Infernal Texts: Nox and Liber Koth, edited by Stephen Sennitt
New Falcon Publications, 1561842346, 118 (incl. recommended reading), 1997, 1998, 2004
Liber Koth and Nox: The Black Book were originally published separately in 1997 and 1998 respectively, by Logos Press.
Nox is an anthology of twenty-two essays and articles previously published in Sennitt’s magazine of the same name written by various chaos and black magickians. Primarily consisting of the rites and theories of the Order of Nine Angels, Nox draws heavily on the Golden Dawn, Aleister Crowley, the OTO, and H P Lovecraft for inspiration; often “correcting” their views, Lovecraft in particular (apparently forgetting that he wrote fiction). Continue reading
Black Flame Tarot, by Jennifer Chen
Companion book: Guide to the Black Flame Tarot, Komodokat Productions, 78 (+2), 2005
“The Black Fire flames to life when we remember ourselves, and it charges forth when we cast our will into the universe. It burns away lies and illusions, and purifies that which is absolute within us.”
The Black Flame Tarot derives its name from the Satanic movement of the 1960s, the “Black Flame” denoting the “divine gift man gained from a rebellious cosmic figure.” It stands a symbol for “man’s highly evolved sense of self-awareness, and the possibility that consciousness being of a cosmic origin.” Continue reading
Cthuloid Dreams: A Collection of Occult Poetry, by DJ Lawrence
Chaosmagic.com, 115 pp., 2004
Inspired and influenced by the Discordianism, Lovecraft mythos and Setianism, DJ Lawrence has compiled a collection of poetry gathered over the years.
Often lyrical with delightful turns of phrase, Lawrence seems taken with decidedly darker themes, with titles such as ‘Bitter’, ‘Set’, ‘Death’, ‘Necronomicon’, and of course, the title-poem ‘Cthuloid Dreams’.
This is a neat collection of more than sixty short poems, whose evocative imagery would lend itself well to inclusion in darker themed rites.
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Pacts With the Devil: A Chronicle of Sex, Blasphemy and Liberation, by S. Jason Black and Christopher S. Hyatt
New Falcon, 1561840580, 285 pp. (incl. appendices and post-scripts), 1993, 1997, 2002
The authors open with a bit of demonic theory and brief overview of Satanic and demonic pacts throughout history. They explain that they “prefer to believe in the existence of non-human forces,” while at the same time acknowledging that there is “no ‘proof’ of their existence in the scientific sense. More, [there is] no proof that these forces are good or evil – or that even our human concepts apply to them.” The histories they’ve collected are varied, and humorously recounted. Unfortunately a bibliography is not included, and the reader is left to seek out the source of most of these stories hirself. However the entire text is peppered with personal anecdotes, both awesome and entertaining, and the reader is easily drawn in. Continue reading
The Chaos Cookbook, edited by DJ Lawrence
Chaosmagic.com, 221 pp. (incl. bibliography), 2004
The Chaos Cookbook is a result of the combined effort of the Dead Chaoists’ Society, edited by its founder, Dead Jellyfish. It’s an interesting assortment of brief essays and ready-made group and solitary rituals for a variety of occasions.
Chaos magick theory is only briefly touched upon in a few short essays at the start of the book, as a brief introduction as to what is to come. Indeed, chaos magick itself is only ever loosely defined; Lawrence states that ‘…Chaos Magick does not use a concrete theoretical focus, the emphasis in Chaos Magick is on the Doing rather than the Explaining…Thus, in Chaos Magick a system of belief is a means to an end and is not an answer to the mystery of Life, the Universe and everything’. Continue reading