize this is a man who is both religious and spiritually active, especially his poems known as the prophecies. The question is what was the nature of his spiritual life? What inspired Blake to create works that are both heavily Christian and at the same time antagonistic to many Christian ideals? The surprising answer is laid out as Schuchard leads us back into the complex religious web of mystical Christianity of the 17th and 18th century.”

  • A Victim of Drunken Channeling — Scott Stenwick, Augoeides

    “Aleister Crowley criticized spiritism as ‘a sort of indiscriminate necromancy’ because of a complete lack of formal magical procedures and protections, in which many mediums simply opened themselves up to whatever spiritual force happened to be present. Modern channelers such as Knight still employ essentially the same methods that Crowley was talking about. As such, there’s a real possibility that any channeling attempt could reach just about any spirit, like some sort of metaphysical Chatroulette.”

  • Mary Magdalene and the Gospel according to Mary — Kate Cooper; an edited excerpt from Band of Angels: The Forgotten World of Early Christian Women from Overlook Press

    “The argument between the four disciples seems to be our anonymous writer’s way of exploring the different positions being taken by the men and women of his own day on the question of an alternative tradition being handed down by women. But he is also expressing his concern that the Church is changing, and not for the better. In his eyes, Peter seems to represent the voice of a faction in the community which wants to ‘make rules or lay down laws other than the Saviour gave’ – in other words, a group that wants to develop an institutional structure to replace the more fluid and informal movement of the early decades. This was clearly a topical warning after the death of the disciples who had known Jesus. Levi thinks that the new rules are a way of drawing the community away from fulfilling its task of preaching the gospel. The anonymous writer seems to be using Levi to suggest that too much emphasis on authority from the ‘Peter faction’ is stifling the Church.”

  • “Afterlife With Archie” Issue 6 is a comic every Lovecraft fan will enjoy — Mike Davis, Lovecraft eZine

    “As the story begins, our heroine Sabrina Spellman is relating one of her eldritch dreams to her psychiatrist, Dr. Lovecraft. Sabrina has apparently been committed to an institution because after her aunts died in a house fire, she had a breakdown and couldn’t deal with the reality of their death.

    But is that really what happened?”


If you’d like to participate in the Omnium Gatherum, head on over to the Gatherum discussions at the Hrmtc Underground BBS. You can check out all the other gatherum posts, like posts you enjoy, and even add your own posts with links to other things of interest, related to the subject matter of the library, from elsewhere around the Internet.

Afterlife With Archie

Afterlife With Archie is “a new, ongoing horror series by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and Francesco Francavilla” from the official Archie Comics publisher [HT Lovecraft eZine].

“This is how the end of the world begins… Harvey Award-winning writer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (Carrie, Archie meets Glee) and Eisner-winning artist Francesco Francavilla (Batman, Black Beetle) take Archie and the gang where they’ve never been before—to the grave and back! A horrific accident sets off a series of grim events and Sabrina the Teenage Witch must try to repair the unspeakable evil her spell has unleashed. Gasp in horror as Riverdale faces an impending zombie Arch-pocalypse in this brand-new, spine-tingling ongoing series—but be warned, kiddies, this one’s not for the faint of heart!” [via]

Afterlife With Archie issue 6 cover

Bright Spiral

Bright Spiral by Chris Judge is an online comic “about peering behind the scrim of this world and negotiating directly with reality” and may be of interest. There’s also a crowdfunding campaign to print issues #1 and #2 you could help that offers a variety of rewards for your support.

“Bright Spiral is an independent comic about initiation.

The first issue revolves around the brutal initiation of a black magician who must venture into hell in order to retrieve a mysterious object of great importance that will accelerate his rise within the order. Will it be the key to his freedom or something to chain him further?

The second issue begins the story of a yogi who must climb a mountain after his master dies. Countless lives have landed him in this same situation. Will this be the one where he finally makes it up the mountain? What revelation awaits him there?

What really controls our minds, instincts and impulses? How can we break free of this control? And what happens when we do? What does it mean to ‘save yourself’? It’s far messier and more human than putting on a cape and fighting crime. It can mean confronting terrifying internal demons and having the wherewithal and tools to transform them into inspiration.

