The Glamor of Grammar
The very idea of study has long been so closely associated with witchcraft that the witchy word “glamour” is derived from the same word as “grammar.” The Latin term “grammatica,” meaning learning or scholarship, often had occult implications during the Middle Ages. The same word also gives us “grimoire,” weaving a web that supports the principle of eclectic studies as the foundation of all magic.
So whatever your speciality (to channel Minnie Castevet), remember the magic that dwells within your unique mastery and application of your most passionate studies.
—Warlock M. Mandrake
Image — William Mortensen: Preparation for the Sabbath
Now available: Mortensen’s THE COMMAND TO LOOK
The Command to Look was one of photographer William Mortensen’s most influential and sought-after books, and has been out of print for fifty years. Battered copies have been purchased by collectors for hundreds of dollars. Now reproduced here in full, this affordable volume includes an essential and deeply insightful essay by Michael Moynihan on how its aesthetic principles influenced the philosophy and magical thinking of the Church of Satan’s founder, Anton Szandor LaVey.
Fifty-five images of Mortensen’s best work are reproduced along with text by this wittiest and most biting writer on photography of his time. You will want this in your collection. Click on the image above to order the paperback or Kindle editions.
The Arab World’s Version of the Ice Bucket Challenge: Burning ISIS Flags
This is a “challenge” I can get behind.
—Priestess Kim Rice
As deserving as this symbolic blasphemy may be, I question the ultimate agenda of some of these activists and the feasibility of their goals. If you taunt marauding jihadists, you may have to consider being prepared to match violence with violence. Ultimately, who picks up the bill?
—Reverend Raul Antony
I find it heartening that some in the Arab world are using mockery to deal with the rabid dogs of the Islamic State. If only a musician from that region would retool Spike Jones’ “Der Führer’s Face” to suit the situation.
—Magus Peter H. Gilmore
The Stockholm H.P. Lovecraft Festival IV October 2 – 5
The time has once again come for us to gather in the Swedish capital and celebrate the life and works of the gentleman from Providence. I’m very proud of what we have lined up for you and the guests that are gracing the festival with their presence.
More info below, on Facebook and our website: www.shplf.se
This is our preliminary schedule and some things may be subject to change. Check back for updates!
OCTOBER 2nd, 6:30 pm, Klarabiografen, Kulturhuset 2nd floor, Sergels torg
- The Best of Portland H.P. Lovecraft Festival. Short subjects hand picked by festival director Brian Callahan who also provides us with a filmed introduction.
- The Narrative of Victor Karloch. Kevin McTurk’s puppet film from 2010 plus the trailer for his upcoming project The Mill At Calder’s End.
- No Turning Back. Music video from the album Dreams in the Witch House: A Lovecraftian Rock Opera. Sean Branney from HPLHS in attendance for questions after the screening.
OCTOBER 3rd, All Day, Everywhere
The International Read Lovecraft in Public Day. The idea is as straightforward as it sounds: bring your favourite Lovecraft story with you as you go about your daily business.
5 – 6 pm, Serieteket/Bibliotek Film & musik, Kulturhuset 2nd floor, Sergels torg
- The Artwork of Darrell Tutchton. Opening of the exhibition with Darrell in attendance. The H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society’s own in-house artist (Dark Adventure covers, Ogham Waite album and many props and HPLHS products). Q & A session and signing.
7 – 9 pm (approximately), Bar Brooklyn, Hornstulls strand 4
- The Stockholm H.P. Lovecraft Film Quiz (Presented in collaboration with Stockholm Film Quiz)! Amazing prizes from HPLHS.
OCTOBER 4th, 11 am – 5 pm, Serieteket/Bibliotek Film & Musik, Kulturhuset 2nd floor, Sergels torg
11 am: Doors open
- Bazaar of the Bizarre. Our market shock full of Lovecraftian goodies returns.
- 1000 Eyes Lovecraft. Stockholm release party with writers/artists Jonas Andersson and Daniel Thollin in attendance.
- Roundtable about adapting and translating Lovecraft. Swedish Lovecraft scholar Martin Andersson, Jonas Andersson and Daniel Thollin in conversation with Anders Lundgren.
- Comics in concert. Live drawing to music with the tag team Andersson/Thollin.
- Lovecraftian handicrafts with Linda Gustafsson.
- Interview. Anders Fager tells us about his projects relating to Lovecraft and other weird fiction.
- Imprisoned With The Pharaos. World Premiere of the latest play from Dark Adventure Radio Theatre with Sean Branney in attendance to do a post-play Q&A.
