The Dark Lord - Peter Levenda
Subtitled 'HP Lovecraft, Kenneth Grant and the Typhonian Tradition in Magic'. This book is a study which investigates Kenneth Grant's 'Typhonian' occultism, looking at its relationship to Aleister Crowley's philosophy and H.P. Lovecraft's Necronomicon. Kenneth Grant, the British occultist and one-time intimate of Aleister Crowley. Grant drew upon such disparate authors as H.P. Lovecraft, Jack Parsons, Austin Osman Spare and Charles Stansfeld Jones (Frater Achad) to form a 'Typhonian' curent. Levenda unpacks the key themes of Grant's work, which includes a welter of imaginative ideas: Thelema, tantra, voudon, horror literature, sigils and extraterrestrials. Levenda sensitively unpacks Grant's magical system, offering clarification and insight. Recommended.
Lake Worth, FL: Ibis Press, 2013. Hardback, 330 pages. New.