Saturday, November 12, 2016
Lovecraftian Thing a Day No.317: The Faceless God
Thomas Vincente's The Faceless God - in the standard edition of this talismanic book by Theion Publishing - came in the post today. While I've yet to read it, The Faceless God offers an exploration and interpretation of Lovecraft's Nyarlathotep from an esoteric perspective. I have to say that this was very timely, as I'm currently in the process of writing an extended entry on Lovecraftian magic for an academic dictionary of contemporary esotericism, and this will be useful for one of the final sections concerning developments in the field since the 2010s. On a related point, Theion have also published weird author Richard Gavin's occult exegesis of Left-Hand Path theory and practice, The Benighted Path; whilst, historically, Lovecraftian esotericism has (obviously) been informed by the literature of the weird, a number of contemporary weird authors such as Richard Gavin and Scott R. Jones (both of who I was priviledged to share a panel with at NecronomiCon 2015) are not only feeding contemporay esoteric ideas into weird fiction (see Scott's excellent Cthulhusattva anthology as an example of this), but are also producing Lovecraft-inflected esoteric writings which self-consciously reflect on the relationship between the Lovecraftian weird and modern trajectories of the occult.