By Stephan A. Hoeller, G. R. S. Mead
Author note: advent by means of Stephan A. Hoeller
Publish yr note: First released November thirtieth 1906
These writings are attributed to Hermes Trismegistus, an historical Egyptian sage, the founding father of all arts and sciences, either mundane and non secular. instead of being a precise individual, Hermes is the Egyptian personification of the "Gnostic Revealer."
Hymns of Hermes examines airtight ecstatic hymns, that are songs of a poetic nature used to explain the Gnosis of airtight attainment—the ecstatic own adventure of the divine.
By Rolf Schulte
Witch-hunts have been under no circumstances concentrated simply on ladies -- one in 4 alleged witches in relevant Europe was once male. This research lines the witch trials of guys in French and German talking areas in important Europe, beginning up a bit identified bankruptcy of early smooth occasions. the writer analyzes the percentage of accused males within the witch-hunts, describes their trials and explores the conflicts from which witch-hunts concerning males advanced.
By Vicki Pettersson
Equivalent components gentle and Shadow, Joanna Archer needs to satisfy a future she by no means sought after. as soon as a photographer and heiress to a on line casino fortune, she is now devoted to the reason for solid . . . yet at risk of the seductions of evil. a dangerous virus is descending on Las Vegas—a terrifying plague unleashed by means of the robust overlord of Zodiac's darkish aspect: Joanna's father. Chaos and panic grip Sin urban as brokers of sunshine fall prey to the terrifying epidemic. demise reigns supreme—and Joanna stands at useless middle of an epic and bad struggle lengthy foretold, the final wish of a damned global. yet first she needs to by some means triumph over the malevolence that grows throughout her . . . and inside of.
By Edward Lee
WELCOME TO THE MEPHISTOPOLIS
Hell is a city.
It stretches, actually, with out end–a labyrinth of smoke and waking nightmare. simply as forever, sewer grates belch flame from the sulphur fires that experience raged underneath the streets for millennia. Clock towers spire in each district, by way of public legislation, yet their faces haven't any fingers; time isn't measured right here in seconds or hours yet in atrocity and depression. within the middle of this morass of stone and smoke and butchery and horror stands the 666-floor Mephisto construction, the place Gargoyles prowl the wind-blown ledges and from whose optimum garrets the blameless are hung from gibbets and left to rot for eons. The lone occupant of the very best ground seems to be down upon his dominion and smiles a grin that's brighter than 1000 suns. right here, definite, everyone seems to be lifeless but all people lives forever.
Welcome to the Mephistopolis.
Welcome to town of Hell.
By Akinari Ueda, Anthony H. Chambers
First released in 1776, the 9 gothic stories during this assortment are Japan's most interesting and so much celebrated examples of the literature of the occult. They subtly merge the area of cause with the area of the uncanny and exemplify the period's fascination with the unusual and the gruesome. They have been additionally the foundation for Mizoguchi Kenji's exceptional 1953 movie Ugetsu.
The name Ugetsu monogatari - actually "rain-moon tales" - alludes to the idea that mysterious beings seem on cloudy, wet nights and in mornings with a lingering moon. In "Shiramine," the vengeful ghost of the previous emperor Sutoku reassumes the function of king; in "The Chrysanthemum Vow," a loyal revenant fulfills a promise; "The Kibitsu Cauldron" tells a story of spirit ownership; and in "The Carp of My Dreams," a guy straddles the limits among human and animal and among the waking global and the realm of desires. the rest tales function demons, fiends, goblins, unusual goals, and different manifestations past all good judgment and customary sense.
The eerie fantastic thing about this masterpiece owes to Akinari's masterful mix of phrases and words from eastern classics with creatures from chinese language and jap fiction and lore. besides the story of Genji and The stories of the Heike, stories of Moonlight and Rain has develop into a undying paintings of serious importance. This new translation, by means of a famous translator and pupil, skillfully continues the attract and complexity of Akinari's unique prose.
By Nicholaj de Mattos Frisvold
Palo Mayombe - The backyard of Blood and Bones is an initiates account of this a lot maligned faith and cult whose significant nigromantic secret is the prenda, the cauldron containing the human cranium or bones, re-animated via dwelling spirit
By Kenneth Grant
Outdoors the Circles of Time is the 5th quantity within the sequence of Grant’s Typhonian Trilogies. it is a paintings that covers a very vast region and exposes - to cite from the jacket of the 1980 version - “a community extra complicated than was once ever imagined: a community no longer not like H.P. Lovecraft’s darkish imaginative and prescient of sinister forces lurking on the rim of the universe”. outdoors the Circles of Time explores a posh of such principles, from Blavatsky’s mystery Doctrine, Crowley’s The e-book of the legislation, Lovecraft’s Necronomicon, and Frater Achad’s researches. It additionally explores the paintings of Soror Andahadna, a modern Priestess of Maat whose paintings has parallels with that of Frater Achad a few a long time formerly while he introduced the inauguration of the Aeon of Maat in 1948. at the extra orthodox premise that every Aeon lasts 2,000 years, we're firstly of the Aeon of Horus, so the Aeon of Maat may look a ways off but. even though, the next passage from outdoor the Circles of Time places the problem in a unique light:
"Myths and legends are of the previous, yet Maat shouldn't be considered when it comes to earlier or destiny aeons. Maat is current now when you, realizing the ‘sacred alignments’ and the ‘Gateway of Inbetweenness’, adventure the notice ever coming, ever emaning, from the Mouth, within the ever new and ever current kinds which are consistently being generated from the paranormal Atu or condo of Maat, the Ma-atu . . ."
By Jack Ketchum
Jack Ketchum's "Broken at the Wheel of intercourse: The Jerzy Livingston Years" is the main entire variation of the "Stroup" tales ever accumulated jointly. every one tale additionally good points an afterword via the writer. those tales, written from 1976 to 1981, and showing in numerous men's magazines and different shops, supply Ketchum readers a glance into this writer s formulative years. this can be the place Jack Ketchum honed his writing craft that has turn into so popular along with his novels the lady round the corner, The Crossing, Off Season and The Lost.
Collected here's his personality easily often called the Stroup, in addition to tales written lower than the pseudonym Jerzy Livingston, that are infrequent and tough to find virtually thirty years after the unique courses gave them life.
"I've known as those the Jerzy Livingston years simply because over half them have been written below that identify and the remaining less than my actual one. in some way Jerzy turns out extra acceptable for this assortment. My adoption of that individual pseudonym used to be either a comic story a play on phrases and a nod to a great author, which I was hoping a few day to be" --Jack Ketchum, from the writer s creation.