Rochester, Park Street Press, 2018. Paperback, xii+244 pages. New.
Subtitled The Unseen Forces that Drive Culture Forward, Carl Abrahamsson’s Occulture is a series of essays and lectures examining the intersection between occultism and contemporary culture. Addressing a wide range of issues, from the influence of Carl Gustav Jung, the innovations of Anton LaVey, the legacy of Aleister Crowley and post-punk Chaos Magic, Abrahamsson explores the relationship between magic and art, and offers strategies for creating magically, freely, with intent unfettered by the whims of trends. He also discusses the importance of intuition and creativity as the cornerstones of genuine individuation, explaining how insights and illuminations rarely come through collective forms. Anyone interested in how the occult has shaped culture, its transformative power and its relationship to counter-cultural trends will find Occulture an engaging and thought-provoking read.