Sunday, July 10, 2016

Lovecraftian Thing a Day No.192: When The Stars Are Right - Towards an Authentic R'lyehian Spirituality

Bringing Lovcaftian Occult Week to a close is Scott R. Jones' When The Stars Are Right: Towards an Authentic R'lyehian Spirituality. Less a 'how-to guide', WTSAR is presented as more an 'auto-ethnography' and a philosohical disquisition on what, experientially, constitutes a Lovecraftian spirituality for a transhumanist epoch - a fact that demarcates WTSAR as quite uniqe in terms of recent contributions to the field of Lovecaftian esotericism. Scott - who I had the pleasure of meeting at NecronomiCon 2015 (where we both contributed to a panel on Lovecraftian occulture) is also a small press publisher of and contributer to various Cthulhu Mythos anthologies (including Oscar Rios' forthcoming Heroes of Red Hook, which I have mentioned in previous posts). Scott's edited collection Cthulhusattva: Tales of the Black Gnosis, which develops on themes explored in When The Stars Are Right, is also currently available from his Martian Migraine Press, and contains some extremely innovative occulturally-inflected tales. Both books are available here, as well as through Amazon in the usual meatspace and digital versions.

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