7 pm – 01 am:
- PubCrawling Chaos. Taking us from Kulturhuset to St Eriksplan. First stop is Monk’s American Bar, Sveavägen 39. Second stop Queen’s Head, Drottninggatan 108. Third and final stop is Tiki Room, Birkagatan 10, where exotic libations and our djs Doc Peter and X-Ray Man await for a night of cosmic drinking.
OCTOBER 5th, 12 – 5 pm, Science Fiction Bokhandeln, Västerlånggatan 48
- The Art of Dreams in the Witch House: A Lovecraftian Rock Opera. Opening of the exhibitionby Mohloco featuring pictures of Alaine Kashian as The Witch, Chris Laney as Brown Jenkin, Douglas Blair Lucek and Bruce Kulick as mutant guitarists.
- The Rats in the Walls. Live reading by Sean Branney (HPLHS).
- Lovecraftian gaming. Try Arkham Horror, Mansions of Madness and more.
- Signing of art prints and records. With Douglas Blair Lucek (W.A.S.P., DITWH), Sean Branney (HPLHS, DITWH) and Chris Laney (Shotgun, DITWH).
Thank you: Bar Brooklyn, The H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival & Cthulhu Con, The H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society, Rodrigo Obon, Science Fiction Bokhandeln, Stockholm Film Quiz, Thank You Satan and Tiki Room.
9/11 Thoughts, 2014 C.E.
On this anniversary of the terrorist attacks that killed many who were simply going about the business of enjoying their lives, it is apt to recall the danger that extremist religions pose to those who are not their adherents. In the past year we have seen journalists beheaded, individuals executed for practicing “sorcery,” children captured for sexual slavery, and people of all ages and genders slaughtered for believing otherwise than their captors.
Yet even those who would not be deemed “religious extremists” still follow the age-old practice of intolerance towards non-believers and others who do not share their particular scripture-based views. Here in the U.S. we’ve witnessed Christians seeking to legally discriminate against LGBT individuals by asking President Obama to be allowed not to employ them and Christian owners of businesses wishing to limit contraception options for their employees based on their sect’s take on their sacred writings. The first failed but the latter succeeded. This is a battle of secularism vs. theocracy, and it is being fought around the globe.
Sadly, most people share the misconception expressed by President Obama in his speech yesterday regarding how he intends to address the issue of the aggressively murderous Islamic State: “No religion condones the killing of innocents…” The history of the past as well as the news feeds of today demonstrate the untruth of that idea.
Many religions have taken it as a God-mandated prerogative to exterminate any who are named as apostates and heretics. Christianity and Islam have committed particularly bloody offenses over the past two thousand years in search of world dominion and the priests of those religions have blessed soldiers, weaponry and torture devices meant to mutilate or murder the people they sought to conquer. And so it still goes today.
I suggest that my own piece dealing with the danger offered by those who believe in deities, The Murderous Madness of Theism, may be worth another read today as it addresses this anniversary and the subject at hand—the faithful gleefully slay innocents for in their God-ridden minds they’ve judged that dissent merits death.
—Magus Peter H. Gilmore
THE SECRET LIFE OF A SATANIST — EXPANDED EDITION
The Secret Life Of a Satanist
The Authorized Biography of Anton Szandor LaVey
By Blanche Barton
An insider’s view of the iconoclastic man who founded the Church of Satan and wrote The Satanic Bible.
After the original publication of this biography in 1990, Anton LaVey and Blanche Barton fought through the “Satanic Panic” together, guiding the Church for another seven years. In this revised, expanded edition, Barton takes you inside the walls of the fabled Black House to candidly share her experience of LaVey’s struggles and triumphs during his final years. This new volume provides additional rare images, offering insights into the unusual life of this provocative pioneer of individualism.
Who Gets to March?
Just when the NYC St. Patrick’s Day Parade lifts its ban on openly gay participants, Louisiana is upholding its ban on same-sex marriage. Louisiana, abetted by Judge Martin L. C. Feldman of Federal District Court, has interrupted the steady progress toward justice in marriage laws across the United States, enforcing theocracy in the name of “democracy.” A Catholic tradition is loosening is restrictions while Louisiana allows bigots to infringe upon the rights of others. For now, same-sex couples in Louisiana won’t be marching down the aisle. But, as a straight New Yorker with roots in Nawlins, I’ll raise a glass of Guinness to a more inclusive march down Fifth Avenue.
—Warlock M. Mandrake