Some choose initiation over and over again constantly jumping the gap and grabbing for more insight and more awareness. Many go mad, but others turn out ok! And they walk back down the mountain as an adept able to change whatever they see fit.

All stories interact, even mine and yours; there is no getting around that. This is only the beginning. I intend to keep telling this story until it’s no longer possible for me to hold a pen.” [via]

Doctor Strange 4

Hermetic Library fellow T Polyphilus reviews Doctor Strange 4 by Roy Thomas, Stan Lee, et al., part of the Marvel Masterworks series.

Roy Thomas Stan Lee et al Doctor Strange 4

This fourth collection of Doctor Strange comics in the Marvel Masterworks series covers the period of my own infancy to first literacy, as well as some of my very favorite early adventures of the comic book magus. This 1969-1973 span includes the cease of the original Doctor Strange (nee Strange Tales) title, key appearances in such other Marvel mainstay books as The Incredible Hulk, and the Master of the Mystic Arts’ domination of the early issues of Marvel Premiere. It also coincides with the end of the period where Strange wore a mask and worried about having a “secret identity.” (As an element of working out this aspect, the omnipotent Eternity made the sorcerer into a Pooh bear, living under the name of Sanders.)

There is a truly awesome variety of art talent included here. P. Craig Russell, Frank Brunner, and Barry Windsor-Smith are all before their respective primes, but it’s a delight to have their distinctive styles applied to this character. Gene Colan offers some groundbreaking art that would define Doctor Strange as much as any artist since Steve Ditko. Writing on the end of the superheroic secret identity arc comes from Roy Thomas, but the later Marvel Premiere run features an elaborate Lovecraftian pastiche kicked off by Archie Goodwin and further developed by F. Gardner Fox.

I own most of these comics in their original issues, but I’m very pleased to have them also collected in this high-quality reprint volume. [via]


Worlds by Ian Andersen aka Citric Comic is “a twelve chapter comic where a girl is transported from place to place by the power of a strange crystal, she explores each new world trying to find the way that leads back home” [via].

Ian Andersen Worlds Citric Comic

Magic Words

Magic Words: The Extraordinary Life of Alan Moore by Lance Parkin, due on December 1, 2013 from Aurum Press, is part of the collection at the Reading Room courtesy of the publisher.

Lance Parkin Magic Words from Aurum Press

“For over three decades comics fans and creators have regarded Alan Moore as a titan of the form. With works such as V for Vendetta, Watchmen and From Hell, he has repeatedly staked out new territory, attracting literary plaudits and a mainstream audience far removed from his underground origins. His place in popular culture is now such that major Hollywood players vie to adapt his books for cinema.

Yet Moore’s journey from the hippie Arts Labs of the 1970s to the bestseller lists was far from preordained. A principled eccentric, who has lived his whole life in one English town, he has been embroiled in fierce feuds with some of the entertainment industry’s biggest corporations. And just when he could have made millions ploughing a golden rut he turned instead to performance art, writing erotica, and the occult.

Now, as Alan Moore hits sixty, it’s time to go in search of this extraordinary gentleman, and follow the peculiar path taken by a writer quite unlike any other.” — back cover


“Portrayed in the media as a recluse and an eccentric, the creator of such influential works as V for Vendetta, Watchmen and From Hell is a character easily as complicated as his creations. Despite international success, Alan Moore has lived his entire life in the same Midlands town where he was born. Although he began work in the comics underground where his edgy and highly personal style found an equally edgy following, his most famous work was done for major U.S. publishers and adapted for big-budget Hollywood films. And just when he could have made millions in the mainstream he turned his back on the entertainment industry and focused his attentions on performance art, writing erotica, and the occult.

On the eve of Moore’s 60th birthday, author Lance Parkin has written the definitive biography of this ‘extraordinary gentleman’. Based on life-long studies of Moore’s work and an exceptional series of personal interviews, Magic Words reveals the man behind the myth and mischief — and bears the rare distinction of an endorsement by Moore himself!” — release copy


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