THE DARK LORD: H.P. Lovecraft, Kenneth Grant, and the Typhonian Tradition in Magic by Peter Levenda (hardcover)
One of the most famous yet least understood manifestations of Thelemic thought has been the works of Kenneth Grant, the British occultist and one-time intimate of Aleister Crowley, who discovered a hidden world within the primary source materials of Crowleys Aeon of Horus. Using complementary texts from such disparate authors as H.P. Lovecraft, Jack Parsons, Austin Osman Spare, and Charles Stansfeld Jones (Frater Achad), Grant formulated a system of magic that expanded upon that delineated in the rituals of the OTO: a system that included elements of Tantra, of Voudon, and in particular that of the Schlangekraft recension of the Necronomicon, all woven together in a dark tapestry of power and illumination. The Dark Lord follows the themes in the writings of Kenneth Grant, H.P. Lovecraft, and the Necronomicon, uncovering further meanings of the concepts of the famous writers of the Left Hand Path. It is for Thelemites, as well as lovers of the Lovecraft Mythos in all its forms, and for those who find the rituals of classical ceremonial magic inadequate for the New Aeon. Traveling through the worlds of religion, literature, and the occult, Peter Levenda takes his readers on a deeply fascinating exploration on magic, evil, and The Dark Lord as he investigates one of the most neglected theses in the history of modern occultism: the nature of the Typhonian Current and its relationship to Aleister Crowleys Thelema and H.P. Lovecrafts Necronomicon.
Peter Levenda is a well-known author of many published works on esoteric subjects. Unholy Alliance: A History of Nazi Involvement with the Occult was nominated for a Bram Stoker award for nonfiction in 1995. Ratline: Soviet Spies, Nazi Priests, and the Disappearance of Adolf Hitler and Hitler Legacy: The Nazi Cult in Diaspora--How It Was Organized, How It Was Funded, and Why It Remains a Threat to Global Security in the Age of Terrorism, all by Ibis Press, round out this important trilogy of Nazi history. Levenda is also the author Ibis Press titles Tantric Temples: Eros and Magic in Java, and The Dark Lord: H.P. Lovecraft, Kenneth Grant, and the Typhonian Tradition in Magic. He is also working with Blink 182 rock star Tom DeLonge on the Sekret Machines project.