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The Tindalos Asset

Hermetic Library Fellow T Polyphilus reviews The Tindalos Asset [Amazon, Bookshop, Publisher, Local Library] by Caitlín R Kiernan, book 3 of the Tinfoil Dossier series.

Kiernan The Tindalos Asset

The Tindalos Asset is the third and likely final slender novel in Kiernan’s Tinfoil Dossier series. It introduces a new central character, while pulling along several from the earlier books. This character Ellison Nicodemo is the “asset” of the title, a subordinate agent of the deep black intelligence directorate referred to as “Albany” in this series. Usage in this book shows that the “Dreamland” of the previous volume’s title does also denominate this same outfit. (I had noted its ambiguity there.)

I was startled that the title of the first chapter was a quote from Leah Hirsig–but Kiernan seems to have received it via its use as a song title by Coil: “Paint me as a dead soul.” In the appended author’s note, they list all the music that was integral to the composition of the story (168). It’s no secret that these books are built around neo-Lovecraftian yog-sothothery, and this one is as much as anything an updated and re-imagined “Call of Cthulhu,” with generous bits of “Dagon” and “The Shadow over Innsmouth.” Frank Belknap Long’s “The Hounds of Tindalos” is of course a significant source as well, and Kiernan ties its notions to the Manhattan Project, among other space-time problems.

Following the precedent in Black Helicopters, this book’s chapters are episodes presented under dates that are not in linear sequence, ranging from 1956 to 2151. The chronological core of the story is in January 2018, around the time it was written. This sort of time-loose montage effect has a self-similar relationship to the entire Tinfoil Dossier series, and I think the books could be read with enjoyment in any order. Indeed there seems to be some confusion among readers about the sequence of the first two books, since Black Helicopters, the one Kiernan calls “first,” was expanded and re-published as a series element after Agents of Dreamland.

Looking back on the series as a whole, its mixture of the weird horror Lovecraft canon with espionage and a certain measure of sympathy for the “monsters” is a common ground with other recent/current series: the Laundry Files of Charles Stross and the Innsmouth Legacy of Ruthanna Emrys. Kiernan’s more experimental style definitely makes these books distinctive, though. There really aren’t any of the comedic elements that Stross uses, and there’s more of a high-tragic sensibility despite the fact that the Tinfoil Dossier books are much shorter than their comparanda.

This work is rife with extra-textual and inter-textual allusions, which supply a lot of the enjoyment. Given its manageable size and convoluted presentation, I think there is a good chance I could return to it in the future for a profitable re-read.

Apparently today is Ragnarök

Apparently today is Ragnarök, so, I guess, welcome to the end of the world … again, until next time.

So, to help start things off on the right foot, for anyone who’s left behind, so to speak, now that everything is coming to an end, I thought I’d point you toward Hermetic Library figure Allan Bennett‘s The Faith of the Future, part I, RAGNARÖK, for something interesting to read while the world crumbles.

“Of all the apocalyptic visions of the ending of the olden days and ways that has ever been declared to humanity, perhaps the strangest—and in a sense the truest—is the story told in the Younger Edda of the coming of Ragnarök, the Day of the Twilight of the Gods. Of old the Æsir, the bright Gods of Day, deemed that they had destroyed all evil in the world. In many a hard-won fight they had overcome the forces of Loki the Evil, Lord of the Nether Fire, and had chained him to the rocks of the nethermost hell, to suffer whilst they caroused in glorious Valhalla, holding themselves secure to all eternity. Alone amongst them Odin the Wise knew that which must be—for had he not pledged his eye to the Norns, that the knowledge of the future might be revealed to his inner vision? But Odin was too wise to mock the joy of the Æsir in their world-sovereignty with the knowledge of the day to come; and so the Gods lived heedless in the Hall of Heaven, deeming that no sorrow could again come nigh them.” [via]

End of the World Enochian Working

End of the World Enochian Working with Lon Milo DuQuette is an online event sponsored by Thelesis Aura for which you can register online.

End of the World Enochian Working with Lon Milo DuQuette via Thelesis Aura

“The webinar will begin at 10:00AM GMT and will continue for about three hours, so long as the Internet continues to function and/or exist.

The exact time of the Winter Solstice/Mayan End of the World is 11:11 GMT. Friday, December 21, 2012, 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM GMT (United Kingdom)” [via]

“The Mayan Calendar runs out of days on December 21, 2012 e.v.

Do you know what may (or may not) happen?

Join Lon Milo DuQuette online and find out!

World famous occultist, author, musician, lecturer, teacher, tarot reader, Enochian Magick expert, and all around fun guy Lon Milo DuQuette will explore the 30 Aethyers of the Angelic realms of the Enochians as the Earth aligns with the Galactic Center at the precise moment of the Winter Solstice on Friday, December 21st at 11:11 AM GMT.

This is an event and magickal working of a kind never before attempted or experienced in the history of human civilization.

Something to be able to tell your grandchildren about . . . if there are any.

No matter what happens or doesn’t, this is something not to be missed!” [via]

“But no matter what happens, we will be all working together in a global magickal working that can only be performed every 25,800 YEARS!

Not only will this be a once in a lifetime event, it most likely be a once in civilization’s lifetime event. Indeed, the next time this happens, humans may not even exist!” [via]