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Deep Ones and Outer Gods: H.P. Lovecraft and the Occult

Presented by Ian Corrigan.

No 20th century fictionalist has had more influence on the occult scene than Howard Phillips Lovecraft. The reclusive new Englander dreamed dreams and wrote tales that depicted cosmic vistas and squalid sorceries. He imagined strange cults, haunted grimoires, and human traffic with entities that seem at sometimes like demon-gods and at others like alien lifeforms. He invented the Necronomicon, and the most famous of his monster-gods, Great Cthulhu. Beginning in the 1970s, Lovecraft’s images began to interest modern occultists, including Thelemite Kenneth Grant, Chaote Phil Hine, Donald Tyson and philosopher Colin Wilson. We will look at HPL’s life, work and ideas, and at the ideas of these modern occultists. Where do Lovecraft’s ideas intersect with traditional myth and occultism? Is the Necronomicon the Book of the Dead? How many Necronomicons are there? Are fictional Gods as useful as mythic ones? Is abject terror useful in mystical work? Should you invoke beings who want to eat your head?

 

 

 

 

 

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