The Dark Lord: H.P. Lovecraft, Kenneth Grant, and the Typhonian Tradition in Magic

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Nicolas-Hays, Inc., Aug 1, 2013 - Body, Mind & Spirit - 352 pages

One of the most famous – yet least understood – manifestations of Thelemic thought has been the works of Kenneth Grant, the British occultist and one-time intimate of Aleister Crowley, who discovered a hidden world within the primary source materials of Crowley’s Aeon of Horus. Using complementary texts from such disparate authors as H.P. Lovecraft, Jack Parsons, Austin Osman Spare, and Charles Stansfeld Jones (“Frater Achad”), Grant formulated a system of magic that expanded upon that delineated in the rituals of the OTO: a system that included elements of Tantra, of Voudon, and in particular that of the Schlangekraft recension of the Necronomicon, all woven together in a dark tapestry of power and illumination.

The Dark Lord follows the themes in the writings of Kenneth Grant, H.P. Lovecraft, and the Necronomicon, uncovering further meanings of the concepts of the famous writers of the Left Hand Path. It is for Thelemites, as well as lovers of the Lovecraft Mythos in all its forms, and for those who find the rituals of classical ceremonial magic inadequate for the New Aeon.

Traveling through the worlds of religion, literature, and the occult, Peter Levenda takes his readers on a deeply fascinating exploration on magic, evil, and The Dark Lord as he investigates of one of the most neglected theses in the history of modern occultism: the nature of the Typhonian Current and its relationship to Aleister Crowley’s Thelema and H.P. Lovecraft’s Necronomicon.

 

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Contents

Preface
7
Introduction
13
1 Strange Aeons
25
2 Gods The Beast and Men
77
3 Unspeakable Cults
127
4 The Necronomicon Gnosis
179
5 Sons of God Daughters of Menand Wilber Whateley
213
6 The Mauve Zone
255
7 The Dark Lord
285
Appendix
309
Glossary
317
Also from Ibis
331
Backcover flap
337
Backcover
338
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Peter Levenda’s esoteric titles include The Dark Lord, Tantric Temples, and The Tantric Alchemist. His histories include The Hitler Legacy and Ratline. Levenda has appeared as an expert on Nazi occultism on the History Channel, the Discovery Channel, the National Geographic Channel, and TNT.

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